How I Met Your Father — “FOMO” – Episode 102 — Determined to try and live in the moment, Sophie and the gang head to an exclusive new club for a wild night out. Valentina has doubts about her relationship with Charlie. Sid pushes Jesse to be open to love. Ellen tries her luck with women at the club. Jesse (Chris Lowell), Sophie (Hilary Duff), Valentina (Francia Raisa), Charlie (Tom Ainsley), Sid (Suraj Sharma), and Ellen (Tien Tran), shown. (Photo by: Patrick Wymore/Hulu)
It seemed that when How I Met Your Mother ended it was a sure thing that a sequel to the show was inevitable. A show was immediately put together but networks continued to pass on the show for various reasons. After some restructuring of the original idea of the show How I Met Your Father found a home on Hulu.
Story: The show continues the same formula as the original How I Met Your Mother with a parent discussing with their child how they fell in love with their spouse. The original focused on the a pair of children listening to their father Ted, narrated by the late great Bob Saget. The updated version of the show focuses on Sophie as a mother, played by Kim Cattrall, in 2050 talking to her son about how she met his father. The story then follows a young Sophie as she navigates her career and love life in New York City with her friends. Just like the original show the story starts on the first night she met her soon to be husband. Where How I Met Your Father starts to differentiate itself is incorporating how this generation meets and dates.
It is a real reflection of how today’s society depends on technology so much to date, Tinder, or experience events, sharing photos with others not there. It will be interesting to see if the writers of the show continue to dive into this theme of today’s youth being so dependent on technology. Where the show starts to ground itself is with the characters. Each one provides their own unique view on life and love just like classic comedy sitcoms. While each think they have the answer to everything they soon realize they don’t and have to rely on each other to get through life.
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Cast: The overall cast is a modern reflection of today’s society and shows. While the original show had a cast dominated by white male and females, this show takes a more modern approach to what a group of friends would look like today. With the show set in modern day New York City it only makes sense to have a group of diverse individuals with different backgrounds. The show does add subtle cultural biases to its characters but nothing that is over the top. Hillary Duff in my opinion is the perfect lead as Sophie for this show. Sophie portrays a sympathetic character that you are rooting for by the end of second episode.
While she shares some qualities that Ted Mosby had in the original show, Sophie’s character represents more of a modern day Robin in my opinion. Jesse, played by Chris Lowell, is a better reflection of Ted Mosby as a hopeless romantic that just wants to have a wife and kids. The remaining cast of Francia Raisa, Tom Ainsley, Suraj Sharma, and Then Tran do a great job to compliment each other as young millennials trying to make it through their twenties in New York City.
Overall: While the show shares a similar name and storytelling to the original show, it has its own unique formula to make it stand out. The story and cast definitely reflect a more modern look at society especially for a show that takes place in New York City. While only two episodes have been shown I did enjoy them both. How I Met Your Father is a great example of taking a perfect comedy sitcom formula and updating it to modern time. The only gripe I have with the show, it is missing its go to character for laugh-out-loud comedy like Barney was for How I Met Your Mother or Joey for Friends. If you enjoyed the original show or other late 90’s/early 2000’s shows like Friends and Sex And The City, you will enjoy How I Met Your Father.
You can stream the first two episodes right now on Hulu.