12 Things The 'How I Met Your Mother' Spinoff Needs To Include, If It Does Happen

The news that a How I Met Your Mother spinoff might happen after all has surprised plenty of fans. While the original pilot for How I Met Your Dad , starring Greta Gerwig, never made it to the air, the writers of the hit show This Is Us have been tasked with writing a brand new HIMYM spinoff, according to Deadline. Aside from the fact that the series is called How I Met Your Father, there are very few other details at present. So what should the How I Met Your Mother spinoff include, if it does happen after all?

Deadline reported that the HIMYM spinoff features an ensemble and "tells the story from a female point of view. It is a brand new take on the premise with new characters and new writers: This Is Us co-executive producers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger." With this exciting new team on board, it sounds as though the spinoff is headed in a completely different direction. However, are there any How I Met Your Mother staples that fans would like to see in the follow-up? I can think of several ideas. With nine seasons featuring so many iconic moments, there's so much inspiration to draw from in the making of How I Met Your Father .

1. MacLaren's

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While it's unlikely the spinoff would feature the same set, it's hard to think about How I Met Your Mother without MacLaren's being involved. Perhaps How I Met Your Father will feature a different hangout, though using MacLaren's would have a certain poetry about it.

2. A Yellow Umbrella

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The unforgettable yellow umbrella was the only clue the audience had about Ted's future wife for the longest time. What if that umbrella had a whole other life after How I Met Your Mother ended?

3. The Words "Challenge Accepted"

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Surely it's impossible to make a How I Met Your Mother spinoff without uttering the words "challenge accepted" at least once, right?

4. A Smattering Of High Fives

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This '90s gesture was a favorite on the original show. These retro stylings need to make it into the spinoff.

5. Kids Who Don't Want To Hear The Story

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The storytelling mechanism used in How I Met Your Mother is what made the show so unique, so clearly How I Met Your Father has to utilize it somehow. Perhaps the stories could be told via FaceTime instead, though?

6. Moments In Cars & Taxis

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So many crucial moments seemed to happen in taxis and cars — from couples getting back together to terrible road trips. How I Met Your Father could use this format too.

7. An Epic, Yet Unexpected, Love Story

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Say what you like about How I Met Your Mother, but it was never predictable. With the appointment of two of the people responsible for This Is Us , one of the most twisty shows on TV right now, it seems likely that the spinoff will surprise us all.

8. Embarrassing Flashbacks

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Ted Mosby's college years. That is all.

9. Pranks

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The original series featured so many longstanding pranks, it was hard to keep up.

10. More Phones, Internet, & Social Media

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How did Ted not track down his future wife sooner? He wasn't a seasoned Catfish pro, that's why. The spinoff will have some explaining to do.

11. Amazing Friendships

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How I Met Your Mother was so fun to watch because of the incredible friendships among all of the characters.

12. More Diversity

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The How I Met Your Mother spinoff could definitely benefit from some much-needed diversity, and hopefully that's something that the This Is Us writers will be able to deliver. As the lead character is likely to be female, How I Met Your Father already has a lot of promise.

It might be some time before we find out if the How I Met Your Mother spinoff is actually happening, but until then, we can dream.

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