Some characters from How I Met Your Mother make cameos in the first season of How I Met Your Father, including Cobie Smulders’ Robin Scherbatsky.
In the 1st season of How I Met Your Father on Hulu, several beloved characters from How I Met Your Mother are back. How I Met, Your Father starts almost ten years after Ted and Tracy finally get together. The modern story of How I Met Your Father recaptures the spirit of HIMYF beyond just its core storytelling device. It does this by repeating the narration from the future protagonist and telling stories of many romantic misadventures.
At first, the spinoff series seemed like a simple remake. However, How I Met Your Father quickly became a part of the same universe as the original show and connected to it. The season-first premiere of How I Met Your Father showed that best friends Jesse (Chris Lowell) and Sid (Suraj Sharma) now live in Ted, Marshall, and Lily’s old HIMYM apartment above the well-known MacLaren’s Pub. Sid owns another bar where Jesse, Sid, Sophie, Valentina, Charlie, and Ellen hang out. As season 1 of How I Met Your Father went on, these remote connections between the two shows strengthened. In the last two episodes, several HIMYM characters made cameos, which was a direct connection between the two shows.
In the 1st season of How I Met Your Father, four characters from How I Met Your Mother return, including one of the five main characters. How I Met Your Father’s cameos were a natural way to connect Sophie and Ted’s stories. They played on the nostalgia of HIMYM and answered some questions left over from the first series. As lovely as the four cameos were in the first season of How I Met Your Father, they also made it possible for more HIMYM characters and actors to come back in later seasons.
Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders)
People were expecting a cameo from a character from How I Met Your Mother, but Robin Scherbatsky showed up in the season 1 finale of How I Met Your Father. Robin was one of the five main characters and Ted’s love interest in the endgame. Her ending in HIMYM was controversial, so she was the best character to show up in the spinoff and fix her story. At the end of HIMYM’s timeline, she was married to Barney because Ted had finally let her go. However, flashes into the future in the finale showed that she and Barney had gotten a divorce, and Robin realized she still loved Ted. After Robin focused on her very successful journalism career, Ted and Robin finally got back together in 2030, right after he finished telling the title story to his kids for the last time.
Cobie Smulders’s return to the world of HIMYM was a big surprise. But it was essential for both Robin and Sophie’s stories. Marshall, Ted, and Barney in the bar, which was different from how Ted remembered her being far away. Robin’s return to How I Met Your Father in 2022 directly responded to how she ended things with Ted. Ted was still with Tracy, and Robin had grown apart from the group. When Sophie met the famous Robin Scherbatsky at MacLaren’s Pub, Robin compared her fears of being with the love-seeking Ted to Sophie’s fears of Jesse moving too fast in their new relationship since Robin could only love Ted from afar. Robin’s cameo on How I Met Your Father showed that she secretly missed the old times with Lily.
The Commander (Kyle MacLachlan)
George “The Captain” Van Smoot was the first central HIMYM character to show up in How I Met Your Father. In the 6th season of HIMYM, the Captain was introduced as Zoey’s rich, sea-obsessed husband. Zoey used to be Ted’s worst enemy and is now his girlfriend. After Zoey and The Captain broke up and she started dating Ted. The Captain became a much better-liked and more important recurring character on HIMYM. Later, Kyle MacLachlan’s character would return and hire Lily Aldrin from How I Met Your Mother as his art consultant. He would also marry Becky, Ted’s ex-girlfriend and Robin’s former co-anchor, who was obsessed with boats.
The season first finale of How I Met Your Father ties his divorce to Sophie’s story by showing that The Captain owned the boat on which Sophie’s perfect date. Lan was working in Australia. Ian’s marine biology expedition was canceled when Becky got the ship, which shows that his divorce is related to Sophie’s story. Now that there is a connection between The Captain and Ian. How I Met, Your Father suggests that MacLachlan could return for season 2.
Becky (Laura Bell Bundy)
Becky from How I Met Your Mother also returns for the last two episodes of How I Met Your Father season 1. She and The Captain were both introduced in season 6 of HIMYM. For a short time, Becky was Robin’s news co-anchor. Even though Becky only showed up in five episodes between seasons 6 and 9 of How I Met Your Mother. She was one of the most memorable characters because of her relationships with Ted and The Captain. Laura Bell Bundy’s appearances on How I Met Your Father were very different from her character’s personality on HIMYM. From Sophie’s point of view, Becky seemed much more mature than Ted. This suggests that her childlike naivety and enthusiasm in HIMYM were probably just how Ted saw her and not who she was.
Carl (Joe Nieves)
Joe Nieves, who played Carl, the bartender for all nine seasons of How I Met Your Father. Made one of the show’s more surprising guest appearances. Carl has been the bartender and probably the owner of MacLaren’s since the first episode of HIMYM. When Sophie and Robin meet Carl in the season 1 finale of How I Met Your Father, he is still making drinks. Joe Nieves’ character was in more than 20 episodes of How I Met Your Mother. So, in How I Met Your Father, it made sense that Carl came back when Sophie went to MacLaren’s for the first time. And the bartender talked to Robin just like they used to. Since Sid and Jesse still live above MacLaren’s Pub. It seems likely that Carl will be back in future episodes of How I Met Your Father.