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22 Things You Might Not Know About "How I Met Your Mother"

Because the show's ninth and final season will premiere in a few days and we will miss Ted, Marshall, Lily, Robin and... wait for it... Barney!

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7. The show is filmed without the traditional live studio audience.

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Because of the numerous scenes and the quick-cut nature of the show's visual style, the finished episode is later shown to an audience, and their reactions are recorded and added for broadcast.

11. Alyson Hannigan was pregnant while filming many season 4 episodes.

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Most episodes used TV tricks to hide Hannigan's pregnancy, including baggy tops and giant handbags, even subplots like Lily winning a hot dog-eating contest.

12. Later on, Cobie Smulders discovered that she was also pregnant.

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Neither of their characters were pregnant on the show, so the costumers had the job of simultaneously hiding the pregnancies of the series' two main female actors.

14. Samm Levine auditioned for the role of Barney.

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Levine told Neil Patrick Harris, when they were both on Kevin Pollak's Chat Show, that he thought Harris was better as Barney than he would have been.

19. All of Ted's future children scenes were filmed during season 1...

Main reason was to keep them the same age throughout the series and this includes a scene for the show's eventual final episode with The Mother.

Because this is how they look now.

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21. Another recurring gag is Ted and Robin saluting as though addressing a military officer.

Whenever somebody says a phrase or word that resembles a military rank ("Major Buzz-kill").

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