How I Met Your Mother: Season 5 (2009 - 2010)

Season 5
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Air date: Sep 21, 2009

In the fifth-season opener, the friends discover that Barney and Robin are secretly a couple; and Ted stresses over his first lecture as a Columbia professor.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2009

Ted goes on a blind date and realizes he went out with the woman before on an arranged date seven years earlier; and Barney takes Marshall on a guys' night out.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2009

Robin thinks Barney's cheating, but she soon sees it's just the opposite: He's spending his nights getting lessons from Ted on how to date Robin.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2009

Marshall and Lily hope that Robin and Barney will be their new double-date friends, but they are a little too enthusiastic, prompting Robin and Barney to break up with them.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2009

When Lily moves into the apartment, Ted fears that she and Marshall will edge him out and that they'll get the place after they're married.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2009

Barney, thinking he and Robin are the perfect couple, gives relationship advice to Marshall, which turns out to be a big mistake.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2009

Barney and Robin's romance falters, and Lily comes up with a scheme to break up the unhappy couple that involves a little help from Robin's celebrity friend, Alan Thicke (who appears in a cameo).

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Air date: Nov 16, 2009

Barney and Robin break up, and Barney gets serious about dating again by consulting his "playbook" containing all of his greatest techniques.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2009

Marshall gives Ted and Robin one of his "Slap Bet" slaps to be used on Barney; and Lily's estranged father (Chris Elliot) visits her for Thanksgiving.

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Air date: Jan 11, 2010

Barney has to decide between his trademark suits or a beautiful bartender (Stacy Keibler) in the 100th episode, which includes a musical number by the cast called "Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit."

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Series 5 of the sitcom begins with Ted (Josh Radnor) starting his new job as an architecture professor at Columbia University. Meanwhile, notorious commitment-phobes Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) begin dating, although neither of them know what they want out of a relationship; and Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) wonder if they should have a baby. Memorable guest stars include Jennifer Lopez and Carrie Underwood. Rachel Bilson has a small role as the roommate of Ted's future wife.

Critic Reviews for How I Met Your Mother Season 5

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

What follows is HIMYM at its farcical best.

Mar 27, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The show's been in a groove in terms of performances, pace and pithiness-the three Ps of successful sitcoms-but it's been a little strained when it comes to the emotional underpinnings that make this more than just an agreeable half-hour of comedy.

Mar 27, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

As usual, the best bits came from the rightly celebrated Neil Patrick Harris.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

This season has not been the unmitigated disaster that some seem to think; there have been plenty of high quality episodes and a couple of series high points. But it's been a rough ride, especially since we got back from that mini-hiatus.

Nov 28, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Last night's season finale of "How I Met Your Mother" was a nice, fairly low-key send-off to end the season.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Season five may not go down as one of the show's best seasons, but it still provided plenty of laughs and memorable moments, especially throughout the latter half.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

It was a season of ups and downs, with a handful of fantastic standalone episodes sandwiched within so-so storylines (and one that didn't work at all).

Nov 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for How I Met Your Mother: Season 5

  • Jan 28, 2021
    ♦️ 1/2 Star - Oof, that was Rotten. ♦️
  • Mar 17, 2020
    Doppelgangers are definitely what I liked the most! This show was definitely funny!
  • Sep 11, 2018
    this show is the best!
  • Apr 22, 2018
    not bad really rewatchable
  • Nov 17, 2017
    HIMYM is great because it has great characters,good narrative and its laugh out loud..
  • Feb 26, 2017
    By far... the best season of the season
  • Oct 13, 2015
    Aahhh :(! When the a Comedy-Drama Series, completlly kills the fun part out of it and brings plot twists in, which have absolutly no sense, you no it's wrong. But not everything was bad. Some highlight episodes like 'Slapgiving 2: The Revenge on the Slap' were in. It was creative, innovative and funny. But then there were some episodes like 'Jenkins', that were not funny, or made sense, had a good story or anything like that. Well, the mainstory in the whole season was more average than good. And Barney again was the best in the whole season, especially in the beginning. Where dumb episodes like 'Robin 101' were funny, because of him. One thing I have to mention is that the writers, can make awesome final episodes! 6,5/10, not really that good.
  • Mar 20, 2015
    There's a lot more good than bad in this season, but it still doesn't change the fact that the show seemed to really want to grasp at straws to keep the show afloat. Regardless, this season delivered the most memorable HIMYM episode of all time with "The Playbook' - which alone ensured this season's success. Oh, there's plenty more to enjoy here...but that episode (and maybe "The Perfect Week") really helped Season 5.
  • Nov 19, 2014
    IN season 5, episode 10 which is Blitezgiving, Ted left his friends to prepare for the Thanksgiving Day. Then, Blitz's curse moved from Steve who’s knowing as "Blitz" to Ted. Blitz's curse comes to a person when he or she leaves his or her friends to do something. It started from a person called Matt Blitz, then moved to different people through different generations. A Blitz person always says “awwww maaaaan” when his or her friends tell him or her about the great things they have done. Usually, great things happen when the person who knowing as "Blitz" leaves the place. Ted became Blitz in his group but not for a long time because Barney left his friends next day when they were looking for a place to spend the thanksgiving in. At the end, Steve Became Blitz again.
  • Jul 07, 2014
    made up for season 4

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