|Birthdate:||August 12, 1975|
|Birthplace:||Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.|
Carter L. Bays (born August 12, 1975) 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. His show has been nominated for seven primetime Emmy Awards, including Best Original Song for "Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit." 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".