• 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

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Critic Reviews

  1. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    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.
  2. 38
    The script is just poor.
  3. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    80
    Manages to get the balance of cuddliness and snark just right.
  4. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    80
    What truly makes the Bays-Thomas collaboration smarter than your average sitcom is the storytelling chances taken by the script.
  5. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    75
    You know you're in the presence of a fresh, original sitcom when you don't even mind the laugh track.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Henry Goldblatt
    91
    We never thought we'd laugh out loud with a laugh track again. [23 Sep 2005, p.81]
  7. Kansas City Star
    Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    60
    A viewer-friendly diversion.
  8. 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.
  9. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    80
    A considerably above-average Generation Y sitcom that manages to be both sharp and sentimental, like "Seinfeld" with feeling.
  10. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    75
    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.
  11. Not so funny but genuinely touching.
  12. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    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.
  13. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    70
    Could... become a very pleasant surprise.
  14. 100
    Romantic comedies depend on appealing actors, and these five are irresistible.
  15. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    80
    How I Met Your Mother is that rare TV comedy that relies more on character than jokes.
  16. Cute but not overly cuddly, there's an authenticity to the relationships in "Mother" that makes it a comedy worth meeting.
  17. PopMatters
    Reviewed by: Michael Abernethy
    30
    The comedy that does occur in How I Met Your Mother isn't enough to compensate for its inconsistencies.
  18. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Charlie McCollum
    90
    This is a cast that jells immediately, hitting on all cylinders from the very first scene.
  19. "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.
  20. The A.V. Club
    60
    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. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    80
    "How I Met Your Mother" introduces a level of unpredictability not usually found in comedies.
  22. 20
    Cloying [and] lackluster.
  23. The writing does not yet live up to the show's premise, but the series has potential to improve.
  24. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    88
    The script is humorous, though not hilarious, and the show boasts a fine cast that could, with time, jell into a great one.
  25. 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.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 916 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 916
  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.