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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 13, 2005
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
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  • 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): Comedy, Drama, Suspense

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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. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    You might think you can't possibly fit one more crime-solving procedural onto an overcrowded calendar, but consider giving Bones a break.
  3. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    75
    Emily Deschanel is well cast as Brennan--she has the right sort of drained, remote presence, as if still working off last night's sleeping pill--and she's also well cast against David Boreanaz. [19 Sep 2005, p.45]
  4. Rather too slick for its own good.
  5. It could use a little more dramatic meat on its predictable framework.
  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
    10
    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: 84 out of 116
  2. Negative: 29 out of 116
  1. ToyB
    Aug 28, 2006
    10
    The character dynamics hook audiences, the dark humor appeals, the cases are well-thought out, and the acting is superb on all aspects.
  2. Aug 8, 2011
    10
    Absolutely incredible. How anyone could give this show less than a 10 probably hasn't watched more than one episode. The cast is amazinglyAbsolutely 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. VickiK
    Aug 28, 2006
    10
    Fox did one thing right last season. They put Boreanaz and Desheunel together on Bones. It is smart, funny, and intriguing. It would have Fox did one thing right last season. They put Boreanaz and Desheunel together on Bones. It is smart, funny, and intriguing. It would have more viewers if Fox would leave it on the same day/time. My DVR is even confused. The two actors have alot of chemistry and you can tell they are having alot of fun. Great show. Expand
  4. Gary
    Apr 20, 2006
    10
    Excellent show, good character development and plenty of co-star chemistry. David B. was so cool in the last episode.
  5. GS.
    Apr 15, 2008
    9
    A recent convert, wish I watched from the beginning!
  6. Feb 27, 2013
    5
    Forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan (Deschanel) is regularly called in by law enforcement to assist on murder investigations thanksForensic 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.
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  7. Nov 20, 2014
    0
    This is truly a ridiculous show. First, in every episode, the FBI and the "Jeffersonian" get together to solve crimes, but in practicallyThis is truly a ridiculous show. First, in every episode, the FBI and the "Jeffersonian" get together to solve crimes, but in practically every single episode, the crime should not involve the FBI, it would be a local police matter. Second, either Emily Deschanel (who plays the titular character) is either an incredibly horrible actress, or she is purposefully playing a character who acts like a robot. In fact, the robot from the 1960's Lost in Space has more personality that "Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan". Expand

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