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 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 also wrote "How I Met Your Dad" with Craig Thomas, Emily Spivey and Greta Gerwig. He has been nominated for seven primetime Emmy Awards, including Best Original Song for "Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit."[2]

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. They also wrote for American Dad,Quintuplets and Oliver Beene. In 2013 they created the TV series The Goodwin Games which was canceled by FOX after only 7 episodes. In 2014, the two were working on the pilot episode of "How I Met Your Dad", which was not picked up by CBS.

Bays lives in New York with his wife and their two young daughters. Bays graduated from Wesleyan University in 1997.[3] One of his daughters appeared at the end of Trilogy Time, another one at the end of Unpause.


  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. ^ "An Evening with Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97". Retrieved 14 October 2012.