There is one thing that viewers of How I Met Your Father all seem to be finding “unbearable”.
While many fans of the original series have said that the spin-off is “surprisingly good”, a lot of viewers have been put off by the show’s laugh track.
Laugh tracks, which are played after each gag and mimic the sound of an audience laughing, were popularly used on sitcoms decades ago, but are widely seen as outdated today.
“It’s 2022 why does how I met your father have a laugh track?” tweeted one baffled viewer.
“Turned on How I Met Your Father and 30 seconds in the laugh track is already unbearable,” added another.
A third complained: “I wish How I Met Your Father didn’t have a laugh track, laugh tracks in 2022 feel weird. I don’t want people alerting me when to laugh.”
Well I gave How I Met Your Father about 4.5 seconds but someone greenlit a sitcom with a laugh track in 2022 and pic.twitter.com/mS8HCqBGex
— near-mint limited holiday edition Simon (@iscotchdotca) January 19, 2022
Ok, I watched How I Met Your Father (episode 1). It was... fine.
I cringed A LOT. I think the laugh track ruins it. But I think it has a lot of potential and I do love Hilary Duff and Chris Lowell. So... I'll try episode 2.
— Auntie Em (@IAmGoldenHolden) January 19, 2022
How I met your Father was cute! It’s only been two episodes, but I’m still enjoying it. I feel like it would do so much better without a laugh track though. I get the original had one, but it’s so dated to have one. It’s also a Hulu show.
— 🎄✨☃️ (@ritaeatspitas) January 19, 2022
As a giant fan of “How I met your mother” I can’t help but feel it cheapened by “How I met your father”
First 2 ep are OKAY but more cringe than charm? also who decided to use a laugh track for a sitcom in 2022??
Hopefully it breaks out of cheap imitation into originality soon
— SomP0 (@SomP0_) January 19, 2022
The first episode of How I Met Your Father, which premiered in the US on Tuesday (18 January), paid tribute to the late Bob Saget.
Saget, who died on 9 January at the age of 65, narrated all nine seasons of HIMYM as the future Ted Mosby.