How I Met Your Father doesn’t include any of the cast or characters from How I Met Your Mother, but the new Hulu series does have several little shoutouts to the original sitcom. Here are the standouts from the two-episode premiere.
The How I Met Your Mother gang constantly hung out at their favorite bar: MacLaren's. While that specific pub doesn’t appear in the new show, the new crew does make a traditional bar their go-to spot: Pemberton’s.
Similarly, Jesse’s embarrassing proposal fail mirrors Ted initially scaring Robin off by prematurely declaring his love for her in the HIMYM pilot.
Jesse mentioned he bought the apartment from an “old married couple” from a Wesleyan alumni group (aka Lily and Marshall). He also pointed out he got to keep the iconic swords the HIMYM crew would often duel with.
The penguin figurines in Ian’s apartment are another nod to Robin Scherbatsky. On HIMYM, Ted used Robin’s love for the animal to distract her during fights.
Kim Cattrall narrates the new series as an older version of Sophie telling her son the story of how she met his father in the same way Bob Saget voiced an older Ted telling his kids the story in the original.