How I Met Your Mother is the story of how Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) met his wife and mother of his children as told in the year 2030 to his son and daughter. Future Ted (voiced by Bob Saget) is recounting the trials, tribulations and antics of him and his four twenty-something friends in New York City. The show uses a unique combination of narration and flashbacks to tell a love story in reverse.
The show began when Ted's best friend Marshall (Jason Segel) decided to marry his long-time girlfriend Lily (Alyson Hannigan), spurring Ted to begin searching for his own Miss Right. Helping Ted search for her is his ultimate bachelor friend Barney (Neil Patrick Harris). In the first episode the gang meet a new friend Robin (Cobie Smulders), who Ted immediately takes a liking to.
How I Met Your Mother was created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas who wanted to make a show about "their friends and the stupid stuff" they did in New York. The character of Ted is loosely based on Carter Bays while Marshall and Lily are loosely based on Craig Thomas and his wife. Thomas's wife was unsure about having a character based on herself but agreed if they could get Alyson Hannigan to play her, which they did.
How I Met Your Mother has been a staple of CBS's Monday night line-up since its Fall 2005 premiere. The show is now in its sixth season has been renewed for a further two seasons, taking it through to its eighth season in 2012/13. How I Met Your Mother was renewed for a ninth and final season in January 2013. How I Met Your Mother is produced by Bays Thomas Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television for the CBS network.
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