'How I Met Your Mother' Renewed for Final Season

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January 30th, 2013

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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.


  • Freddy Arrow

    The mother thing is mostly a gimmick. Not sure why people care so much that its dragged out like it has. It’s a sitcom. Enjoy it (or not) for what it is.

  • Dan

    @Dave – CBS announced the King of Queens was renewed for a ninth and final season back in May 2006. Kevin James basically agreed that the show should end. If a show last more than 8 seasons, if the creators and network agree to an end than its the end. When CBS cut the order of Medium they confirmed it was indeed cancelled in November 2010.

    HIMYM isnt like Two and a Half Men or Mike & Molly or Big Bang Theory, which can end at anytime and there is no beginning and end. Its a fixed story told from the past, with a point all leading up to the mother. We know in the show at a certain date, the mother will be revealed thus ending the show.

    Basically if you’re a show on CBS, especially a drama. A final season will never be announced, unless its midway in the production of the season. CBS will cancel CSI NY this year without saying its necessarily the final season but the producers know from 2 years of being on the bubble, to wrap up storylines. The Mentalist and The Good Wife, two shows with an overall story, will likewise never be announced as final season despite being in danger of being cancelled because to CBS they will always be in contention.

    For HIMYM’s purpose, they need to know. And they barely got Jason Segel to to the ninth season.

  • Masterbreel

    I dont care about the mother really, the relationships and the growth of the characters! HIMYM is just great and i will really miss it.

  • Croq

    I sure hope that the last thing we see is him meeting the mother. Having her show up and be involved in the group or in a courtship just wouldn’t seem right.

    The show is not called “How I Met And Courted Your Mother”…

  • BigBrotherFan

    My god. My hats off to you! I gave up after episode 13 because I knew THEY DRAG IT OUT! :S

  • Chuck T

    Finally! We’ll find out how he met his wife. Those kids must be getting pretty bored with his long winded story. I wonder if I will talk to my kids about all my sex partners?

  • Liam

    At least the series will end on its own terms and can go out with a bang and satisfy viewers who remained with the show for the last 9 years.

    Cant’t wait to see who the mother is.

  • Guardian Owl

    I am telling you, the mother is going to be Lyndsey Fonseca.

  • Pepper

    I always just assumed that we’d meet the mother in the finale of the show…….I had no idea that so many people actually expected to meet the mother before then?

    That said, I’m happy to see this show wrapping up and I hope it can leave on a high note.

  • Yea OK

    Didn’t they announce that they were going to reveal the mom last season?

  • Rebecca

    @Guardian Owl
    Because she plays the daughter?

  • Rebecca

    I totally expect Ted to meet the mom and then it’ll flash to future Ted telling his kids, “And that’s how I met your mother.” The End. If they do any more than that, it’ll be a happy surprise.

  • Hank

    Frankly this show began to get tedious a couple of seasons ago. Since I stopped watching it on a regular basis then, to me doesn’t really matter who the mother is, however they do it, unless it’s someone from the past it’ll be anti-climatic.

  • Guardian Owl

    @Rebecca yep, it’s the only way for it end without disappointment, 10 years will have passed since she shot the 2030 footage by the time they are wrapping the series up in 2014.

  • Kavyn

    I think they might actually reveal the mother by the end of this season to be honest, for multiple reasons:
    a) they “didn’t know” if they would be renewed, meaning they were probably casting (or have already cast) the mother.
    b) they probably want the mother to be as big a surprise as possible, and there’s no way they’ll be able to keep her secret during the hiatus between season 8 and 9.
    c) the hiatus can be used to let viewers adjust to who was cast as the mother in case it leads to disappointment.
    d) it’s a better cliffhanger if we know who she is (plus gives viewers a lot to discuss about the character based on the portrayer), gives fan-based buzz for season 9. Besides didn’t they already do the “here’s the mother” fakeout with the umbrella in an earlier season?

  • Tom Mc

    The show has been consistently funny for a long run, if you bailed out early then that’s on you. I’m enjoying the ride and I look forward to a satisfying finale.

  • JR35

    Having only seen a bit of an episode once or twice, I had no idea what the concept of the show even was. So, whose mother is it? lol

  • GG

    now someone please end two and a half men…

  • smggugfaw

    Surprised at how tense so many are about meeting the mother. The mother is the destination. The series is the journey. Enjoy the ride. That’s the point.

  • Potato

    I too can’t believe people thought they’d meet the mother early… then the title would make no sense

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