Bones is a procedural crime drama that aired for 12 seasons from 2005 to 2017, focusing on FBI case files related to human remains and the lives of the show’s characters. Throughout the series, Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, played by Emily Deschanel, devoted herself to her career, to Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), and to her team at the Jeffersonian. They include best friend Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin), an artist who specializes in reconstructing facial features and crime scenes, and Angela’s husband, Dr. Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne), a conspiracy theorist and expert on insects, spores and minerals, who is affectionately known as “the slime and bug guy.”
The 2005 first season of Bones saw the introduction of both Dr. Brennan and Agent Seeley Booth, the former of which has returned to Washington, D.C. after months away identifying victims of genocide. Booth asks for her help with an FBI case, but she isn’t compelled to work with him unless she can be his partner in every area of it. A body turns up, with the main suspect being a powerful senator. In the face of the FBI’s repeated warnings to back off, Brennan pushes forward. She and Booth grow closer, despite their frequent banter, and work together to solve a myriad of crimes.
Meanwhile, the two are propelled by their own individual drives: Booth to bring closure to victims’ loved ones after taking lives in his past as a sniper, and Brennan to discover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of her parents.
In addition to the cast members listed above, season 1 also saw Eric Millegan as Zach Addy and Jonathan Adams as Dr. Daniel Goodman in starring roles.
Season 2 of Bones picks up right where season 1 left off, with Dr. Brennan finding her mother’s body and learning about her past. Soon, she’s reunited with her brother, Russ, as well as her father, Max, who has come back into his children’s lives to protect them from the consequences of his shady history. Both Booth and Brennan are eventually threatened by the “Grave Digger” – a serial killer whose M.O. involves kidnapping and burying alive.
Tamara Taylor and John Francis Daley join the cast of Bones in season 3, playing characters Dr. Camille Saroyan and Dr. Lance Sweets, respectively. This season, the team deals with several cases, including the deaths of a mall Santa Claus, a soccer mom, and an intern at the Jeffersonian Institute. Biggest of all, though, is the case of the cannibalistic serial killer Gormogon, who may have an apprentice who’s one of the team’s own.
The deaths of a reality-TV host, a pastor, conjoined twins, a wealthy American’s daughter, and more are on the plate for Booth, Brennan, and the team in season 4 of Bones. The series’s fourth year also sees the return of the “Grave Digger,” the serial killer with a love for burying people alive who may be targeting Booth.
Following Brennan’s leave to Guatemala for a dig and Booth’s brain surgery, season 5 of Bones returns with a slew of new cases for the team to uncover. An Amish youth, a secret agent, a competitive gamer, and more are among those whose deaths are investigated, and serial killer the “Grave Digger” is put on trial.
The team went their separate ways, only to return seven months later in season 6, when the body of a young boy could cost Camille her job. Meanwhile, the story of the “Grave Digger” comes to a shocking close, and the team deals with new cases involving the murders of a surgeon, a wedding planner, a bowler, a bounty hunter, and more.
Following the events of season 6, Dr. Brennan is pregnant – with Booth’s child. As they determine their living arrangements after the birth of their child, Booth and Brennan (and the rest of the team) deal with several new cases, including the deaths of a storm chaser, an extreme couponer, and more.
Season 8 of Bones starts three months after Brennan went into hiding after being framed for murder, while the team reels from her absence. This season, the deaths of a professional ballroom dancer, a roller-derby skater, and more grab Booth and Brennan’s attention. Later, Brennan is shot and the man who framed her for murder, Christopher Pelant, is out for more revenge.
Booth and Brennan finally marry, but their honeymoon is cut short when they jump in to help investigate a Nazi war criminal’s murder. Meanwhile, the rest of the team deal with some of their own changes: Angela and Hodgins think about having another child, Clark writes a book, and Camille discovers her identity has been stolen.
Booth lands himself in prison after being framed for the murder of three FBI agents. The death of one of their own shakes the team, which occupies itself with solving the cases of the deaths of a controversial radio host, a psychic, an immigrant maid, and many more over the course of the season.
John Boyd also joins the main cast as James Aubrey, a junior FBI agent working under Booth.
The penultimate season of Bones begins with Booth and Brennan six months after quitting their jobs. The couple has a second child and Booth now trains new FBI recruits. Over the course of the season, the team at the Jeffersonian deals with solving the deaths of a man whose organs have been removed, a U.S. senator, and more.
The final chapter of Bones is a 12-episode run that brought the storylines of Brennan, Booth, and the Jeffersonian-FBI team to a close. Season 12 saw the return of fan-favorite guest stars and squinterns, as well as an old flame from one of the team’s past. Fans also experienced a wedding, followed an epic serial killer storyline, went undercover in a lumberjack competition and saw Booth and Brennan’s marriage get put to the test. As always, new guest stars were introduced, as well as a final round of gory murders, from which brand-new investigations arose.
Bones is from Far Field Productions and Josephson Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created by Hart Hanson. Hanson, Barry Josephson, Stephen Nathan, Randy Zisk, Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson were executive producers.
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