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Bones

There have been many forensic crime shows — “CSI,” “NCIS,” “Law & Order: SUV,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Forensic File,” “24,” and “Body of Proof,” to name a few.

All of these shows have one thing in common, they are serious, and have cases that are sometimes disturbing, and sometimes exhausting to watch. In fact, I felt I needed a drink to relax after every episode of “24.” Not to say that these aren’t great shows, they are.  “CSI,” “NCIS,” “Law & Order,” and “24” are all hits.  I commend them all, but they are very serious.

Then there is “Bones.” Based loosely on books written by real life forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs, “Bones” is a forensic crime show with much more than just crime solving. The main character, “Bones” (a nickname given to her by her partner) a.k.a. Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), is a genius (and she knows it) forensic anthropologist that has been teamed up with FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) to solve crimes.

“Bones” has the gruesome crimes, the forensic team, a shiny high-tech forensic lab, an FBI Agent, and a wide variety of storylines. But what makes this show different is the wonderful and endearing characters, as well as how they deal with crime and life.

This show isn’t just about solving murders; it’s human and has a wonderful charm to it. You get to know the characters (what a fabulous cast), their back stories, and the personal relationships that develop between them.

As the show progresses you come to understand why “Bones” (who is extremely logical, but socially awkward) is the way she is, and how Agent Booth helps her learn more about life and dealing with people.

The characters…

The characters on this show are a big (maybe the biggest) part of the whole package. You get the quirky but brilliant interns; Cam, the focused “boss” of The Jeffersonian Institute; Angela, Brennan’s best friend and craniofacial reconstruction expert; Hodgens, “The King of the Lab” (entomologist and conspiracy theorist), and all of the interesting story-lines that go with them.

Who is a better couple than Angela and Hodgens? And who has better chemistry than Booth and Brennan (Boreanaz and Deschanel). In season 3, a young FBI psychologist, Dr. Lance Sweets (John Frances Daley), was added to the cast. He works with Booth and “Bones” on their issues as partners, and their relationship. He adds fun and interest to the show, and is great as the young Dr. Sweets.

There are also several well-known actors and musicians who have been cast in reoccurring  roles – Ryan O’Neal, Cyndi Lauper, and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top (Angela’s father), to name a few.

What also sets “Bones” apart from other shows is the humor. There is no other forensic show that can make you “laugh out loud” during an episode like “Bones” does. Sometimes the humor is dark, sometimes zany, and sometimes almost slapstick (“The Woman in the Sand“,  “Mummy in the Maze,” “Double Trouble in the Panhandle,” “Passenger in the Oven,” and “The Santa in the Slush,” to name a few.) I love the comedy that is added into a sometimes dark episode. There is humor in every show… and that’s a good thing!

“Bones” has everything. It was recently renewed (yay!) for its ninth season so you know they are doing something right. It’s become like an old friend. Television is for entertainment, and that’s what’s great about “Bones” for me – it’s truly entertaining. The cast and stories are great, and the chemistry between Booth and Brennan is arguably the best on TV.

If you are willing, go to Netflix and start watching “Bones” from the beginning. It will take some time, but it is worth it, and this show keeps me coming back! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Are you a fan of “Bones”? What do you love about the show? Have any favorite episodes? Tell us in the comments below. 

Here’s the promo from season eight (which you may NOT want to watch if you’re just starting the show!):

16 COMMENTS

  1. I also am a big fan of Bones and also love the chemistry between all the characters. However…..I would love to see more romance between Booth and Bones and a love interest for Dr. Sweets – he has such great lips its a shame to see them go to waste 🙂

  2. I’ve been watching Bones for some time — though mostly these days through reruns on TNT — and agree that the characters are well written and well acted, and that it’s the relationships that keep it going. In addition to the Bones Booth, the other characters make it seem like a real workplace, one where people use their intellects to work out challenges. that’s as fun to see as are the couple dynamics. kudos to the actors and writers for work well done in creating and sustaining characters that grow and develop over time.

  3. Amen! There’s so much violence, cynicism, and darkness on TV. When people watch TV they want to escape and enjoy themselves. I don’t see much appeal in watching dark, gloomy shows. Humor distracts me from the gross bodies, and chemistry and talent of the cast keep me interested and invested.

  4. Yes I totally agree, the whole cast is why this show is simply the best; even when the writing and or consistency is not the best , you still tune in for the cast and the characters they play.

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  5. You really think “24” is a “forensic crime show”? Really???

    And what’s with the all caps? Readind a text which is all in uppercase is extremely tiresome.

    Anyway, big “Bones” fan. I love it. There are a lot of crime shows, many of them are actually good, but no all of them stand out among that crowd and “Bones” definitely does, due to the reasons you pointed out.

    • Hi Jim,

      Thanks for bringing it to our attention about the caps. We have the glitch fixed now.

      Also, you are correct about 24. It is not a forensic show. I should have been more clear about that. I was trying to compare the forensic, crime, and thrillers I guess, and why Bones stands out to me.

      Thanks for your comments!

  6. I just never seem to be able to get into Bones, possibly because every time I see Boreanaz I mourn the ending of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was such a great vampire!

    By the way, I do not see all caps.

  7. I didn’t get in on the “Bones” fun until the show had been on several years already, but when I found it, I really got into it! In fact, so much so that, I now own all of the Seasons on DVD’s, with the current Season eight episodes all on my DVR; I have ONLY music from “Bones” episodes on my MP3 player & when the Season eight ends, I will begin re-watching from the very first pilot episode, again! Re-watching is what I do when Seasons are over or there is a break in the showing during the current Season, kind of like rereading a favorite book because you love the characters so much!!! I’m sure there are others out there who share my enthusiasm & watch similar to the way I do, but I consider myself a “Bones” fan EVERY week!!!

  8. I agree with all of the things u said. There is humor in this drama and its like 90% of it is Bones I mean Dr. Brennan. she is funny, emmm awkward funny and always act ‘ I know I’m a beautiful genius’ .

  9. I’m also a big fan of Bones, even though I haven’t watched any of the episodes as of late due to my busy schedule. I liked the characters and plots which kept me interested. Now that I have some free time, I’ll get back into the swing of things and catch up on the all past episodes moving forward.

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