Bones is obviously unique for only dealing with cases that involve skeletons or mostly decomposed bodies, which is fascinating and not as gruesome as CSI and the like. But its obvious best element is the relationship of its two main characters, Booth and Bones, also known as Special Agent Seeley Booth and Dr. Temperance Brennan. They have a dysfunctional; cant live with you, cant live without you type of relationship. They complement each others work, but irritate each other immensely. It is very refreshing to watch them together, especially during their "couples" counseling, when all their issues come out. But Bones is not a two man show, it has an excellent ensemble. A great part of the cast of characters is the way they can be split between the nerds, or scientists, and non-nerds when they are working on a case. Booth and Bones are not the only ones who complement each other. Everyone has their own area of expertise and it is fascinating to see how everyone can contribute to a single case.
Love this show! I bought the first season and then had to run out and buy the other two. It has great chemistry between the characters and has some humor in it which you need in a murder show. I enjoy all charators on this show and cant wait for the fourth season to be on DVD so i can buy it and watch it!! For me the first season was the best and the third was ok. When they started getting bones' dad in it, they drug it out too much, but still good and i will still watch the show.
I think is very funny and interesting. Yeah, I know, another series about investigation and medicine(more or less) like House, CSI, Grey's Antomy, etc. But that's not true, it's a diferent series with original plot and characters.
I started to see this series since his begginings, the first episode I saw was the third of the first season and, well, since I saw it I never stop watching the series. I think is very original because it is about bones, and the chracters work in a laboratory, not in an hospital like in other series (I don't said that I don't like that series, I really like them, but I think there are less original) and, apart of the laboratory, the characters moved to the street and talk with the familiars of the death person in each episode. I also think it's very funny when Booth shows Brennan things that she doesn't know, I really like it. Because of this reasons, I think it's a very good series.
ok so this show Bones, haven't got to watch alot of episodes this year seeing that i have been extremaky busy, which sucks, but anyways, LOVE the show. it has some of THE BEST chemistry and not to metion humor between the two main charcters which are undiniably talented. Booth and Brennen (sorry for the sp?) definatly have feelings for one another )wheather Bones decides to show it or not). anyways i haven't been able to watch some of the latest episodes so if anyone is willing to tune me in and get me up to date i will gladley accept the offer! but anyways, what a great show!!!!!! :)
When i first heard of Bones, i thought i would just be another run of the mill cop shows with bones playing a central part to the plot. I also didnt start watching it until my dad mentioned to me it was actually very good show, this coming from my dad so i had to check it out. I have to say i agree with him.
It is not your average cop show, the characters are actually pretty interesting and unique. The cases are pretty original considering this genre of show has been around for a long time. Plus some of the plot lines are very cool. While i never undertand what bones are which with the exception of a few, i enjoy the show for how they find the bones, solve the cases and the fun comedy bits they put in.
Agest Booth and "Bones" Brennan are the main focus of the show. The relationship is played out by the duo who solve crimes by analyzing bone fragments and skeletorial anomalies. The two leads are supported by Bones' support team at the Jeffersonian institute as well as an FBI Psychiatrist. All characters are intriguing and excellently portrayed by the actors and have their own story lines which play out during and between cases.
This show differs from other crime procedural as the story is predominately character based rather than relying on the evidence or forensics to intrigue the viewers.
Every Season is better than the previous and after 4 seasons one is still not bored with the story lines. Its just a pity they don't air the series in South Africa any longer and i have to wait for the DVD's to get my fix.
As an English person myself I think the English – American tête-à-tête has never been funnier.
For decades English and American tv have both been about getting one up on the other. This show was great in that it took the mess out of both sides of the pond equally. The professor working with bones was a stuck up snob, the nobles were the stereotypical ones lording it over everyone with absolutely no idea about anything. And of course the greatest English cliché, the butler did it!!
On the other hand you have booth who cant drive or understand the simplest things in london. Even bones has more than her normal difficulty communicating.
You have to have a certain weird sense of humor to appreciate this episode but if you see the subtleties of it and it's following episode, and don't get upset over the wrong things, you'll see the fun side of it.
