7 Secrets About How I Met Your Mother That All Big Fans Should Know

Super fans definitely know the show’s basic “secrets,” like how the real-life spouses of Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders, and Neil Patrick Harris all appeared on How I Met Your Mother  throughout the series. The man behind Future Ted’s voiceovers is no mystery either – who else was disappointed that Josh Radnor didn’t morph into Bob Saget when the final flashforward began in the series finale? If you didn’t know any of those tidbits, you may want to reconsider your true fan status.

A Real-Life Wedding Proposal Was Shown In The Season 2 Finale

In the episode “Something Blue,” Robin freaked when she found an engagement ring at the bottom of her champagne glass, thinking that Ted was trying to propose to her. The ring actually belonged to a couple eating at the restaurant table next to them, but those weren’t actors pretending to get engaged. Brooklyn couple Jana Rugan and Timothy Russo were huge fans of How I Met Your Mother, and Russo turned to his comedy writer brother to help him plan out a trip to the show’s Los Angeles set. His brother had a friend who worked on the show, and Russo’s initial plan was just to surprise Rugan with a tour of the set. However, his brother suggested to Russo that he propose to Rugan while visiting the HIMYM lot.

The Cast Didn’t Film In Front Of A Studio Audience

Usually you can guarantee that any sitcom with a laugh track had a studio audience watching the cast work, but that wasn’t the case for How I Met Your Mother. Because the narrative played around with time so much and frequently included flashbacks and flashforwards, it would have been too confusing for an audience to watch the process. I mean, can you imagine people trying to follow episodes like “Subway Wars” and “Brunch” out of context?

If The Show Was Cancelled Early On, Victoria Would’ve Been The Mother

Some of the controversy behind the HIMYM finale originated from the fact that the very last scene was filmed eight years before the series wrapped and before creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas could have foreseen how their characters would change over time. So, while actors David Henrie and Lyndsy Fonseca filmed the final scene as Ted’s kids circa Season 1, baker Victoria was the only non-Robin love interest in sight for Ted.

Jason Segel Didn’t Know How Lily Would Tell Marshall About His Dad’s Death

Explaining the filming process to Entertainment Weekly. Bays revealed that Segel chose not to read any of Lily’s dialogue in the episode’s closing scene. He only knew the last word of her line. “He didn’t make it,” leading to him ad-libbing the scene’s very last line.

How I Met Your Mother: Alyson Hannigan’s Daughter Was Fired From Playing Marshall and Lily’s Second Child

They fired my kid from that role. She was gonna be the baby, but [producer] Carter Bays was like, ‘Nope. She’s too old,’ and she got replaced. I was like, ‘You fired my child. First of all that’s ageism. I don’t think you’re allowed to fire her because she’s too old.’

How I Met Your Mother: Conan O’Brien Appears In The Background Of One Episode


ou can spot the talk show host passing the gang at. MacLaren’s in the Season 7 episode “No Pressure”. Although HIMYM was known for including some pretty epic guest stars every now and then. O’Brien requested a background cameo when he won a spot on the show via a charity auction. While talking with guest Neil Patrick Harris on Conan, O’Brien revealed that writers wanted to do much more with him:

How I Met Your Mother: The Original Description For Barney Was Much, *Much* Different


In an interview with The A.V. Club, Neil Patrick Harris revealed that Barney was originally written as a. “Jack Black, John Belushi type.” In his audition, Harris committed to his own wacky version of the character. Even acting out Barney’s love for laser tag and rolling all over the audition room. Harris revealed that he was called into the audition because he knew the casting director. But that his commitment to the role likely won him the part:

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