For two decades, from 1994 to 2014, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and How I Met Your Mother have made people laugh, cry and most of all, set friendship goals for millions of viewers across the world. These two shows have set benchmarks on which other sitcoms are judged against. For 10 years, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. enthralled TV viewers of all ages from 1994-2004 and a year later, in 2005, How I Met Your Mother premiered and the giant hollow left by F.R.I.E.N.D.S. was filled.
Various comparisons have been made on how the two shows are similar in certain ways. Being a fan of both the shows, I'll not go into all that. But the two shows did have a few similar cast members, who were lucky enough to be a part of both the shows. After watching and re-watching both the shows countless number of times, a few fans (including me) have noticed all the actors who were on both the shows.
Here's the list of actors who were lucky enough to be on both F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and How I Met Your Mother:
1. Thomas Lennon
In spite of the fact that Thomas Lennon played minor roles on both these shows, he's the most well known among the actors who have played roles on both of the shows. He's currently starring as Felix Unger in CBS' The Odd Couple, which is in its second season, alongside FRIENDS' very own Chandler Bing, Matthew Perry. Everyone remembers him as Victoria's ex-fiance, Klaus from How I Met Your Mother. But he was on F.R.I.E.N.D.S., he was much younger, as a result of which even the fans who have watched F.R.I.E.N.D.S. after watching How I Met Your Mother couldn't recognize him. He's the guy from the Season 5 Finale, who was Joey's identical hand-twin. Joey even wrote a song about those hands.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. - Randall
How I Met Your Mother - Klaus
2. Maggie Wheeler
OH MY GAWWWWWDDD! Did you know that Maggie Wheeler a.k.a. Janice was also in an episode of How I Met Your Mother? Maggie, who has played the recurring role of fan-favourite character, Janice on F.R.I.E.N.D.S., was the broker of the apartment that Lily and Marshall bought back in Season 3.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. - Janice
How I Met Your Mother - Margaret
3. Christina Pickles
Christina Pickles played the recurring role of Ross and Monica's mother on FRIENDS. She also appeared in a couple of episodes of How I Met Your Mother as Lily's grandmother.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. - Judy
How I Met Your Mother - Rita
4. Christine Rose
Since we are talking about mothers, let's talk about Ted Mosby's mother, Virgina Mosby. The actress who played the character was also the mother of Paul Rudd's character, Mike Hannigan on F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. - Bitsy
How I Met Your Mother - Virgina
5. Anne Dudek
Since Mike Hannigan's name has come up, remember the girl that Mike was dating briefly after breaking up with Pheobe? Well, let me refresh your memory. Her name was Precious and she was played by Anne Dudek. She also played the girl who kicked Ted Mosby right on his chest on How I Met Your Mother. Both of her characters had the worst birthdays on the two shows. Mike and Ted both broke up with her on her birthday.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. - Precious
How I Met Your Mother - Natalie
6. Monique Edwards
Monique Edwards had minor roles on both the shows. On F.R.I.E.N.D.S., she used to work with Chandler in Tulsa. And on How I Met Your Mother she used to work with Robin on her first job as producer of the news station.