I love bones. This continuation of the Grave series was something I had been waiting for as to me the first show was one of their very best. My only complaint about the finale was that I felt it could have been a two episode version. I really would have liked to get a real hate on for the digger once they knew who they were. Just some more background on the digger a little more investigative background work. They really left us hanging as to the details of her motive. There was definitely enough source material because their were so many other cases that could have dovetailed to find the place that booth was trapped. The first episode also brought more of the family connection into play that we love about the show. I still give it a 9/10 but they really missed an opportunity here.
Science-cool, chicks with guns-cool, hot FBI agent-extremely cool, makes me laugh. Got to have my fix every week. If its pre-empted,I have to pull out my Seas 1-3 DVDs cause I'm so addicted to this show. Just hearing the theme song relaxes me.
In my opinion Bones is 10 times better than the original CSI. Oh I would watch it(CSI)... if it wasn't on opposite Bones. The social innocence and ignorance of our heroine in the first season and her classic "I don't know what that means" drew me in from the first episode. The medical and scientific reasoning(even if the writers goof sometimes), the witty banter and sexual tension between Temperance Brennan and Seely Boothe and the mystery of who done it, make for interesting and entertaining viewing. As the seasons have progressed and Temperance has learned some new social skills and catch phrases (which she often gets partially wrong), it's the rest of the shows characters who often state, "I don't know what that means." Through the years(all 3 1/2 of them) there have been rare moments of predictability and at least one chuckle per episode. Thank God for Hart Hansen and thank God especially for Kathy Reichs! I love the "Squint Squad" and wish I was as brilliant as they are, and I love it when Bones carries a gun. I think that's empowering for women to be portrayed as smart,strong, and sexy.This is the only show that I schedule my week around. Guess that makes me a Squints Nerd. Was that redundant?
The main character Temperence (Tempe) Brennan is the same as the charater in Reichs books. In some ways the the character similarities end there. (Having lived in Tempe and graduated from Arizona State University the name sort of grabs me.)
Both Brennan and Booth are created to fit in their television weekly episodic box. Brennan is a brilliant character with an unbelievable amount of naivete. Booth is a charming rascal with boyish charm. Sort of a lighter version of his Angel character from his earlier show. The supporting cast is fluid and makes the most of the excellent scripts. Despite the possible negatives (The unbelievable Naive nature of the Brennan character being number one on the annoying list.) this ensemble puts together one of the best shows ever broadcast on television.
Now if FOX would ever get their act together and broadcast it in the same time slot each week they might have a top ten TV hit.
I'm not quite sure I like the new FBI agent though it does keep Tempe on her toes. I also like that Angela and Hodge's were talking at a semi-flirty level. I really want them to get back together. They so complimented each other. I like Cam more and more each week. Her enthusiasm for hockey is so cool..it's an awesome sport! Not necessarily to play (for me) but to go to the games!! Most of all I love seeing Bones and Booth slowly getting closer. I know people think it's typical to see the two main characters falling in love but it really is natural being they are both unattached. To see Booth opening up to her is so sincere. They are so different that together they make a whole. I'm so enjoying this season and am looking forward to seeing where the writer's take us.
I've loved this show since I was about eleven- it's well researched and intelligent, with a clever storyline and idea. I like how every episode has a basic structure, and yet it's always new and doesn't get old. To me it seems like it has everything- crime, mystery, comedy and romance. That's another aspect that draws me to the show. As much as I'm ashamed to admit it, the good old UST between Booth and Brennan has me grinning like a fangirl. A lot. Seriously, amazing chemistry. I love how Brennan is so very blunt and socially awkward- and clueless when it comes to people who are alive, yet brilliant with dead people. However I've noticed she's become more lighthearted and emotional as the show has progressed, suggesting that spending time with Booth has had an effect on her. This is similar to the fact that Booth is quite sarcastic and a little bit cynical in the beginning, but is becoming less so.
