How I Met Your Mother/Pilot

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Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate September 19, 2005
Production Number 1ALH79
Written by Carter Bays &
Craig Thomas
Directed by Pamela Fryman
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Pilot is the first episode of the first season of How I Met Your Mother.

Starring: Josh Radnor (Ted Mosby), Jason Segel (Marshall Eriksen), Cobie Smulders (Robin Scherbatsky)

with Neil Patrick Harris (Barney Stinson)

and Alyson Hannigan (Lily Aldrin)

Guest Starring: Lyndsy Fonseca (Daughter), David Henrie (Son), Saba Homayoon (Yasmin), Marshall Manesh (Ranjit), Joe Nieves (Carl), Jack Shearer (Cab Driver)

Co-Starring: Monique Edwards (Producer), Sarah Loew (Dumped Friend), Gary Riotto (Waiter #1), Tony Rossi (Waiter #2)

Uncredited: Bob Saget (Ted of 2030 (voice))


Plot Overview

In 2029, Ted tells his children the story of how he met his mother, beginning back in 2005 with Marshall and Lily's engagement. Ted, eager to find his soul mate, meets Robin, and sets his sights on marrying her.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • Ratings: On its first airing, this episode scored a rating of 7.2/11 in the Nielsen ratings.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments