'How I Met Your Mother' Turns 200: Showrunners Talk Time Travel, Penning the Series Finale

This story first appeared in the Jan. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

How I Met Your Mother has bucked TV convention from the start. Ordered to series in 2005, the telling of one romantic's odyssey to find the woman of his dreams premiered on a schedule that had all but given up on the multicamera setup and canned laughter of traditional sitcoms. But the format allowed the CBS comedy, a modest ratings performer to start, to embrace a distinctive narrative flow of flashbacks, flash-forwards, blink-and-you-miss-them scenes and a carefully maintained canon -- more similar to a serial drama than any half-hour comedy.  Read More...

 


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