• Network: HULU
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 18, 2022
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Amy Amatangelo
    Jan 13, 2022
    75
    Duff is charming as ever and the cast has a nice rapport. ... Still, without the framework of the well known series it pays homage to, How I Met Your Father would be just another perfectly pleasant, often funny comedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Ross Bonaime
    Jan 13, 2022
    67
    In addition to trying to set up its own story and characters, HIMYF is struggling with the legacy of its past, while trying to fix the errors its predecessor made. That’s a lot to ask of any sitcom, and who knows if it will be able to pull this off in the long haul. But at least with these first four episodes, thanks to its appealing cast and plenty of promise, How I Met Your Father is off to a rocky, but auspicious start.
  3. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Jan 13, 2022
    67
    Father is too much of an imitation at some points and too scattered and strange at others. But there are a few sparks of potential here, at least in the supporting cast."
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 14, 2022
    65
    Despite the updates, this new series certainly feels like a piece of its predecessor in the style of humor, laugh track and direction (Pamela Fryman, who directed almost every episode of “Mother” returns to helm “Father” episodes). The theme song is the same and there are other Easter eggs of varying size and scope. Duff, formerly married to former Penguins player Mike Comrie, is the standout here.
  5. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Jan 18, 2022
    60
    There are enough good things about the show to think it’ll work eventually, but it might never click on all cylinders like the parent show did at its peak.
  6. Reviewed by: Gwen Ihnat
    Jan 13, 2022
    58
    The series replicates HIMYM’s narrative inventiveness, but it’s the chemistry between its leads the new series tries hardest to recreate. ... Part of the problem is, without the core chemistry (which may take a few episodes to work out), the new show so far also lacks the clever plot overlays we came to expect from Carter Bays and Craig Thomas’ original series.
  7. Reviewed by: Angie Han
    Jan 18, 2022
    50
    If old episodes of HIMYM feel like comfort food in 2022, HIMYF feels less like an updated recipe than the prepackaged Trader Joe’s version. It’s good enough to pass in a pinch, but not quite good enough to surpass the real deal.
  8. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 18, 2022
    50
    This Hulu series feels particularly stale, with its modest wrinkles failing to offer enough to merit starting a new relationship.
  9. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 14, 2022
    50
    It's a familiar sitcom with familiar beats, and stars a particularly familiar lead who brings a nostalgic vibe to an essentially wistful enterprise. "How I Met Your Father" is for anyone who grew up on Duff's "Lizzie McGuire" or "Drake and Josh" (Josh Peck joins in a later episode) and may be wondering right now why romance is so tragically out of reach circa 2022.
  10. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Jan 13, 2022
    50
    Hulu’s How I Met Your Father has a strong cast, but lame jokes and an excess of schmaltz make it fall short of the original.
  11. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Jan 13, 2022
    42
    Father overstuffs itself with elaborate backstories, yet it's barely clear why the ensemble wants to hang out together. Contrivances pile up.
  12. Reviewed by: Ciara Wardlow
    Jan 19, 2022
    40
    “How I Met Your Father” misses all of that spark and feels like watching the copy of a copy of a copy. It’s enough to fulfill a nostalgic craving in the most superficial sort of way, but far too flimsy to do anything else.
  13. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jan 19, 2022
    40
    We've seen this story before and better versions of it since life moved on, making the writers' choice to retrace its dated habits so odd.
  14. Reviewed by: Adrian Horton
    Jan 18, 2022
    40
    There’s a lot of light and snacky fare out there, but HIMYF feels more akin to a reheated, juiced-up leftover.
  15. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 13, 2022
    40
    This new show feels like dating someone who superficially reminds you of a long-term ex, but without either the exhilarating highs or maddening lows that made the original relationship the kind you would one day tell stories about. It’s just another piece of familiar IP that’s been dusted off without any idea of what to do with it.
  16. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jan 18, 2022
    30
    “How I Met Your Father” (created by the writing team of Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who also adapted the TV series “Love, Victor” from the film “Love, Simon”) simply feels like a void — an absence where interesting characters or relatable scenarios or effective attempts at wit and charm should be.
  17. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Jan 13, 2022
    30
    One of the more downright disorienting series in recent memory. ... Not even Lowell, so capable on shows like “GLOW” and “Enlisted,” can overcome the musty characterization of “Uber driver weathering the humiliation of his failed proposal going viral.” That just about applies to every character and complication on “How I Met Your Father.” ... “How I Met Your Father” is just a bizarre exercise in recycling nostalgia for modern times without finding a way to be modern at all.
  18. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    Jan 14, 2022
    25
    An inferior sequel. ... Filled with bad dialogue. ... Duff, though a likable, solid ensemble anchor, lacks Radnor’s exuberance, just as Sophie mostly lacks Ted’s impulsiveness.
User Score
2.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 8 out of 11
  1. Jan 18, 2022
    0
    Hey look at us, we are in 2022!: the show
    You'll laugh more in a funeral. Just skip this woke crap.
  2. Jan 21, 2022
    1
    Boring - and Hilary Duff is miscast here. None of the cast is particularly relatable and their acting is hammy like it's a Broadway (showBoring - and Hilary Duff is miscast here. None of the cast is particularly relatable and their acting is hammy like it's a Broadway (show instead of real life). Full Review »
  3. Jan 21, 2022
    5
    For a show that is trying to be relatable and real in 2022 its a little astounding that they wouldn't mention COVID or the realities of onlineFor a show that is trying to be relatable and real in 2022 its a little astounding that they wouldn't mention COVID or the realities of online dating in America today. Full Review »