4:15 pm EDT, December 19, 2013

‘How I Met Your Mother’ one-hour series finale date set

We knew it was going to happen eventually. The How I Met Your Mother series finale date and time has been announced for Monday, March 31.

It will be a one-hour special series finale and, according to the press release sent by CBS, will be immediately followed by the premiere of a half-hour comedy, Friends With Better Lives. It is surprising that the HIMYM finale will be aired this early in the end-of-season schedule, we’d think CBS would want to air it around May for potentially bigger ratings. It sounds like CBS will try to dull the pain caused by the inevitable tears from the finale by pushing a HIMYM-lite right after to help us rebound.

Friends with Better Lives is about six friends at different stages in their lives — married, divorced, newly engaged and single — who are outwardly happy, but secretly questioning if their friends have it better.

Of course, the general premise of HIMYM won’t be gone from television for too long – creators of the show are expected to return next fall with How I Met Your Dad. CBS ordered the show a few months ago, however it has not officially been picked up – that will be announced sometime next spring.

The season is currently a little past its halfway mark and this past Monday, arguably, had the most emotionally painful moments so far as we saw Ted and Barney confront each other about Ted’s impending move to Chicago.

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Whichever way the show decides to tie up it’s loose ends, it’s almost guaranteed that the hour will be full of emotional tear-jerking moments, and hopefully a happy ending for the gang we have hung out with for nine seasons now. Based on the way the show is heading, we say it’s a pretty safe bet that there will be more moments such as the above gifset – what will Robin say when she finds out Ted is moving? Or when Ted and the Mother finally, finally, meet? So many questions, so little time.

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