It's time to suit up! Fifteen years have gone by since MacLaren's Pub's favorite group of friends first appeared on our television screens. "How I Met Your Mother" became an instant hit upon its 2005 premiere, running for more than 200 legendary episodes, winning 10 Emmy Awards and turning its main cast into household names. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the hit comedy's premiere on Sept. 19, 2020, join Wonderwall.com as we take a look at what its stars are up to now…
"How I Met Your Mother" starred Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris as a group of friends trying to navigate their late 20s and early 30s in New York City. The sitcom was a massive hit for CBS that ran for nine seasons before wrapping in 2014. During that time, fans were enthralled by the crew's roller coaster of celebrations and challenges in their careers, relationships and families. The show's five lead stars each came in with different levels of success, but there's no denying they all left the series as members of TV's A-list.
Josh Radnor starred as Ted Mosby, the show's protagonist who's telling his kids the story of how he, in fact, met their mother. The series follows the architect and college professor on his lengthy quest to find "the one," including the numerous relationships that don't work out along the way.
Prior to "How I Met Your Mother," Josh Radnor had only done guest parts on TV shows like "Law & Order," "ER" and "Six Feet Under." He also had a role in the 2002 Broadway production of "The Graduate." "HIMYM" marked Josh's first lead role and served as a great breakthrough for the Ohio-born actor. While doing the show, he also directed the films "Happythankyoumoreplease" in 2010 and "Liberal Arts" in 2012 (he also wrote and starred in them) and starred in the 2012 Broadway play "Disgraced." Since then, Josh has had main parts on TV shows like "Mercy Street" and "Rise" and can currently be seen on Amazon Prime Video's "Hunters." Josh is also one half of the indie music duo Radnor and Lee, who released their second album in 2020.
Cobie Smulders played Robin Scherbatsky, a rising news anchor with goals of becoming an acclaimed journalist. Though fans initially thought she was "the mother"because she dates Ted, those theories were squashed when Robin's relationship with Barney became the surprising heart of the series. Robin is also best known for her oft-joked-about past as Canadian teen pop sensation Robin Sparkles.
The first starring role for Cobie Smulders came on the short-lived ABC drama "Veritas: The Quest" in 2003. The Canadian actress had a short arc on hit drama "The L Word" before signing on to "HIMYM." While appearing on the series, Cobie made her off-Broadway debut in the 2008 play "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" then had a career-defining part in the 2012 smash "The Avengers." Her work as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill would continue well after "HIMYM" with parts in Marvel hits "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Avengers: Infinity War," "Avengers: Endgame" and "Spider-Man: Far From Home." On top of that, the star had parts in the 2013 comedy "Delivery Man," the romantic tearjerker "Safe Haven" that same year and the 2016 action flick "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" and lent her voice to the two "Lego" movies. Cobie also had a lead role on the Netflix series "Friends from College" and can now be seen on the ABC crime drama "Stumptown." She married actor Taran Killam in 2012 after dating for three years. The pair have two daughters. In 2015, Cobie revealed she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer while shooting "HIMYM" and had to have multiple surgeries as it spread to other parts of her body. Thankfully, Cobie said she was in remission in 2019.
The womanizing scene-stealer of "How I Met Your Mother," Barney Stinson, was famously played by Neil Patrick Harris. Barney — who's known as much for his perfectly tailored designer suits and unmistakable catchphrases as he is for his Rolodex of one-night stands — eventually changes his playboy ways upon falling in love for the first time with Robin.
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Neil Patrick Harris was the best known cast member when the show started thanks to being a famous child actor who starred as a teen doctor on "Doogie Howser, M.D." in the late '80s and early '90s. He even received a Golden Globe nomination for his work. After that, he had memorable turns in the films "Starship Troopers," "The Next Best Thing" and "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," on the TV sitcom "Stark Raving Mad" and in Broadway shows like "Cabaret" and "Assassins." While playing Barney, Neil also starred in the two "Harold & Kumar" sequels and the two "Smurfs" movies and lent his voice to "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." The New Mexico native also began a lucrative career as one of Hollywood's favorite award show hosts — he's won four EMmys for his award show work — tackling the Tony Awards four times and the Emmy Awards two times. In 2015, he became the first openly gay man to host the Oscars. After "HIMYM," he had a memorable role in the hit 2014 drama "Gone Girl," starred in the 2014 Broadway production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (which won him a Tony Award), hosted the short-lived variety show "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris" in 2015, starred on the hit Netflix series "A Series of Unfortunate Events" from 2017 to 2019 and hosted the 2018 game show "Genius Junior." Neil will soon appear in the fourth film in the "The Matrix" series. The massive magic fan also served as president of the board of directors of Hollywood's famed Magic Castle at one point, released the 2014 memoir "Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography" and wrote a young adult book series called "The Magic Misfits." Neil came out in 2006 and married longtime love David Burtka in 2014. The couple welcomed twins via surrogate in 2010.
Alyson Hannigan portrayed the sweet but fierce Lily Aldrin on "How I Met Your Mother." The kindergarten teacher is initially dating Marshall — they're the group's resident couple — before the pair eventually marry and welcome a child. Lily often has to manipulate Marshall into doing what she needs, and it almost always works.
Before the near-decade she spent on "HIMYM," Alyson Hannigan was best known for her seven-season run as Willow on the hit teen drama "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and for her band camp memories in the "American Pie" franchise. While starring on "HIMYM," the Washington, D.C.-born actress also had a supporting role on the drama series "Veronica Mars" and starred in the hit rom-com parody "Date Movie" in 2006. Alyson also reprised her role as flute-playing Michelle in the 2012 sequel "American Reunion." She's hosted the magic competition series "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" since 2016, provided one of the lead voices on the Disney children's series "Fancy Nancy" since 2018 and enjoyed a main role in the 2019 Disney Channel original movie "Kim Possible." Alyson married her "Buffy" co-star Alexis Denisof in 2003. The couple have two daughters.
