How I Met Your Father Season 1 Episode 1 Recap: Pilot

Plot: Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.
Starring Hilary Duff, Kim Cattrall, Christopher Lowell

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve missed seeing Hillary Duff on my screen. I had a massive crush on her as a young lad and was excited to see her and Kim Cattrall in this new comedy series debuting on Hulu on January 18th.

The show opens with an intro to an older Sophie set in the world of 2055. She lets us know she will be telling the story of ‘How I Met Your Father.’ We flashback to meet young Sophie (Hilary Duff), looking for love in all the wrong places, or place, Tinder.

We get a spin of dates that Sophie went on, starting with a guy who tells her that he just had sex before their date. The line delivery here was terrific and I DIED laughing. I enjoyed this montage of date sequences showing the good and the bad of online dating.

A half-hour comedy is brutal to pull off anymore. I’ve seen so many rough starts across the board that fall to captivate you with hilarious one-liners and fun characters that keep you around. The writing delivers the laughs, but the cast is strong from top to bottom. Duff is a perfect fit in her return, but the rest of the cast is also strong. Christopher Lowell, Suraj Sharma, Francia Raisa, and Daniel Augustin all bring great charm and humor to the show.

However, Tom Ainsley plays Charlie, a British guy who walked away from a high-maintenance lifestyle to move in with his girlfriend in the city. I died laughing at this line delivery as he discovered things like the subway or stalls in the bathroom, the writing was excellent for him and I think he will consistently be someone who commands the laughs when on the screen.

The pilot checks all the boxes for us to want to invest our time. They kick off with an introduction to characters you want to grow with and a backdrop of a city they use as a character of its own. A great easy watch that might even make for a better binge once the season is over.

The Verdict: B+

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