Overall, very interesting and compelling- I wish channel Seven didn't mess around with it and constantly put it on hold.
this is my favorite show ever my sister came home from college and intoduced it to me and I am addicated to it I mean Zach and Hodgins are my favorite they are so weirdly cool but Zach the gorbigones apprentice I cant belive it I mean he is so funny and he got charged for a murder he did not commit he just told "the master" were to find the guy I heard some people say that the actor who played him was not getting along with the other actors but Hodgins is just so cool nothing is wrong with him but he almost died when he was buriad alive with Dr.Brennan "bones" but he lived I was so glad and he is awesome outside of the tv show to I mean he put a video on youtube and it was hilarios also he was in a short film thing on You Tube called "Vallidation' check it out but the show bones is incredible
What make Bones so great is the chemestry(soz about the spelling)between bones and booth the stares, lookes,the kisses(3x08&9),and there concern for each other.But also the mystrious case.And how the actor act together so awarsome. I recommend this show to anyone.
The only worry about this show is how the time schedal and if B&B will ever get together!!Also if Angela and hogkins get back together!!
Besides all the pros and cons is that this show is one of the best show of all time and i hope that it will go for many more years.
I wont new episodes.With Bones and Booth together!!!!!!
I love Bones but it's getting harder and harder to keep up with, thankfully I have an HDDVR so when Bones switches nights I won't miss the episode. Right now they are advertising a new two hours on Bones on Thursday but according to my HDDVR schedule it isn't showing up. It is just showing one hour for January 22nd and it showed a new episode for January 15th but that Episode didn't record so I have no idea what is going on with the scheduling, maybe it's the fact that the guide on DirecTv just hasn't changed to reflect the new programming changes. All I know is that I love Bones but I really wish the networks would quit moving shows around, it's a bad thing to do in my opinion.
I love Bones- it's a fab show with great characters and each show is always fun. Half of me wishes Temperance and Booth would get it on already, while the other half knows that when they do it will be harder to maintain the show's rhythm.... and then there's the inevitable insertion of problems into romantic relationships that TV writers insist upon to 'keep things interesting'- which I inevitably find distasteful. But I love Temperance's personality, how she only sees the black and white of a situation and yet has a huge heart, and I love how Anngela and Booth are Temperance's social compass. Keep up the fab work!
I love this show, Ive always been into forensicy type kinda shows and enjoy CSI so i thought id like bones too, I love bones, I love the different dynamics each of the team brings to the show and its unintentional humour sometimes :D. I think the casting was done well, the actors play their respecvtive parts extremely well and the on screen chemistry between them is acted very well, especially that of Booth and Brennan, who are wanted by fans everywhere to get together! I also think the show is very interesting, and you can learn alot, thats if you understand it! Thats a good thing though! A must to watch if you love shows such as CSI!
I LOVE this show i think it is great and it is one of the best shows on tv both is so hot and i love bones i love the way she sees thing i think they should hook up date makeout a couple of time they need to be to gether it is the only way bones rule
i LOVE this show!!!!!!!!!! it is my favorit show i whach all the time i love the how the acts fit the charchters i just love this show. i only have one proplem bones and both need to hook up npw they are perfect together i LOVE this show !!!!!!! if you don't love this show then you need to see a doctor cuz youhave no clue what you are doing I LOVE this show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bones rule bones and both are the greatest charthers they are great together the way their are different yet get along so well my favorit 2 epiosds so for are wanbee in weeds and santa in the slush in wanbee in weeds i love the end were bones sing and how the look on both faces just she is great i love her in santa on they kiss for the frist time and both and bones loved it if they would just hook up they could do that all the time
I first saw an episode of Bones when the third season was airing: The Soccer Mom in the Minivan. That was actually really good. I proceeded to watch the next episode aired and a couple old ones on TNT (that I later found out were from the first season) -hooked pretty quickly... Saw a couple more episodes from the first or second season (I can't remember), then I went out and bought my first copy of a complete Bones season: the second season, mostly because I had trouble finding the first and was like "Why not start in the second? I've started a book series with the last book and it was still cool... I even had one hell of a fun time going back and figuring out what all the characters were talking about that I would've known starting from the beginning..." So I watched the second season. Then I watched it again... and again... etc. I was totally hooked!! Got the first season finally a while later -still hooked!! but I noticed some differences...
