24 Things You Never Knew About 'How I Met Your Mother'

'How I Met Your Mother'

We're bummed that How I Met Your Mother is almost over, but we're equally as excited to see Ted meet The Mother. Can I get a 'finally!'?

Before the show ends, it's time to suit up and sit down because we uncovered a bunch of interesting facts about How I Met Your Mother. It's going to be legen…wait for it...dary!



Neil Patrick Harris is really a talented magician. He is the president of The Magic Castle Club in Los Angeles.
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Josh Radnor (Ted) and the creator of the show, Carter Bays, are both from Shaker Heights in Cleveland, where Ted Mosby grew up.
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MacLaren's Pub is named after Carl MacLaren, who is Carter's assistant for the show. That explains why they named the bartender Carl!
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All future scenes with Ted's kids (played by Lyndsy Fonseca and David Henrie) were shot in the first season so they stayed the same age throughout the series.
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Both Cobie and Alyson were pregnant during the course of the show. They covered it up with baggy shirts and purses. They used the extremely dirty joke in season four (as told by Barney) to allow Lily to leave the show for a few episodes and have the baby.
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Speaking of Alyson being pregnant, did you know her real life husband plays Robin's coworker, Sandy Rivers?
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Josh Radnor is allergic to dogs. Maybe that's why Robin's dogs had to go?
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HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are in a band together called The Solids, and they perform the show's theme song!
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Cobie Smulders is Canadian in real life! She's from Vancouver.
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The Mother, Cristin Milioti, had no idea what role she was auditioning for. After a 30-minute Skype interview, they flew her out to LA and even while testing for the role, she read from fake scenes that had nothing to do with HIMYM.
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McGee's is the real name of the bar that MacLaren's is based upon. McGee's even has a special list of How I Met Your Mother inspired cocktails, including The Naked Man, The Pineapple Incident, and Robin Sparkles.
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Unlike traditional sitcoms, the show isn't filmed in front of a live studio audience.
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Samm Levine, who co-starred with Jason on Freaks and Geeks, auditioned for the role of Barney, but has said Neil Patrick Harris was a much better choice. He makes a cameo in the first season while waiting in line to enter the nightclub.
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Sandy Rivers' news segment -- where he reads the paper aloud -- is based on Pat Kiernan's "In the News" on New York 1.
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Neil Patrick Harris' husband, David Burtka, plays Scooter, Lily's high school boyfriend on the show.
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On that same note, Cobie Smulders' real life husband, Taran Killiam, plays Gary Blauman, a coworker of Barney and Marshall. You can also see Taran on SNL!
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NPH made his directorial debut with the HIMYM episode where Marshall's female coworker Jenkins makes a move on him.
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Robin's full name is Robin Charles Scherbatsky, Jr., basically the best name on TV right now.
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'Not A Father's Day' is officially celebrated on November 10, the day the episode aired.
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Had the show not been picked up after season 1, they would've ended it with Victoria being the mother!
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In the episode where Ted and Robin break up, there was a real life proposal! During the episode, a ring was in a champagne glass and Robin thought Ted was proposing. However, the ring belonged to a man at the next table. He planned his proposal with the producers and now that couple's engagement will live forever on the show!
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There are only 12 times throughout the entire series that Barney shows up without a suit.
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"The Pineapple Incident" is the most viewed episode to date.
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Finally, Lifetime paid $750,000 per episode for syndication rights to air reruns! Money well spent.
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