How I Met Your Mother

CBS (ended 2014)
Rate Show
18,979 votes
  • show Description
  • How I Met Your Mother is a comedy about Ted (Josh Radnor) and how he fell in love. It all starts when Ted's best friend, Marshall (Jason Segel), drops the bombshell that he's going to propose to his long-time girlfriend, Lily (Alyson Hannigan), a kindergarten teacher. At that moment, Ted realizes that he had better get a move on if he too hopes to find true love. Helping him in his quest is Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), a friend with endless, sometimes outrageous opinions, a penchant for suits and a foolproof way to meet women. When Ted meets Robin (Cobie Smulders), he's sure it's love at first sight, but destiny may have something else in store. The series is narrated through flashbacks from the future, voiced by Bob Saget. The theme song is "Hey Beautiful" by The Solids.moreless

  • Latest News
  • Episode Guide
  • S 9 : Ep 24

    Last Forever Part Two

    Aired 3/31/14

  • S 9 : Ep 23

    Last Forever

    Aired 3/31/14

  • S 9 : Ep 23

    Last Forever Part One

    Aired 3/31/14

  • S 9 : Ep 22

    The End of The Aisle

    Aired 3/24/14

  • S 9 : Ep 21

    Gary Blauman

    Aired 3/17/14

  • Cast & Crew
  • Josh Radnor

    Ted Mosby

  • Neil Patrick Harris

    Barney Stinson

  • Jason Segel

    Marshall Eriksen

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Lily Aldrin

  • David Henrie


  • Photos (40)
  • Top Contributor
  • SrRui

    User Score: 517


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1469)

    • Future Ted: Kids, I'm gonna' tell you an incredible story - the story of how I met your mother. Son: Are we being punished for something?

    • Lily: Wow, you're cooking? Marshall: Yes, I am. Lily: Awww. Are you sure that's a good idea after last time? You looked really creepy without eyebrows.

    • Marshall: Oh, hey, look what I got? (brings out bottle of champagne and hands it to Lily) Lily: Aww, honey. Champagne. (hands bottle back to Marshall) Marshall: Yeah. (hands bottle back to Lily) Lily: No, you are too old to be scared to open a bottle of champagne.

    • Robin: I'm going to Orlando for a week on Friday. Some guy is attempting to make the world's biggest pancake. Guess who's covering it? Ted: That's gonna' take a week? Robin: Yeah, he's gonna eat it too. It's another record.

    • Barney: Why are we still sitting here? Let's go, we can still make last call. What do you say, Lil? Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum? Coz you're a pirate?

    • Robin: Hold on, wait a minute. Promised you these. Ted: Olives, thanks. I love you. What is wrong with me?

    • Ted: So, you're a reporter? Robin: Sorta, I do those fluff stories at the end of the show, like... Monkey can play a ukulele. I'm hoping for some bigger stories. Ted: Bigger... like, a Gorilla with an upright bass? Sorry, you're very pretty.

    • Ted: She didn't even give me the signal! Barney: What, is she gonna... is she gonna bat her eyes at you in morse code? (bats eyes) Ted... kiss me. No! You just kiss her! Ted: Not if you don't get the signal! (Barney spontaneously kisses Marshall) Barney: Did Marshall give me the signal? Marshall: No! (to Lily) I didn't, I swear!

    Show More Quotes

    Notes (495)

    • The German episode title is "Verliebt, verlobt, versagt", meaning "In Love, Engaged, Failed". The French title is "Un signe", meaning "A Sign". The Italian title is "Una lunga storia", meaning "A Long Story".

    • Music: "Cigarettes and Coffee" by Otis Redding; "Back on the Chain Gang" by The Pretenders

    • International Airdates: Germany: September 13, 2008 on ProSieben; Czech Republic: November 26, 2009 on Prima COOL

    • In his audition, which included the laser tag scene, Neil Patrick Harris did the dive roll that he does in this episode. Alyson Hannigan, who was in the next room during Harris's audition, asked Harris to bump the wall when he did the dive so that she knew that he had done it. Harris misjudged the space and he hit the wall harder than he intended knocking himself out.

    • MacLaren's bar and Carl the bartender are named after executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas's assistant Carl MacLaren.

    • The champagne that the group drinks at the end of the episode was real champagne, but the actors (including Marshall Manesh [Ranjit] who doesn't drink alcohol because of religious reasons) didn't know that fact until they drank it.

    • Awards and Nominations: This episode was nominated for the 2006 Excellence in Production Design Award for Television - Multi-Camera Television Series. This episode won the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series.

    • The theme song for the show is 'Hey Beautiful' by The Solids, which includes writers/producers/co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.

