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How I Met Your Mother: Season 8 (2012-2013)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 6

How I Met Your Mother wears out its welcome this season, with an anticlimactic reveal and rote, less-than-fruitful humor.

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Season Info

The sitcom's eighth series finds Ted (Josh Radnor) still struggling with his romantic life as he gives things another try with Victoria (Ashley Williams) and, later, a challenging woman named Jeanette (Abby Elliott). Meanwhile, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) makes one last epic play for Robin (Cobie Smulders), and they get engaged. Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) adjust to life as new parents, and Lily pursues a new career opportunity as an art consultant. The big story, though,

Genre: Comedy

Network: CBS

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 24, 2012

Farhampton

The sitcom rings in Season 8 with wedding bells for the impending nuptials of Barney and Robin, but concerns that one or both of them will get cold feet cloud the happy time. Meanwhile, all the matrimonial jitters trigger Ted's memories of Victoria's wedding day and how he insisted that she leave her fiancé a note after deciding to leave him at the altar.

2
Air date: Oct 1, 2012

The Pre-Nup

Barney's extensive and comprehensive prenup leads the guys to put forth their own relationship principles, which their significant others do not find agreeable. Meanwhile, an incensed Quinn responds with her own prenup.

3
Air date: Oct 8, 2012

Nannies

Lily and Marshall have trouble finding a nanny for Marvin and learn that it is due to an elaborate scheme Barney invented to meet women. Meanwhile, Robin and Ted argue over who is in a more serious relationship.

4
Air date: Oct 15, 2012

Who Wants to Be a Godparent

Unable to decide which of their friends would make the best godparents to Marvin, Lily and Marshall put them all to a test.

5
Air date: Oct 29, 2012

The Autumn of Break-Ups

With a rash of relationships on rocky ground, Ted and Victoria find themselves at a romantic crossroads, while Robin thinks Barney's screwy when he decides to employ a dog as his wingman.

6
Air date: Nov 12, 2012

Splitsville

Robin has a problem pulling the trigger on breaking up with Nick, so Barney steps in to help out, while new parents Lily and Marshall look for a way to schedule some private time for themselves.

7
Air date: Nov 19, 2012

The Stamp Tramp

Marshall recommends an old law-school buddy for a position at the firm, but the job interview doesn't quite work out, and Marshall needs to square things with the boss. Meanwhile, Robin helps Barney get back into the swing of things on the gentlemen's-club circuit.

8
Air date: Nov 26, 2012

Twelve Horny Women

In the most important case of his career, Marshall is pitted against his old friend Brad. Meanwhile, the gang recall youthful entanglements with the law and debate over who was the most notorious teenage delinquent

9
Air date: Dec 3, 2012

Lobster Crawl

A determined Robin contemplates one last fling with Barney and devises a scheme to entice him into an assignation. Meanwhile, Ted steps in as Marvin's nanny, and Marshall and Lily realize there's a definite motive behind the move.

10
Air date: Dec 10, 2012

The Over-Correction

Robin becomes increasingly suspicious of Barney's relationship with Patrice. Meanwhile, Marshall discovers his mother is moving on in her romantic life? with a very disturbing partner

11
Air date: Dec 17, 2012

The Final Page, Part One

With Christmas fast approaching, Barney tells Ted that he plans on proposing to Patrice, which leads Ted to debate whether or not to tell Robin. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily run into an acquaintance from college, on a special one-hour episode of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

12
Air date: Dec 17, 2012

The Final Page, Part Two

Conclusion. 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.

13
Air date: Jan 14, 2013

Band or DJ?

Despite having already popped the question, Robin insists that Barney seek her father's permission before the couple can announce their engagement. Meanwhile, a conflicted Ted throws himself into the planning of the their wedding.

14
Air date: Jan 21, 2013

Ring Up

Barney asks Ted to keep dating Carly (Ashley Benson), a much younger woman, even though she and Ted have nothing in common.

15
Air date: Feb 4, 2013

P.S. I Love You

Barney discovers a lost episode of a behind-the-music show that features Canadian teen singing sensation Robin Sparkles (aka Robin), and includes a new video and another intriguing revelation from her past. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily suspect that Ted's new girlfriend is a stalker.

16
Air date: Feb 11, 2013

Bad Crazy

Ted is gun-shy about breaking up with his wacky new girlfriend. Meanwhile, Robin finally breaks down and holds baby Marvin, and finds herself becoming incredibly attached to the little guy.

17
Air date: Feb 18, 2013

The Ashtray

When the Captain calls Ted unexpectedly, the gang remembers their last awkward encounter.

18
Air date: Feb 25, 2013

Weekend at Barney's

After Ted and Jeanette break up, Barney uses his infamous playbook to Ted find a new date; Lily tries to make a good impression at a gallery opening.

19
Air date: Mar 18, 2013

The Fortress

Robin would like Barney to sell his bachelor pad so they can get a place of their own, but he is somewhat reluctant and goes to great lengths to sabotage any potential sale. Meanwhile, Lily's art-consultant position with the Captain impacts her relationship her husband.

20
Air date: Mar 25, 2013

The Time Travelers

Futuristic doppelgängers of Barney and Ted try to persuade them to attend a Robots vs. Wrestlers competition. Meanwhile, Marshall and Robin engage in a dance-off.

21
Air date: Apr 15, 2013

Romeward Bound

Lily must decide if she's willing to ship out to Rome to be the Captain's art consultant.

22
Air date: Apr 29, 2013

The Bro Mitzvah

Barney's bachelor party has the gang pulling out all the stops in an effort to make it legendary.

23
Air date: May 6, 2013

Something Old

Years ago in Central Park, Robin buried a "something old" for her wedding, but now she can't locate it. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily ask Ted to help them pack for Italy; and Barney spends some bonding time with Robin Sr.

24
Air date: May 13, 2013

Something New

As the gang gets ready for Robin and Barney's wedding, Ted invites Lily to see the house he has finished fixing up; an obnoxious couple ruins Barney and Robin's night of relaxation; Marshall takes the baby to Minnesota for a family visit.

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (6)

The season did end on a genuinely surprising note -- the revelation of the title character -- but it wasn't worth the aggravation of getting there.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

After 8 long years and 192 episodes of How I Met Your Mother, the future Mrs. Ted Mosby has finally been revealed. And it was dreadfully anticlimactic.

September 21, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

It's been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs, but luckily this season begins on a high note.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The episode was pretty lacking in both laughs and dramatic content.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Every now and then the show turns out an episode that reminds me of the good old days. "Farhampton" was not that.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: HitFix

I find it hard not to stifle a yawn. Move on, show, and please give serious thought to wrapping things up this season while we might still care.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

This turn also reinforces How I Met Your Mother's romantic sentimentality, which tends to trump its satire.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Boy, do I feel like I've wasted a lot of time.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

What I'm looking forward to this season (and next, if need be) isn't the fairy-tale ending, but the final transformations that take place when leaving those illusions behind.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

While her [The notorious mother] identity still remains a mystery, I liked that the season opener dangled something for the Mother Mystery fans out there.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
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Audience Reviews for How I Met Your Mother: Season 8

The quality of this sitcom has certainly gone down.
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