Carter Bays

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Carter Bays
Born (1975-08-12) August 12, 1975 (age 39)
Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation television writer, composer, musician, singer
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Denise Cox

Carter L. Bays (born August 12, 1975)[1] is an American television writer and television producer. Along with writing partner Craig Thomas, he is best known as creator, writer, and executive producer of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. He has been nominated for seven primetime Emmy Awards, including Best Original Song for "Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit."[2]

In 2012, How I Met Your Mother won Best Comedy at the People's Choice Awards.[3][4] The duo are also members of a band called The Solids. Bays plays guitar and is the lead singer of the band, which performed the theme songs for both Oliver Beene and How I Met Your Mother.[5]

Prior to the creation of How I Met Your Mother, Bays and Thomas wrote for a number of television shows including Late Night with David Letterman, Oliver Beene and Quintuplets. They also wrote part two of the American Dad! episode "Stan of Arabia". In 2013 they created the TV series The Goodwin Games.

Bays lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two young daughters. Bays graduated from Wesleyan University in 1997.[6] One of his daughters appeared at the end of Trilogy Time, another one at the end of How Your Mother Met Me.


  1. ^ Korbi Ghosh (2007-11-06). "TV Summer School: How to Create and Run a Successful Sitcom". Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  2. ^ Retrieved on 2009-15-04
  3. ^ Retrieved on 2009-15-04
  4. ^ List of notable Wesleyan University alumni, Wesleyan University website
  5. ^ The Solids MySpace page
  6. ^ "An Evening with Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97". Retrieved 14 October 2012.