‘How I Met Your Mother’: Executive producer Craig Thomas reflects on Ted’s many loves


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How many women does it take to get to the mother on “How I Met Your Mother”?

That’s the question on the mind of some eager-to-know fans of the CBS sitcom. By our count, it’s a lot and counting. Although a romantic at heart, Ted (Josh Radnor) has had a bevy of love interests. Some, like Robin (Cobie Smulders), Stella (Sarah Chalke) and current love Zoey (Jennifer Morrison), were serious girlfriends. Others were fleeting encounters or brief relationships. And then there’s the string of pop star, one-episode love interests: Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, Mandy Moore.


“If you start to count all the ladies that Ted’s been with, Ted starts to look like a bit of a man whore,” executive producer Craig Thomas tells Show Tracker.

Click on the photo (above) to see a gallery of the women in Ted’s journey to the mother and to read Thomas’ thoughts.

We asked Thomas to look back at some of those ladies for a gallery featuring the women on Ted’s journey to the mother. But with so many ladies, we couldn’t include everyone. Still, we think of you fondly, Natalie (Anne Dudek), Cathy (Lindsay Price), Holli (Rebecca Budig), Blah Blah (Abigail Spencer), Margaret (Brooke D'Orsay), Vicky (Courtney Ford), Jen (Lindsay Sloane), Royce (Judy Greer), Becky (Laura Bell Bundy), mysterious Love Solutions match and many, many others.

“We prefer not to add them all up, to be honest. It starts to look a little sketchy for our Ted,” says Thomas with a laugh. “We sort of started comparing, like, ‘Have we seen Ted be with more women than Barney, if you were to add it all up? Or is it like more neck-and-neck than you would think?’”

Like the saying goes, you’ve got to kiss a lot of toads to find your prince. Or in this case, you’ve got to have a lot of love interests to find your mother on what is essentially a romantic comedy/scavenger hunt TV series. “You do 130-some odd episodes of a show about dating, you’re definitely going to see a lot of ladies,” laughs Thomas.

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— Vlada Gelman (follow my TV musings on Twitter at @stayingin)