How I Met Your Mother
Explore How I Met Your Mother TV locations!
Set in New York City, the sitcom How I Met Your Mother follows Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) on his quest to find the love of his life and the adventures of his four best friends—Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel), Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan), Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), and Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris).
Premiering in 2005, the show’s creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays were inspired to "write about our friends and the stupid stuff we did in New York.” Ted Mosby is actually based off of Carter, and the characters of Marshall and Lily were inspired by Craig and his wife. Craig’s wife was not too thrilled by the idea until Alyson Hannigan was cast to play her! Fun fact: Craig and Carter’s band, The Solids, play the How I Met Your Mother theme song, “Hey Beautiful.”
Just like Friends, How I Met Your Mother may be filmed on a sound stage in L.A., but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t feature authentic Big Apple locations! Marshall mocks real-life New York burger joints like Corner Bistro and Paul’s Da Burger Joint in his eight-year long search for “The Best Burger in New York.” The quest finally leads him to 106th St and Manhattan Ave, which in reality is Ichie Japanese Restaurant. In the episode “Woooo!” the gang visits a country-western style bar that resembles Cowgirl Hall of Fame on 519 Hudson Street. The bar was also featured on an episode of Sex and the City and can be seen on our Sex and the City Hotspots Tour. But the most famous hang-out spot of the How I Met Your Mother crew is without a doubt MacLaren's.
The fictional MacLaren's was inspired by McGee’s Pub on West 55th Street. Show creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays were regulars at McGee’s when they were writers for The Late Show with David Letterman, and they loved the pub’s mural so much they wanted to incorporate it into the show. So where did the name “MacLaren's” come from? Carter Bays’ assistant is named Carl MacLaren. The writers also named the show’s bartender Carl. McGee’s itself gets a shout-out when Marshall makes a pie chart of his favorite bars in the episode “Right Place, Right Time.” You can visit the inspiration behind MacLaren's on the New York TV & Movie Sites Tour and Uptown TV & Movie Sites Tour. Customers on the tour are treated to a special discount when they reach the final stop on the tour, McGee’s Pub!