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The season 1 introduces Ted Mosby in the year 2030 as he sits his daughter and son down to tell them the story of how he met their mother. The story begins in 2005 with Ted as a single, 27-year-old architect living in Manhattan with

his two best friends from college: Marshall Eriksen, a law student, and Lily Aldrin, a kindergarten teacher,

who have been dating for almost nine years when Marshall proposes.

Their engagement causes Ted to think about marriage and finding his soul mate,

much to the disgust of his self-appointed best friend Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris).

Ted begins his search for his perfect mate and meets an ambitious young reporter,

Robin Scherbatsky, whom he quickly falls in love with.

Robin, however, doesn't want to rush into a relationship and the two decide to be friends.

However, Robin begins to develop feelings for Ted while he begins dating a baker, Victoria,

but when she moves to Germany for a culinary fellowship, Ted leads Robin to believe that she broke up with him.

As a result, Victoria breaks up with Ted and Robin begins to distance herself from him, though they eventually reconcile.

As her wedding date approaches, Lily begins to wonder if she's missed any opportunities because of her relationship with Marshall and decides to pursue an art fellowship in San Francisco, breaking her engagement in the process.

At the end of the season, Marshall is seen looking desolate and miserable, while Ted and Robin agree to pursue a relationship.