How I Met Your Mother? Does it ring a bell? The sitcom that defined the genre itself since 2005 defined how a real sitcom should look like. From good landing of jokes to a unique storyline, shows like HIMYM and FRIENDS or Two and a Half Men helped us watch the industry grow. While the nine seasons were a success, a spin-off became a necessity. That is when How I Met Your Father was born, a spin-off out of the womb of incredible success.
However, not all sitcoms receive the same response, and despite being experimental and out of the box, the show that premiered in 2022 will not be returning for a third season. As sad as it seems, it now proves how all spin-offs are not equally successful.
Is How I Met Your Father Season 3 canceled?
Yes. The makers announced officially that the show would not return for a season 3 or indirectly hinted at this spin-off franchise ending just two months after the second season gave its finale. The show was compelling and received enough attention and viewership to continue for another season, but for reasons unknown, fans are disappointed with this news. The makers worked on this show after rectifying the mistakes of How I Met Your Mother and gave it an identity of its own. With fans still unaware of who this father is, this show has been canceled.
Why was How I Met Your Father Season 3 canceled?
While the makers and Hulu Network have not commented on why the show was canceled, there are a few reasons for the cancellation of the show;
- Not as famous and loved as How I Met Your Mother
- Increased production costs
- Not expected viewership for season 2
- The Writer’s Guild Strike
- The political disturbances due to actors also going on strike
- The streaming platform is suffering losses as the transition from TV to OTT has not been easy
- Actors demanding higher signing amounts
- Writers not providing the expected plots due to the strikes
- How I Met Your Mother got 8.3/10 on IMDb versus How I Met Your Father received 5.6/10 on IMDb
Any hopes for the revival of How I Met Your Father Season 3?
While being optimistic would have helped us, the makers have clearly said no. But what if this changes after the strike ends? We can speculate, but if the show returns, the excitement and zeal will not return, and the viewership will drop. Also, the fans would take a long to get over this sudden resentment as they wanted their answers.
Can any other producer or network take up on How I Met Your Father Season 3?
No. The show was created by Issac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger via Hulu Network. No other platform like NBC or ABC would want to take this show up as they themselves are busy canceling and delaying shows to cope with the costs and blows of the strikes. In such a case, only small reunions like the FRIENDS reunion can be expected, but after a few years of creating a buzz.
If the show does come back, what cliffhangers will never be spoken about?
The show never revealed who this mysterious father was. It just sees the journey of Sophie Tompkins in two time zones, one in 2020 and another in 2050, where she recalls her love story to her child. But the show just ended with various characters coming together, and she ruled out the possibility of Charlie being the father. Then who is the father?
Recap of the last two seasons:
While the show relied on cameos and deja vu by characters from How I Met Your Mother, it followed the story of a young girl in New York City finding love and meeting many men; her adventures are quirky and funny. But why is she telling her son all this 30 years later? Well, she wants to tell him How she met her father, but the show ends just before we find that.
More shows to watch if you liked How I Met Your Father
- Modern Family
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- The Office
- The Big Bang Theory
While it is sad that the show will not return, we can say this is a dark period for the American entertainment industry and we hope for the best soon.