History Trivia / HowIMetYourMother

14th Jun '17 9:40:40 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/JasonSegel}}'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 that [[spoiler: his father had suddenly died of a heart attack]]. This means that {{Creator/JasonSegel}}'s {{Creator/Jason Segel}}'s stunned and tearful reaction is genuine.
14th Jun '17 9:39:41 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/JasonSegel}}'s stunned and tearful reaction is genuine.
10th Jun '17 12:40:28 PM Pren
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* CreatorBacklash: Mild example, but Jason Segel had said in interviews that he was ready to leave the show after the eight season, both because he wanted to pursue other acting roles, and because he felt there wasn't much left to do with Marshall as a character. He then suggested it would be interesting if Marshall and Lily got divorced, but then acknowledged that such a dark plot wouldn't work within the standard sitcom conventions the show utilized.

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Mild example, but Jason Segel had said in interviews that he was ready to leave the show after the eight season, both because he wanted to pursue other acting roles, and because he felt there wasn't much left to do with Marshall as a character. He then suggested it would be interesting if Marshall and Lily got divorced, but then acknowledged that such a dark plot wouldn't work within the standard sitcom conventions the show utilized.utilized.
** Alyson Hannigan wasn't happy at all with how the show ended, saying it was like slapping the fans in the face.
5th Jun '17 5:54:37 PM TheMysteriousH
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** Despite being TheFaceless in her first appearance, during her first full appearance she was played by a very different actress. The scene is [[FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin flashbacked to with the new actress playing his mother]], imitating the original's distinctive tone.

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** Despite being TheFaceless in her first appearance, during her first full appearance she was played by a very different actress. The scene is [[FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin flashbacked to with the new actress playing his mother]], imitating [[Creator/MeganMullally the original's original's]] distinctive tone.


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** Also lampshaded in the parts of "Trilogy Time" that took place during Seasons 2 and 5.
5th Jun '17 5:43:55 PM TheMysteriousH
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** [[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.]]



* {{Defictionalization}}: Full versions of the music videos for both ''Let's Go to the Mall'' and ''Sandcastles in the Sand'' have been created and both 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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* {{Defictionalization}}: Full versions of the music videos for both ''Let's Go to the Mall'' and Mall'', ''Sandcastles in the Sand'' Sand'', and ''P.S. I Love You'' have been created and both 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.""
** Almost all the websites mentioned on the show have been created by the show's production team. A partial list can be found [[http://www.barneystinsonblog.com/links/ on Barney's blog]], which also counts as one.


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** German Klaus is played by American Creator/ThomasLennon.
16th May '17 11:51:58 PM Anddrix
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* CreatorsFavorite: Lily, it's very rare to see her suffer any sort of comeuppance for her actions & the show has a habit of finding a way to make sure she always gets what she wants in the end. On top of that, she's based on co-creator Craig Thomas's wife.
14th May '17 7:51:56 AM VioletSiren97
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** Scott Burka (Scooter) is married to Neil Patrick Harris (Barney).

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** Scott Burka David Burtka (Scooter) is married to Neil Patrick Harris (Barney).
12th May '17 8:01:49 PM sayaleviathan
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**



* StarMakingRole: Creator/CobieSmulders was virtually unknown beforehand. Since playing Robin, she has been launched onto bigger projects such as ''Film/JackReacher'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' and of course the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
3rd May '17 2:15:18 PM fearlessnikki
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** Like Robin, Cobie Smulders is from Canada.

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** Like Robin, Cobie Smulders is from Canada. She was originally meant to be from Toronto, but changed to Vancouver to match Cobie's hometown. One episode also features Robin trying to get dual citizenship, something Cobie already has to allow her to work in both America and Canada.
** A subverted example. Robin is eventually discovered to be infertile. Cobie Smulders was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007 and it was ruled she wouldn't have children. She however later had two.



** Inverted with Robin who is actually a couple of years ''older'' than Cobie Smulders is in real life (presumably to shift her being a news anchor out of ImprobableAge territory).
*** Lampshaded in one episode, when Barney claims Robin always says she's two years younger than what she really is.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Full versions of the music videos for both ''Let's Go to the Mall'' and ''Sandcastles in the Sand'' have been created and both songs are up for purchase on itunes. ''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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** Inverted with Robin who is actually a couple of years ''older'' than Cobie Smulders is in real life (presumably to shift her being a news anchor out of ImprobableAge territory).
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territory). Lampshaded in one episode, when Barney claims Robin always says she's two years younger than what she really is.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Full versions of the music videos for both ''Let's Go to the Mall'' and ''Sandcastles in the Sand'' have been created and both 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."



* TheOtherDarrin: Seems Barney has trouble keeping family members:
** Despite being TheFaceless in her first appearance, during her first full appearance she was played by a very different actress. The scene is [[FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin flashbacked to with the new actress playing his mother]], imitating the original's distinctive tone.
** [[Series/QueerEye Queer Eye For The Straight Guy]]'s Jai Rodriguez becomes the second actor to play James' life partner Tom. He was previously portrayed by a random actor for [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120123090350/himym/images/e/eb/Tom_%26_James.png a picture.]]
** Also Cheryl, Barney's biological father's wife is portrayed by two different actresses in her appearances. Nancy Travis (For Legendaddy) and Nancy Lenehan (in Season 9). This was due to Travis being busy with ''Series/LastManStanding.''
** Robin's dad was played by Eric Braeden in the character's first appearance in season 4, then was recasted with Ray Wise. The story goes that Braeden was offered to reprise the role but had a schedule conflict with a surgery appointment (which was minor, and considered a cop-out by the production). Ray Wise played the role for the remainder of the series.
* PlayingGertrude:
** Despite Ted, Lily and Marshall being the same age in-universe, Josh Radnor is six years younger than Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel.
** Alyson is likewise only fourteen years younger than Chris Elliot, who plays her father.
** A justified example. Cristin Milioti is only two years older than her on-screen daughter Lyndsy Fonseca. Justified because [[spoiler: Cristin only appears as Tracy in her youth while she was alive]].
* 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]].



