10 Shows Like ‘How I Met Your Mother’: OtakuKart Recommends

There ain’t any other show that will keep your interest piqued like How I Met Your Mother did for nine seasons! For being CBS’s break hit shows and holding the record for one of the disastrous TV ending ever, HIMYM has achieved it all. Created by Carter Bays, and Craig Thomas, the show starred Josh Radnor in the lead role as Ted Mosby, a twenty-six-year-old architect living in New York with his best friend and roommate from college, Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel). Ted is making a desperate attempt to make it big in life, but more than anything he wants to marry the woman of his dreams. Ted’s hedonistic friend from the bar, Barney Stinson is the highlight and the fun element. Soon another gang mate, Robin Scherbatsky, a Canadian enters the scene.

How I Met Your Mother was the greatest sitcom to be ever made. It still is known as the greatest sitcom ever. So much so that comparisons are done with Friends, Cheers, TBBT, The Office, and so forth. The show introduced fresh talent in the industry, from Jason Segel. Josh Radnor, Neil Pattrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, and Alyson Hannigan and finally, Cristin Milioti in the form of the mother. Over the course of nine years, the yellow umbrella, the two am theory, past is a damaging mistake, the Arcade, destiny, New York rain, blue french horn, Argentina, Colombia Law School, Wesley all became cult favorites. More importantly, Jason Segel, Neil Pattrick Harris became industry superstars. Others did disappear from the scene mostly. Specifically Josh Radnor and the rest. They just went missing. We may miss the cast of HIMYM, but there sure are plenty of shows that will remind us of it. And we should go and give them a try.

The story runs in a non-linear way, Ted is seen talking to his teenage children about how he met their mother. As Ted begins to recollect his life at 26 and how it led him to meet their mother, Lilly, Marshall, and Robin join in. As do various supporting characters. Here are ten shows we know you’d like if you love HIMYM.

Friends

Okay, so this one is a little too out there. But here’s the thing: there is no other show that matches HIMYM more than Friends does! First off, HIMYM is directly inspired by Friends! The amazing couple, lead-turned-professor, a ladies’ man, and a hot chick who shifts between the ladies’ man and the lead. Friends is known as the greatest sitcom to be ever made. And there isn’t anything that will ever measure up to it. Six twenty-somethings in New York City, yep that’s the show we are talking about.

The cast is led by Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and finally, David Schwimmer.

Freaks And Geeks

Freaks and Greeks is just one of those feel-good shows that shows everything but misery. So that makes it a perfect watch for this quarantine. It is an American show of course, and it is created by Paul Feig and executive-produced by Judd Apatow. The show is kind of like Breakfast Club and you will love it once you see how closely it mirrors the movie.

It is basically about a gifted high schooler Lindsay Weir, and her story as she befriends a gang of slackers known as freaks. The show stars a bunch of kids, Linda Cardellini as Lindsay Weir, John Francis Daley as Sam Weir, James Franco as Daniel Desario, Samm Levine as Neal Schweiger, Seth Rogen as Ken Miller, Jason Segel as Nick Andopolis, Martin Starr as Bill Haverchuck, Becky Ann Baker as Jean Weir, Joe Flaherty as Harold Weir, Busy Philipps as Kim Kelly.

Master of None

Master of None stars Aziz Ansari in the lead role. It is based on his life as well. Ansari’s real-life experiences are key to the show. He plays the role of Dev, who is a New York-based actor, infected with a serious case of an identity crisis. He is struggling to know what he really wants, both in his personal and professional life. Master of None is a Netflix original with three Emmys and one GG.

Chuck

The show Chuck is a spy-comedy-drama that centers on the life of an average computer-whiz named Chuck Bartowski who is played by Zachary Levi. When he receives an encoded e-mail from an old college friend now working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), his life begins! As soon as it arrived on Amazon Prime, viewers could barely maintain calm. Chuck is created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak.

Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement is one of the shows that will easily remind you of a show like HIMYM. How, do you ask? Well, first off, the show HIMYM begins with Lily and Marshall getting engaged.

Rules of Engagement is kind of like the same. Very much like HIMYM, it is about there are flexible and inflexible rules of dating, marriage,  and commitment. Mostly the show is about the complications that come with each of these things. The commitment complications being the most difficult ones.

Rules of Engagement aired on CBS not very long ago– from February 5, 2007, to May 20, 2013. Through two couples and their friends, we are given a peek into each of the engagement problems described above!

The cast is led by Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, Oliver Hudson, Bianca Kajlich, and David Spade.   

Seinfeld

One of the greatest sitcoms of the 1980s, Seinfeld is the brain-bubble of Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. Jerry practically stars as himself in the show, as a comedian who does stand-up in New York and various places around the world. Seinfeld may or may not be about Jerry’s experiences from the early days as a stand-up guy, but here’s the thing: Kramer, Jerry’s looney neighbor was actually a neighbor of Larry David. George Costanza is Jerry’s temperamental best friend and Elaine Benes is Jerry’s best friend. They just used to date in the past but are good friends now. The show touts itself to be a show about nothing.

Seinfeld is led by a cast of Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia-Louis Dreyfus, and Michael Richards.

Coupling

Now this one is a diverse addition in the list! Coupling is a British TV series created by the same guy behind Sherlock, Steven Moffat. It aired on BBC2 from 12 May 2000 to 14 June 2004. The story goes something like this: Susan and Steve is a couple, each of which has baggage from the past. The baggage consists of way too many exes and best friends. They discuss aspects of their lives, such as relationships and physicality. But at the same time, the deal is to find true love.

The cast is led by Steve Taylor, Susan Walker, Sally Harper, Patrick Maitland, Jane Christie.

A To Z

Very few people are fans of this masterpiece that is A to Z. Did you know the star of HIMYM, Cristin Millioti stars in A to Z? Bet you did not know that! Rashida Jones from The Office was involved with A to Z, as an executive producer. The story is pretty simple, it is about an employee at an internet dating site whose name is Andrew. All this life he dreams of meeting the girl of his dreams, and when that happens odd things happen! The girl is Zelda, a lawyer by a professional who is polar apart from the mother who raised her.

A to Z is led by a star cast of Ben Feldman, Cristin Milioti, Henry Zebrowski, and Lenora Crichlow.

New Girl

Don’t worry, we will make this list as diverse for you, as possible. Fox’s New Girl is a relatively newer show. Though it doesn’t air anymore, it finished its run with season 7 in 2018. New Girl was about this hot mess of a girl, Jess who moved in with three boys after having an ugly breakup with her longtime boyfriend. She was an eccentric English teacher, but she saw positivity in everything. She started over at Nick’s place. Gradually she became friends with the rest of the cast and her Indian friend, Cece joined-in as a supporting actress. New Girl became a cult hit during the 2010s.

The cast is led by Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone, Damon Wayans Jr, Danielle, and Rhiannon Rockoff.

30 Rock

30 Rock is one of the greatest sitcoms of the 2010s. It is a satire-sitcom that traces the life of Tina Fey as a head writer for SNL at NBC. For those of you wondering, yes 30 Rock is an American sitcom. Tina Fey needs no introduction in the world of comedy. She has many credits in her place since SNL. A successful movie career aside, Tina Fey is known for Mean Girls, Baby Mama, Date Night, amongst others. Oh and let’s not forget her movie with the soul sister, Amy Poehler.

30 Rock aired from October 2006 to January 2013. The scenes of the show are essentially behind-the-scenes of the show, which is shot in 30 Rockefeller Plaza in NYC. The place is the head of NBC studio in New York.

The cast of the show is led by Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Keith Powell, Lonny Ross, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman, Maulik Pancholy and John Lutz

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