Top 10 Favorite HIMYM Episodes - Featured

Now that it's in its 4th season, it is easy to identify which episodes of How I Met Your Mother have been standouts.

SideReel's Top 10 Favorites thus far:

1. The Pineapple Incident (1.10) - I liked HIMYM from the beginning, but I think it was this episode that secured the program as something special. This episode adopted the structure that has worked so well for Mother - having the gang piece back together a crazy incident after the fact. I also liked this episode because it's the first one where they ditch the kids at the beginning/end, which was getting a little formulaic. They also begin throwing in these awesome series-lasting mysteries, such as the pineapple.

2. Game Night (1.15) - This episode is great because it gives Barney something that makes him even more awesome: character depth. Who would have guessed that Barney was once a hippie in love?

3. Slap Bet (2.9) - A undeniable series classic. We are introduced to the multiple-season spanning slap bet and learn that Robin was once a teenage Canadian popstar! Complete with full length music video.

4. Something Blue (2.22) - In this game changing Season 2 Finale, we see the complete reverse of the end of Season 1. Marshall & Lily finally get married (with quite a few snafus in the way) and Ted & Robin break up.

5. How I Met Everyone Else (3.5) - Learning how the 'gang formed is always one of the best episodes of a sitcom. This one did not disappoint, and we also had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Barney's Hot/Crazy scale (complete with Vicky Mendoza Diagonal) and the recurring concept of "eating a sandwich".

6. Slapsgiving (3.9) - Complete with a slap countdown website, this episode reminded us that nobody forgets about a Slap Bet!

7. Ten Sessions (3.13) - Whether you ended up liking Stella with Ted or not, you had to love the pacing of this episode where Ted tried to convince Stella to date him over the course of 10 tattoo removal sessions, culminating in the cutest 2-minute date you've ever seen. Oh yeah, Britney guest starred too..

8. The Bracket (3.14) - Season 3 was really on a roll with 2 gems in a row! Another creatively paced episode - this one capitalized on March Madness and divided New York into 4 brackets of women which Barney had to narrow down to a single girl that was trying to destroy him. Yet another episode with a hilarious accompanying website,

9. Sandcastles in the Sand (3.16) - Any Robin Sparkles episode is a winner and this one featured a hilarious guest appearance by former Dawson's Creek star James Van Der Beek and a new music video, Sandcastles in the Sand. And don't forget the cameos from Tiffany and Robin Thicke!

10. Intervention (4.4) - My favorite episode of Season 4 (and the only one to make it on this list), I loved the flashbacks to all of the gang's various interventions in this episode, the best of course being the "Intervention Intervention".

So, what are your favorite episodes of How I Met Your Mother? Share in comments!



Default avatar cat
Mar 3, 2009 3:32AM EST

Let us not forget the "Naked Man" episode! That was definitely one of my favorites! I couldn't stop laughing at the end when Ted and Barney were doing the different naked man poses!

Default avatar cat
Mar 3, 2009 7:21AM EST

Season 4, ep 2, The Best Burger in New YorkThis episode should definitely be in there, i have watched it over several times, and it makes me laugh each time, with lines like...
'This was no mere sandwhich of grilled meat and toasted bread, Robin...this was God...speaking to us through food'
Marshall Rocks!
Def deserves to be in the top 10!

Mar 3, 2009 8:22AM EST

I love every episode, but naked man and slapsgiving are probably my favorites, naked man had me in tears laughing so hard. love it.

Default avatar cat
Mar 3, 2009 10:41AM EST

AHHAHAAH I agree with almost all 10, especially INTERVENTION. But what I remember laughing my butt of was the episode (sorry don´t know the title or what season) were Barney drives Marshalls car and Ted is beside him, I´m not kidding when I say I laughed so muck my stomach hurt......for days HAHAHAHAHAHAHA (just thinking about it makes me giggle).It´s the episode where Marshalls car breaks, and everyone in the gang share a memory avec le car

Mar 3, 2009 11:23AM EST

i've gone back to watch intervention 3 times and it always cracks me up.

Default avatar cat
Mar 3, 2009 3:43PM EST

Definitely the naked man and the episode where Barney and Ted try to pick girls up from the airport.. hilarious...terrorists!!

Default avatar cat
Mar 3, 2009 7:11PM EST

Stuff... Season 2 Episode 16, Barney's play is hilarious, its the episode that got me watching the show.

Default avatar cat
Mar 4, 2009 12:03AM EST

Faye3 inta

Default avatar cat
Mar 4, 2009 4:29PM EST

u forgetting 2x17 - Arrivederci, Fiero !
Young Marshal and Ted. and i will NEVER EVER be able to hear that song again without laughing.
And Barney drvin at CRAAAZY speed of course :D

Default avatar cat
Mar 5, 2009 10:06AM EST

1. The Pineapple Incident (1.10) was the best...loved that episode.

Default avatar cat
Mar 5, 2009 2:16PM EST

The Pineappel incident is THE BEST EPISODE EVER!!!!>.....and i loved 3 days of snow too!!!...

