Tonight, How I Met Your Mother comes to an end after nine seasons, over 200 episodes, and a handful of potential mothers. Though there were plenty of side plots and fun adventures, the core of the show was the mystery of the identity of the titular mother. For years, Ted dated around New York City with varying results, and while some of his girlfriends, such as the “Slutty Pumpkin” or the childish Becky in “Baby Talk” are barely worth mentioning, there were some significant women in his life. Here, we rank six of Ted’s girlfriends from worst to best.
For a brief moment, Stella (Sarah Chalke) was great. She and Ted begin their cute romance in Season 3. Because Stella already had a daughter, no one seriously expected her to be the mother, but it was still fun to watch, especially when they went on a two-minute date or Ted introduced her to Star Wars. Things start to get serious — Ted even considers moving to New Jersey for her — but then Stella breaks his heart by leaving Ted at the altar. But we did get one good thing out of the relationship: the fictional movie The Wedding Bride in Season 5.