HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is a comedy about Ted and how he fell in love. It all started when Ted's best friend, Marshall, drops the bombshell that he's going to propose to his long-time girlfriend, Lily, a kindergarten teacher. At that moment, Ted realizes that he had better get a move on if he hopes to find true love, too. Helping him in his quest is Barney, a friend with penchant for suits and a fool-proof way to meet women. The show is told through flashbacks from the future.
In 2030, Ted tells his children the story of how he met their mother, beginning back in 2005 with Marshall and Lily's engagement. Ted, eager to find his soulmate, meets Robin, and sets his sights on marrying her.
Ted throws a party in hopes of seeing Robin again, but when she doesn't show up, he throws another party - and another.
Barney's plan to meet girls at the airport backfires as he and Ted are picked up by airport security, and Lily gets jealous when Robin monopolizes the male attention at their girls' night out.
Ted reconnects with Natalie, an old flame, and soon remembers why he dumped her in the first place.
Robin, Ted, and Barney go to a hot new club, leaving the engaged Marshall and Lily to a more adult, albeit boring, evening of wine tasting.
Halloween hijinx are afoot as Ted makes his annual trek to the same lame party in search of a girl he met there years ago, while Robin joins Marshall and Lily for a double date.
When Ted signs up with a matchmaking service, he learns that love is not a science. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily confront a frightening creature living in the apartment.
Lily officially moves in with Marshall and Ted, and when Ted suspects that he's being edged out of the apartment, he and Marshall decide to settle it like men.
Thanksgiving with Marshall's family is especially stressful for Lily because she thinks she may be pregnant.
After an alcohol-induced blackout, Ted awakens to find a strange woman - and a pineapple - in his bed.
New Year's Eve is a wild ride as Ted rents a limo for a night of party-hopping with the gang.
Ted's romantic hopes are dashed when he invites Robin to a fancy wedding, only to discover that the bride-to-be won't allow him to bring a date.
Robin is emotionally torn when Ted meets an exciting new woman, Victoria, at the wedding.
Hiding in the bathroom, Marshall and Lily wait impatiently for Ted and Victoria to consummate their relationship, and Barney typically gets the wrong idea while hanging out with Robin.
Marshall's game night leads to some startling and very embarrassing revelations.
Just as Ted and Victoria's relationship is beginning to flourish, she's offered a scholarship to a culinary institute in Germany. Should she stay, or should she go?
With Victoria in Germany, Ted faces the pitfalls of long-distance relationships, and Marshall has trouble fitting in when he takes a job at Barney's company.
With Victoria on his mind, Ted has conflicted feelings when Robin invites him over for a late night rendezvous.
Ted needs a date to take to Robin's awards banquet, so Barney hooks him up with Mary, who may be a call girl.
With her wedding day fast approaching, Lily, along with Barney and Robin, crashes a high school prom to scope out a potential band for the reception.
Ted is excited when a matchmaking service claims to have found his soul mate, but he must postpone his date to help Lily, who has a surprising revelation.
Hoping to get closer to Robin, Ted tries to prevent her from going away for the weekend with her co-anchor, Sandy.