Since How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) ended in 2014 with its ninth season, there have been multiple attempts to create a new series based on a similar premise – one parent telling their kid(s) how they met their other parent. How I Met Your Dad (HIMYD), which was planned to begin in 2014 right after HIMYM’s final, was not picked up by any network, while How I Met Your Father (HIMYF), which started airing in 2022, is continuing a successful [Upon its release, the show, whose premiere was watched in 420 K households, held the fifth place on the TV time charts and went on to stay on the list for four more weeks (The Entertainment Strategy Guy).] run, currently in its second season. This article compares the narrative and narration of the first episodes of these three series, including themes, recurring jokes, sound and visual effects, introductions of important characters and the “missing” parent, as well as the use of cameos. By doing this, it aims to delve into the reason behind why one of these reboot attempts was favoured over the other. The answer is provided as the difference between the amount of fan service in HIMYD and HIMYF, with the latter establishing more direct connections with HIMYM. In addition to becoming a rather common tendency by creatives, this article claims that fan service also seems to be used by networks and production companies as a way of ensuring audience engagement.