History Trivia / HowIMetYourMother

16th Jan '18 10:18:53 PM shamblingdead2
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***Moreover, all of Harris, Parsons, and Levine were wrong for the part as Barney was first imagined: he was supposed to be a Creator/JohnBelushi type.
7th Nov '17 6:29:54 PM AdelePotter
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Given that the series is entirely told via FlashBacks, it's noted that time passes particularly with some of the pop culture references thrown during conversations and the evolution of the characters' cellphones (from the flip phones to PDAs to smartphones). Lampshaded at the beginning of "Mystery VS. History", where a flashback in 2005 shows the gang debating about the most popular food in America and then in 2011, the gang are browsing through their smartphones where Robin searched that the most popular food is bread.

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Given that the series is entirely told via FlashBacks, it's noted that time passes particularly with some of the pop culture references thrown during conversations and the evolution of the characters' cellphones (from the flip phones to PDAs to smartphones). Lampshaded at the beginning of "Mystery VS. History", where a flashback in 2005 shows the gang debating about the most popular food in America and then in 2011, the gang are browsing through their smartphones where Robin searched that the most popular food is bread.bread.
** Some of the show's politics solidify it as a product of the mid-2000s. Starting with the mid 2010s, Ted's behavior towards Robin comes off less as love and more of a nasty case of EntitledToHaveYou. (I.e., Ted seems more like a self-proclaimed "Nice Guy" than an actually nice guy.) Also, the transphobic jokes have ''not'' aged well, especially not the one that implies being a trans woman is on the same level as being a puppy-killer, and the one where Zoey outright uses the word "tr*nny," which is considered a slur when used by anyone outside the trans community.
2nd Nov '17 11:29:30 AM UncontestedSequel517
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** [[Franchise/StarWars Luke and Leia]] for Ted's kids, based off Ted being told to swear on his future children and responding "I swear on Luke and Leia." Season 9's "Unpause" reveals that Ted's son ''is'' indeed [[AscendedFanon named Luke]], but his daughter is named Penny.

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** [[Franchise/StarWars Luke and Leia]] for Ted's kids, based off Ted being told to swear on his future children and responding "I swear on Luke and Leia." Season six reaffirmed those desires. Season 9's "Unpause" reveals that Ted's son ''is'' indeed [[AscendedFanon named Luke]], but his daughter is named Penny.



** Josh Radnor is very allergic to dogs, and didn't tell the show's creators this until after he'd been hired. They worked around it for awhile with, according to [[http://www.tvguide.com/celebrity-blogs/Going-Dogs-19722.aspx a blog post Radnor wrote]], "some Claritin and some thorough vacuuming." Eventually Robin sent her dogs to live somewhere other than a cramped New York apartment as part of the story, never to be seen again (though you can still see an affinity for dogs in decorations around her house, or occasionally on T shirts she wears).

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** Josh Radnor is very allergic to dogs, and didn't tell the show's creators this until after he'd been hired. They worked around it for awhile with, according to [[http://www.tvguide.com/celebrity-blogs/Going-Dogs-19722.aspx a blog post Radnor wrote]], "some Claritin and some thorough vacuuming." Eventually Robin sent her dogs to live somewhere other than with her lesbian aunts on a cramped New York apartment as part farm since each dog was from previous boyfriends, and she had just made Ted get rid of the story, things that belonged to his exes. The dogs were never to be seen again (though you can still see an affinity for dogs in decorations around her house, or occasionally on T shirts she wears).wears). However she had gotten new ones by the 2030 end of the series.
21st Oct '17 6:28:26 PM MajinAkuma
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** In the German dub, Barney's voice actor Philipp Moog is the German voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi (from the prologue trilogy onwards), which makes the Barney's fanboyism for ''Franchise/StarWars'' even more appropriate.
19th Oct '17 1:10:44 PM DustSnitch
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* ActingInTheDark: [[spoiler: Cristin Miliotti]] didn't know that her character was going to die until they were filming the episode in question.
** [[spoiler: She didn't even know she was auditioning for the role of the Mother until after they cast her. Plus, she'd barely even seen the show before then.]]
** The episode "Bad News" was scripted to end with Lily telling Marshall she was pregnant. The producers secretly told Creator/AlysonHannigan right before shooting the final scene that the episode was actually going to end with her telling Marshall that [[spoiler: his father suddenly died of a heart attack]]. This was done to keep Alyson's and {{Creator/Jason Segel}}'s stunned and tearful reactions as genuine as possible.

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* ActingInTheDark: [[spoiler: Cristin Miliotti]] didn't know that her character was going to die until they were filming the episode in question.
** [[spoiler: She didn't even know she was auditioning for the role of the Mother until after they cast her. Plus, she'd barely even seen the show before then.]]
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** The episode "Bad News" was scripted to end with Lily telling Marshall she was pregnant. The producers secretly told Creator/AlysonHannigan right before shooting the final scene that the episode was actually going to end with her telling Marshall that [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his father suddenly died of a heart attack]]. This was done to keep Alyson's and {{Creator/Jason Segel}}'s stunned and tearful reactions as genuine as possible.possible.
** The actress who plays the Mother didn't even know she was auditioning for that role until after they cast her. Plus, she'd barely even seen the show before then.
** The finale casually revealed the death of a recurring character. This revelation was as shocking to the audience as it was to the actor, who was not informed of the character's death until just before shooting. [[spoiler:Significantly, the character in question was the titular Mother.]]



