How I Met Your Mother was one of the most popular sitcoms on Netflix but why did the show leave the streaming platform, and will it return someday? How I Met Your Mother debuted in 2005 and put together a great comic ensemble, including Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, and Alyson Hannigan (Buffy The Vampire Slayer). The show is set in Manhattan and has a unique premise for a sitcom, where main character Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) narrates from the future to his children how he met and fell in love with their mother.
It didn't take long for How I Met Your Mother to become a success and the show ran for nine seasons, ending in 2014. The show played up the mystery of who Ted would eventually fall for, with Robin - played by Cobie Smulders (The Avengers) - being the most obvious suspect. The finale of the show proved somewhat controversial to fans when it revealed Ted eventually married a woman named Tracy, who died prior to Ted recounting his story to their children. His kids then point out he's obviously still in love with Robin and he should tell her. Some felt the finale disregarded a lot of character development for the sake of putting Ted and Robin together in the end, which prompted a vocal backlash.
With over 200 episodes, How I Met Your Mother is a very bingeable series, which is why it found a comfortable home on Netflix. The streaming platform has perfected the art of binging a show, but sadly for fans of HIMYM, the show departed the platform in November 2017. Following a 2017 deal between Hulu and Fox, most of the latter's major shows, including How I Met Your Mother and Futurama, wound up as Hulu exclusives.
Netflix is aiming to build a library of exclusive content that can't be found elsewhere, so if How I Met Your Mother is available to stream on another service, then its unlikely to return to Netflix in the near future. Classic TV shows have become big business to streaming platforms as they're consistently popular with audiences. This is why Netflix paid a handsome $100 million figure to retain evergreen sitcom Friends.
Following reports The Office might be leaving Netflix, the platform clarified the Steve Carrell series will remain until at least 2021. Fans of HIMYM can currently find the show streaming on Hulu, alongside series like Bob's Burgers and Seinfeld. It appears that for the foreseeable future, How I Met Your Mother is unlikely to return to Netflix.