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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 13, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9
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  • Starring: David Boreanaz, Jonathan Adams, Jonathan Adams
  • Summary: Fox's first police procedural is inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs. Its female lead (Deschanel) solves crimes by investigating skeletal remains, aided (or hindered) by her FBI partner (Boreanaz).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
  • Creator: Hart Hanson
  • Show Type: In Season
  • Season 1 premiere date: Sep 13, 2005
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 08:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. 88
    Boreanaz and Deschanel stir good chemistry as a crime-fighting duo.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    You might think you can't possibly fit one more crime-solving procedural onto an overcrowded calendar, but consider giving Bones a break.
  3. Like CSI and its offshoots, Bones will take viewers to dark and sometimes disgusting places. So, in one sense, Fox may have come up with a format that will reach both men, who love unappetizing scenes, and women, because of the female heroine.
  4. Rather too slick for its own good.
  5. Boreanaz and Deschanel have nice chemistry... but the script also tends to undermine its brighter moments with dialogue that repeats the exposition and the characters' defining traits over and over again.
  6. 40
    The scientific setup may be intriguing... But the dialogue, including the contrived sexual tension between Temperance and Seeley, is strictly canned and cutesy.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    It's as if we've all passed this way (many times) before and could write the dialogue, act the scenes, predict the outcome all in our sleep.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 110
  2. Negative: 26 out of 110
  1. May 19, 2011
    GREAT SHOW! i love it, its interesting, romantic,dramatic(in a way) not to mention educational. I never watched anything with dead in it but Bones seem to be a exception. The cast is very talented.
    I really hope there's going to be another season, i was shocked and thrilled at the season six finale, i can't wait . Best show ever
  2. Aug 8, 2011
    Absolutely incredible. How anyone could give this show less than a 10 probably hasn't watched more than one episode. The cast is amazingly lovable and consistently believable. Even though this shows has been on for over five years, it never ceases to amaze and interest me time after time with not only its plot, but also its characters which I have grown to enjoy thoroughly. Expand
  3. Jul 11, 2012
    this show is so awesome the way they just show you the crime scene no matter how bad it is is amazing and the chemistry between bones and booth is so good can't wait until september Expand
  4. Feb 27, 2013
    Forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan (Deschanel) is regularly called in by law enforcement to assist on murder investigations thanks to her ability to find clues left behind in the victims bones. On one such occasion she is teamed with Special Agent Booth (Boreanaz) who quickly releases just how useful her insights can be in helping him solve cases.

    Make no mistake about it Bones falls very much into that most overcrowded of genres, the crime procedural, as each weeks sees the pair solve a new case. The chemistry between the two leads, while not up to that of Castle and Beckett, certainly helps to keep things humorous and generally enjoyable but as is so often happens with this genre the case of the week formula prevents any real plot development over the course of the series. As a result it is difficult to describe Bones as 'must see' TV and, me for at least, will only ever be a show I watch when there is nothing else on.
  5. Feb 14, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is used to be a show about scientists doing science, and Brennan's character being a believer in facts and evidence over faith in anything supernatural was central to this theme. The so-called epiphany she experiences in the latest episode (Shot in the Dark) along with the precedent of ghosts and psychics being verifiably real (Ghost in the Machine) goes against the every point of her character. More than that, it blatantly perpetrates the worst misconceptions about atheists: That not believing is the result of something 'being wrong' with the person; that atheists are cold, emotionless people who live unfulfilled lives devoid of any kind of warmth or happiness; that Brennan's non-belief has somehow limited her in her life, despite the fact that she's one of the most renowned and successful experts in her field.

    In the end, this episode, like so many before it, was nothing more than sloppy storytelling, lazy writing, and propaganda, plain and simple. And though I'm an atheist, I'm less offended by the (oh-so-common) prejudice against non-believers and more offended by the sheer absence of logical character behavior and progression.
  6. Jan 4, 2011
    This show started out really good (first 3 1/2 seasons) and is now swirling the bowl. If a viewer watches three show from the first 3 seasons and then three from the next 3 seasons, anyone can see the obvious decline of writing, acting and storylines. It is like they never thought it would last this long and failed to plan for a long running show and are now grasping at straws for each new episode..All of the most climatic scenes of the B&B relationship have been really pretty anti-climatic - a lot of hype with little payoff. I'll never watch another Hart Hanson show again. What a disappointment this show turned out to be... Expand
  7. Feb 7, 2013
    This is not a series that will appeal to men. The two lead actors are women and at every possible instance they will tell you how superior they think they are and that the men in their lives should be subservient. I was appalled when I watched two random episodes and swore I'd never watch another. Feminism is so yesterday, I won't have anyone force it down my throat. Get a life!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand

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