Serien handlar om Ted Mosby som berättar för sin son och dotter om händelserna som ledde till hur han träffade deras mamma. Teds berättelse börjar med när hans bästa kompis, Marshall Eriksen, avslöjar att han tänker fria till sin flickvän, Lily Aldrin. Just i det ögonblicket slår det Ted att han måste sätta fart om han också vill finna den rätta. Hans vän, Barney Stinson, hjälper honom med denna stora uppgift. Barney har dock en del ovanliga åsikter och förslag om hur man träffar tjejer. När Ted möter Robin Scherbatsky är han säker på att det är kärlek vid första ögonkastet och att hon är hans framtida livspartner. Men livet är inte alltid så lätt...
Neil Patrick Harris
Ted finally finishes telling his kids the story of how he met their mother.
Taking place immediately after where the previous season left off, Season 9 covers the events of a single weekend that lead up to Barney and Robin's wedding. During the course of the weekend, "The Mother" is separately introduced to Robin, Barney, Lily, and Marshall, before finally meeting Ted. The season also features frequent flashbacks and flashforwards in order to fully integrate The Mother's character with the rest of the cast.
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.
Series 7 of the sitcom opens with a flash-forward to Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) wedding, but it's not revealed who his future bride will be. Back in 2011, Ted (Josh Radnor) continues his quest for love, and Robin (Cobie Smulders) realises that she still has feelings for Barney. Meanwhile, Marshall (Jason Segel) and a pregnant Lily (Alyson Hannigan) prepare for the arrival of their firstborn child. Katie Holmes has a memorable guest appearance when Series 1's Slutty Pumpkin returns.
Ted (Josh Radnor) continues his search for true love in the sitcom's sixth series. Meanwhile, Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) try to get pregnant with their first child; and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) finds his long-lost father (John Lithgow). Cobie Smulders also stars. The series' guest stars include Katy Perry and Jorge Garcia.
Series 5 of the sitcom begins with Ted (Josh Radnor) starting his new job as an architecture professor at Columbia University. Meanwhile, notorious commitment-phobes Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) begin dating, although neither of them know what they want out of a relationship; and Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) wonder if they should have a baby. Memorable guest stars include Jennifer Lopez and Carrie Underwood. Rachel Bilson has a small role as the roommate of Ted's future wife.
The sitcom's third series opens with Robin (Cobie Smulders) going to Argentina to help ease the sting of her breakup with Ted (Josh Radnor), and Ted begins seeing a new woman, a dermatologist named Stella (Sarah Chalke). Meanwhile, newlyweds Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) buy their first home together; and perpetually single Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) begins to have real feelings for one woman. Meanwhile, in 2030, Ted's future self (voiced by Bob Saget) begins to reveal tiny details about the titular mother. Memorable guest stars from the series include Enrique Iglesias, Mandy Moore and Britney Spears.
In the sitcom's second series, Ted (Josh Radnor) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) become a couple after finally getting together at the end of Series 1. Meanwhile, a heartbroken Marshall (Jason Segel) struggles to move on after his breakup with Lily (Alyson Hannigan), who ended their engagement in order to pursue an art fellowship in San Francisco. In other events, new information about Robin's past comes to light, and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) engages in a "slap bet"—a wager in which the winner gets to slap the loser in the face as hard as possible—with Marshall.
In the year 2030, a man named Ted Mosby (voiced by Bob Saget) sits his kids down to tell them the story of how he met their mother. The timeline flashes back to 2005, where a 27-year-old Ted (Josh Radnor), inspired by the engagement of his friends Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) and Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan) decides he's also ready to settle down. Despite protestations from his friend Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), a perpetually single womanizer, Ted decides to pursue a woman he meets in a bar one night, a local TV reporter named Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders); however, things don't quite go as smoothly as he'd planned.