* RealLifeWritesThePlot: 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." However, while filming the episode "Stuff" (in which Robin's five dogs are a major plot point), the scene in which Ted is kneeling down by the Dalmatian and petting its face caused Radnor to have such a severe allergic reaction that paramedics were called. 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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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: RealLifeWritesThePlot:
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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." However, while filming the episode "Stuff" (in which Robin's five dogs are a major plot point), the scene in which Ted is kneeling down by the Dalmatian and petting its face caused Radnor to have such a severe allergic reaction that paramedics were called. 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).wears).
** Lily and Marshall rarely kiss on screen because Alyson Hannigan disliked Jason Segel's smoking habit, and was reluctant to kiss him too often.
** The gag of Barney taking a magic trick through airport security and ending up in airport prison is something that happened to Neil Patrick Harris in real life.
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* TheOtherDarrin: Seems Barney has trouble keeping family members:
** Despite being TheFaceless in her first appearance, during her first full appearance she was played by a very different actress. The scene is [[FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin flashbacked to with the new actress playing his mother]], imitating the original's distinctive tone.
** [[Series/QueerEye Queer Eye For The Straight Guy]]'s Jai Rodriguez becomes the second actor to play James' life partner Tom. He was previously portrayed by a random actor for [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120123090350/himym/images/e/eb/Tom_%26_James.png a picture.]]
** Also Cheryl, Barney's biological father's wife is portrayed by two different actresses in her appearances. Nancy Travis (For Legendaddy) and Nancy Lenehan (in Season 9). This was due to Travis being busy with ''Series/LastManStanding.''
** Robin's dad was played by Eric Braeden in the character's first appearance in season 4, then was recasted with Ray Wise. The story goes that Braeden was offered to reprise the role but had a schedule conflict with a surgery appointment (which was minor, and considered a cop-out by the production). Ray Wise played the role for the remainder of the series
* TheProducerThinksOfEverything: The final shot of the series was filmed in 2005, to ensure that the children would still be children whenever the show ended.

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* TheOtherDarrin: Seems Barney has trouble keeping family members:
** Despite being TheFaceless in her first appearance, during her first full appearance she
StarMakingRole: Creator/CobieSmulders was played by a very different actress. The scene is [[FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin flashbacked to with the new actress virtually unknown beforehand. Since playing his mother]], imitating Robin, she has been launched onto bigger projects such as ''Film/JackReacher'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' and of course the original's distinctive tone.
** [[Series/QueerEye Queer Eye For
Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
* {{Tuckerization}}:
The Straight Guy]]'s Jai Rodriguez becomes bar [=McLaren=]'s and the second actor to play James' life partner Tom. He was previously portrayed by a random actor for [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120123090350/himym/images/e/eb/Tom_%26_James.png a picture.]]
** Also Cheryl, Barney's biological father's wife is portrayed by two different actresses in her appearances. Nancy Travis (For Legendaddy) and Nancy Lenehan (in Season 9). This was due to Travis being busy with ''Series/LastManStanding.''
** Robin's dad was played by Eric Braeden in
bartender Carl are named after the character's first appearance in season 4, then was recasted with Ray Wise. The story goes that Braeden was offered to reprise the role but had a schedule conflict with a surgery appointment (which was minor, and considered a cop-out by the production). Ray Wise played the role for the remainder of the series
* TheProducerThinksOfEverything: The final shot of the series was filmed in 2005, to ensure that the children would still be children whenever the show ended.
associate producer Carl [=McLaren=].



** Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt was initially slated to play Robin but backed out because she ultimately chose to appear in ''Series/GhostWhisperer''. Likewise, Scott Foley was initially slated to play Ted.
*** An episode of ''Series/TheNerdist'' revealed that Creator/GillianJacobs auditioned for Robin. Chris Hardwick also went up for a part.

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** Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt was initially slated to play Robin but backed out because she ultimately chose to appear in ''Series/GhostWhisperer''. Likewise, Scott Foley was initially slated to play Ted.
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Ted. Jim Parsons also auditioned to play Barney right before scoring his breakout role on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. An episode of ''Series/TheNerdist'' revealed that Creator/GillianJacobs auditioned for Robin. Chris Hardwick also went up for a part. Samm Levine also claims he was auditioned repeatedly for Barney, but felt he was wrong for the part.
** Alicia Silverstone was originally cast as Stella but backed out at the last minute. Rumour has it that when she heard Music/BritneySpears would also be guest starring, she didn't want her appearance to be overshadowed. Sarah Chalke replaced her.
27th Apr '17 12:39:33 AM jormis29
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* CastingGag: Casting Neil Patrick Harris and Wayne Brady as Barney and James Stinson, with the actors playing characters of the opposite sexual orientation.

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* CastingGag: Casting Neil Patrick Harris Creator/NeilPatrickHarris and Wayne Brady Creator/WayneBrady as Barney and James Stinson, with the actors playing characters of the opposite sexual orientation.
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