“How I Met Your Father,” Hulu’s 10-episode sequel of the show “How I Met Your Mother,” premiered on Monday, giving fans and critics plenty to talk about.
For starters, the original series’ hopelessly romantic Ted Mosby is played by Hilary Duff as Sophie and Kim Cattrall plays an older version of the same character. She and her group of friends are figuring out life in the age of dating apps and limitless options, per IMDb.
This character is solely focused on finding the man of her dreams but it seems like she is out of luck after 87 disastrous Tinder dates. And so, she finds comfort in her roommate Valentina, played by Francia Raisa, and Valentina’s brand-new boyfriend straight out of England Charlie, played by Tom Ainsley, as well as other characters who minic the original show’s feel.
Some argue that the script takes an overdone comedic route.
Even with all the references to the present time, the show is “a mechanical, stale simulacrum of friend hangs and dating in 2022, a relic of a bygone era that enters the sitcom uncanny valley. There’s not much reason to continue through unless the beats recalled some past time of curling up with the TV,” writes Adrian Horton wrote for The Guardian.
But are we past the need to watch friend groups living it up in impossible-to-afford New York City apartments? The pandemic took away the chance for many 20-somethings to enjoy the simple adventures. Mix the need to vicariously live through television with a target audience that thrived off of “Lizzie McGuire” and “How I met Your Mother” and viola! The perfect show! Or so thinks Petrana Raduovic from Polygon.
But reviews on IMDb weren’t as kind towards the first two episodes, calling it “another woke reboot” with an “overly diverse cast” which simply just doesn’t click “neither as a spin-off nor as a standalone show.”
Will “How I Met Your Father” be able to sweep viewers off their feet or will it feel more like a reheated but juicy leftover? Only time will tell. But here’s what the world of Twitter thought of the premiere.
The problem is that with reviews, they are wanting the magic of 200+ episodes from HIMYM to somehow appear in 40 something minutes of screen time on #HIMYF. Certainly an unfair thing to do. Give this show time for the relationships to develop— 𝑀 (@MattVaq) January 16, 2022
The guys living in the original #HIMYM apartment was the cherry on top of this episode of #HowIMetYourFather pic.twitter.com/yS81Dtl69G— Mauricio Amaral / “It’s Just a Talk” Podcast (@itsjustatalk) January 18, 2022
I’ve watched How I Met Your Father’s first episode. As a super fan of How I Met Your Mother, I was skeptical.— Dillon Riera (@13d_riera) January 18, 2022
It feels like classic HIMYM with its pacing, cuts, and writing, but I’m not sure if I love the characters just yet.
I’m happy to see it has a promising start. #HIMYF pic.twitter.com/e18Gt4fH1U
No matter how good or bad it is, I got to show my support for Hilary Duff#HIMYF pic.twitter.com/dDRNwMFpaS— Gabriel Romero 🌟 (@GabrielK2D) January 18, 2022