Carter Bays

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Carter Bays
Born (1975-08-12) August 12, 1975 (age 40)
Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Television showrunner, writer, producer, and musician
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Denise Cox

Carter L. Bays (born August 12, 1975)[1] is an American Television showrunner, writer and 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]

In another collaboration with Thomas, Bays co-founded the band The Solids, who perform the theme song to How I Met Your Mother, "Hey Beautiful".[3]

Early life[edit]

Bays was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His father, James C. Bays, is a retired corporate lawyer, and his mother is a minister in the United Church of Christ.[4] While at Shaker Heights High School, Bays' play was selected for the 1993 Young Playwrights Festival in New York City.

Bays graduated from Wesleyan University in 1997. While at Wesleyan, he and Craig Thomas performed in a nine piece soul band called the Testostertones. In the summer of 1996 Bays and Thomas were interns in the Development department of MTV.[5]

Bays became an intern at MTV in the Fall of 1996, which would later influence his writing.[6]


Immediately after graduating from Wesleyan in 1997, Bays and Thomas became writing partners, and won a spot writing for the Late Show With David Letterman.

Bays also wrote for American Dad!,[7] Quintuplets,[8] and Oliver Beene.[9] In 2013 Bays and Thomas created the TV series The Goodwin Games,[10] starring Scott Foley, T.J. Miller, and Becki Newton.

Personal life[edit]

Bays lives in New York City with his wife, Denise Cox Bays, and their three children, Pippa, Georgina, and Jack. One of his daughters appeared at the end of Trilogy Time, another one at the end of Unpause. Bays serves on the Board of Young Playwrightss, Inc.[11]


How I Met Your Mother[edit]

  • "Pilot"
  • "Purple Giraffe"
  • "The Pineapple Incident"
  • "Life Among the Gorillas"
  • "Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M."
  • "Milk"
  • "Where Were We?"
  • "Monday Night Football"
  • "Bachelor Party"
  • "Something Blue"
  • "Wait for It"
  • "The Platinum Rule"
  • "No Tomorrow"
  • "Ten Sessions"
  • "Miracles"
  • "Do I Know You?"
  • "The Best Burger in New York"
  • "Woooo!"
  • "The Stinsons"
  • "As Fast as She Can"
  • "The Leap"
  • "Definitions"
  • "Robin 101"
  • "The Playbook"
  • "Girls Versus Suits"
  • "Rabbit or Duck"
  • "Doppelgangers"
  • "Big Days"
  • "Architect of Destruction"
  • "Natural History"
  • "Last Words"
  • "Oh Honey"
  • "Landmarks"
  • "Challenge Accepted"
  • "The Best Man"
  • "Ducky Tie"
  • "The Rebound Girl"
  • "Tailgate"
  • "The Burning Beekeeper"

Oliver Beene[edit]

  • "Dancing Beene"
  • "The Nudie Mag"
  • "X-Ray Specs"
  • "A Trip To Coney Island"
  • "Oliver & The Otters"

The Goodwin Games[edit]

  • "Pilot"
  • "Hamletta"

American Dad![edit]

  • "Stan of Arabia: Part 2"


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  2. ^ Retrieved on 2009-15-04
  3. ^ Chow, Greg (1 April 2014). "5 Essential 'How I Met Your Mother' Music Moments". RollingStone. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Meiser, Rebecca (November 2008). "Mr. Write". Cleveland Magazine. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Jordan, Jessica; Robles, Jiovani (17 September 2010). "How We Finally Met Carter Bays: Part 2". The Wesleyan Argus. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
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