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


Season 8
How I Met Your Mother

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 13


Audience Score

User Ratings: 475
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Air date: Sep 24, 2012
Air date: Oct 1, 2012
Air date: Oct 8, 2012
Air date: Oct 15, 2012
Air date: Oct 29, 2012
Air date: Nov 12, 2012
Air date: Nov 19, 2012
Air date: Nov 26, 2012
Air date: Dec 3, 2012
Air date: Dec 10, 2012
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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, is still Ted's journey as he moves closer to the show's endgame, in which he will finally meet his future wife. In fact, viewers get their first glimpse of the mother (played by Cristin Milioti) at the tail end of the series.


Jason Segel
as Marshall
Kyle MacLachlan
as The Captain
Ray Wise
as Robin Sr.
August Maturo
as Marvin at 4
Jakob Sarkissian
as 12 to 14-year-old Marvin
Seth Green
as Daryl LaCorte
Reatha Grey
as Old Lady
Jason Watson
as Barista
Chauncey Jenkins
as Businessman
Dave Thomas
as Chuck Gerusi
Michael Leone
as Kid No. 1
Jane Carr
as Mrs. Buckminster
Don Lake
as Judge Donovan
Sachin Bhatt
as Man No. 1
Daniel Harris
as Kid No. 2
Mark Cohen
as Dr. Bedrosian
Zach Bandler
as Man No. 2
Calvin Jung
as Chinese Mobster
Robert Sloan
as Kid No. 3
Erik Van Wyck
as Husband No. 3
Jayma Mays
as Coat Check Girl
Jennifer Rogers
as Woman No. 1
Jason Heymann
as Man No. 3
Nicole Limo
as Christie
Blake Bertrand
as Young Marvin Jr.
Nancy Stone
as Sketch Artist
Nikki Tuazon
as Hot Girl
Karolin Luna
as Woman No. 2
Karen Lew
as Mrs. Hamaguchi
Cyrus Deboo
as Husband No. 1
Bob Saget
as Narrator
k.d. lang
as Herself
Kim Estes
as Judge No. 1
Dennis Haskins
as Judge No. 2
Gibson Sjobeck
as Young Marcus
Grace Parra
as Wife No. 2
Geddy Lee
as Himself
Emily Roche
as Young Woman
Josh Dougherty
as Kid No. 1
Ely Uettwiller
as Marvin at 2
Herbie Jackson
as Kid No. 2
Chuck Lacey
as Old Man
Rebecca Newton
as Crew Cut Girl
Kurt Scholler
as Mountie No. 1/Hotel Employee No. 1
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Critic Reviews for How I Met Your Mother Season 8

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

Yes, ok, it got sad again, but still, what a pull off!

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

How I Met Your Mother has always been a show that isn't scared to make a big speech the highlight of the episode.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 1, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 21, 2013 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

It was a charming (if ho-hum) first episode.

Mar 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

Sep 24, 2012 | Full Review…

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

Sep 24, 2012 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

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.

Sep 24, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Sep 24, 2012 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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

Sep 24, 2012 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for How I Met Your Mother: Season 8

  • Apr 22, 2018
    much like season 7 this one is pretty much okay
  • Nov 17, 2017
    HIMYM is great because it has great characters,good narrative and its laugh out loud..
  • Jul 12, 2016
    A good climax. Always good.
  • Dec 08, 2015
    This season contains one of the most romantic scenes in all of television, in my opinion.
  • Oct 17, 2015
    Meh! Slow boring start, till the GNB-Party/Barney-Robin. The first half was basicly a build-up for Barney and Robin, but it was still boring. They could at least made the build-up interesting/funny, but this was boring til they got engaged. The second half was alright nothing really great here, except maybe the Bromitzwa and the angle with Robin's Dad and Barney, but still the rest was more of a filler. The season finale on the other hand was perfect writing, they learned from last season's interestingly horrible finale. What really pissed me of, was the gave a slap to the face of the die-heart fans, with explain everything! A last positive thing, as always the chemistry between the actors is unbelievable. 5,5/10
  • Mar 20, 2015
    Season 8 has a very strange start, with both an under/overwhelming premiere episode. On one hand, we're given a very powerful moment regarding 'The Mother', but on the other hand...there's still a lot of that sub par humor that hasn't worn off from Season 7. Season 8 trudges along with episodes that want to mean something until the huge standout episode called "The Time Travelers". New viewers - read little into this episode and watch it without any knowledge of what may happen. "The Time Travelers" is the BEST episode of How I Met Your Mother, and that alone makes Season 8 completely worth the watch. Also (minor spoiler alert) : the season finale FINALLY introduces us to the Mother. So there's that too.
  • Aug 03, 2014
    Season 8 for me wasn't a series high but i did enjoy the return of Victoria and many other things that made the least enjoyable season a little more tolerable
  • Jul 07, 2014
    Okay so right when the series is getting good they have to pull this crap
  • Jun 21, 2014
    This season has its moments. It's funny, entertaining, and has a wonderful finale.
  • Jun 12, 2014
    This is the season the show really began to slip.

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