The trailer for the long-awaited How I Met Your Mother spin-off, How I Met Your Father, has been shared by Hulu along with a January ’22 release date.

Despite the mixed reactions to the finale of How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM), fans of the series have been highly anticipating the spin-off series How I Met Your Father. The first attempt, unfortunately, fell through, but Hulu has rescued the project and will begin airing the first season of 10 episodes on January 18, 2022.

How I Met Your Father

How I Met Your Father is created by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. Hillary Duff plays Sophie, who is the show’s titular character like Ted was for HIMYM. The series also stars Kim Cattrall as the future Sophie, akin to Bob Sagat as the future Ted. Sophie’s group of friends is composed of Jesse (Christopher Lowell), Valentina (Francia Raisa), Sid (Suraj Sharma), Ellen (Tien Tran), and Charlie (Tom Ainsley. All of which are credited for all 10 episodes on IMDB. Josh Peck, Ashley Reyes, and Daniel Augustin are also credited for all episodes of Season One.

How I Met Your Father Official Trailer

In the near future, Sophie (Hilary Duff) is telling her son the story of how she met his father: a story that catapults us back to the year 2022 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options. How I Met Your Father premieres on Hulu on January 18, 2022. [Hulu Official Synopsis]

How I Met Your Father has some incredibly big shoes to fill, however, it does have some advantages that are immediately obvious. Being on Hulu, the series can likely explore the more mature topics of love and relationships further. This bodes well for both the series’ comedy and drama because love is messy and streaming series have far fewer constraints than broadcast television.

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Another advantage is a more diverse cast. As a huge HIMYM fan, I still have to acknowledge the general lack of diversity of the series. The spin-off immediately has three minorities which is more than can be said for some seasons of its predecessor. Lastly, Hilary Duff is a more recognized lead compared to Josh Radnor at the start of the series.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t concerns though. The lack of Neil Patrick Harris is a loss of points for any series, but the lack of Barney to a HIMYM-influenced series seems illogical. Granted, the trailer might not have highlighted a Barney-esque character or revealed which of the gang will play that part. It just seems like a move against itself to not advertise an iconic presence associated with the franchise. On a personal note, the foreshadowing of Jesse and Sophie so early on feels forced. I don’t think How I Met Your Father can afford to make one of the gang the father. Lastly, the male characters feel very flat in the trailer.

How I Met Your Father

Despite any reservations, How I Met Your Father has a large fanbase ready and excited to see a new version of a beloved long-winded love story. Fans are clamoring to see the foibles of love and romance of the modern age, and particularly excited to see it from a female perspective. While there is no obvious Barney-like character, the series does boast a more established cast and the lack of broadcast television restraints. We’ll find out if How I Met Your Father is a worthy successor when the series premieres on Hulu on January 18, 2022.

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