'How I Met Your Mother' Turns 200: It's Finally All About the Mother
CBS airs the 200th episode of "How I Met Your Mother" Monday night, and if you've been waiting for the episode that really explores the mother, this is it. "It's from her perspective; it's called 'How Your Mother Met Me,'" said series co-creator Craig Thomas, "and it's wonderful. If she [Cristin Milioti] doesn't get nominated for a guest Emmy for this episode, I don't know what one has to do to get that." The show's cast and creators sat down with reporters at a celebration of the milestone on the set of the Farhampton Inn, where most of the last season takes place.
Watch a special "HIMYM" 200th episode opening sequence featuring the Mother and her friends:
Only a handful of sitcoms have reached 200, and given the show's early history, this show wasn't a favorite to make it. "I didn't think there would be an episode 100," said Neil Patrick Harris (Barney, the group's resident Lothario), who remembers the first few seasons, when the show was constantly on the bubble of cancellation. Even despite "hard work and great circumstances, it's all very random that we get to be here," he said, citing unfortunate scheduling ("HIMYM" has often gone head-to-head with ratings juggernauts like "Dancing With the Stars" and "The Voice") and the possibility that, for example, they might have "been up against a show that was similar and better."
He's thankful that "CBS and Les [Moonves] and Nina [Tassler] have been truly extraordinary for keeping the show on the same night for nine years and have always represented us well," he continued. "Even though we're not a top-five show, they treated us with respect."
"It's an unbelievable gift," said Jason Segel (Marshall, best friend of Ted). "I'd only been a part of failed TV shows prior to this. Ones that I loved — 'Freaks and Geeks' didn't make it a full season, 'Undeclared' just went one season. I went in with the mentality that you try to do the best job that you can, and longevity is separate. There are so many different factors."
Alyson Hannigan (Lily, wife of Marshall) recalls the unfriendly climate surrounding them at the beginning. "When we started the show, all the questions we got were, 'Oh, so the sitcom's dead. Why are you trying?' And here we are, nine seasons later..."