How I Met Your Mother

The WORST episodes of How I Met Your Mother

Every episode of How I Met Your Mother ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of How I Met Your Mother!

A father tells his children, through a series of flashbacks, the journey that he and his four best friends undertook, which would lead him to meet their mother.

Last Updated: 8/31/2022Network: CBS
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Bedtime Stories
star
7.13
5369 votes

#1 - Bedtime Stories

Season 9 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/25/2013

Marshall tries to get Marvin to sleep by reciting three rhyming bedtime tales about his friends as they wind down their epic cross-country journey.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra
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7.26
5344 votes

#2 - Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra

Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/13/2014

In an attempt to deliver a devastating final slap to Barney, Marshall explains how he mastered the Slap of A Million Exploding Suns.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Old King Clancy
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7.30
5574 votes

#3 - Old King Clancy

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/23/2009

Marshall and Barney lie to keep Ted from finding out the headquarters he'd been hired to design for GNB has been cancelled.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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As Fast as She Can
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7.30
5876 votes

#4 - As Fast as She Can

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/11/2009

Ted is trying to find a new job, and when an old acquaintance tries to help nothing goes as planned. Barney tries to smooth talk his way out of a ticket.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Sorry, Bro
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7.39
5925 votes

#5 - Sorry, Bro

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/9/2009

Marshall and Lily are less than thrilled when they hear that Ted's college girlfriend (Laura Prepon) has moved to New York.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Everything Must Go
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7.39
5666 votes

#6 - Everything Must Go

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 5/12/2008

When Barney and Abby realize that they have one thing in common - their mutual hatred of Ted - the "couple" decides to go to the bar to flaunt their new relationship in Ted's face.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Vesuvius
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7.39
4711 votes

#7 - Vesuvius

Season 9 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/3/2014

On the morning of the wedding, Lily and Robin have a fight and Barney freaks out about which suit to wear. Meanwhile, the gang watches a movie Ted has forbidden them to see.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Last Forever (2)
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7.45
4084 votes

#8 - Last Forever (2)

Season 9 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/31/2014

Ted finally finishes telling his kids the story of how he met their mother.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Twin Beds
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7.46
6785 votes

#9 - Twin Beds

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/3/2010

When Ted and Barney jeopardize Robin's new relationship by professing their love for her, Robin realizes that she is finally over them. Meanwhile, after spending a weekend sleeping in twin beds, Marshall and Lily decide to get twin beds at home.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Unfinished
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7.46
7806 votes

#10 - Unfinished

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/4/2010

Barney uses his best womanizing tactics to try to convince Ted to design the new GNB building; Robin drunk dials Don.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Rabbit or Duck
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7.46
6402 votes

#11 - Rabbit or Duck

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/8/2010

When Lily and Marshall forget to fix up Ted on a blind date for Valentine's Day, they use one of Barney's many discarded girls to see if they may become Ted's future wife. Meanwhile, Robin's obnoxious colleague invites her to a party at his apartment.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Big Days
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7.47
8397 votes

#12 - Big Days

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/20/2010

When Ted and Barney argue about who has "dibs" on a hot girl, Ted realizes that she is there with Cindy, a girl he previously dated who is also the roommate of his future wife. Meanwhile, Robin is heartbroken over Don, and Marshall can't keep quiet about his desire to start a family.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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The Autumn of Breakups
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7.47
5985 votes

#13 - The Autumn of Breakups

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/5/2012

As the season of break-ups continues, Ted and Victoria must choose the next step in their long and complicated relationship. Meanwhile, Robin worries about Barney when he chooses a dog to be his wingman.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Mom and Dad
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7.48
5391 votes

#14 - Mom and Dad

Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/18/2013

When Barney’s father arrives at the hotel, Barney devises a plan that makes Robin very nervous. Meanwhile, Ted is convinced someone framed him by messing up a wedding-related duty.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Dowisetrepla
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7.49
6032 votes

#15 - Dowisetrepla

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/5/2007

Marshall and Lily's plan to buy an apartment is hampered by mistakes and Lily's hidden debt.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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The Chain of Screaming
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7.49
5534 votes

#16 - The Chain of Screaming

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/14/2008

After Marshall witnesses a work buddy get yelled at after handing in a report, he becomes paranoid that the same will happen to him.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Matchmaker
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7.50
6369 votes

#17 - Matchmaker

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/7/2005

When a matchmaker with a 100% success rate turns Ted away because he is not compatible with any of the available women in her database, he is still determined that he is going to find his match. After getting information from the matchmaker’s computer, Ted pays a visit to a very cute but taken dermatologist in an effort to prove the prediction wrong that there are no women out there for him. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily are obsessed with ridding their apartment of a critter.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Lucky Penny
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7.50
5946 votes

#18 - Lucky Penny

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/12/2007

Ted can't seem to catch a flight to interview for his dream job and he and Robin contemplate why. The story unfolds backwards as they think about it they remember when Robin and Lily went hunting for a wedding dress and when Barney got stuck on the subway.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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I'm Not That Guy
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7.50
6110 votes

#19 - I'm Not That Guy

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/29/2007

Marshall has to contemplate giving up his plan of using his law degree to help the planet when he's courted by a major firm; Lily reveals a secret to Robin that not even Marshall knows; Ted discovers a porn actor is using his name

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Best Prom Ever
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7.52
5983 votes

#20 - Best Prom Ever

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/1/2006

Lily, Barney and Robin attend a high school prom to scout out a potential band for Lily and Marshall's wedding reception. In order to get in Lily and Robin pretend to be the dates of two kids who were going alone. Ted and Marshall are back at the apartment where they are preparing the invitations to be sent out.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Hooked
star
7.53
6832 votes

#21 - Hooked

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/1/2010

When the gang tries to convince Ted that he is being strung along by Tiffany, they reflect about relationships where each of them has been in the same situation.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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The Exploding Meatball Sub
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7.53
7620 votes

#22 - The Exploding Meatball Sub

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/11/2011

Lily and Barney react badly when Marshall finally quits his job at Goliath National Bank to take a volunteer position at an environmental organization. Meanwhile, Ted and Zoey's opposing positions on the future of the Arcadia come between them.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Garbage Island
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7.53
7741 votes

#23 - Garbage Island

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/21/2011

Marshall becomes obsessed with saving the environment after seeing a documentary on garbage. Ted runs into The Captain. Barney admits he has feelings for a woman.

Directors: Michael J. Shea
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The Burning Beekeeper
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7.53
6804 votes

#24 - The Burning Beekeeper

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/6/2012

Lily asks for her father's help when she and Marshall decide to throw a housewarming party. Marshall's boss gets under Ted's skin and the two nearly come to blows, and Barney puts the moves on a wacky divorcée.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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Canning Randy
star
7.54
7698 votes

#25 - Canning Randy

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/1/2010

When Zoey enrolls in Ted's class, she manipulates his students into taking her side in the fight to save the building being torn down to make room for his project. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily spot Robin marching in the Halloween parade of shame.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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