How I Met Your Mother: Season 1 (2005 - 2006)


Season 1
How I Met Your Mother

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How I Met Your Mother begins with a distinctively likable ensemble, intriguing storytelling hook, and an endearingly sweet sensibility right out of the gate -- but the jokes elicit more smiles than laughs and the series' sentimentality may divide more hearts than it conquers.



Critic Ratings: 16


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User Ratings: 705

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Air date: Sep 19, 2005
Air date: Sep 26, 2005
Air date: Oct 3, 2005
Air date: Oct 10, 2005
Air date: Oct 17, 2005
Air date: Oct 24, 2005
Air date: Nov 7, 2005
Air date: Nov 14, 2005
Air date: Nov 21, 2005
Air date: Nov 28, 2005
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In the year 2030, a man named Ted Mosby (voiced by Bob Saget) sits his kids down to tell them the story of how he met their mother. The timeline flashes back to 2005, where a 27-year-old Ted (Josh Radnor), inspired by the engagement of his friends Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) and Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan) decides he's also ready to settle down. Despite protestations from his friend Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), a perpetually single womanizer, Ted decides to pursue a woman he meets in a bar one night, a local TV reporter named Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders); however, things don't quite go as smoothly as he'd planned.


Jason Segel
as Marshall
Alexis Denisof
as Sandy Rivers
Miki Mia
as Waitress
Camryn Manheim
as Ellen Pierce
Alexis Denisov
as Sandy Rivers
Amy Acker
as Penelope
Beth Lacke
as Dr. Sarah O'Brien
America Olivo
as Beautiful Woman
Lindsay Schoneweis
as Fantasy Girl
Chad Lindsey
as Hula Girl
Nate Torrence
as Butterfield
Krizia Bajos
as Hula Girl
Mark Derwin
as Businessman
Rob Evors
as Bradley
Tom Ayers
as Walter
Katie Keane
as Stripper
Earl Billings
as Officer McNeil
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Critic Reviews for How I Met Your Mother Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (11)

I just don't get it. Sure, Neil Patrick Doogie's character was amusing, and the rest of the cast is pretty decent, but it just felt like a weak standard-fare sitcom with punch lines that were either obvious or not that funny.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The Mother pilot has a surprise twist that may ultimately be the show's downfall, but the cast is so immensely likeable, they should be able to overcome any viewer disappointment with sheer charm.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The strength of this very witty comedy is the chemistry between the five main characters.

Sep 13, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The comedy that does occur in How I Met Your Mother isn't enough to compensate for its inconsistencies.

Sep 19, 2005 | Full Review…

How I Met Your Mother is one of the fall's standout comedies.

Nov 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

I can't pretend this is anything but a well-executed Friends ripoff. But I'll be there for them anyway.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

How I Met Your Mother feels more like a skit in an acting class than the big time.

Mar 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The jokes on Mother don't feel forced, and the romance that Ted pursues with a woman he meets at a bar has a goofy sweetness to it.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have assembled a smart and funny core of characters, but what makes the series most fascinating is the promise of how the title will unfold through this season and possibly beyond.

Nov 28, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Not so funny but genuinely touching.

Sep 19, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for How I Met Your Mother: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    Wonderfully cast and hilarious to boot! The first season of HIMYM sets the stage for some great antics and a heartwarming story that being CBS could last a lifetime.
  • Jun 20, 2019
    the tv series you gotta see before you die
  • Jun 16, 2019
    This show is awesome, worth watching and worth waiting this long for how the father met the mother. Definitely recommend this show to watch. Just take this is one of the few shows that you watch before u die, get what I am saying. 🤩🤩🤩👍
  • Aug 07, 2018
    Best serie ever i love every
  • Jan 17, 2018
    This Is the show you start watching when you're 27, and start taking the advice given, literally. Just don't take 9 seasons, if you're single, to find your partner. You can and will learn a lot, as well as laugh at yourself, for having tried similar things. Nothing good happens after 2am
  • Nov 16, 2017
    Watched this while it aired, and it's one of my all time favorite shows, but I forgot just how good it was, and just how much I liked loved it! Such a good start to one of my all time favorite series! It's definitely easily in my Top 10! This season is a little all over the place, and takes a while to find its groove, but it's the start of a great and fantastic series! Apparently, Season 2 is the best, according to the IMDb user ratings! I'm now a bit more excited for that then I already was!
  • Jun 09, 2017
    For a pilot season, it's good.
  • Sep 03, 2016
    After a bumpy start and messy few episodes, the series establishes itself as one of the best comedies of its time. A great successor to Friends.
  • Aug 12, 2016
    La segunda mejor temporada de la serie.
  • Dec 08, 2015
    If you're looking for a new show to binge watch, let me introduce you to HIMYM. This is the perfect hybrid of laugh-track and story-driven sitcoms. Well written, non stop hilarity.

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