** Creator/CristinMilioti's ukulele skills and her beautiful singing voice are showcased in the 200th episode with her captivating rendition of 'La Vie En Rose'.



** Creator/CristinMilioti's ukulele skills and her beautiful singing voice are showcased in the 200th episode with her captivating rendition of 'La Vie En Rose'.



* {{Defictionalization}}: Full versions of the music videos for ''Let's Go to the Mall'', ''Sandcastles in the Sand'', and ''P.S. I Love You'' have been created and the songs are up for purchase on itunes. ''Let's Go To The Mall'' is also available on ''VideoGame/JustDance3''. ''The Bro Code'' and ''The Playbook'' were also made into actual books, plus Barney's suit-jamas are available [[http://legendarysuitjamas.com/products/legendary-premium-suitjamas online]].. Also, an in-universe example when Robin describes the building Ted designed as "a building in your head that became real."

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Full versions of the music videos for ''Let's Go to the Mall'', ''Sandcastles in the Sand'', and ''P.S. I Love You'' have been created and the songs are up for purchase on itunes. ''Let's Go To The Mall'' is also available on ''VideoGame/JustDance3''. ''The Bro Code'' and ''The Playbook'' were also made into actual books, plus Barney's suit-jamas are available [[http://legendarysuitjamas.com/products/legendary-premium-suitjamas online]].. Also, an in-universe example when Robin describes the building Ted designed as "a building in your head that became real."



** The implied American Lesbian Robin is played by Canadian Cobie Smulders. In fact, all the gang's doppelgangers sans Barney are played with FakeNationality (see below).

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** The implied American Lesbian doppelganger of Robin is played by Canadian Cobie Smulders. In fact, all the gang's doppelgangers sans Barney are played with FakeNationality (see below).some FakeNationality.



** In the light of the final episode, there are many nicknames for the series such as "How I Met [[spoiler: Your Step Mother]]", "How I [[spoiler: Asked Your Permission To Bang Your Aunt Robin]]", "How I Met [[spoiler: My Children's Surrogate Mother]]" and so forth.
** The Mother is often dubbed as [[spoiler: The (or simply) Uterus]] due to the above.
** The TV show ending and the alternate ending are respectively called "The Blue French Horn" and "The Yellow Umbrella" endings, referring to [[spoiler: Robin and The Mother's respective {{Arc Symbol}}s in which depends who ends up ([[MaybeEverAfter implied in Robin's case]]) with Ted]].

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** In the light of the final episode, there are many nicknames for the series such as "How I Met [[spoiler: Your [[spoiler:Your Step Mother]]", "How I [[spoiler: Asked [[spoiler:Asked Your Permission To Bang Your Aunt Robin]]", "How I Met [[spoiler: My [[spoiler:My Children's Surrogate Mother]]" and so forth.
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forth. The Mother is often dubbed as [[spoiler: The (or simply) Uterus]] due to the above.
also got a new nickname: [[spoiler:The Uterus]].
** The TV show ending and the alternate ending are respectively called "The Blue French Horn" and "The Yellow Umbrella" endings, referring to [[spoiler: Robin [[spoiler:Robin and The Mother's respective {{Arc Symbol}}s in which depends who ends up ([[MaybeEverAfter implied in Robin's case]]) with Ted]].



** Perhaps most surprising of all, [[spoiler: Ted winds up trying to get together with Robin in the end. Despite marrying them both off to other people, they still wind up togetherů [[MaybeEverAfter ish]].]]

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** Perhaps most surprising of all, [[spoiler: Ted winds up trying to get together with Robin in the end. Despite marrying them both off to other people, they still wind up togetherů [[MaybeEverAfter ish]].ish.]]



* IronyAsSheIsCast: Creator/NeilPatrickHarris didn't officially come out as gay until a few years into the show (it was sort of an open secret beforehand). This made Barney's aggressive heterosexuality ''and'' his issues with his gay brother James even funnier. There is a whole ordeal with Barney opposing James' marriage, not because it would be a gay marriage but he was opposed to marriage in general.

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* IronyAsSheIsCast: Creator/NeilPatrickHarris didn't officially come out as gay until a few years into the show (it was sort of an open secret beforehand). This made Barney's aggressive heterosexuality ''and'' his issues with his gay brother James even funnier. There is a whole ordeal with Barney opposing James' marriage, not because it would be a gay marriage but he because was opposed to marriage in general.



