Recent dramas such as Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice have explored the world of infertility with characters taking fertility drugs, trying in vitro fertilization, selecting a sperm donor and finding a baby to adopt only to have her taken away.
It's unusual, however, for a sitcom to tackle such heavy subject matter.
But the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother has done just that. In the CBS comedy, Robin (Cobie Smulders) learned she was pregnant, but then found out that she was not pregnant and could not, in fact, have children. According to the show's producer, the storyline is part of a decision they made last summer to make Robin infertile and will be the start of exploring her character more deeply on the show.