Carlton Cuse

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Carlton Cuse
Carlton Cuse
Birth name Arthur Carlton Cuse
Born March 22, 1959 in Mexico City, Mexico
Notable Shows The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
Nash Bridges
Notable Episodes Lost: 2x07 - The Other 48 Days
Lost: 2x23 - Live Together, Die Alone

Carlton Cuse is a television writer and producer.



Carlton Cuse was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He attended the Putney School, an independent alternative high school in Putney, Vermont. Upon graduation, Cuse was accepted to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a pre-med student. However, his poor introductory chemistry grades and fainting while attending an operation with his uncle, a surgeon, quickly dispelled his notion of a career in medicine. Cuse switched his major to American History and was planning on attending law school when Paramount Picture's Airplane! (1980) was screened at the Harvard Science Center with the film's writers and directors. Cuse helped with the screening of the film and became fascinated with the film business. Upon graduation in 1981, Cuse moved to Los Angeles, California to work as an assistant at a studio. Cuse married Christiane Hart, a fellow alum, four years after they graduated. The couple have three children and currently live in California.

Cuse began his career as a producer's assistant on the 1985 film Sweet Dreams. He served as a writer for several episodes of NBC's Crime Story (1986) before working as a writer on several made-for-TV movies. In 1993 Cuse co-created and executive produced The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., writing a handful of episodes for this short-lived Fox series. After the show was canceled, Cuse created the CBS series Nash Bridges (1996), serving as executive producer and writing numerous episodes. In 1998 Cuse created, executive produced and wrote for another CBS series called Martial Law which only lasted for two seasons. Afterwards, Cuse created the action adventure drama series Black Sash, but only six episodes aired on Warner Bros. Television. In October of 2004, Cuse was hired as an executive producer of Lost.


Series Creator

Series Premiere Date Creation Credit
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. August 7, 1993 Creator
Nash Bridges March 29, 1996 Creator
Martial Law September 26, 1998 Creator

Episode Writer

Series Episode Airdate
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1x01 - Pilot August 27, 1993
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1x02 - The Orb Scholar September 3, 1993
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1x04 - Brisco in Jalisco September 17, 1993
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1x12 - Crystal Hawks November 12, 1993
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1x15 - AKA Kansas December 17, 1993
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1x20 - Bye Bly February 18, 1994
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1x26 - High Treason (1) May 13, 1994
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1x27 - High Treason (2) May 20, 1994
Nash Bridges 1x01 - Genesis March 29, 1996
Nash Bridges 1x03 - Skirt Chasers April 5, 1996
Nash Bridges 1x08 - Key Witness May 17, 1996
Nash Bridges 2x02 - 'Til Death Do Us Part September 20, 1996
Nash Bridges 3x14 - Live Shot January 16, 1998
Lost 1x13 - Hearts and Minds January 12, 2005
Lost 1x19 - Deus Ex Machina March 30, 2005
Lost 1x23 - Exodus (1) May 18, 2005
Lost 1x24 - Exodus (2) May 25, 2005
Lost 2x05 - ... and Found October 19, 2005
Lost 2x07 - The Other 48 Days November 16, 2005
Lost 2x10 - The 23rd Psalm January 11, 2006
Lost 2x14 - One of Them February 15, 2006
Lost 2x17 - Lockdown March 29, 2006
Lost 2x21 - Question Mark May 10, 2006
Lost 2x23 - Live Together, Die Alone May 24, 2006
Lost 3x01 - A Tale of Two Cities October 4, 2006
Lost 3x02 - The Glass Ballerina October 11, 2006
Lost 3x03 - Further Instructions October 18 2006
Lost 3x06 - I Do November 8, 2006
Lost 3x07 - Not in Portland February 7, 2007
Lost 3x11 - Enter 77 March 7, 2007
Lost 3x16 - One of Us April 11, 2007
Lost 3x19 - The Brig May 2, 2007
Lost 3x22 - Through the Looking Glass May 23, 2007



Series Year(s) Title Season(s)
Lost 2004-2010 Executive Producer 1 2 3 4 5 6
Black Sash 2003 Executive Producer 1
Martial Law 1998-2000 Executive Producer 1
Nash Bridges 1996-2001 Executive Producer 1 2 3 4 5 6
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1993-1994 Executive Producer 1

Awards and Accolades

Emmy Awards

(2 Nominations, 1 Win)

  • Nominated: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (2006)
Lost: The 23rd Psalm
  • Won: Outstanding Drama Series (2005)

Other Awards

  • Writers Guild of America
    • Won: Dramatic Series (2006) - Lost
  • Producers Guild of America
    • Won: Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Drama (2006) - Lost