The 13 Best 'How I Met Your Mother' Episodes Of All Time

The 13 Best 'How I Met Your Mother' Episodes Of All Time

Each episode is more legendary than the last.

"How I Met Your Mother" was one of the most popular sitcoms on CBS. To this day, the show continues to gain new fans through Netflix and other streaming websites. Because the series is so iconic, I decided to make a list of the all-time best episodes. While it was tough to narrow it down to only 13 episodes, here is my list of the 13 HIMYM episodes I feel are the best of the best.

13. "Blitzgiving" from Season 6

In order to start cooking Thanksgiving dinner, Ted leaves his friends at MacLaren's with the Blitz. The Blitz is an old college friend who is known for having bad luck, and when Ted leaves them all together, he misses out on what seems to be the craziest night. All afraid of experiencing serious FOMO, no one wants to split off from the group in case something extraordinary happens. In addition, Thanksgiving just isn't going as planned, and no one is able to host except for Ted's arch-nemesis, Zoey.

12. "Sorry, Bro" from Season Four

This episode brings the return of Ted's overly pretentious college girlfriend named Karen. Lily and Marshall don't have very fond memories of Karen for a number of reasons, including the fact that she cheated on Ted several times during their relationship. However, the group learns that Ted has met up with Karen for lunch and has started seeing her again.

11. "Ten Sessions" from Season Three

Ted goes to the clinic in order to remove his butterfly tramp stamp (long story), and ends up developing a crush on his doctor, Stella. Ted tries asking her out on a date every session, but Stella declines every time due to her doctor's guidelines. After his 10 sessions of tattoo removal are over, he asks her out again. However, this time she doesn't say no, simply that she just didn't have time to date. Then, being the hopeless romantic he is, Ted takes Stella on the cutest two-minute date ever, earning this episode a spot at No. 11.

10. "Girls Versus Suits" from Season Five

The 100th episode of HIMYM complete with a musical number. What more could you ever ask for?

9. "Intervention" from Season Four

This episode is the start of one of the show's running jokes: the intervention banner. Whenever one member of the group did something the others found annoying, (Lily speaking in a terrible English accent, Robin's addiction to self-tanning lotion) they'd hang the intervention banner up and "intervene." The last time the intervention banner was seen was during Barney's intervention when it caught on fire (he was obsessed with magic tricks that involved a lot of flames). However, during the episode, Ted is packing up his things in preparation for his move to New Jersey with Stella when he finds a new intervention banner tucked away in one of the boxes. He then finds out that his friends had at one point planned a "Stella intervention" because they thought she wasn't the right girl for him.

8. "How I Met Everyone Else" from Season Three

The episode starts with Ted bringing in his new girlfriend, who says they met at a French cooking class when they actually met through an online dating site. From this interaction, Barney's legendary Hot/Crazy scale is born. Lily and Marshall get into the story of how they met and how Ted came to know her, because he was Marshall's college roommate. In this episode, we also learn how Barney and Ted met: at the bar, and Barney recruits Ted to act as his deaf brother, Edward, in order to get a girl.

7. "Legendaddy" from Season Six

Barney finally learns who his real father is.

6. "Game Night" from Season One

In "Game Night," we learn the origins of Barney Stinson. He wasn't always the legendary, suit-wearing businessman we know. During this episode, Barney tells the group about his hippie days when he worked in a coffee shop and planned to enter the Peace Corps with his girlfriend, Shannon.

5. "Doppelgängers" from Season Five

Throughout the series, the audience learns that some of the friends have doppelgängers running around the city. At this point in time, they've encountered Stripper Lily, Mexican Wrestler Ted, Lesbian Robin, and Moustache Marshall. The only one they haven't seen is Barney's doppelgänger. Lily takes this as a sign from the universe and decides that she and Marshall would be ready to have a baby, but only after they've seen the Barney doppelgänger.

4. "The Best Burger in New York" from Season Four

When Marshall first got to New York eight years ago, he had the best burger of his life. In this episode, he attempts to retrace his steps all over the city in order to find that perfect sandwich. During his journey, he runs into Regis Philbin, who also just so happens to be looking for that burger.

3. "Arrivederci, Fiero" from Season Two

Marshall's Pontiac Fiero is about to hit 200,000 miles. No one can really believe the car has lasted that long, but Marshall is ready to surpass 200,000 miles, and even has cigars in his glovebox ready to celebrate. However, before the 200,000 mile mark is reached, the Fiero breaks down and Marshall realizes it's time to say goodbye. Everyone tells their favorite stories about the Fiero, and we learn about the time Ted taught Barney how to drive. Also "500 Miles" by the Proclaimers. Need I say more?

2. "The Playbook" from Season Five

Barney Stinson's legendary playbook. In this episode, we get an inside look at the playbook and the different plays Barney has used throughout the years to get women.

1. "Slap Bet" from Season Two

Without a doubt, "Slap Bet" is the greatest HIMYM episode of all time. We get introduced to the Slap Bet as well as Robin Sparkles' No. 1 hit, "Let's Go to the Mall."

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I Should Have Asked You On Valentine's Day

Morgan, this one is for you.

