We’re days away from the release of the How I Met Your Mother spin-off series titled, wait for it, How I Met Your Father. The show arrives years after fans bid adieu to the hit CBS original that ran for 9 years. And now, the next chapter is here in the form of a Hulu series starring Hilary Duff which is all set to premiere on Disney+ Hotstar. The first two episodes will release on January 19, 2022.
In How I Met Your Father, Hilary Duff plays a younger Sophie and her group of friends as they navigate adulthood and dating in the modern world. The show also cases Kim Catrall, Francia Raisa, Chris Lowell, Tom Ainsley, Tien Tran, Suraj Sharma and more. The series is written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger.
The synopsis reads – 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 2021 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.
Check out the trailer here:
Early reviews of the show are out and while the show’s poster says “it’s actually a funny story” critics don’t seem to agree. Here are some opinions:
Caroline Framke, Variety: “How I Met Your Father” is just a bizarre exercise in recycling nostalgia for modern times without finding a way to be modern at all.
Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly: Oddly, Father just feels more like a Friends rip-off, one of those Single Guy-ish wannabes where everyone is identically sweet-sarcastic-sexy-nice. I’ve seen four episodes, and the time-hopping gimmicks fade quickly into easily resolvable conflicts.
Ross Bonaime, Collider: How I Met Your Father is actually a sequel series, although it’s unclear at this point how important the previous show will be to this one. This is exploring new relationship dynamics rather than just copying what worked. While there’s still the lovelorn lead, and a potential romantic interest that isn’t necessarily sold on love just yet, this new series is more diverse and more open-ended in their possible love stories.
Siddhant Adlankha, IGN: More amusing than funny, the two-part How I Met Your Father premiere presents a bog-standard multi-camera sitcom that neither treads interesting stylistic ground the way its predecessor did, nor presents characters or relationships that are nearly as engaging. It does, however, feature a long-term narrative hook that could prove to be its saving grace.
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