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The story of how “How I Met Your Mother’s” Carter Bays and Craig Thomas met Pamela Fryman reads a little like the romantic comedy they were setting out to create.

When the writers of CBS’ newly commissioned multi-cam sitcom started looking for a director, they fully expected to interview a number of them, talk pros and cons, decide which one would helm the pilot, then start hiring a stream of directors for subsequent episodes. Instead, lightning struck.

“It was like a love at first sight moment between the three of us,” says Bays. For her part, Fryman adds: “I quickly realized that there was nothing else I really wanted to do.” Nine years and 196 episodes later, Fryman has become the true mother of the sitcom, helping the showrunners maintain continuity throughout a fairly complex run that included staging elaborate musical numbers, flashbacks and flash-forwards, as well as long-running jokes »


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