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

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

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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.

Cast

Jason Segel
as Marshall
Kyle MacLachlan
as The Captain
Abby Elliott
as Jeanette
Ray Wise
as Robin Sr.
Joe Lo Truglio
as Honeywell
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
Peter Gallagher
as Professor
Jason Watson
as Barista
Ned Rolsma
as Marcus
David Burtka
as Scooter
Chauncey Jenkins
as Businessman
Dave Thomas
as Chuck Gerusi
Michael Leone
as Kid No. 1
Ogy Durham
as Tabitha
Daniel Harris
as Kid No. 2
Jane Carr
as Mrs. Buckminster
Don Lake
as Judge Donovan
Sachin Bhatt
as Man No. 1
Paul Shaffer
as Himself
Kim Shaw
as Julie
Erik Van Wyck
as Husband No. 3
Alan Thicke
as Himself
Mark Cohen
as Dr. Bedrosian
Zach Bandler
as Man No. 2
Calvin Jung
as Chinese Mobster
Robert Sloan
as Kid No. 3
Jennifer Rogers
as Woman No. 1
Jason Heymann
as Man No. 3
Jacob Guenther
as Kid No. 4
Nicole Limo
as Christie
Cheryl Lynn Bowers
as Blonde Juror
Alex Trebek
as Himself
Jessica Gardner
as Wife No. 3
Jayma Mays
as Coat Check Girl
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
Bob Saget
as Narrator
k.d. lang
as Herself
Kim Estes
as Judge No. 1
Bill Fagerbakke
as Marvin Sr.
Cyrus Deboo
as Husband 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
Steven Page
as Himself
Josh Dougherty
as Kid No. 1
Ely Uettwiller
as Marvin at 2
Herbie Jackson
as Kid No. 2
Cristin Milioti
as The Mother
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 (10) | Top Critics (1)

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.

October 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.

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

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

September 24, 2012 | Full Review…

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

September 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.

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

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

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

Audience Reviews for How I Met Your Mother: Season 8

½

MichaelE.

Super Reviewer

MattG.

Super Reviewer

½

The quality of this sitcom has certainly gone down.

WildalyM.

Super Reviewer

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