The nine seasons of HIMYM gave viewers a deep look into the main characters’ lives. Ted, Barney, and their friends made people laugh for 208 episodes, but they weren’t the only ones. They had help from a colourful group of side characters, who helped the show become known as one of the best sitcoms ever.
Sandy Rivers is Robin’s co-host on Metro News 1. She first showed up in season 1’s “Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M.” and came back in later seasons. Sandy Rivers is a Ron Burgundy-like character who says inappropriate things and doesn’t care about office rules. She often asks Robin and other female staff members out for sex.
Before he was known for his roles in Magic Mike and Justice League, Joe Manganiello played Marshall’s law school friend and brunch buddy, Brad Morris, on How I Met Your Mother. Brad plays a softer side to the typical stereotype of the jock caricature. He likes brunch and Broadway but doesn’t think of these things as “girly” or “female.”
Bilson works at Goliath National Bank with Barney and Marshall. His rude and annoying behaviour at work, combined with the fact that he is a bro at work, makes for some hilarious jokes and one-liners, like when he calls Marshall’s tie “steak sauce” in “Life Among the Gorillas.” Comedian Bryan Callen plays him in real life.
Carl, a bartender and possible owner of MacLaren’s Pub, where the group hangs out, is not a vampire. Even though he doesn’t have the leading role or a big part in the show, he has been a good friend to the other characters in many episodes.
In several episodes, Arthur Hobbs, Marshall’s boss, is played by actor and Breaking Bad alum Bob Odenkirk. He is known for his loud screaming sessions, his love for his dog Tugboat, and his lack of trust in women after his divorce. In season 3, episode “The Chain of Screaming,” Artillery Arthur is introduced.
Bryan Cranston, who was on Breaking Bad, plays Hammond Druthers. Cranston’s rudeness, bullying, and putting down of his employees is a sharp contrast to his other well-known role as Hal in Malcolm in the Middle, where he was a nice guy all around.
Robin works with Patrice at World Wide News. Patrice is among the most excellent and honest people in the HIMYM series.
Throughout the show, Barney’s cool brother, James, shows up more than once, often as a prophetic reflection of Barney. The things he does and how they turn out to show Barney what might be in store for him. Making him an essential part of the show. For example, in the episode “Single Stamina.” In the season 9 episode “Coming Back,” “James has cheated on his husband Tom many times.” So their marriage broke up—a hint about what will happen in Barney’s marriage.
Britney Spears’s first role on HIMYM was as a receptionist at Stella’s dermatology office. After she has a massive crush on Ted, she sleeps with Barney. After Barney ghosts her, she makes it her mission to ruin his chances of getting a date.
He is among the most excellent and most likeable people in the show. They are in the first episode and every season after that. It is much more than that to the gang. Throughout the series, it gives them advice, wisdom, and friendship.