*All* the Juicy Deets About 'How I Met Your Father,' aka the 'How I Met Your Mother' Spinoff

Grab the nearest blue french horn and place a hold on any slap bets, because How I Met Your Father is coming to Hulu. The long-running sitcom is back, this time with a female protagonist and a supporting cast you may or may not like better.

Still nursing your wounds from the How I Met Your Mother series finale? Maybe you were one of the fans who liked it. They exist, I’m told. No matter what you feel, here’s everything you need to know about the new How I Met Your Father show, starting with ~drumroll please~ the trailer:

How does the new show connect to HIMYM?

It’s a standalone sequel, but does technically exist in the same universe and connect to the original series in small ways.

Who is in How I Met Your Father?

Oh it’s just this, like, up-and-coming actress named Hilary Duff. You’ve probably never heard of her. Just kidding! She plays Sophie, the protagonist meeting the titular father. Speaking of your childhood, Josh Peck is also on this show… as in Drake and Josh… so it’s basically the most epic Disney Channel and Nickelodeon crossover ever attempted.

Rounding out the cast is Francia Raisa from The Secret Live of the American Teenager (remember that show?!) and Grown-ish, Suraj Sharma from God Friended Me, Tom Ainsley from The Royals, writer/comedian Tien Tran from Candyman and Work in Progress, and finally Chris Lowell—who you may know as “Piz” from Veronica Mars, “Dell” from Private Practice, or “Bash” from G.L.O.W. on Netflix. Something about him really screams “guy who goes by a monosyllabic nickname,” huh?

Last but not least Kim Cattrall, who did not return to the Sex and the City-verse for …And Just Like That, has joined the How I Met Your-verse as the voice of future Sophie.

Where can I watch How I Met Your Father?

On Hulu, starting January 18.

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Wait, Wasn’t This Already a *Thing*?

Yeah! There was a How I Met Your Dad (note the difference) pilot filmed in 2014 that starred none other than Greta Gerwig in the Ted Mosby-but-a-lady role. Meg Ryan provided the voice-over à la Bob Saget. The pilot also had Drew Tarver, who is now one of the leads on The Other Two, as well as Tiya Sircar from The Good Place, Anders Holm from The Mindy Project and Workaholics, and Nicholas D’Agosto from Masters of Sex and Trial & Error.

It never made it past the first episode, but years later the script leaked online—so you can read it and think about what might have been if you want! Or, like, compare it to the new version of the show that’s actually happening.

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