The story of five friends sitting in their favorite booth at MacLaren’s, their lives unfolding in front of each other, How I Met Your Mother is heartwarming and hilarious at the same time. Some believe that HIMYM is Ted’s story. Others think that it is Marshall and Lily’s story. And there’s a whole school of thought that it's no one else but Barney’s story. We would like to think that it’s all of their stories because there won’t be a Ted without Barney or a Lily without Marshall, and definitely no Robin without a Ted (and Barney too). That’s how crucial each of the members of this group is, playing a major role in each other’s lives, helping them grow and become what they wanted to be.

 

Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby

The narrator, the father, the lover, and the hero (or at least he thinks he is), Theodore Evelyn Mosby or just Ted, is the reason why this story exists.

 

Ted is played by Josh Radnor. An actor, filmmaker, musician, and author, Ted Mosby was Radnor’s most popular and prominent role. He first appeared on television in the CBS sitcom Welcome To New York, followed by popular shows like Law & Order, ER, etc. Post-HIMYM, Radnor appeared on Mercy Street and Rise, and then in a major role in Amazon Prime’s original series, Hunters, in 2020. His latest project includes a voice role in Netflix’s Centaurworld and he will be appearing in the upcoming FX show Fleishman Is In Trouble. He also released an album called Golden State in 2020, which he made with his friend Ben Lee as the band Radnor and Lee.

 

Jason Segel as Marshall Eriksen

Marshall is Ted’s best friend from college and is a law graduate. He tries a career in environmental protection but goes through a lot of trial and error before he ends up becoming a judge by the end of the show. 

 

Jason Segel plays the role of Marshall Eriksen. A celebrated actor, comedian, screenwriter, singer-songwriter, author, and producer, Segel shot to fame with his role in the television series Freaks and Geeks. After HIMYM ended, Segel has written, produced, and starred in a number of movies, including The Five-Year Engagement, The Muppets, and his latest, Windfall. In 2020, he also created, wrote, directed, and executive produced the AMC drama series, Dispatches from Elsewhere. He is currently working in the lead role and as an executive producer on the upcoming Apple TV+ comedy series, Shrinking.

 

Alyson Hannigan as Lily Aldrin

Lily, Marshall’s wife, is introduced as a kindergarten teacher who has always aspired to be an artist. She is also a really close friend of Ted's. While she's ultimately a good person, she’s also manipulative and assumes control of Ted's love life, causing most of his relationships to end just because she wants to have the "perfect couple friend".

 

Alyson Hannigan plays the award-winning role of Lily Aldrin. Hannigan is best known for her role in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and as Michelle Flaherty in the American Pie series, both of which she won an award for. She has also played small roles in Veronica Mars and That 70’s Show, among other popular series, and has been hosting Penn & Teller: Fool Us since 2016. Hannigan's latest appearance was in the superhero fantasy comedy Flora & Ulysses in 2021.

 

Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson

He wears suits like his second skin (and even has suit pajamas!), swears by his “bro code”, and plays laser tag and chases women with equal passion. Wild and carefree, Barnabus “Barney” Stinson is his own definition of “awesomeness”. 

 

Barney’s role is played by award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris, also a singer, writer, producer, television host, and philanthropist. He debuted as a child actor in Clara’s Heart and since then, has appeared in popular movies and television shows like Doogie Howser, M.D., A Series of Unfortunate Events, and movies like The Smurfs series, the Harold & Kumar series, Gone Girl, etc. His latest projects include The Matrix Resurrections in 2021 and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. He is currently set to star in the Netflix series Uncoupled.

 

Cobie Smulders as Robin Scherbatsky

Ted’s story wouldn’t be complete without Robin. It turns out, despite Ted eventually finding “the one”, Robin is the woman he was always meant to be with (despite the hopes of a lot of fans). Robin Charles Scherbatsky Jr. is a former teen pop icon and struggling journalist from Vancouver, Canada.

 

Cobie Smulders plays Robin, a role for which she gained widespread recognition. Before HIMYM, she had smaller roles in The L Word, Andromeda, etc. She is now best known for playing Maria Hill in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and has appeared in numerous television series like Friends from College, Stumptown, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Room 104, etc. She has recently reprised the role of Robin Scherbatsky in the final episode of the HIMYM spin-off show How I Met Your Father and will soon be seen in the upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion.

 

Cristin Milioti as Tracy McConnell

The titular “mother”, the love of Ted’s life, and his wife, Tracy is the woman on whom the story is primarily based and the one who finally brings it all together.

 

Tracy is played by actor and singer Cristin Milioti. She has previously appeared on popular television shows like The Sopranos, 30 Rock, and Nurse Jackie, among others. After HIMYM ended, she appeared in a major role for the short-lived NBC show A to Z, followed by roles in Fargo, The Mindy Project, Black Mirror, etc. Since 2021, she’s been the lead in Made for Love and will be seen next in the upcoming Peacock series, The Resort.