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Spinoffs are hard and especially tough when the series being spun-off is so beloved. Such is the case with the new Hulu series 'How I Met Your Father,' a new take on the hit comedy 'How I Met Your Mother' which starred Jason Segel, Neil Patrick Harris, and ran for nine seasons. Hilary Duff is taking over the titular role of Sophie or the "storyteller" which was originated by Josh Radnor's Ted. In the original, Bob Saget voiced an adult Ted speaking to his children about how he met their mother, who viewers would not meet until the end of the show's run. Saget was never seen though the teenage children were.
In the spinoff, the year is 2050 and Kim Catrall is an elder Sophie. She is featured over her children and as she sips her wine, she has her son on video chat. There she is telling him the story of how she met his father. The show then goes back to 2022. Sophie is having fun and sharing her mishaps in the dating world. She meets a few new men who will join her friend group, leading to the question of "is this guy the one who becomes her soul mate?"
In the premiere episode, she thinks she has found the one in a marine biologist named Ian. The first Tinder date who does not suck but sadly, he is moving to Australia and unwilling have a LDR with her. It works because there is no chemistry between the two and she meets an Uber driver, Jesse on the way to her date. They ultimately have more in common and it is clear he will be the Ted to her Robin. Hopefully they will end up together sooner rather than later.
Not much was expected from the first two episodes but they were both charming and fun. The acting was adorable, Duff has grown very much into herself, and the supporting cast shines into a fantastic ensemble. Hopefully, the series will continue to grow while keeping the sweetness that made HIMYM superb. Plus, they gave a sweet shout-out the original by showing Lily and Marshall's old apartment and dedicated the first ep to Saget who passed away January 9th.
Check it out on Hulu with new episodes dropping every Tuesday.