Now, I realize that when a show is just starting the characters are malleable... they may say and do things that will be out of character later in the show when they're more cemented... I found this to be true, but not unpleasantly. First season: Bones keeps to herself, but she still gets out, still has a voice and an independent -and strong- personality. She and Booth are kind of at odds with each other, but they resolve that and become sort-of friends. Everyone's happy... yay. Second season: Bones is less independent and more team oriented with Booth and more friend-like/cooperative, etc. Still a lot of personality, but not as in your face. However, she gets out less. She and Booth are even better friends... by the end of the season essentially best-friends-close. Third season: Bones is the same as the second season, but colder, more aloof. ...and we're all like "what the f***??" She was cool with what Booth had to do with her dad. She has the innate sense of justice and truth and people do time for their crimes (pardon the cliche). Now she's suddenly messed up somehow over it?? Wha--?????? I scratch my head and watch the rest of the season... She and Booth are clearly still close, but that was way weird. Almost like writers trying to invent a new plot twist *coughcough* ahem. That was a little shaky there guys... Still a good show with good twists ...some admittedly not as preferred as others. All in all, a slightly confusing, higher drama season. I really don't know why the writers tried to do that.... It had enough action as it was. I think maybe they overdid it. and o btw... before I write about the fourth season. How the hell did Zach become the apprentice? He has a family! I think when they visit him in season one when they're all quarantined, his Dad is amongst the family! You can't become the apprentice unless your a widow's son!!! DUH!!!!! so... I'm still a little confused about that one. Going to have to re-watch season one the christmas/quarantine episode to see if I was right or not. Still weird though. Okay... fourth season: Bones is still kind of aloof! even after she and Booth were totally close again!! You all saw it!! When she thought he was dead and even before in other episodes that season. Huh?? so... other than that, they're still close, she's still pretty independent, but a little more for some reason... weird -and a little more promiscuous, yes. LOL. I think it was unnecessary, but not totally out of character, though came on a little strong... Booth is kind of pulling away from her, too, a little. Is anyone else getting that vibe? I swear, the writer's strike really set a weird turn in this show... I just don't quite understand that. Why would the two main characters get uber freaking close by the second season in an extremely appropriate rising action, only to get messed up in the third season, and stay a little weird for no reason in the fourth? All I have to say is I hope things get more like the second season both in Bones' character and in the relationship between her and Booth. Anyone else remember the last scene when they're at the altar? What? Is Bones like drifting away and acting aloof and slightly nympho so that Booth can save her or something? Like he's the right choice and all moral when she's going off track or something? God. I hope not. I really like her character the way it was in season two and even at the end of season three. So all in all people, I call this show a roller-coaster. It started good, got better!!, got worse than the first two seasons but was still good, and then got better again some (and is still good)... but it just doesn't quite meet my expectations again yet at the moment. This show can be so much more -even than the awesome season two. Though I never liked Sully much... he seemed too chaotic for Bones... and I never cared for the Jack/Angela split. I still hope they'll get back together -not because I have a problem with her and Roxy... I just think she was really happy with Jack, they made a great couple, and she and Roxy just don't... have the really amazing, could possibly make it permanent and live happily ever after -even just sometimes- feel to them. They just don't seem right for each other long-term. Well, that's my opinion. Feel free to disagree. Just don't be a total jerk about it. No need to be mean just because you don't like what I think. I'm with Voltaire on this one people. "I may not agree with what you say but I'll defend to the death your right to say it" or close enough anyway. That may not be it quite perfect verbatim... Peace.
Bones is the ultimate show for anyone interested in becoming a forenzic scientist, as i found out after watching my first episode. it brings science, comedy, and a bit of romance all into one hour of interesting and funny entertainment, a true classic. I think it is one of those shows that you can watch over and over again and never get tired of and if you have never watched it then your in for a treat.after watching it i realised that that was the job for me and instantly became hooked onto that idea. so i think that Bones is a wonderfull programme for anyone interested or even concidering becoming a forenzic scientist
When i first watched this show it was into its second season. After hearing much buzz about it I finally forced myself to sit down and watch a few. I had no idea David was so comically amusing, especially with his prior shows, like angel. He became a new favorite television actor to me, both heroic and comical in his FBI work. This show had two things i love, the first was humor, and the second was Crime Solving Investigation. Having been a fan of CSI, CSI:Miami, and even CSI:New York, i immediately felt immersed in the CSI world while watching. It is a definite favorite of mine and here's hoping it continues until we all get our fill.
