• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2005
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. 100
    Romantic comedies depend on appealing actors, and these five are irresistible.
  2. We never thought we'd laugh out loud with a laugh track again. [23 Sep 2005, p.81]
  3. This is a cast that jells immediately, hitting on all cylinders from the very first scene.
  4. 88
    The script is humorous, though not hilarious, and the show boasts a fine cast that could, with time, jell into a great one.
  5. 80
    Like ''Friends," this is not a big-themed series so much as a bunch of little character jokes and relationship confusions getting batted around by an able cast.
  6. 80
    Manages to get the balance of cuddliness and snark just right.
  7. What truly makes the Bays-Thomas collaboration smarter than your average sitcom is the storytelling chances taken by the script.
  8. "How I Met Your Mother" introduces a level of unpredictability not usually found in comedies.
  9. A considerably above-average Generation Y sitcom that manages to be both sharp and sentimental, like "Seinfeld" with feeling.
  10. How I Met Your Mother is that rare TV comedy that relies more on character than jokes.
  11. 75
    You know you're in the presence of a fresh, original sitcom when you don't even mind the laugh track.
  12. The format is unusual, and the ending of the premiere nicely surprising - but the element that pushes this show into the potential hit category is Neil Patrick Harris.
  13. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    70
    Could... become a very pleasant surprise.
  14. Cute but not overly cuddly, there's an authenticity to the relationships in "Mother" that makes it a comedy worth meeting.
  15. "How I Met Your Mother" may not break any comedic ground, but it's the sort of comfortable, reliable hitter CBS needs on Monday nights.
  16. 70
    Time will tell if viewers take to this quintet as completely as they did [Friends'] Central Perk crew... but it seems as if How I Met Your Mother is the most legitimate knockoff yet of that youthful-urbanite juggernaut.
  17. A viewer-friendly diversion.
  18. The writing does not yet live up to the show's premise, but the series has potential to improve.
  19. 60
    It is a little better than most other sitcoms, past and present -- especially those featuring wacky urban friends in their twenties experiencing the bittersweet mysteries of life.
  20. The premise is a winner, and the cast... couldn't be more appealing. But the overtly sitcom-y beats and one-liners seem overworked.
  21. Not so funny but genuinely touching.
  22. 50
    The plot is clever and there's a nice twist at the end, but the actors haven't found a rhythm, nor have they developed any chemistry.
  23. 38
    The script is just poor.
  24. Reviewed by: Michael Abernethy
    30
    The comedy that does occur in How I Met Your Mother isn't enough to compensate for its inconsistencies.
  25. 20
    Cloying [and] lackluster.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 775 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 203
  1. HR
    Jan 7, 2010
    10
    I had avoided the show, it didn't sound sooo compelling, but after the first episode I was immediately hooked. This show easily tops I had avoided the show, it didn't sound sooo compelling, but after the first episode I was immediately hooked. This show easily tops "Friends", and makes my wife and me laugh out loudly. It's funny, it's versatile, and the acting is totally impressive - because it's convincing. A real gem! Full Review »
  2. DeanW
    Dec 9, 2009
    0
    This is one of the most UNfunny shows I've ever seen. The acting is terrible, the premise is weak. And on top of all of that, how in the This is one of the most UNfunny shows I've ever seen. The acting is terrible, the premise is weak. And on top of all of that, how in the heck can Doogie Howser be taken seriously as a Womanizer? Get real. The fact that this show is popular is baffling. It would've never survived during the haydays of TV Sitcoms that were actually interesting and funny and had great actors. I give this piece of crap a ZERO, and advise people to go back and watch REAL good shows like Seinfeld, The Cosby Show, and Family Matters. That's how sitcoms are supposed to be done. HIMYM is a joke, but I'm not laughing. Full Review »
  3. Kevin
    Sep 4, 2006
    0
    Awful. Not funny, poorly acted, boring.