The Best Episodes of How I Met Your Mother

The year is 2030. Ted Mosby is relaying the story of how he met his wife to his daughter and son. The story starts in the year 2005, when then twenty-seven year old architect Ted was spurred on to want to get married after his best friends from his college days at Wesleyan, lawyer Marshall Eriksen, who was his roommate at the time and kindergarten teacher Lily Aldrin, got engaged after nine years of dating each other. Ted's new quest in life was much to the dismay of his womanizing friend, Barney Stinson. But soon after Marshall and Lily's engagement, Ted believed that his life mate was going to be news reporter and aspiring news anchor Robin Scherbatsky, who, despite having had a romantic relationship with her after this time, ended up being who the kids know as their "Aunt" Robin. As Ted relays the story to his kids, the constants are that their Uncle Marshall, Aunt Lily, Uncle Barney and Aunt Robin are always in the picture and thus have something to do with how he got together with their mother.

The Final Page: Part Two

#1 - The Final Page: Part Two

Season 8 - Episode 12

Christmas approaches and Ted wrestles with whether to tell Robin about Barney's intentions involving Patrice, while Marshall and Lily get an early Yule gift, a night away from Marvin, but a case of separation anxiety strikes and threatens to ruin the evening.

star 8.74
1,243 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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The Magician's Code: Part Two

#2 - The Magician's Code: Part Two

Season 7 - Episode 24

Ted is conflicted when Victoria approaches him on her wedding day and asks him to elope. Meanwhile, Barney and Quinn are arrested by airport security while on the way to Hawaii when Barney refuses to open a box they are traveling with.

star 8.40
872 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Slap Bet

#3 - Slap Bet

Season 2 - Episode 9

Ted and Barney discusses their viewpoints on knowing things about women. Barney thinks that the more you know the more likely you are to find a deal breaker. Ted wants to know the deal breakers right away, as Robin refuses to go to the mall to cover her secret.

star 8.38
1,266 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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The Magician's Code: Part One

#4 - The Magician's Code: Part One

Season 7 - Episode 23

When Lily goes into labor, Ted and Robin distract her by telling her stories while Marshall hurries back from Atlantic City.

star 8.35
1,284 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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How Your Mother Met Me

#5 - How Your Mother Met Me

Season 9 - Episode 16

On the 200th episode, The Mother recounts how she met Ted and what she’s been up to for the past eight years.

star 8.35
2,726 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Slapsgiving

#6 - Slapsgiving

Season 3 - Episode 9

Lily and Marshall have their first Thanksgiving as a married couple; Barney is tortured by the slap bet countdown clock, worrying about when the slap will be dished out.

star 8.34
1,132 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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The Bro Mitzvah

#7 - The Bro Mitzvah

Season 8 - Episode 22

The gang works together to plan a legendary bachelor party for Barney.

star 8.33
1,951 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Oh Honey

#8 - Oh Honey

Season 6 - Episode 15

Barney gets emotional when he opens up to Honey about his life. Ted admits to having feelings for Zoey to the group.

star 8.33
1,199 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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The Playbook

#9 - The Playbook

Season 5 - Episode 8

After his relationship with Robin ends, Barney dusts off his "playbook" to help him back into the dating scene

star 8.32
1,139 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Come On

#10 - Come On

Season 1 - Episode 22

Ted tries to keep Robin from going on a camping trip so that she can spend time with him. Barney enlists the help of an old flame to perform a rain dance. At the same time Marshall finds out about Lily's interview for the fellowship in San Francisco.

star 8.31
1,142 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Symphony of Illumination

#11 - Symphony of Illumination

Season 7 - Episode 12

Robin receives bad news and decides to hide it from the gang. Marshall hangs Christmas decorations in his house in the suburbs with some help from his neighbor.

star 8.28
1,261 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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The Pineapple Incident

#12 - The Pineapple Incident

Season 1 - Episode 10

After being forced into knocking back 5 shots, so he will stop thinking, Ted goes on a partying rampage. The next morning he wakes up with a woman in his bed, but he does not know who it is. So he turns to his friends to try and piece the night together and work out who the woman is in his bed.

