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How I Met Your Father Season 2 - Everything You Need To Know

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The CBS series "How I Met Your Mother" drew a lot of fans over the course of its nine-season run, with many viewers invested in the romantic trials and tribulations of Ted Mosby — played by Josh Radnor in present-day and Bob Saget in the future — as he searched for love. The Saget version of Mosby, however, proved that the character did find love, as he was narrating the story to his children.

The show's success spawned a spinoff series on Hulu, titled "How I Met Your Father." Created by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who previously worked together on "This Is Us" and also co-created "Love, Victor," the spinoff is focused on Sophie, played by Hilary Duff in the present and Kim Cattrall in the future. Cattrall takes on narrating duties this time around, citing to her son that she met his father on a night of adventures in the pilot episode, leaving a lot of contenders.

Here's what we know about the second season of "How I Met Your Father."

When will How I Met Your Father Season 2 be released?

For those who've been patiently waiting for Season 2 of "How I Met Your Father," we've got good news. The second season is almost here, and this time, it's going to be even longer. While Season 1 ran for 10 seasons, Season 2 will double that, with a run of 20 episodes on Hulu. According to TVLine, the laughter will start on January 24, 2023, so mark that Tuesday on your calendar. The first half of that 20-episode order will wrap up with a midseason finale on March 28, and the back half of Season 2 is set to arrive on Hulu beginning on May 23, 2023.

What is the plot of How I Met Your Father Season 2?

The creative minds behind intricately plotted, twist-heavy shows generally aren't too forthcoming about the plot developments that unfold in episodes yet to air. The slowly unfolding and winding "How I Met Your Father" is no exception, and writers are keeping viewers in the dark, building anticipation and excitement for Season 2. Be that as it may, viewers can probably make an educated guess about where the action will head in "How I Met Your Father" Season 2, because Season 1 ended with a number of unresolved plot lines and character arcs. 

For example, Sophie and Jesse found themselves moving closer to something like a romance, only for Jesse to prematurely declare his love, freaking out Jesse into ruining the relationship before it can start, then having second thoughts and realizing she's too late, as Jesse has seemingly reunited with his ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, Valentina and Charlie have tentatively broken up over fundamental differences, Sid and Hannah got married, and Sophie finally connects with Ian, a guy she almost dated in the pilot episode. "How I Met Your Father" Season 2 will definitely have to address the aftermath of these events in some manner.

Who is starring in How I Met Your Father Season 2?

Like predecessor series "How I Met Your Mother," "How I Met Your Father" is a romantic comedy in the guise of a friends-hanging-out show, with Sophie surrounded by a tight-knit support groups of pals, confidantes, and potential love interests. An ensemble of familiar faces from TV comedy's past populated the cast of "How I Met Your Father" Season 1, including "Lizzie Maguire" star Hilary Duff as Sophie, "GLOW" actor Chris Lowell as Jesse, Josh Peck of "Drake and Josh" as Drew, and "Sex and the City" legend Kim Cattrall as older Sophie, narrating from the future.

As "How I Met Your Father" is a tightly serialized show, complicated by time jumps, it would be tough to write out a major character or account for the departure of an actor. As it stands, the whole Season 1 regular cast of "How I Met Your Father" is set to return for Season 2, which means you can expect to see Francia Raisa, Tom Ainsley, Tien Tran, Suraj Sharma, Daniel Augustin, and Ashley Reyes. In January 2023, we learned about some new cast additions, including pop star Meghan Trainor, Mark Consuelos ("Riverdale"), Michael Cimino ("Love, Victor), Constance Marie ("George Lopez"), Meaghan Rath ("Being Human"), and John Corbett, best known for his work on cult classics "Sex and the City" and "Northern Exposure," who will play an "old guy" boyfriend opposite Hilary Duff's Sophie. 

Neil Patrick Harris, who played caddish lothario Barney Stinson on the original "How I Met Your Mother" (and landed four Emmy nominations for his troubles) will once more play the character on the reboot. He'll show up in the two-episode Season 2 midseason finale.

Who are the showrunners for How I Met Your Father Season 2?

Carter Bays and Craig Thomas created the original "How I Met Your Mother," but they aren't actively involved in the day-to-day processes of "How I Met Your Father," credited as executive producers and for having written the material that "inspired" the new series. According to Entertainment Weekly, 20th Television asked writer-producer team Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger — best known for the film "Love, Simon" and the MTV comedy "Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous" — a few years back if they wanted to write a pilot script for a new take on "How I Met Your Mother." "There was a great internal response, and then we were tapped to co-run 'This Is Us,'" Berger said. "It was sort of collectively agreed that we would hit pause." When "This is Us" was winding down, and Hilary Duff was wrapping up her stint on the long-running comedy "Younger," the time was right to jump on "How I Met Your Father," and the creators were hired as showrunners. They saw to their creative vision for the entirety of Season 1, and they're poised to do the same on "How I Met Your Father" Season 2.

Is there a trailer for How I Met Your Father Season 2?

On January 10, 2023, Hulu released the first trailer for the upcoming second season of "How I Met Your Father." Fans so eagerly anticipated this first real glimpse of new episodes of the hit serialized comedy-mystery that the clip collection amassed more than two million YouTube views in under a day. Set to the Cure's classic love song "Just Like Heaven," the trailer seems to promise that Season 2 of "How I Met Your Father" will offer plenty of the stuff that made Season One such a smash. There's plenty of Sophie (Hilary Duff) pining and wishing to meet her one true love, while observing her close friends trying to make their own relationships work, or take them to the next level. Meanwhile, the whole gang seems to be growing tired of youthful pursuits as they head into their thirties, particularly drinking games revolving around board games. Additionally, Season 2 promises plenty of dancing in the streets, a home birth, chaotic New York City driving lessons, and TV veteran John Corbett as an "old guy" with mutton chops who at leasts briefly dates Sophie.

Where to watch How I Met Your Father and How I Met Your Mother

"How I Met Your Father" isn't the first parentally-switched offshoot of the 2005-2014 CBS mega-hit "How I Met Your Mother." The same year that the flagship show ended, CBS considered a pilot of "How I Met Your Dad," starring future Oscar-nominated filmmaker Greta Gerwig as Sally, a woman looking for love in New York and hanging out with her wacky group of friends. Gerwig later said on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" that CBS passed on the show because focus groups didn't care for her.

Undeterred, and nearly a decade later, the reimagining of "How I Met Your Mother" was back on but away from its CBS point of origin. In 2021, according to Deadline, the Disney-owned, ABC-affiliated streaming service Hulu announced plans for a contemporary set new take on "How I Met Your Mother" — which, of course, ended up being "How I Met Your Father," starring Hilary Duff. If you want to watch Season 1 before Season 2 starts airing, you can find it on Hulu. Or if you'd rather watch the original series where it all started, you can stream all nine season on Hulu or Amazon Prime.