    Show More Notes

    Trivia (268)

    • In the scene when Marshall and Lily are sitting on the couch and Marshall said "Lily" and she jumped scared, because she couldn't see him because of the eyepatch, we could see Marshall smiling, but the next scene he looks serious.

    • In the scene where Ted meets Robin, Robin first has her hair covering her ears, but in the next shot, she has her hair behind her ears.

    • In the scene where Barney tells Ted to lose the goatee he references meeting Ted earlier at the urinal. In episode 3.05 "How I Met Everyone Else" we actually get to see this scene, showing that the producers had the idea of including this scene from the very beginning.

    • Recurring themes (which begin in this episode): * Barney saying "Suit up!", or variations thereof * Marshall doing the "robot" dance (Jason Segel suggested this on the day of filming the pilot) * Barney saying "Wait for it" as a pause between syllables * The "Have You Met Ted?" game, which is used by Barney and Robin to introduce women to Ted, and later is adapted for other characters (Robin, Marshall and Barney) * Barney insisting that he is Ted's best friend * Dibs -- Marshall calls dibs on a Pop Tart and later a pudding cup and he, Lily, and Barney call "no dibs" on cleaning up after Ted if he vomits * Barney's phrase "What up" * References to Barney's blog * Barney's love of laser tag * Ted holding his heart as if it is in pain

    • Note the deliberate use of blue throughout several scenes. When Marshall proposes to Lily, they're both wearing light blue shirts. When Ted and Robin eating at the restaurant, Ted's outfit is (various shades of) blue, similar to the color of the blue French horn. In the following scene when Ted is at the bar and reports on the man not jumping, we see the shot of her having an obvious blue color scheme (i.e., the colors of the sky, water, part of Robin's scarf, and the background for the Metro News 1 banner). This precedes the scene in which Ted returns to the restaurant to take the blue French horn. Additionally, Barney and Ranjit are both wearing blue. Additionally, when Ted meets Robin, they're both wearing green shirts.

    • This episode forgoes the traditional opening (the green-tinted montage of the photographs containing all five main characters). Instead, you see a series of non-tinted photographs of Ted, Marshall, and some unnamed female friends.

    • The couch that the future kids are sitting on has changed. In the first episode it was a modern black leather couch. In this and later episodes it is a Chesterfield style couch.

    • When Ted and Barney are on the flight from New York to Philadelphia, the external shots of the plane are of a Boeing 747. 747s are used for long-haul international flights and are not used for domestic travel in the US, particularly not short hops between two relatively close cities like New York and Philadelphia.

    Show More Trivia

    Allusions (156)

    • Barney: (playing laser tag) Oh, I killed you, Connor! Don't make me get your mom! A reference to the Terminator movie where the robot was sent to the past to kill Sarah Connor and her son John.

    • When Ted sees the blue french horn, he calls it a "Smurf Penis," which he tells his son is typically a bad idea on a first date. The Smurfs were a fictional group of small sky blue creatures who live somewhere in the forests of medieval Europe. They began in a Belgian comic strip in 1958, but gained the most popularity from the Hanna-Barbera television series, which ran from 1981 to 1989.

    • Barney: You were so right about the roof. The roof! The roof... is... on.... fire, Ted! This references the following lyrics from "The Roof Is on Fire" by Rockmaster Scott & The Dynamic Three: The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire (We don't need no water, let the motherf***er burn)

    • Marshall claims, "Everybody had fun. Everybody wanged, everybody chunged," referencing the 1986 song, "Everybody Have Fun Tonight", by Wang Chung.

    • Ted throwing a party specifically for Robin: Resembles in the novel The Great Gatsby when he throws party for only one girl and doesn't entertain his guests. Marshall even calls Ted "Gatsby" at the beginning of the first party and there is a green lamp burning much like in the book.

    • Ted calls Barney Tin Man in reference to his shiny shirt. The Tin Man was a character in the childrens classic The Wizard Of Oz.

    • "And his hair was perfect!" Barney's line as Ted opens the door is from Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London." The full line reads, "I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's / And his hair was perfect."

    • Marshall: I still think we should have won as Sonny and Cher. Maybe if I'd worn the red dress. Ha! If I could turn back time. The song "If I Could Turn Back Time" was sung by Cher and reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989.

    Show More Allusions
  • Fan Reviews (643)
  • One of my favorites!!

    By vmmy, Dec 10, 2015

  • Love show

    By EnglishPolice, Dec 05, 2015

  • Please make a season 10

    By Misio_111, Nov 24, 2015

  • I am a fan!!!

    By LivialuizaAvancini, Oct 14, 2015

  • how i met your step monster

    By vsaiz, Sep 21, 2015