'How I Met Your Mother' Renewed for Final Season

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January 30th, 2013

via press release:





All Series Regulars to Return for Final Season, Where Audiences Will Finally Meet the Mother


CBS Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television announced today that HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER will return for the 2013-2014 broadcast season.  All series regulars – Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan, as well as series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas – will return for the final season, where audiences will final learn the identity of the Mother.

"Through eight years, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER has mastered the art of leading-edge comedy, emotional water-cooler moments and pop culture catch phrases,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.  “We are excited for Carter, Craig, Pam Fryman and this amazing cast to tell the final chapter and reveal television’s most mysterious mother to some of TV’s most passionate fans.”


"We‘re thrilled to have the entire and incredibly talented HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER cast back for one final season to bring the series to a proper close,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen of 20th Century Fox Television.  “Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are masterful and hilarious storytellers, and we have no doubt that they will guide one of the greatest comedies of the last decade to a gratifying conclusion when they finally reveal the identity of the Mother."


Premiering in September 2005 and currently in its eighth season, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER has been a signature part of CBS's top-rated Monday comedy block. Throughout its history, it has ranked among television’s top programs in adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.  Last year, in its seventh season, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER delivered its highest ratings ever in viewers and key demographics.  This year, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is averaging 9.75 million viewers, 4.0/11 in adults 18-49, 4.4/11in adults 25-5 and 3.7/12 in adults 18-34.


Among the numerous awards and nominations bestowed on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, the series was nominated for a 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and won the 2012 People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy.  For his role as Barney Stinson, Neil Patrick Harris has been nominated for the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Emmy Awards as Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, nominated for the 2009 and 2010 Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor in 2011 and 2012.  For her role as Lily Aldrin, Alyson Hannigan won the 2010 People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress.


HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.  Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Pamela Fryman, Chris Harris, Stephen Lloyd, Chuck Tatham and Kourtney Kang are Executive Producers.


  • Jeff (Canada)

    This is legen…wait for it…..

  • Oliver

    …wait for it…

  • Mike

    This show dragged on and on….the mother should have been met this season and season 9 will show the courtship but these writers clearly aren’t thinking the way they should be.

  • Jeff R.

    It’s looking very much like it will be almost just that, Mike: Season 8 will end just before the meeting, and we’ll see her in all of Season 9. Which is probably a lot more convenient for casting purposes.

  • Paul

    the only reason i watched this season was that i was sure they will reveal the mother at the end of the season. It was a really crappy season, even crappier than the last ones, but I thought: come on man, pull yourself together. the last season, you’ve watched this far, you can watch one more season. but nooo… they still don’t have enought money…

  • rob60990

    I’m surprised CBS announced it as the final season.

  • Gomer

    I stopped watching years ago as no final reveal of who the actual mother is will leave up to the expectations.

  • Dan

    Ok now its official

    @ Jeff & Oliver – ….dary

  • John A

    I always hate when a show ends at season 9. May as well go for a 10th season even for just 13 episodes. I dont even watch this why am i complaning.

  • Tommy

    I am seriously going to be upset if the reveal is the final moment of the series. Had the show only lasted 4 or 5 seasons then I would be okay with that type of ending. But after all these years and all the clues if she isn’t around for at least a handful of episodes it’s going to be seriously disapointing.

  • Michael Campbell

    This is honestly how a show should walk out with a clear final season. Not like most shows that just drag and you don’t know what’s going to happen. I also hate these half seasons, I understand why the networks do it for fan closure but its stupid. Its not even a full season.

  • Jeff (Canada)


  • Dan

    @rob60990 – They usually wouldn’t but at the request at the creators, they needed to know in terms of wrapping up the mother story line, either this season or next. So the early (final season) renewal, makes it so they know this current season can lead to a nice final wrap up season.

  • Anon

    About damned time.

    I am betting the kids were adopted and Future Ted has no fricking idea who their mother is.

    Come to think of it, that would be one hell of a buzzkill ending to this series.

  • Rebecca

    I’m glad it’ll be the final season. I’ve seen every episode, ready for it to end (while still enjoying it…they had some good episodes this year).

  • a p garcia

    If the ratings are above par next season wil they get a “final, final season”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dave

    Has CBS ever announced a shows final season before? This seems so weird of them to do.

  • JB

    gave up on this show a few seasons ago…tired of waiting for the mother. Knowing that next season is the final season and we finally get to meet the mother will not make me watch it…I think I’ll wait for the final 2 episodes to see the reveal.

  • Freddy Arrow


    “Has CBS ever announced a shows final season before? This seems so weird of them to do.”

    It’s really the 20th Century Fox and the producers of the show announcing this, not CBS.

  • Dan

    @Michael Campbell – Well the creators knew that the end could be this season, so its not like this season was going to leave any loose storylines. They knew CBS wanted a ninth season but now that all the deals are worked out, the show can wrap up more storylines.

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