As i said in my summary [i thought th0 capitalized letters were very neccassary :)] this episode was a WOWer
and a huge OMGer lol
I have lots of fav scenes.....
the ending was awesome: i loved their "Clark Kent and Wonderwoman on a date" analogy *wink* *cough* was adorable! I especially loved the look of booth and brennan's face after booth said that bones said the whole date analogy.
And i know this might seem kind of weird but i loved the whole scary part with the guns at the end! man was my heart pounding then! but i think i liked it so much because it showed how great booth and bones are together and at the same time how they are very independent individuals!
Well to sum it all up this was one of my all time fav bones epi! loved it!!
love the show! watch even runs 1 time a week be for start the day. there is comedy ,drama ,mystery,and of course the sexual tension between booth and bones. all around 10 in my book. did i mention booth is sooooooo sexy that it ought to be a crime!!
just love the show. think it is one of the best out there. love that it has comedy, drama, mystery,and most of all the sexual tension between booth and bones. by the end of the series( God forbid that be anytime in the future)they should be at least in a relationship if not married and kids of their own. do not care much for cam as other characters, but she is growing on me. do not think anybody really can replace zack , what is the use trying. not too happy that angela and jack broke up, and what is with the lesbian lover ? if she is goin to treat him that way maybe he is too good for her anyway. sweets is ok. funny at times .
well that is all for my review.anybody not caught onto the bones fan train, time to hop aboard.
Can there be a better last 15 minutes of a show? Brennan and Hodgins have been buried in a car and the Squints and Booth are scrambling to find their location using a code sent by the two of them, one of their many "genius" efforts to stay alive and be found. The emotions in the car by the two and the emotions by Booth and the Squints are wonderful leading to the great conclusion. The show picks a perfect character to be buried alive with Bones in Hodgins and not because of his ability to come up with ideas for escaping. The connecting and emotions the two go through in their ordeal is tremendous. We already know they extremely strong personalities and you wouldn't think they'd ever made an emotional connection with each other but something like this forces them to rely on each other and to really show how much they care about each other and it's obvious it's real. The obvious best scene supported by the perfect Tim Easton song was Booth sprinting down the hill. Even before he gets there or before anyone else starts, just him running down the hill.
At the center of this high-budget, well-written show is the dynamic between "Bones," an overly-cerebral forensic anthropologist and her FBI-agent partner, who goes more by his gut and his knowledge of human motivation. Their frequent disagreements and ever-evolving friendship make this show worth watching.
In addition, they are surrounded by an excellent supporting case, whose inter-relationships also evolve and provide opportunities for suspense and humor. Of course, the "Jeffersonian" institute where they work is far more spacious and well-appointed than any real-life scientist ever sees, and like other forensic-science based shows before it, they can figure stuff out in ways that sometimes are downright ridiculous. But that's just how TV shows like this one work; it's the humanity that makes this one so satisfying.
This is still one of the best shows on TV even after 4 seasons. Some how they have managed to develop the characters and turn them into interesting people without losing any of the chemistry between them from the early episodes.
I have to confess that i have recently started reading the Kathy Reichs boks because I was such a fan of the show and despite the fact that there are more than a few differences between the show and the books they underlying essence of temperance and the general feel of the stories remains unchanged.
All in all Bones is one of the lighlights of the viewing schedule and an absolute must for any fans of the forensic science drama. If you like CSI then you must watch this!
I have been a huge fan of "Bones" since its debut in 2005 and with every episode the show got better and better. Each characters' individual growth and their burgeoning relationships with each other seemed to point to a truly memorable ensemble cast in the making following in the tradition of television's best: The West Wing; Hill Street Blues; St. Elsewhere; even The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The ensemble was further strengthened by the additions of Dr. Lance Sweets as a regular character and unique recurring characters like Bones' father Max Keenan and sassy federal prosecutor Caroline Julian.
Even such a shocking revelation as Zack's relationship to Gormogon/The Master worked because it seemed he was destined to continue to be part of the show once he divulged to Dr. Sweets that he had never actually murdered anyone. I had hoped he would be regularly consulted by the team for his special insight on at least the occasional particularly difficult case.
The two-hour 4th season premiere, set in England, was a promising start to the season. Bones and Booth were typically adorably cute and at the end of the episode were reaffirming how much they meant to each other. Each episode to follow of this current season, however, has seen the series devolve into a convoluted mess in which most of the characters have not only become virtually estranged from each other but seem to have even forgotten who they are themselves!
