My Favorite Episodes of "How I Met Your Mother"

by LivingDeath | created - 09 Aug 2012 | updated - 24 Aug 2012 | Public

I recently re-watched "How I Met Your Mother" on Netflix and compiled a list of my favorite episodes. This list is incomplete, however, because Season 7 is not available on Netflix streaming yet. [This list is in chronological order by original US airdate.]

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1. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: The Pineapple Incident (2005)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Romance

9.2
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After an alcohol-induced blackout, Ted awakens to find a strange woman and a pineapple in his bed.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 3,602

2. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Swarley (2006)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Romance

9.0
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The guys tell Marshall to stay away from his new date because she has "crazy eyes," but she couldn't be any crazier than Lily after she learns that Marshall's going out on his first new date.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,936

3. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Ted Mosby, Architect (2006)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.9
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Barney tells Ted that single women like architects. But will Ted use this useful tidbit of information to cheat on Robin after they have their first fight?

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,463

4. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Atlantic City (2006)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Romance

8.1
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Marshall and Lily elope to Atlantic City, but they discover that getting married in Atlantic City isn't as easy as getting married in Las Vegas.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,024

5. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Slap Bet (2006)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Romance

9.5
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The gang discovers that Robin's been hiding a huge secret, but they have no idea what it is. Marshall thinks she is married, and Barney thinks she was a porn star.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 4,340

6. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Lucky Penny (2007)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

8.5
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When Ted misses his important business trip to Chicago, he tries to trace his steps back to the original incident that triggered the series of events that made him miss the flight.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,040

7. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Arrivederci, Fiero (2007)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.3
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When Marshall's car doesn't quite make it to 200,000 miles without dying completely, everybody reminisces about their greatest memories with the car.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,136

8. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Bachelor Party (2007)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Romance

8.5
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Ted changes Barney's bachelor party plans for Marshall at the last minute, so that it won't just consist of gambling and cheap strippers. And Robin gets Lily an inappropriate shower party gift.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,040

I love this episode for the fact that Barney is responsible for Lilly's return to New York.

9. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Showdown (2007)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

8.9
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Barney becomes a contestant on "The Price Is Right" so that he can confront Bob Barker, because he believes that the game show host is his biological father.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,239

10. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Something Borrowed (2007)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.8
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Marshall and Lily's wedding is destined to become a disaster, until fate intervenes and makes it perfect.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,099

11. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Third Wheel (2007)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.2
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Ted has a chance for a threesome with two women, but Barney and Lily try to sabotage it. Meanwhile, Robin's date also goes better than expected, if only she can find a razor.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 1,984

12. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Little Boys (2007)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

7.9
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Robin tries to date a guy with a child, even though she does not like or want children. Meanwhile, Ted finds it impossible to make it with a woman he knows that Barney slept with a year ago.

Director: Rob Greenberg | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 1,913

I love this episode for Robin's views on child custody.

13. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: How I Met Everyone Else (2007)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

9.0
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While everyone meets Ted's new crazy girlfriend, everyone recounts their stories of how they met everyone else. But the stories turn out to have several inconsistencies.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,650

14. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Spoiler Alert (2007)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

9.1
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The guys shatter Ted's impressions of his new girlfriend by telling him she talks too much. Ted responds by turning the tables on his friends, and they react by pointing out Ted's worst flaw.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,591

15. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: The Platinum Rule (2007)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.6
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Barney and the gang try to convince Ted not to date the doctor that is removing his tattoo by giving examples of the Platinum Rule.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,001

16. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Ten Sessions (2008)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.8
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As the search for Mrs. Right continues, Ted woos his dermatologist Stella -- but her receptionist, Abby, seems more interested in him.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,353

17. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Intervention (2008)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

8.8
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Ted, Robin, Marshall, and Lily all begin getting cold feet because of their imminent life changes, and Barney tries to prove that he can pick up a woman while posing as an 80-year-old man.

Director: Michael J. Shea | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,226

18. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Not a Father's Day (2008)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

8.0
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While Barney celebrates a pregnancy false alarm, Marshall and Lily try to figure out if it's time to have a baby.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 1,818

I love this episode for Drunk Lilly and for Robin's reaction to children.

19. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Three Days of Snow (2009)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

8.6
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Ted and Barney get an opportunity to run their own bar during a historic blizzard, while Marshall and Lily try to defy the odds and continue one of their cherished traditions.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,012

20. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Subway Wars (2010)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

8.6
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The guys race each other, each using a different form of transportation, from the pub to a restaurant seven miles away because a friend claims that Woody Allen is there.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,081