Some people genuinely love Friends or Seinfeld. For some of us, though, the only set of NYC-based friends that really matter are Ted, Robin, Barney, Marshall and Lily. Their shenanigans were just as often over-the-top as those other groups of friends, but there was something more real, genuine and relatable about the gang from How I Met Your Mother.
We loved them from the very start — we wanted to see Ted and Robin end up together and wanted to see Barney score… even when he was being a total sexist pig. (So, 90% of the time.) How much do you remember about the group’s journey through adulthood? Test your knowledge with this chunk of How I Met Your Mother trivia questions that range from easy to hard and everywhere in between.
1. Where does HIMYM take place?
2. In what year is Ted talking to his kids and narrating the episodes?
3. What’s the name of the bar where the friends hang out?
4. What’s the name of the bar the boys want to open?
5. What college did Ted, Marshall and Lily all go to?
6. Which company did Ted, Marshall and Barney all work for at one point?
Goliath National Bank
7. How often does the “naked man maneuver” work?
Two out of three times
8. What’s the name of the gang’s most familiar bartender?
9. What instrument does Ted steal for Robin?
A French horn
10. What color is the instrument?
11. Who does Barney think to be his father?
12. What’s in Barney’s suitcase when he and Ted fly to Philly?
Condoms… and a protein bar
13. What’s the name of Barney’s revenge play?
Suck it, Lily
14. What word does Barney use throughout the play to agitate a certain someone?
15. What is the name of Barney’s brother?
16. What did Barney have to wear for a year after losing a bet?
A ducky tie
17. How many times is Marshall allowed to slap Barney?
18. What is Barney’s most hated nickname?
19. Why does Barney go to San Francisco?
To convince Lily to come back to Marshall and New York.
20. How old was Barney when he lost his virginity?
21. Who is Barney’s doppleganger?
A doctor. Lily and Marshall’s fertility doctor, to be exact
22. Haaaave you met…?
23. Ted gets an embarrassingly awful tattoo in Season 3: Where and what is it?
A butterfly on his lower back
24. What cringe-worthy fashion accessory does Ted love?
His red cowboy boots
25. Before Ted met our mother, which girl left him at the alter?
26. What fruit is on Ted’s bedside table after waking up from a drunken night?
27. What happens on Ted’s 31st birthday?
He gets into a fight with a goat.
28. Who is Ted’s doppelganger?
A Mexican wrestler
29. How many women does Ted date before we meet our mother?
30. When Robin hosts her pre-morning show, what phrase keeps slipping in?
31. What is Robin’s full legal name?
Robin Charles Scherbatsky
32. What’s the name of the episode in which Barney finally proposes to Robin?
“The Final Page”
33. What is the name of Robin’s pop star alter ego?
34. Where does Robin move at the beginning of season 4?
35. What song do Barney and Robin dance to in the episode, “The Best Man?”
“Groove Is In The Heart” by Deee-Lite
36. Why do Barney and Robin finally divorce?
Robin travels too much for work.
37. What’s the name of Lily and Marshall’s first son?
38. Who is Lily and Marvin’s son named after?
Marshall’s dad, who dies before Marvin is born
39. How many kids do Lily and Marshall have total?
Three, though we only meet two: Marvin and Daisy
40. Where does Lily move when she breaks off her engagement to Marshall?
41. Who joins in on Marshall’s best burger in the world?
42. Which character had a stripper doppelganger?
43. What is one of Marshall’s nickname?
44. How many days did it take for Marshall to get over his break-up with Lily?
45. What is our mother’s name?
46. Where does Ted meet our mother?
47. What’s the name of our mother’s band?
48. What are the names of their kids?
Luke and Penny
49. What happens to our mother?
She dies in 2024, just a few years after she and Ted get married.
50. What color was Tracy’s umbrella?
51. What is the only line Marshall knows in Italian?
“Andiamo fratello, non Mastroianni tutti i funyuns” meaning “Come on, Bro, Don’t Bogart all the funyuns.”
52. What life-size action figure does Barney have in his apartment?
53. What did Barney want to be when he was young?
54. What is the name of Barney’s daughter?
55. What is the name of Robin Sparkles’ big hit?
“Let’s Go To The Mall”
56. Who was almost cast to play Barney instead of Neil Patrick Harris?
The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons
57. Who did Britney Spears play when she guest starred on the show?
Abby, Stella’s receptionist
58. Aside from the show’s creators, which two people knew how the show would end before anyone else?
Lyndsy Fonseca (Penny) and David Henrie (Luke), Ted’s kids, shot all of their seasons during seasons 1 and 2, so they wouldn’t change too much during the course of the show. As such, they always knew how the show would end and had to sign a confidentiality agreement.
59. Who kept the blue French horn after the show ended?
Josh Radnor (Ted)
60. Who voiced “Future Ted” and narrated the episodes accordingly?
61. What was “eating a sandwich” actually a euphemism for?
62. The clock in Marshall and Ted’s apartment is always set to what time?
63. What’s the name of Lily and Marshall’s theory on how to be truly happy as a couple?
The Olive Theory