How I Met Your Father to Switch its Storytelling Pattern for S2

How I Met Your Father to Switch its Storytelling Pattern for S2

How I Met Your Father creators Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger have teased more sitcom-like standalone episodes for Season 2, and it’s almost like adding more filling to the donut—who doesn’t like it!?

How I Met Your Father to Switch Its Storytelling Pattern for Season 2
How I Met Your Father | Source: IMDb

The series was set on telling us about how Sophie met the father of her son, and it delivered exactly that.

For ten episodes, we saw Sophie and her gang navigate through love and life in a singular story, leaving almost little to no room/time to explore more “side quests” like its predecessor, HIMYM, often did.

However, now that Hulu has some confidence in the series’ success, the creators told TVLine that there will be more standalone episodes in Season 2.

While talking about the expanded order of Season 2, Aptaker commented that there will be episodes where the gang would just have tiny adventures which won’t necessarily impact the bigger picture,

It will give us a chance to let our mystery breathe, and to do episodes that are more about everybody hanging out and having a crazy night together.

How I Met Your Father to Switch Its Storytelling Pattern for Season 2
How I Met Your Father | Source: IMDb

Season 2 is said to have 20 episodes, so it will have more time to develop and flush out more of each character. Berger noted,

We had a bunch of those [story ideas] for Season 1 that we couldn’t do because we didn’t have enough space for them.

As for other details like whether Season 2 will also have weekly episode releases like Season 1 did or drop it in two parts for the audience to binge is still being discussed. Aptaker said that the team is in talks for “the best path forward.”

However, don’t hold your breath because you might have to wait for weekly episodes. As Berger suggested, the thrill of having a prolonged hype for months is better than it being over within a week.

How I Met Your Father to Switch Its Storytelling Pattern for Season 2
How I Met Your Father | Source: IMDb

Talking about the duo’s other Hulu series, Love, Victor, which uses the binge model, Berger added,

Love, Victor drops, and we have a very exciting four or five days where we’re on Twitter all the time, reading all the reactions. It’s so wonderful and all-consuming, [but] then you come out of that first week and go, ‘Well, that was fun, but now it’s over.’ It’s really nice to have this prolonged dialogue with fans [of How I Met Your Father].

The predecessor series How I Met Your Mother had some classic standalone episodes that weren’t directly connected to the main plot. But these episodes developed the show’s long-running gags like Robin Sparkles, the slap bet, the doppelgangers, that made it seem like a reward each time you caught a reference.

How I Met Your Father Season 1 is available to stream on Hulu.

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About How I Met Your Father

How I Met Your Father (HIMYF) is a spinoff series of the incredibly successful CBS show, How I Met Your Mother. The original show ran for nine seasons, from 2005 to 2014, quickly making its mark with a dedicated cult-like fanbase.

HIMYF was announced to start production in April 2021 with the Lizzy McGuire star Hilary Duff playing the lead called Sophie, narrating her journey to her children in the future.

The show’s flashbacks will start from Sophie and her close friends navigating love, life and struggles in the modern era of dating, paying bills and more, in 2021.

Created by writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger of This Is Us fame and directed by the original show’s director, Pamela Fryman, the first season of HIMYF is revealed to have 10 episodes. No further details have yet been released.