* TheProducerThinksOfEverything: The final shot of the series was filmed in 2005, to ensure that the children would still be children whenever the show ended. What's more is that the first Thanksgiving episode shows that the mother's name was decided in advance. The children's shocked reactions when Ted leads them to believe the stripper is their mother happen because she is called [[spoiler: Tracy]].

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* TheProducerThinksOfEverything: The final shot of the series was filmed in 2005, to ensure that the children would still be children whenever the show ended. What's more is that the first Thanksgiving episode shows that the mother's name was decided in advance. The children's shocked reactions when Ted leads them to believe the stripper is their mother happen because she is called [[spoiler: Tracy]].[[spoiler:Tracy]].



* StarMakingRole: This show bolster the careers of Creator/JoshRadnor, Creator/JasonSegel , Creator/CobieSmulders, Creator/NeilPatrickHarris and Creator/CristinMilioti. For NPH's case, it's more of a CareerResurrection since his first break is ''Series/DoogieHowserMD''.

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* StarMakingRole: This show bolster the careers of Creator/JoshRadnor, Creator/JasonSegel , Creator/CobieSmulders, Creator/NeilPatrickHarris and Creator/CristinMilioti. For NPH's case, it's more of a CareerResurrection since his first break is was ''Series/DoogieHowserMD''.



** Also lampshaded in the parts of "Trilogy Time" that took place during Seasons 2 and 5.

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** %%** Also lampshaded in the parts of "Trilogy Time" that took place during Seasons 2 and 5.
1st Oct '17 9:33:40 PM shatterstar
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* ActingInTheDark: [[spoiler: Cristin Milliotti]] didn't know that her character was going to die until they were filming the episode in question.

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* ActingInTheDark: [[spoiler: Cristin Milliotti]] Miliotti]] didn't know that her character was going to die until they were filming the episode in question.



* StarMakingRole: This show bolster the careers of Creator/JoshRadnor, Creator/JasonSegel , Creator/CobieSmulders, Creator/NeilPatrickHarris and Creator/CristinMiliote. For NPH's case, it's more of a CareerResurrection since his first break is ''Series/DoogieHowserMD''.

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* StarMakingRole: This show bolster the careers of Creator/JoshRadnor, Creator/JasonSegel , Creator/CobieSmulders, Creator/NeilPatrickHarris and Creator/CristinMiliote.Creator/CristinMilioti. For NPH's case, it's more of a CareerResurrection since his first break is ''Series/DoogieHowserMD''.
1st Oct '17 9:32:40 PM shatterstar
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* StarMakingRole: This show bolster the careers of Creator/JoshRadnor, Creator/JasonSegel , Creator/CobieSmulders and Creator/NeilPatrickHarris. For NPH's case, it's more of a CareerResurrection since his first break is ''Series/DoogieHowserMD''.

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* StarMakingRole: This show bolster the careers of Creator/JoshRadnor, Creator/JasonSegel , Creator/CobieSmulders Creator/CobieSmulders, Creator/NeilPatrickHarris and Creator/NeilPatrickHarris.Creator/CristinMiliote. For NPH's case, it's more of a CareerResurrection since his first break is ''Series/DoogieHowserMD''.
27th Sep '17 1:16:20 PM JJHIL325
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** The episode "Bad News" was scripted to end with Lily telling Marshall she was pregnant. The producers secretly told Creator/AlysonHannigan right before shooting the final scene that the episode was actually going to end with her telling Marshall that [[spoiler: his father suddenly died of a heart attack]]. This was done to keep Alyson's and {{Creator/Jason Segel}}'s stunned and tearful reactions genuine.

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** The episode "Bad News" was scripted to end with Lily telling Marshall she was pregnant. The producers secretly told Creator/AlysonHannigan right before shooting the final scene that the episode was actually going to end with her telling Marshall that [[spoiler: his father suddenly died of a heart attack]]. This was done to keep Alyson's and {{Creator/Jason Segel}}'s stunned and tearful reactions genuine.as genuine as possible.
27th Sep '17 1:14:57 PM JJHIL325
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** The episode "Bad News" was scripted to end with Lily telling Marshall she was pregnant. The producers secretly told Creator/AlysonHannigan right before shooting the final scene that the episode was actually going to end with her telling Marshal that [[spoiler: his father had suddenly died of a heart attack]]. This means that {{Creator/Jason Segel}}'s stunned and tearful reaction is genuine.

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** The episode "Bad News" was scripted to end with Lily telling Marshall she was pregnant. The producers secretly told Creator/AlysonHannigan right before shooting the final scene that the episode was actually going to end with her telling Marshal Marshall that [[spoiler: his father had suddenly died of a heart attack]]. This means that was done to keep Alyson's and {{Creator/Jason Segel}}'s stunned and tearful reaction is reactions genuine.
18th Sep '17 5:47:52 AM jormis29
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*** Katie and Genevieve, Robin's sister and mother, are respectively played by American Creator/LucyHale and British Tracy Ullman.

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*** Katie and Genevieve, Robin's sister and mother, are respectively played by American Creator/LucyHale and British Tracy Tracey Ullman.
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