The series was created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, who also served as the show's executive producers and were frequent writers.
The series was loosely inspired by their friendship when they both lived in New York City.
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The show initially received positive reviews, while the later seasons received more mixed reviews.
The show was nominated for 28 Emmy Awards, winning nine.
In 2010, Alyson Hannigan won the People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress.
In 2012, seven years after its premiere, the series won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Network TV Comedy, and Neil Patrick Harris won the award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor.
The ninth and final season began airing on September 23, 2013, and concluded on March 31, 2014, with a double-length finale episode, which received polarized reviews from critics and fans alike for its controversial twist ending, as many believed it contradicted many of the previous episodes.
The series concerns the adventures of Ted Mosby (played by Josh Radnor) and how he met the mother of his children.
The story starts in 2005 with a 27-year-old Ted Mosby living in New York City and working as an architect; the narrative deals primarily with his best friends, including the long-lasting couple Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) and Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan); the eccentric, womanizing-playboy Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris); and news anchor Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders).
The series explores many storylines, including a "will they or won't they" relationship between Robin and each of the two single male characters, Marshall and Lily's relationship, and the ups and downs of the characters' careers.
Ted Mosby is relaying the story of how he met his wife to his daughter and son.
The story starts in the year 2005, when then twenty-seven year old architect Ted was spurred on to want to get married after his best friends from his college days at Wesleyan, lawyer Marshall Eriksen, who was his roommate at the time and kindergarten teacher Lily Aldrin, got engaged after nine years of dating each other.
Ted’s new quest in life was much to the dismay of his womanizing friend, Barney Stinson.