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


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User Ratings: 531

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Air date: Sep 24, 2012

The hit US sitcom starring Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor and Neil Patrick Harris returns to E4 for an eighth season. In a flash forward to Robin and Barney's future wedding day, Robin is suffering acute anxiety. Ted tries to reassure her by telling her about the time when he and Victoria were about to run away together and he had to deliver a note of apology to Victoria's jilted fiancé Klaus. Meanwhile, sleep deprivation means that new parents Lily and Marshall are struggling to focus on what's going on around them. And Barney reveals that he hasn't been entirely honest with Quinn about his romantic history with Robin.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2012

On the advice of a colleague, Barney puts together an extensive pre-nuptial agreement that lays out the rules for behaviour within marriage, as well as the terms for divorce. Quinn is outraged, as are Victoria, Lily and Robin when Ted, Marshall and Nick side with Barney and each propose their own relationship amendments. The war of the sexes escalates when Quinn draws up a comprehensive pre-nup of her own. Can the four couples resolve their conflicts?

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Air date: Oct 8, 2012

Lily and Marshall struggle to find a good nanny within their budget for baby Marvin. The best candidate declines their offer of work because she's about to run off to Paris with a wealthy single father. It turns out that the man in question is Barney, who is posing as a single dad to meet attractive young nannies. Could Lily's father Mickey step into the breach and take care of his grandson? Meanwhile, Robin and Ted compete over who has the best new relationship.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2012

When Lily and Marshall almost get hit by a car on their first day out since becoming parents, they decide to make a will and find a godparent and potential legal guardian for baby Marvin. However, none of their family members are suitable contenders, so they hold a game show-style parenting skills contest between Barney, Robin and Ted to find the best candidate.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2012

When Victoria drops hints to Ted about wanting more commitment in their relationship, he fails to notice and needs Lily and Marshall to explain the subtext to him. However, when Ted attempts to show his devotion to Victoria, she issues an ultimatum. Meanwhile, Barney becomes excessively fond of a dog that he finds in the street and, when the owner reclaims the lost hound, Robin grows concerned about his mental state.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2012

Robin and Nick spend more time talking and less time having sex when Nick pulls his groin playing basketball. Robin then realises that Nick is not very intelligent and decides to break up with him. When she loses her resolve at the last moment, Barney takes matters into his own hands to help her end the relationship. Meanwhile, Lily and Marshall are desperate to kick-start their sex life, but the demands of parenthood get in the way.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2012

Marshall runs into his old law school classmate Brad, who has fallen on hard times, and decides to help out by recommending him for a job at his firm. However, when Brad's interview for the position goes badly wrong, Marshall has to undertake some serious damage control with his boss. Robin helps negotiate a new strip club membership for Barney after his ex-girlfriend Quinn goes back to work at the Lusty Leopard, leaving him unable to visit his favourite nightspot.

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Air date: Nov 26, 2012

Marshall takes on his old friend and new nemesis, Brad, in the biggest case of his career. Meanwhile, the gang reminisce about their own run-ins with the law, leading to a debate over who was the biggest trouble maker as a teenager.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2012

When Ted fills in as Marvin's nanny, Marshall and Lily realise he's using the baby as a surrogate for the real object of his devotion: the GNB building. Meanwhile, Robin is determined to get Barney back, no matter what it takes.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2012

Robin becomes increasingly suspicious of Barney's relationship with Patrice and, thinking that Barney is going through an emotional crisis, attempts to split them up. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily are shocked when they discover that Marshall's mother has started a new romantic chapter in her life with an unexpected partner.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for How I Met Your Mother Season 8

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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.

Sep 24, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 24, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for How I Met Your Mother: Season 8

  • Jan 28, 2021
    ♦️ Eighth Season - How can it get worse? Ah, do a ninth season. ♦️
  • Dec 10, 2020
    A bit unwieldy and jarring at times, season 8 is a bit weak by comparison to the rest of the series. It is saved by the emotional powerhouses that are episodes such as the Time Traveler and the finale, which are deserving of five stars as anyone who has seen them knows. Things just happen a bit too fast and at times lack proper development.
  • Dec 05, 2020
    Season 8 is great. Some viewers don't like it because it becomes more serious, but I really like that the characters in How I Met Your Mother actually mature as the show goes on. When the characters get nearly a decade older they deal with real-life issues & transitions. Anyways, I think they still handle it with their signature whit & fast-paced​ banter!
  • Apr 03, 2020
    Past Season 5, this series should be called 'Recipe for Disaster OR How to utterly destroy a good story in 3 steps.' And for those curious to those three steps: a) make sure a bad actor stars, b) make sure you have a 4/6 bad acting ratio, and c) make sure you aim for 10 seasons and repeat yourself till you get there. And... if it doesn't work, you can make it happen at anytime, even in Season 9.
  • Mar 17, 2020
    This is pretty much a wedding season of one of the couples. It is pretty great! I enjoyed this season more for some reason!
  • Oct 19, 2019
  • 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.

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