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Bones (2005– )

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A forensic anthropologist and a cocky FBI agent build a team to investigate death causes. And quite often, there isn't more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones.


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Series cast summary:
 Special Agent Seeley Booth (221 episodes, 2005-2015)
 Angela Montenegro (221 episodes, 2005-2015)
 Dr. Jack Hodgins (221 episodes, 2005-2015)
 Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan / ... (220 episodes, 2005-2015)
 Dr. Camille Saroyan (199 episodes, 2006-2015)
 Dr. Lance Sweets (140 episodes, 2007-2014)


Brilliant, but socially inept, forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperence Brennan works at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington DC. After consulting for him on a FBI case, she is approached by cocky yet charming ex-Army Ranger turned Special Agent, Seeley Booth to help the Bureau solve crimes by identifying human remains that are too far gone for standard FBI forensic investigations. Brennan's empirical, literal view of the world causes friction with Booths emotive, instinctive attitude creating a volatile relationship. However as their case load increases the symbiotic partnership produces results and with the support of Brennan's Squint Squad, murderers, past and present should be on the look out. Written by h_berry

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There are 206 bones in the human body... And any one of them can be used to solve a murder. See more »


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13 September 2005 (USA)  »

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The establishing exterior shots of the "Jeffersonian Institute" are filmed on the Exposition Park Rose Gardens side of The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. See more »


Several times the series uses Booth's not having married his son's mother as a plot device, with his access and visitation threatened. However, as the child's biological parent Booth has parental rights regardless of his legal relationship with the mother. See more »


[repeated line]
Dr. Temperance Brennan: I don't know what that means.
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Referenced in Only Connect: Episode #11.8 (2015) See more »


Bones Theme (Squints Mix By DJ Corporate)
Written by The Crystal Method
Performed by The Crystal Method
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Not just for Kathy Reichs fans..
14 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

OK, so I AM a big fan of Kathy Reichs books, and was intrigued to see what this show would be like. The addition of David Boreanaz also was a big draw, as he is a very charismatic actor(and I adored Angel!) For fans of Ms Reichs books, this is a slightly odd amalgam of Kathy herself and her main character Temperance Brennan, who on the show is also a crime author (like Ms Reichs - a top forensic anthropologist and author.)

The characters are all new, apart from Brennan's ex-husband Pete (although we only got a glimpse of him in the season premiere) plus it is set in Washington DC rather than Canada and Virginia as in the books.

Tempe herself is rather different than the book character. Emily Deschanel is fine, but rather young and headstrong compared to the book Tempe. Even in the one episode, we have seen her rushing into things quite recklessly. I guess they wanted to make her a little more dynamic for TV.

The chemistry between Brennan and Booth (Boreanaz) was pretty good from the start, although they need to handle it properly. Maybe the Mulder and Scully reference is a hint of how they might handle things. However, the crime was a little flimsy. This first episode seemed to focus far more on establishing character and tone than on plot. Probably something that will change with future episodes.

On the whole, Riechs fans can have fun being snooty and complaining about Tempe's drinking and the lack of her cat, but I thought the show had definite possibilities. I know I'm keen to see how things unfold.

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