13 surprising things you probably didn’t know about ‘How I Met Your Mother’

With over 200 episodes since its 2005 premiere, a lot happened on the show. But even if you watched every episode (and re-watched once it hit the streaming sites) you probably didn’t know these legend… wait for it… dary things about “How I Met Your Mother.”

The narrator, who was supposed to be an older Ted Mosby, was voiced by Bob Saget.

The show wasn’t actually filmed in New York City.

Jim Parsons was almost cast as Barney.

Before Neil Patrick Harris landed the role, Jim Parsons auditioned for Barney on the show. But there are no hard feelings from the “The Big Bang Theory” star.

Jennifer Love Hewitt almost played Robin.

Real-life Canadian Cobie Smulders eventually snagged the part of Robin, but only after Jennifer Love Hewitt turned it down.

Britney Spears saved the show from low ratings.

The pop singer guest-starred as Abby the receptionist on season three, episode 13. According to E! News, cocreator Carter Bays told Reddit that she helped bring in new viewers and saved the show from low ratings.

The show’s creators are in a real-life band, and they wrote and performed the series’ theme song.

A real proposal happened during the filming of the show.

Some of the show’s famous props went home with the lead actors.

In 2014, Bays and Thomas told Yahoo News that some of the show’s iconic props ended up going home with the stars after the series ended in ‘How I Met Your Mother’.

Harris made it his mission to get Barney and Robin together on the show.

Smulders was apprehensive when there were initial chats about the characters getting together, but Harris actively tried to make it happen throughout filming.

Ted probably made Barney sound worse on purpose to make himself look better in the end.

In 2018, Harris agreed with a popular fan theory in an interview with Digital Spy.

Some of the leading actors’ significant others made it onto the show.


Both Smulders and Hannigan had to hide pregnancies during filming.

During season five, the actor who played Robin and the actor who played Lily were both pregnant, but their characters were not. So the props team just kept hiding their growing bellies behind large props and handbags.

Hannigan wanted her daughter to play her on-screen child.

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