A spinoff named was announced as a gender-flipped version of the show fall of 2013, following unrelated characters and produced by the same people.

Interurbans, and their suburban counterparts (the streetcar), were once common throughout the country. The mania began during the late 19th century and spilled over into the early 1900's as thousands of miles were laid down from New England to California.

The show at first feels very similar to a regular sitcom but is actually a mixture of both single camera and three cameras.

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There were three great periods of interurban development; the first occurred during the 1890's and then reached a great flurry of construction between 19 when more than 5,000 miles were laid down.

The Panic of 1903 ended this fervor but it reignited again between 19 when another 4,000 miles were built.

Most were out of the business by World War II and only one still operates today, the Iowa Traction Railway (others have shed their "interurban" status and now operate as short line freight carriers).

Ironically, the commuter services inteurbans provided are actually making a comeback as LRT (light rail transit) systems as cities look for alternatives to increasingly crowded highways.

This sitcom uses its Framing Device and narrator (Bob Saget, uncredited) to surprisingly good effect, admitting to parts where the narrator honestly had no first-hand recollection of the events, doing very swift flashbacks to build up to a punchline or events are recalled out-of-order in order to create twists and surprises that achieve maximum impact (every method can be seen in the memorable episode "The Pineapple Incident").

In other episodes, the framing device allows Ted to retell stories involving foul curse words or drugs by substituting each with an Unusual Euphemism for his children's benefit.

The narrative gimmick gives the show an edge in allowing them to portray a fairly complex universe of seemingly unimportant events and myriad callbacks.

The show went 9 seasons, covering the years 2005-2013.

This gave way to the typical streetcar which became such a common sight throughout America.