How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that follows Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) and his group of friends in Manhattan. Ted, in the year 2030, recounts to his son and daughter the events that led to his meeting their mother. The narrative deals primarily with his best friends, including the long-lasting couple Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) and Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan); the eccentric, womanizing-playboy Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris); and news anchor Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders). The series explores many storylines, including a "will they or won't they" relationship between Robin and each of the two single male characters, Marshall and Lily's relationship, and the ups and downs of the characters' careers. Ted's wife's name is only revealed in the last season and instead the sitcom focuses on Ted's prior relationships and his dissatisfaction with those women, thus setting the stage for his eventual happiness.