How I Met Your Mother: Season 4 (2008 - 2009)


Season 4
How I Met Your Mother

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Critic Ratings: 5


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Air date: Sep 22, 2008
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A walk down the aisle, unemployment and an unexpected crush factor into the fourth series of this buddy comedy. Viewers continually wonder if Ted's current conquest becomes the titular mom, and this series, it looks like he may have hit pay dirt. The relationship between Ted (Josh Radnor) and Stella (Sarah Chalke) moves forward when she accepts his proposal, made at the end of Series 3. As they get closer to the altar, they trip a few times: They realise they know little about each other after Stella ends up in the ER because of Ted's cooking; she expects him to move in with her after the wedding, but her Garden State address inflames ardent New Jersey-hater Ted; and his pals stage an intervention over their concerns about his nuptials. The wedding itself has a bad vibe. After Stella's sis backs out of her own wedding, Stella and Ted assume her plans, but it all goes south. Just as frustrating is the employment picture for the gang. Ted, Marshall (Jason Segel) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) find themselves out of jobs. Marshall takes it the hardest (and finds his "underpants radius" expanding), Ted considers striking out on his own, while Robin goes to the ends of the Earth---literally, Tokyo---to find work. When that doesn't pan out, she faces deportation...until Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) creates an awesome video résumé for her. The most surprising turn of events is the revelation that Barney has a heart. He admits to Lily (Alyson Hannigan) that he's in love with Robin, and the usually sleazy Barney becomes flustered and jealous around his crush. Oh, but he still beds other women. In other developments: The gang searches for the best burger in NYC; the Naked Man offers an offbeat way to "close the deal" on a date; and Barney reveals his secret family.


Jason Segel
as Marshall
Joel McCrary
as Ged Wilkinson
John Duerler
as Harlen Johnsen
Ezra Buzzington
as Highway Cop #1
Ron Rogge
as Highway Cop #2
Italia Ricci
as Hot Woman #1
Ed Flores
as Food Guy
Edward Flores
as Food Guy
Kyles Archer
as Mark Johnson
Kevin Michael Walsh
as Burglar No. 1
Max Prado
as Michael Sasser
Joe Thornton Jr.
as Highway Cop #3
Regan Burns
as Producer
Nikki Wells
as Hot Woman #2
Tanner Maguire
as 12-year-old Barney
Jessica Anderson
as Hot Woman #3
Stephen Holland
as Creepy Back Rub Guy
Jessica Anderson
as Hot Woman #3
Nicole Taylor
as Sexy Blonde
Eric Braeden
as Robin Sr.
Seth Morris
as Director
Elena K. Smith
as Ted's Cousin
Austin Majors
as 12-year-old Matthew
Amir Talai
as Richard Greenleaf
Kurt Long
as Galoshes the Weather Clown
Renée Taylor
as Mrs. Matsen
Angela Martinez
as Rochelle Harper
Tina Casciani
as Marisela Diaz
Nicolai Dorian
as Skateboarder
Koby Rouviere
as Eight-Year-Old Marshall
Bo Barrett
as Guy #2
Laura Ann Kesling
as Eight-Year-Old Nicole
Mark Tomesek
as Dr. Goodman
Jack J. Bennett
as Craig Gerard
Wayne Lopez
as Referee
Alonza Maxwell
as Bartender
Sidney Liss
as Chili Dog Kid
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Critic Reviews for How I Met Your Mother Season 4

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Regardless of who the mother is and how Ted meets her, the fun in this show is the journey (and the small clues along the way).

Nov 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Tease or no tease, it's still one of the funniest shows on television.

Sep 12, 2013 | Full Review…

This whole show is about the fun you have with your friends in your 20s, and how it shapes the person you ultimately become.

Mar 27, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Roof envy is certainly not uncommon in New York City, and it's the kind of thing that could bother you for years. Capturing that, HIMYM thrives in a way that NYC-based series like Friends never did.

Nov 28, 2017 | Full Review…

That's it for this season - a terrific season of one of the best comedies of this young century, if I do say so myself.

Nov 28, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for How I Met Your Mother: Season 4

  • Apr 21, 2014
    This was a really great season. There were so many good laughs and a pretty decent amount of good episodes. I liked the story lines they created with guest stars Laura Prepon and Sarah Chalke.
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  • Nov 17, 2017
    HIMYM is great because it has great characters,good narrative and its laugh out loud..
  • Oct 11, 2015
    Thank you, finally a legen wait a second season from HIMYM. A story which is so heartwarming and funny, but on the other hand we had tension and good drama. Which really suprised me was, that they had a minor story and a big story in (nearly) every episode! A minor story the whole season long! A lot metaphores! Again some messages! Natrual details coming back! A lot of highlights and memorable moments! And a really original and suprisingly good retrospect at the amazing last episode! The only thing I could critic is that Lily was missing for 2 episodes, cause she was pregnent. But we had minor storys with Marshall and Barney, which was also great. 10/10, amazing season, you need to check it out.
  • Aug 18, 2015
    Season 4 was almost as good as season 3, but instead of a plethora of strong one-episode stories, there were just a couple notable for being really weak ones.
  • Apr 13, 2015
    Overall this season was a giant turd that had it's moments. Kind of made me not want to watch the show anymore tbh.
  • Mar 20, 2015
    Many would disagree; but I feel/felt as if Season 4 of HIMYM represents the show at its best. From the get-go, there's a clear purpose of the season between all characters that neatly wraps up by the end of it. Besides delivering the best finale from the show, it also has memorable episodes scattered throughout that help boost the season to "LEGENDARY" status. It's fun, it hits all the right notes, and would be the season I'd personally recommend to anyone who wants to essentially watch an entire season of this great sitcom.
  • Jun 21, 2014
    Finally gives Barney the character development he deserves. Funny and Clever. Didn't handle Ted and Stella's relationship very well though.
  • May 05, 2014
    One of the weakest seasons of HIMYM, season four ends Ted and Stella's relationship in tragedy, then just kind of sits around for awhile. Not too much happens here in season four. On top of that, some of the episodes are completely hit or miss. There are some incredible ones (As Fast As She Can, Right Place, Right Time, The Naked Man, Shelter Island, Intervention), but the overall quality takes a real hit here in season four.But then again, the worst episodes of HIMYM are better than the best most other shows have to offer. It furthers the overall plot of the show and is definitely worth watching.

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