Rounding out the group was Jason Segel who played Marshall Eriksen, Ted's best friend and Lily's boyfriend. Marshall and Ted have known and lived with each other since college — but that changed when Marshall moved out to start a family with eventual wife Lily. The law student went on to pass the bar exam, but he had to make a decision between his passion for environmental law and making money for his family.
Jason Segel's biggest role ahead of "HIMYM" was a starring part on the short-lived shows "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared," both of which ended up becoming cult classics. While starring on "HIMYM," the Los Angeles native became a comedy king with parts in hits like 2007's "Knocked Up," 2008's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (which he wrote), 2009's "I Love You, Man," 2011's "Bad Teacher," 2012's "The Five-Year Engagement" and "This Is 40." He also lent his voice to 2010's "Despicable Me" and starred in and wrote 2011's "The Muppets." After his turn on the long-running sitcom, Jason wrote a bestselling children's book series titled "Nightmares!" from 2014 to 2016, starred in the 2014 comedy "Sex Tape" and the acclaimed 2015 drama "The End of the Tour," and had lead roles in the Netflix films "The Discovery" and "Come Sunday." More recently, he created and starred on the AMC drama series "Dispatches from Elsewhere," which premiered in 2020.
The big reveal on "How I Met Your Mother" came in season 8 when Cristin Milioti was introduced as Tracy McConnell, who starts as Ted's latest girlfriend but eventually goes on to become both his wife and, most importantly, the long-awaited mother from the show's title.
Before joining "HIMYM," Cristin Milioti built a strong career on the stage. The New Jersey-born actress starred in the 2007 Broadway play "Coram Boy," 2009's "Stunning," the 2010 play "That Face" and received major acclaim for her lead role in the hit Broadway musical "Once" from 2011 to 2013. Cristin even garnered a Tony Award nomination for her work. It was shortly after that that she became part of the "HIMYM" cast for the show's final season. Since then, she's appeared in "The Wolf of Wall Street," "The Mindy Project," "Black Mirror" and "Modern Love." She had starring roles in the comedy series "A to Z" and the second season of the drama series "Fargo." More recently, she was seen opposite Andy Samberg in the 2020 Hulu rom-com "Palm Springs." She'll next be seen on the HBO Max series "Made for Love."
Lyndsy Fonseca played the first of Ted's children, Penny Mosby, who — along with her brother — is seen in each episode in the year 2030 listening to the lengthy story of how their parents met. The siblings are forced to recount all of their father's dalliances before finally getting to the point of finding out how their mother came into the picture.
Ahead of "HIMYM," Lyndsy Fonseca had a main role for years on "The Young and the Restless." She also had parts on TV hits like "Big Love," "Desperate Housewives" and "Nikita" as well as in movies such as 2010's "Hot Tub Time Machine" and the "Kick-A**" films. Since then, she's appeared on "Marvel's Agent Carter" and "Grandfathered" and was more recently seen on a few episodes of "9-1-1: Lone Star" in 2020. The California-born actress was married to Matthew Smiley from 2009 to 2013 then married her "Nikita" co-star Noah Bean in 2016. Lyndsy and Noah welcomed a daughter in 2018.
Ted's other child, Luke Mosby, was played by David Henrie. Because producers were concerned David and Lyndsy Fonseca would age too quickly, they shot many of their later scenes years ahead of time. The two actors were also told the show's ending long before anyone else and had to sign NDAs to ensure they'd keep the secret.
David Henrie started out as a child actor, making appearances on TV shows like "That's So Raven," "Without a Trace," "Judging Amy," "House," "NCIS" and "Cold Case." He then snagged the part on "HIMYM" and shortly after began his best known role to date starring on the Disney Channel hit series "The Wizards of Waverly Place" as Justin Russo. "Wizards" ran for 100 episodes through 2012 and delivered a TV movie in 2009. Since then, the California native has had parts in "Grown-Ups 2," "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" and indies like "Little Boy" and "Wait Before Mickey." In 2020, David, makes his directorial debut with the coming-of-age film "This Is the Year," which is executive produced by his old "Wizards" co-star Selena Gomez. The actor married former Miss Delaware Maria Cahill in 2017 and the couple welcomed their first daughter in 2019. In 2020, the couple revealed they're expecting a son.
Comedian Bob Saget was never actually seen on "How I Met Your Mother," but he served a very important purpose as he was the show's narrator. Bob voiced the role of Future Ted Mosby, who is telling his kids in the year 2030 how he and their mother first met.
Bob Saget was a very famous comedian and actor before lending his vocal talents to "HIMYM." He was best known for his work as Danny Tanner on the hit series "Full House" from 1987 to 1995 and also starred on the sequel series "Fuller House" from 2016 to 2020. The Philadelphia native is also recognized for his seven years of hosting "America's Funniest Home Videos" in the '90s. Since "HIMYM," Bob has appeared on shows like "Entourage," "Law & Order: SVU," "Surviving Suburbia," "Grandfathered" and "Shameless." He also hosted the game show "1 vs. 100" and released the 2013 comedy special "That's What I'm Talkin' About," which won him a best comedy album Grammy Award. The star has also done stand-up comedy around the world throughout his career and released the book "Dirty Daddy" in 2014. In 2020, Bob launched the podcast "Bob Saget's Here For You." Bob was married to Sherri Kramer from 1982 to 1997 and wed food and travel blogger Kelly Rizzo in 2018. He has three children.