star 8.28
1,275 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Something New

#13 - Something New

Season 8 - Episode 24

As the gang prepares to go to Robin and Barney’s wedding, Ted invites Lily to see the house he's finally finished fixing up. Meanwhile, Robin and Barney’s night of relaxation is ruined by an obnoxious couple, and Marshall takes the baby on a last-minute trip to Minnesota to see his family.

star 8.26
1,982 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Blitzgiving

#14 - Blitzgiving

Season 6 - Episode 10

When Ted leaves the bar early to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for his friends, the gang winds up partying all night with The Blitz, an old friend from college who has bad luck. As a result Ted is forced to spend Thanksgiving with Zoey.

star 8.26
1,183 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Game Night

#15 - Game Night

Season 1 - Episode 15

A mysterious tape arrives for Barney from one of his numerous ex-girlfriends, and the entire gang watches it. But, in order for them all to find out how she broke Barney's heart and made him into a suit-wearing bachelor, everyone must share their most embarrassing moment.

star 8.25
1,206 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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The Naked Man

#16 - The Naked Man

Season 4 - Episode 9

The gang learns a new way to get their dates to sleep with them after Ted walks in on Robin's date sitting naked on the couch.

star 8.25
1,076 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Swarley

#17 - Swarley

Season 2 - Episode 7

Marshall goes on his first real date post-breakup with Lily. Not only do Ted and Barney try to warn him that this girl has got the crazy eyes, but Lily decides to do everything she can to find out about this her and break them up. Also, Barney gets a new name.

star 8.25
1,162 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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The Final Page: Part One

#18 - The Final Page: Part One

Season 8 - Episode 11

Robin takes steps to have Patrice fired from WWN, while Marshall puts a jinx on Barney. Later, Ted invites his architecture professor to the dedication of the GNB building, and Marshall and Lily bump into an oddball acquaintance from college.

star 8.25
1,470 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Something Borrowed

#19 - Something Borrowed

Season 2 - Episode 21

With everything going wrong on Lily and Marshall's wedding day, to everyone's surprise it's confirmed bachelor Barney who tries to fix it all.

star 8.24
1,047 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Drumroll, Please

#20 - Drumroll, Please

Season 1 - Episode 13

Ted finds a new woman at the wedding. They want to remember the evening so they don't exchange last names or numbers; but Ted takes a big fall when he tries to find out her name.

star 8.24
1,204 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Bachelor Party

#21 - Bachelor Party

Season 2 - Episode 19

Robin attends Lily's bridal shower and finds the gift that she brought is out of place. Barney hires a stripper for Marshall's bachelor party.

star 8.23
1,078 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Girls Vs. Suits

#22 - Girls Vs. Suits

Season 5 - Episode 12

When Barney debates giving up wearing suits in order to land a hot bartender, his conflicted feelings lead to an amazingly awesome musical number. Meanwhile, Ted gets one step closer to meeting the future mother of his kids.

star 8.22
1,130 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Ten Sessions

#23 - Ten Sessions

Season 3 - Episode 13

Ted pursues a woman named Stella, but only gets attention from her receptionist Abby.

star 8.22
1,041 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Showdown

#24 - Showdown

Season 2 - Episode 20

Thinking that Bob Barker may be his father, Barney is overjoyed to be a contestant on The Price is Right. Marshall and Lily try sleeping apart prior to the wedding.

star 8.21
1,089 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Mary the Paralegal

#25 - Mary the Paralegal

Season 1 - Episode 19

Robin is nominated to receive an award for a news report and everyone needs a date to take to the show. Barney introduces Ted to Mary as a date that Ted can take to the show. Originally Ted is opposed to the idea of just trying to save face in front of Robin but when she shows up with a date he changes his mind. Robin asks Mary lots of questions, and Ted begins to really like Mary, despite her occupation.

star 8.21
1,139 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
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