Mar 7, 2009 10:32AM EST

what about showdown? cmon barney gets to play TPIR!

Default avatar cat
Mar 9, 2009 11:46AM EDT

You missed - 'The Naked Man': Pure awesome, I don't see how this couldn't be on any list
'The Possimpible': "Visiotivity"?? Barney interviewing himself in an English, Scottish accent and then singing about himself?? "Barney Stinson, Barney Stinson, That guy's awesome, Barney Stinson..." How is that not classic?
'Swarley': Possibly my 3rd favourite episode of all time (after The Naked Man and Slap Bet) - "No more more Swar...wait for more Bob Swarley-mon" I laughed so hard I hurt for an hour after!!
'Single Stamina': This would have been an ordinary episode if not for Wayne Brady, but the man pulls off "gay black Barney" so well that we're all left wishing we had a cool gay bro to party with and play wingman!!
Special mention - 'Mary the Paralegal': This was funny enough to be on most top ten lists, just not this jam-packed, over-stocked one!!
Those I disagree with - 'Something Blue': It's a great episode, but the show is made for me at moments when the leads are in the background and Neil Patrick Harris spews awesome all over the screen... As a result, I don't quite enjoy those episodes/scenes where they try to get sentimental/emotional.
'Ten Sessions': Not a Sarah Chalke fan at all. If anyone did have great chemistry with Radnor, it would have to be Ashley Williams (who played Victoria, Season 1).
'Sandcastles': Nothing really special springs out about this episode and I wonder why it's on the list.
'Intervention': No denying this episode is great - especially Lily's hilariously terrible English accent. However, I just think it isn't quite top ten material.

Default avatar cat
Mar 10, 2009 7:02AM EDT

i love every episode! hahaha.. barney stinson cracks me up everytime!!!

Default avatar cat
Mar 10, 2009 8:49AM EDT

What about the 'Spoiler Alert' (3.08)? Lily's really loud chewing, Marshall's singing and Ted's really annoying girlfriend. This has classic written all over it. The ending cracks me up every time!!!

Default avatar cat
Mar 10, 2009 4:02PM EDT

I would have to agree that 'Naked Man' is missing from that list. I think that was by far one of the best episodes of HIMYM.

Default avatar cat
Mar 11, 2009 11:44PM EDT

So something blue good but not top ten. Same with Sand castle in the wind. The naked man and possimpible should be there instead

Default avatar cat
Mar 14, 2009 9:16AM EDT

yeahhhh.."the naked man" should be in there..!! :) of course, "slap bet" is a classic..ohh..and i loooooove "single stamina" too..who would've thought barney would have a gay black brother?? lol. but nonetheless, every episode of himym is AWESOME!! HIMYM IS THE BEST SHOW EVER!!!!!!!!!!!

Default avatar cat
Mar 17, 2009 10:22PM EDT

To anyone who hasn't seen the new episode, "The Front Porch" definitely deserves to make it to this list.

Default avatar cat
Mar 18, 2009 6:59PM EDT

i think miracles was pretty gud as well.

Mar 21, 2009 12:35AM EDT

Almost every episode is hilarious, I agree that the "Pineapple Incident" was the one that got me hooked. I also really thought the New Jersey episode was pretty funny--at least the scene with the argument in the basement and Jason Segal's Marshall claiming he was "too big for New York".
Mary the Paralegal and Single Stamina were both also great.

Default avatar cat
Mar 21, 2009 2:52PM EDT

ive seen every episode at least 5timesnaked man is the funniest

Mar 25, 2009 8:26PM EDT


Default avatar cat
Mar 26, 2009 4:52AM EDT

The one episode I can recite word for word has to be, "Stuff". "Spoiler alert, the robot falls in love."

oh and .... "Moist".

Apr 4, 2009 8:56PM EDT

I would definitely agree the pineapple incident is one of my all time favorites.Good picks! :]

Default avatar cat
Jun 21, 2010 11:39AM EDT

i like Purple Giraffe (1.2), and Bachelor Party (2.19)
Purple Giraffe-everything about it is great, i love every scene of that episode
Bachelor Party, this episode gives the life to the Barney Character, till that episode he was just awesome guy, after that episode he became Awesome Friend, that's where he actually proves what he means to the group.Show is Awesome, Barney the best.

Jul 11, 2012 6:02PM EDT

Showdown and best burger in new york are the two best for me... Pure gold best written comedy series ever

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