Retaking a successful project always involves a risk. Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker were aware of this when they decided to take over the leadership of How I Met Your Father, a new comedy series that tries to continue the successful legacy of How I Met Your Mother.
The original version starred Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, and Alyson Hannigan, and ran for nine seasons through March 2014.
That CBS project focused on Ted, an architect looking to fall in love at the age of 20. The series jumped 25 years into the future to show an adult Ted explaining to his children how he met the love of his life, portrayed through the voice of the late Bob Saget.
Now, the directors Berger and Aptaker have taken charge of this project that they define as an “independent sequel” that has just released its first two episodes on Hulu.
feel the pressure
Of course, it is still too early to venture an opinion regarding this production. The best, for now, is to aim for the obvious.
How I Met Your Father it’s a long shot trying to pick up a successful job loved by comedy fans, and that’s always tricky.
In addition, it is a series that “nobody asked for”. In fact, many fans of the original version were surprised when this new Hulu project was announced. Honestly, nobody expected it.
The team in charge of this work is aware of the challenge:
“You know that there is a very high bar… You do feel the pressure. If we’re going to do this, we want to do it right. How do we make this new and fresh?” said Berger in a meeting with journalists.
An all too familiar story
In How I Met Your Father we meet Sophie (Hilary Duff), a young woman desperately searching for the love of her life. Only that in this project, unlike the previous one, he also uses technological resources, such as dating applications, to have a greater chance of succeeding in this quest.
There are also his friends, a much more diverse group than the previous series.
It’s worth mentioning that this new take also jumps into the future to show a mature Sophie (played by Kim Cattrall) telling her son how she ended up meeting his father.
According to a review published in CNN, the new series tries to take care of certain gaps left by the original version, but fails in this attempt.
“This Hulu series feels particularly stale, with modest innovations that don’t offer enough to make you want to start a new relationship,” the site notes.
For now, the only thing left is to wait for the comedy to progress and thus discover how it manages to distance itself from the first project and if it is capable of proposing a fresh and original story, although for now Hulu’s bet has everything against it to succeed. .