Dear Morgan,

February 20th, 2018 will be the marking point of two years since the day I asked you to date me. We were so young back then and to be honest, it feels like forever ago. You are still the big-hearted girl that stole my heart.

As a tribute to you, I added song lyrics from oldies that I think define my feelings for you. That and because you never let me listen to my oldies during car rides. Sure maybe it’s weird, but you knew what you were getting into when we started dating.

“Then I saw her face, Now I'm a believer, Not a trace, of doubt in my mind, I'm in love, and I'm a believer, I couldn't leave her if I tried” – Believer by The Monkees (1967)

First, I just want to apologize for not asking you out on Valentine’s Day, two years ago. Looking back, it would have been a lot more romantic to have brought you balloons and a teddy bear on Valentine’s Day and then ask you to be my girlfriend. Believe me, that was the original plan but I thought it was too cliché. Besides being rejected is scary as hell. Like I was really scared.

“I've got sunshine on a cloudy day, With my girl (My girl). I've even got the month of May, With my girl (My girl, woah)”- My Girl by the Temptations (1965)

What is even scarier is writing this article to you. Again, I was going to do it on Valentine’s Day but I thought it will mean more to do it on an even more memorable day, February 20th. I am writing my love for you, to the world, for everyone to see. Yes, there will be jokes and comments, but what I learned in life is that does not matter. What matters is that you will love it. You will think that this is sweet. This will make you smile and that is all that really matters to me.

“You have found her, now go and get her. Remember to let her into your heart, Then you can start to make it better” – Hey Jude by the Beetles (1968)

So, here is the part where I tell you how I feel. The nerves that are rushing through me right now is crazy. Writing about sports and politics are easy but to put yourself and your emotions out there is a whole different game. As you know, after these last two years, I’m not an emotional or personal feelings type of person but here we go.

“When you hold me, In your arms so tight. You let me know, Everything's all right. I'm hooked on a feelin. I'm high on believing, That you're in love with me”- Hooked On a Feeling by Blue Suede (1974)

Morgan, these last couple of years have been an amazing experience. Yes, we broke up for a couple months and had our issues. What great relationships don't? But we figured them out. I would not trade this relationship in for the world. The smile I get when I think about those old memories. How much we matured and changed. The warm feeling I get when you smile. Let’s keep making new memories for infinity and beyond.

“And every night and every day. I'm gonna get you, I'm gonna get you. Look out 'cause I'm gonna get you. And I'm gonna make...

"I'm gonna make you love me. Oh, oh. (Yes I will)” – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me by The Supremes & The Temptations.

"Cause baby there ain't no mountain high enough. Ain't no valley low enough. Ain't no river wide enough. To keep me from getting to you babe " - Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Diane Ross (1970)

Hopefully, Odyssey editors will have this released before or on the 20th or this article will be very akward.

I lied this song isn’t an oldie but you know why I had to include it.

“So I'm gonna love you like I'm gonna lose you
And I'm gonna hold you like I'm saying goodbye
Wherever we're standing
I won't take you for granted
'Cause we'll never know when, when we'll run out of time

So I'm gonna love you like I'm gonna lose you
I'm gonna love you like I'm gonna lose you”

-Like I’m Gonna Lose You

Mehgan Trainor and John Legend

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5 Historical Comedies You'll Love Even If You Hate History

Who doesn't want to see a movie with a gay, dancing and singing Hitler?

Whether you love history or not, comedy's something everyone can enjoy. After a long day at work or in class, sometimes you need a good laugh. While they're certainly not the most accurate, here are 5 hilarious historical comedies that everyone needs to see at least once in their life!

1. The Producers

Who doesn't want to see a movie with a gay, dancing and singing Hitler? This Mel Brooks movie about two producers purposely trying to force their own Broadway musical called Springtime for Hitler to fail is hilarious. Get ready to cry laughing with the Nazi playwright played by Will Ferell, and the producers played by Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller) and Nathan Lane (Timon from the Lion King).

2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

This ridiculous comedy is considered a cult classic, and for good reason! It's all about everything that goes wrong on King Arthur and his knight's search for the Holy Grail. With a paraplegic knight that refuses to surrender, a prince trying to escape his marriage through song, and a vicious rabbit, this crazy comedy is nothing if not entertaining.

3. History of the World: Part 1

Another Mel Brooks work, this movie takes you from cavemen to the beheading of Louis XVI, and everything in between. History of the World: Part 1 makes fun of everything with no mercy, including the 10 Commandments, Moses parting the Red Sea, and the Spanish Inquisition, in musical form!

4. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Even though it's not my personal favorite, there's no denying that Bill and Ted's is another cult classic. It's pretty entertaining to watch Keanu Reaves and his friend time travel in an attempt to pass their history final. Watch this trippy comedy, but be warned: it might give you painful flashbacks about the lengths you'll go to pass your finals.

5. Blazing Saddles

Yet another Mel Brooks movie! (Can you tell I love his movies, yet?) This movie about an African American sheriff in the old west pulls no punches whatsoever, but it one of the best comedies ever made, and one of my favorite movies ever. Check out Blazing Saddles if you're ready for non-stop laughs!

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