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I never thought I'd miss 'How I Met Your Mother.' Then I saw 'How I Met Your Father.'

From left, actors Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris attend the 20th Television "How I Met Your Mother" press room on Day 4 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 20, 2013 in San Diego, Calif. Foto: Alan Hess/AP/Ritzau Scanpix

If you'd asked me eight years ago, when "How I Met Your Mother" went off the air, when I'd be nostalgic for the long-running CBS sitcom about an all-White group of friends drinking and dating in a decidedly monochromatic New York, I'm pretty sure I would've said never.

Sure, the first six seasons of the show - inspired by "Friends" (self-explanatory) and "Sex and the City" (in its taxonomies of the sexual and romantic mores of professional-class Manhattanites, packaged as life lessons by a grating and pun-loving know-it-all) - reached some impressive heights as a joke factory and a serialized romantic comedy. But in the final third of its decade-long run, the series more or less fell off a cliff quality-wise, ultimately put out of its misery in one of the most anticipated - and loathed - series finales of the 2010s...

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