It's time to put some respect on Bones' name. Fox's long-running workhorse procedural kept loyal fans coming back for 12 seasons, 246 episodes, and practically every time slot in the books, and sure, plenty of people know that. But do they know why? It's because Bones was good.
Sept. 13, 2019 marks the 14th (yes) anniversary of Bones' premiere, but we came here today because when you realize you want to have a Bones Day, you want that Bones Day to start as soon as possible. It's been a little over two years since Booth (David Boreanaz), Brennan (Emily Deschanel), and the rest of the Jeffersonian team signed off. Join us in paying tribute to the show and getting the conversation going again.
Whether you were a diehard fan, you just checked in every once in a while, or you couldn't pick a Squint out of a lineup, there's content here for everyone; some of us watched every episode, while some of us only have only seen one. Bones Day is the great equalizer. Check out all of our Bones features and quizzes below, and head to TV Guide's Instagram for more Bones content.
Bones was an endearingly weird mashup of conflicting ideas trying to work in harmony, a union mirrored in its central couple: Brennan (Emily Deschanel), the liberally open-minded scientist with a clinical approach to death, and Booth (David Boreanaz), the Catholic FBI agent and former Army Ranger sniper desperate to right his "cosmic balance sheet" by catching murderers. No matter where Bones went, Booth and Brennan were always there, and although they changed along with the show, their dynamic remained the best part of it. Keep reading Kelly Connolly on Booth and Brennan.
I have stared Bones greatness in the face, and it is the emotionally tumultuous but immensely satisfying episode "Aliens in a Spaceship," which brings home the life-or-death stakes of the characters' work by making it personal. The story is emotionally engaging from every single angle, as everyone has something to lose, be it a partner, a romantic relationship, a friend, a coworker, or, perhaps most importantly, a future. Keep reading Kaitlin Thomas on "Aliens in a Spaceship."
Bones, which played like a deeply optimistic show made by people working through a lot of cynicism, liked to tease that dramatic things could happen, but on-screen there was almost nothing that couldn't be fixed or soothed. It was a good show for people who were tired of worrying all the time. Keep reading Kelly Connolly on how Bones embraced being a comfort show.
Before Bones Day, I had never watched an episode of Bones, despite having 246 chances to do so. So when my colleague Kelly Connolly put together Bones Day, she assigned me the 100th episode to watch and give my immediate, unfiltered reactions. I wasn't sure how I'd be able to relate to the material, but then I remembered that I have bones, too. This is a human story that anyone who has a body full of bones will understand. Keep reading Liam Mathews on the 100th episode of Bones.
There are so many things about this promo that boggle the mind, the first of which is the runtime. 92 seconds? That is way too long! And yet once I started watching, I realized it was not long enough, because I hadn't even begun to process what I was watching by the time to video wrapped. Keep reading Sadie Gennis on a 2009 Bones promo.
There is literally no understandable reason for this crossover ever to have happened... and yet it did. Because at the end of the day, life is meaningless chaos and all we can do is find beauty in its mess. In this case, its mess is SleepyBones and its beauty is the fact that they gave absolutely zero f---s when making this crossover. Keep reading Sadie Gennis on SleepyBones.
Temperance Brennan, Bones' crime-solving forensic anthropologist, might not seem to have much in common with Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Breaking Bad's meth-cooking chemistry teacher. But the characters share a reverence for science, experience in the classroom, and a complete inability to suffer fools. If you think you've got what it takes to tell two of TV's toughest teachers apart based only on their quotes, test your knowledge with this quiz. Take the quiz.
The thing about Bones was that you almost never had to know anything about Bones to watch an episode of Bones. The Fox procedural went out of its way to be as accessible as possible to casual fans — but because it always seemed to be on, it was just as easy to turn into an expert on the characters. This is your chance to test just how much you retained from Bones' long run. Take the quiz.