Bones is an American crime procedural dramedy with a focus on forensic anthropology and forensic archeology. The series is loosely based on novels by Kathy Reichs.
FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) teams up with Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) to solve murders where the victim can’t even be identified. Brennan and her team at the fictional Jeffersonian Institute employ the latest in forensic anthropology and archeological techniques to discover the victim’s identity and what killed them. In return for her assistance, Brennan insists that she accompany Booth on the investigative side of the work.
In addition to the procedural nature of the show, the backgrounds and relationships of the characters are explored. Booth and Brennan often have serious conversations about family, friendship, and faith. The dialogue is also known to be darkly comedic to, ironically, lighten the extremely serious subject matter.
Critics have had mixed feelings about the show, but what everyone can agree on is that the series’s largest strength is the interaction between its stars. Boreanaz and Deschanel have an engaging chemistry together and the supporting cast is entertaining both with the two principles and when left to their own devices.