How I Met Your Mother: Season 9 (2013 - 2014)


Season 9
How I Met Your Mother

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How I Met Your Mother ends not with a bang, not with a whimper, but with an uneven final season that captures the show's best and worst tendencies.

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Air date: Sep 23, 2013

In the first episode of the ninth and final series, the gang all travel to Long Island for Robin and Barney's wedding, but the happy couple make a startling discovery about their families en route. On his way back from Minnesota, Marshall is horrified to see that his mother has posted a picture online giving away the fact that he has accepted his dream job without consulting Lily first. Lily has an important encounter on the train, and realises that Ted hasn't dealt with his feelings for Robin.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2013

Brand new series: Marshall struggles to find a way to get back to New York in time for the wedding and is forced to take to the road in a gas-guzzling car. When James reveals that he has cheated on his husband Tom and is getting a divorce, Robin worries about how Barney will react to the news. Ted frets about being the only single man at the wedding and staying alone at a romantic hotel.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2013

Brand new series: Lily catches a glimpse of the list of things Ted wants to do in New York before he moves to Chicago and frets that she is the only person who knows about his plans. Robin and Barney realise they have very little time together before their elderly relatives arrive for the wedding. When Lily discovers that Ted and Marshall accidentally destroyed her best dress, she gets her own back.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2013

Brand new series: During a poker game night, Barney works through his anger at Ted after finding out that Ted still has feelings for Robin. Although he still hasn't made it back to the gang, Marshall helps to settle their dispute by taking on the role of judge via Skype. Lily realises she is Robin's only girlfriend, and that while she is in Rome for a year Robin could be lonely, so she tries to find her a new female pal.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2013

During a pre-wedding game of poker, Robin wins James's ring but refuses to give it back, angering Barney's mother Loretta (guest star Frances Conroy). Barney hates having to choose sides between his fiancée and his family, but Lily coaches him on how to handle the emotional minefield. Ted and Marshall get into a dispute about wedding gifts and thank-you notes that may or may not have been sent in the past.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2013

Ted finds himself with three prospects to be his date for the wedding weekend, but chooses poorly about which one to spend time with. Feeling judged on their messy past by the stern minister who is going to marry them, Barney and Robin steal Marshall and Lily's sweet story about how they first met. During their long journey, Marshall finds out more about his driving companion, Daphne.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2013

Brand new series: Daphne sends a text message to Lily, revealing the truth about Marshall becoming a judge. Marshall begs Ted to sneak into Lily's room while she's asleep and delete the text, invoking the gang's 'no questions asked' rule so that he won't know why. But when Barney and Robin try to help Ted, they realise that they keep acting on their own initiative without consulting each other.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2013

Brand new series: When Robin and Loretta's conflict escalates, Barney is caught in the middle. Marshall and Daphne deal with a stowaway on their road trip, and Ted and Cassie try to enjoy a trip to a lighthouse.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2013

Brand new series: Robin is upset to discover that her mother can't come to the wedding. In flashback, the gang recall the evening six months earlier when Barney accepted a series of romantic challenges from Lily and Robin, and ponder the nature of the ever-changing love triangle between Ted, Robin and Barney. Bryan Cranston guest stars.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2013

Robin is concerned about what's on Barney's mind after his father arrives at the hotel, while Ted is up in arms when one of his wedding chores doesn't go as planned and he believes he was sabotaged.

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The popular sitcom's ninth and final series transpires almost entirely during the wedding weekend of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders). The series moves to Long Island as the happy couple and married friends Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Allyson Hannigan) and the ever-unlucky at love Ted (Josh Radnor) prep for the big event. The two-day gathering is rife with plenty of familial shenanigans and escapades as the soon-to-be-marrieds deal with problems that include Robin's disagreement with Barney's mother and brother, and Robin and Barney's holy row with the minister who is to officiate the ceremony. On the day of the nuptials, she and the gang contend with a massively hungover groom-to-be and try to concoct one of his---wait for it---legendary Stinson Hangover Fixer Elixirs. The highlight of the series is the addition of the young woman (Cristin Milioti, who was introduced in the Series 8 finale) who would become Ted's bride and the mother of his son and daughter. In the series finale, Ted tells his children the conclusion to the tale of how he and their mother finally became a couple, and the episode also offers details of what the future held for Barney, Robin, Marshall and Lily.

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Critic Reviews for How I Met Your Mother Season 9

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9)

For some, [the] surprise was a disappointment. But disappointment is expecting that a life has only one love story, that happily ever after only happens once, that surprises, good and bad, happen along the way.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

This finale seems to completely sour the show's legacy - something that is not more important than ever.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

All told, the finale, like the series itself, was fine, if not, alas, legendary. But hey, unlike some of the shows that have come and gone while Ted searched for his dream girl, it certainly beat a slap to the face.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

This isn't a perfect ending... But a straightforward, fairytale ending for Ted and Tracy wouldn't have served viewers, and it would have been beyond boring.

