The Best Episodes of How I Met Your Mother

Last Updated: Nov 3, 2018

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 8.64
1,336 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas
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Slap Bet

#2 - 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 8.37
1,394 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Kourtney Kang
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The Magician's Code: Part Two

#3 - 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 8.36
962 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas
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How Your Mother Met Me

#4 - 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 8.34
2,832 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas
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The Bro Mitzvah

#5 - The Bro Mitzvah

Season 8 - Episode 22

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

star 8.32
2,044 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Chris Harris
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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 8.31
1,255 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Matt Kuhn
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The Magician's Code: Part One

#7 - 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 8.30
1,379 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Jennifer Hendriks
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The Playbook

#8 - 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 8.30
1,253 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas
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Come On

#9 - 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 8.29
1,265 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas
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Oh Honey

#10 - 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 8.27
1,295 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas
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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 8.26
1,359 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Joe Kelly
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Something New

#12 - 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 8.25
2,063 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas
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The Pineapple Incident

#13 - 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 8.25
1,396 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas
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Game Night

#14 - 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 8.23
1,328 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Brenda Hsueh
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The Naked Man

#15 - 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 8.23
1,193 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Joe Kelly
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Drumroll, Please

#16 - 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 8.22
1,320 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Gloria Calderon Kellett
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The Final Page: Part One

#17 - 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 8.21
1,570 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Daniel Gregor, Doug Mand
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Blitzgiving

#18 - 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 8.21
1,282 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal
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Bachelor Party

#19 - 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 8.21
1,189 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas
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Something Borrowed

#20 - 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 8.20
1,167 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Greg Malins
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Swarley

#21 - 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 8.20
1,299 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Greg Malins
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Mary the Paralegal

#22 - 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 8.20
1,259 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Chris Harris
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Showdown

#23 - 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 8.20
1,201 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Gloria Calderon Kellett
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Ten Sessions

#24 - Ten Sessions

Season 3 - Episode 13

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

star 8.19
1,158 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Chris Harris, Carter Bays, Craig Thomas
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Challenge Accepted

#25 - Challenge Accepted

Season 6 - Episode 24

Robin and Barney bond when they intervene in Ted's relationship, and Marshall and Lily watch a ticking clock as he fears that he soon will be the victim of food poisoning.

star 8.18
1,219 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas
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