How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)

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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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Series cast summary:
 Ted Mosby (208 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Marshall Eriksen (208 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Robin Scherbatsky (208 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Barney Stinson / ... (208 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Lily Aldrin / ... (208 episodes, 2005-2014)


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 ... Written by Huggo

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A love story in reverse.


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

19 September 2005 (USA)  »

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In season 4 while they are debating if Ted should be in a fight, on the wall behind Marshall a sign reads 'on this site in 1897 nothing happened'. See more »


The time on the clock in the apartment is always 4:20, at least during season 1. See more »


Marshall: A drumroll? So what? that's it? You just said good night, went home and... performed the drum solo?
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My favorite show on TV behind only Seinfeld.
17 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What can I say about this show? The cast is awesome. The writers rock. The show is great. My favorite character is Barney. He is probably the main person I watch the show for. He is funny and brings a certain "something' to TV that it needs. It is totally the best new comedy in awhile. While it does have a laugh track - it isn't needed. Bob Sagget is right at home on this show playing the Dad. I think it is very fitting for him to be playing that role. The rest of the cast is great also. The guy who plays Ted is great at being the 'every day' guy and Marshall and his soon to be wife, Lilly are perfect together. As for Robin, well she is Robin and there is nothing wrong with her. I think everyone on this show including the regular cab driver are great. This show has everything and I hope everyone gives it a chance. I love it. It is legendary. Till next week Barney.

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