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

I wish I was as thrilled by the ending as the beginning, but I'm grateful that so many episodes stand up to multiple, multiple viewings.

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

The result of [the writers'] plan was among the more maddening things I've seen in the finale of a show I at one point loved.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

"Last Forever" brought up the idea of true love versus soul mates, and a bit about fate, but if I wanted to watch a series about how your soulmate might not be the love of your life, I'd have watched Dawson's Creek, a series which did it much better.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Lest you think How I Met Your Mother was going to skip over the good parts of Ted and The Mother's relationship, Monday night's episode delivered another milestone in their romance.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Fortunately for HIMYM, the time-turning precedent for the season only strengthens such a radical episode's premise.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

'Last Forever' was actually a really great finale episode overall.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

In spite of a couple of lovely moments, the "HIMYM" finale was a terrible miscalculation.

Apr 3, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Here's to hoping the final eight episodes will continue to make [the Mother] invaluable to the show's story. After all, she's the reason How I Met Your Mother is great again.

Jan 29, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for How I Met Your Mother: Season 9

  • Feb 23, 2021
    Ending ruined entire series. Absolutely disgusted with ending of a great series. Ted who is fundamentally a good man, who always put others before himself, (others that never seemed to be there for him, even at the opening of his building all his friends had made other plans), then has to endure a devastating loss along with his children once he has eventually found happiness. Oh but don't worry he goes back to the woman who is supposedly his soul mate although she broke his heart on more than one occasion, thus making a mockery out of his relationship with Tracy. Should have killed off Robin and let everyone get on with their lives.
  • Jan 28, 2021
    ♦️ The end? We can only hope they don't decide to make a 20 year reunion movie. Then the creation of the universe would have been in vain! ♦️
  • Dec 10, 2020
    A great season which has been ruined in the eyes of many by one single decision in the finale. The moments shown between Ted and the Mother are exactly what I wanted to see. In fact, anyone distracted by the ending should just go to YouTube and watch the alternative ending, which would have resulted in an essentially perfect ending to a great show. Still, the canon ending prevents me from giving a full five stars.
  • Dec 05, 2020
    One of my favorite shows, and contrary to what some may think, the finale is one of the best and most well thought out in tv history. Everything comes full circle beautifully and all of the "easter eggs" left throughout the series finally make sense.
  • Sep 11, 2020
    Overall, I liked this season, but the ending is to this day, the worst ending I have ever seen and there's some competition in there. Do yourself a favor and don't watch this show and if you do, when you reach 9x24 (the last episode), stop at 14:34, look for the alternate ending on Youtube and pretend that's the ending.
  • Jun 14, 2020
    This review pertains to the entire series. Overall, HIMYM is a heartwarming, entertaining ride filled with the MacLaren gang's ups and downs. I can't believe it took me this long to watch and as a young person watching this in 2020, I can definitely see how this became one of the top sitcoms several years ago. It has a great blend of emotional turmoil and humor, along with wholesome (and not-so-wholesome) moments of friendship, drama, and romance. However, I personally felt that while the series performed rather well, it also made mistakes in the execution of its comedy and its overall narrative. For me at least, the humor would lean too much towards the struggles of the "dry bachelor" (aka boobs, banging, etc.) to the point where many of their conversations revolved around this sole topic alone. And while this is entertaining, there were plenty of times when I preferred that the episode went straight to the point with regard to the plot. Another point of contention is the ending of HIMYM, which affects the entire plot. While I am definitely a proponent for having more than one romantic love in a lifetime, I believe the way Seasons 8 and 9 were executed did NOT make the ending satisfying at all for the audience. It felt as if the ending was made for an entirely different plotline, just with the same characters. Why did the show build up Robin and Barney, painstakingly developing them into much more mature people, only to have them break up over lifestyle differences? While this sort of makes sense, it also really DOESN'T, because the ending did not tie up the loose ends from previous seasons -- it only created more. I am very glad that Ted and Tracy experienced their true love and relationship together and I am alright with Ted and Robin getting together after Tracy passed away, but the series presented this with a plethora of inconsistencies and questions rather than answers. Still, I do think HIMYM is worthy of being a sitcom classic. Although it leaves you with the feeling of wasted potential, it is a roughly polished gem that will surely remain to be a delight among many.
  • May 09, 2020
    The last season of Himym puts a little stain on the all time great sitcom that it is. The final season is uneventful and scratched out.
  • Mar 17, 2020
    This was the last season, and it was sad seeing it end! The show was pretty sad, but at the same time, there were some happy episodes. Had to see two endings to this, since there was an alternative ending to it. I think both of the endings were pretty great! Had to see it on DVD since I never seen this show! Finally finished it like months ago! This was GREAT and AWESOME!!! Definitely recommend watching this show!
  • Feb 11, 2020
    This season was a disservice to the fans who spent hours to years of finding out who the mother was, and the character development all those years. All those years of developing each character only to undo them at the very end? Not cool.
  • Feb 03, 2020
    La mejor serie de todos los tiempos ¡La amo!

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