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The Best Episodes of How I Met Your Mother

Every episode of How I Met Your Mother ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of How I Met Your Mother!

A father recounts to his children - through a series of flashbacks - the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother.


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The best episode of "How I Met Your Mother" is "How Your Mother Met Me", rated 9.5/10 from 10904 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "How Your Mother Met Me" aired on 1/27/2014 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Slap Bet".

  • How Your Mother Met Me
    9.5/10 10,904 votes

    #1 - How Your Mother Met Me

    Season 9 Episode 16 - Aired 2014-01-27

    The mother reveals how she met Ted and what she has been doing over the past eight years.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Slap Bet
    9.4/10 8,017 votes

    #2 - Slap Bet

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2006-11-20

    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.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Kourtney Kang

  • The Playbook
    9.3/10 7,294 votes

    #3 - The Playbook

    Season 5 Episode 8 - Aired 2009-11-16

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

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas

  • The Final Page (2)
    9.3/10 7,484 votes

    #4 - The Final Page (2)

    Season 8 Episode 12 - Aired 2012-12-17

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Pineapple Incident
    9.1/10 6,842 votes

    #5 - The Pineapple Incident

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2005-11-28

    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.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas

  • The Naked Man
    9.1/10 5,784 votes

    #6 - The Naked Man

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2008-11-24

    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.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Joe Kelly

  • Game Night
    9.0/10 5,656 votes

    #7 - Game Night

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 2006-02-27

    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.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Chris Harris

  • Spoiler Alert
    9.0/10 5,095 votes

    #8 - Spoiler Alert

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2007-11-12

    Marshall awaits his bar exam results; Ted introduces his latest girlfriend to the gang, who all see the flaw that Ted has missed

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Stephen Lloyd

  • Girls vs. Suits
    9.0/10 5,845 votes

    #9 - Girls vs. Suits

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2010-01-11

    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.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas

  • Blitzgiving
    9.0/10 5,334 votes

    #10 - Blitzgiving

    Season 6 Episode 10 - Aired 2010-11-22

    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.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas

  • Swarley
    8.9/10 5,483 votes

    #11 - Swarley

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2006-11-06

    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.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Greg Malins

  • How I Met Everyone Else
    8.9/10 5,057 votes

    #12 - How I Met Everyone Else

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2007-10-22

    Amid sharing stories with her about how members of the gang met each other, Ted's hot new girlfriend has a reaction to the meeting that gets her a high ranking on Barney's crazy scale.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Gloria Calderón Kellett

  • Slapsgiving
    8.9/10 4,832 votes

    #13 - Slapsgiving

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2007-11-19

    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.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Matt Kuhn

  • Bad News
    8.9/10 5,096 votes

    #14 - Bad News

    Season 6 Episode 13 - Aired 2011-01-03

    Afraid they will never get pregnant, Lily and Marshall decide to see a specialist. Robin begins her new job.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: N/A

  • Tick Tick Tick
    8.9/10 5,227 votes

    #15 - Tick Tick Tick

    Season 7 Episode 10 - Aired 2011-11-14

    "Tick Tick Tick" is the tenth episode of the seventh season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and the 146th episode overall. It aired on November 14, 2011.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Chris Harris

  • Showdown
    8.8/10 4,360 votes

    #16 - Showdown

    Season 2 Episode 20 - Aired 2007-04-30

    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.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: N/A

  • Ducky Tie
    8.8/10 4,627 votes

    #17 - Ducky Tie

    Season 7 Episode 3 - Aired 2011-09-26

    Barney faces having to wear Marshall's ducky tie if he loses a bet with him. Meanwhile, Ted hopes to apologize to an ex for cheating on her.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas

  • The End of the Aisle
    8.8/10 5,243 votes

    #18 - The End of the Aisle

    Season 9 Episode 22 - Aired 2014-03-24

    With only a half an hour left before the wedding, Robin and Barney panic; Lily and Marshall rewrite their wedding vows.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas

  • Mary the Paralegal
    8.7/10 4,906 votes

    #19 - Mary the Paralegal

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 2006-04-24

    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.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Chris Harris

  • Come On
    8.7/10 5,085 votes

    #20 - Come On

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2006-05-15

    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.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas

  • Ted Mosby, Architect
    8.7/10 4,692 votes

    #21 - Ted Mosby, Architect

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2006-10-09

    After Ted and Robin's first big fight, Barney tries to convince Ted that being an architect is an easy in to picking up chicks. Lily and Robin start following his trail after discovering that Ted hit it off with a girl named Anna shortly afterward.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Kristin Newman

  • World's Greatest Couple
    8.7/10 4,498 votes

    #22 - World's Greatest Couple

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2006-10-16

    Marshall tries to get used to being single in a world that is very coupled-oriented. Barney intended one-night-stand won't go away. Barney uses Lily to get out of his "horrifying" situation. Lily finds a place to stay.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Brenda Hsueh

  • Something Borrowed
    8.7/10 4,147 votes

    #23 - Something Borrowed

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 2007-05-07

    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.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Greg Malins

  • Something Blue
    8.7/10 4,213 votes

    #24 - Something Blue

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 2007-05-14

    It's still Marshall and Lily's big wedding day but now we're at the reception. Robin tries to tell a story but keeps getting interrupted. Barney tries his hardest to figure out Ted and Robin's secret.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas

  • Ten Sessions
    8.7/10 4,457 votes

    #25 - Ten Sessions

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2008-03-24

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

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Chris Harris