For many people, this coming May marks the end of an era. “Desperate Housewives,” a show that has been running since 2004, is currently on its eighth and final season. Viewers who have stuck with the show since the beginning are used to story arcs that involve deceit, secrecy, murder, angst, sex and almost comical levels of drama. This current season is no exception. During the finale of the seventh season, Gabrielle Solis’ sexually abusive stepfather, who is supposed to be dead, pays her a visit.

In most cases, the story a father tells his children about how he met their mother is fairly brief, consisting of an explanation of where and when he met her, how he managed to win her over and how long it took before they were married. Played by Josh Radnor, Ted Mosby — protagonist of CBS’s hit sitcom, “How I Met Your Mother” — has something very different in mind, however, when he sits his teenaged son and daughter down in the year 2030 to tell them the story of how he met their mother.