Spoiler-Free Review of “How I Met Your Father” on Hulu: Hilary Duff is back on TV

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“I want to tell you the story of how I met your father…”

How I Met Your Father released on January 18th 2022 on Hulu with the first two episodes. The remaining eight episodes will air weekly. The sitcom is a standalone series in the same world as How I Met Your Mother. It stars Hilary Duff, Chris Lowell, Francia Raisa, Kim Cattrall, Tom Ainsley, and Josh Peck. Each episode runs for approximately 23-25 minutes.

The re-imagining of the series follows Sophie in the year 2022, as she searches for the love of her life and bonds with her group of friends.

Here is the trailer:

How I Met Your Father brings fans of the original series some nostalgia while sprinkling in some welcomed Easter eggs, but does the series do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Likeable cast.

Hilary Duff is always magnetic on screen and should thrive in this type of series and I’m a big fan of Chris Lowell from Veronica Mars as well. The other characters all seem nice enough for the most part. It’s too early to tell who my favorites will be, but I think that it’s important for us to care about these characters and so far the show is heading in the right direction with this. 

Heads in a different direction.

Unlike its predecessor, HIMYF decides to shake things up and reveal potential characters who could be the “father” at the very end of the first episode. I think this is a smart approach and it will keep the audience more invested for the most part. It’s not easy steering off from the original, but it’s important for the series not to fall into the trap that so many reboots so often do.

The Cons:

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Tries too hard to make the show relevant with today’s audience…

Tinder dates and Ubers are immediately thrown into the mix as the series tries to be relevant with a new generation. However, I thought this felt a little forced. I also think that Hilary Duff deserves a little more for her character. Sure, it’s really early, but it seems like she is defining her purpose by finding “the one,” and I couldn’t help thinking back to her character on Younger and how she placed love in the background so she could excel in her career. I get that this is a different show, but I think that Sophie could use some more “Kelsey” inspiration because she needs some layers.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

If you’re a fan of the original series, I think that you will find plenty of nostalgia with the new one, but I’m not sure that it is doing anything that different or unique this time around. That being said, the cast is really likable and I’m confident that Hilary Duff will shine in whatever project she is working on.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on How I Met Your Father in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

I live in Long Island, NY. I am obsessed with TV, movies, reading and writing! My top TV shows are Lost, Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prison Break, Charmed, Veronica Mars, and Beverly Hills 90210. My dog, Honey, loves TV too!

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