Although no one expects Bones and Booth to be jumping into the sack anytime soon (why spoil the fun of watching them eventually realize they are meant for one another?), Dr. Brennan in many of this season's episodes has behaved quite promiscuously, coldly oblivious as to how this might affect Booth. Sleeping with two different men at once, briefly falling for Booth's awful brother...I found her all-too-quick willingness to believe that "our" Booth was the "Loser Booth" extremely disheartening and totally out of character based on how much they had been through together in the previous three years.
Where are the wonderful "shared moments" between Booth and Bones at the end of every episode? Each week they grew closer and realized how much they needed and liked each other. One of my favorite such moments, as an example, occurred at the end of a Season One episode, "Two Bodies in the Lab," in which Booth dragged himself out of his hospital bed to save Bones' from a harrowing death. At the episode's conclusion, Dr. Brennan, having canceled a date for the third time, pulls a chair up close to Booth's hospital bed and they sit comfortably and companionably together, two wounded warriors sharing a moment.
The show's deterioration is also well illustrated by the ridiculously inane reason for the Jack-Angela breakup. She ends their engagement, indeed their entire relationship, because she believes he "doesn't trust her enough" to stay together. Folks, that is an example of lazy, lazy writing at its worst...I've seen more interesting break-up storylines in soaps and sitcoms than in such a highly-rated primetime series. Many people have been put off by Angela's lesbian storyline, however, I'm not offended or annoyed by the character's same-sex relationship. If anything, it's quite in line with Angela's free spirited, artsy, child-of-a-rockstar personality. What does annoy me is how the writers have cast her as the needy one in the Angela/Roxie relationship, which is so out of character as to be laughable. I'm beginning to hope that Angela and Jack never get back together because Jack deserves someone he can depend on, someone he can trust not to break his heart.
Of all the characters, Booth has remained most true, but his undying patience with Brennan and his steadfast self denial when it comes to his obvious attraction to her are becoming harder to believe. The last time he was with another woman (that we know of) was when he briefly took up again with Cam in Season Two. Why is Booth apparently "saving himself" for Bones when she has enjoyed multiple sexual partners the last few seasons? Booth is Bones' "knight in shining FBI standard-issue body armor" (according to Angela); even Bones' father, Max Keenan, asked him in Episode 4.10 if he was gay because he isn't sleeping with his daughter. How "stand up" does this guy have to be?
An important part of Episode 4.9, "The Passenger in the Oven," sums up in all its distasteful glory just how cold and unfeeling the writers have made Dr. Temperance Brennan and in turn are portraying Special Agent Seeley Booth as a buffoonish chump. Bones spends the flight to China in First Class while Booth is relegated to Coach. Although it's understandable that the FBI wouldn't fork over the dough for one of its agents to travel First Class on a long international flight, what kind of colleague, what kind of friend, wouldn't pay for her partner to fly First Class alongside her? The woman is wealthy, a millionaire several times over - is she still so socially inept and inexperienced at friendship that she wouldn't think to "treat" Booth to a luxurious trip by her side?
That episode was the last straw for me. I am still holding out some hope that when "Bones" comes back after the Holidays we'll see much better writing in the storylines and most importantly, the characters returning to behavior that makes sense and keeps us coming back for more.
This is by far my favorite show. I adore it. It has everything a good show needs. Incredible characters, interesting plots, character's personal life - but not too much of it to interfere with the storyline... just about everything a show needs in my opinion. Booth and Bones are just incredible, their relationship and chemistry is amazing and one can't help to fall in love with them both. Other characters are great too and each have a good place in the show, I wouldn't change any of them. I wouldn't mind seeing more of Zack, that's the only thing I miss this last season, though I like all the new interns. Amazing show.
I love Bones and Sky one is ruining it They havent played one single episode in order like a few weeks ago we saw Sweets with a new girlfriend and everyone was like OMG made no sense WELL i just saw the outhouse episode 3 weeks later and it makes perfect sense now because she was a previous lab assistant that he asked out at the end Bones is a great show BUT I would Soooooo like to see bones and booth get together like maybe a night of drinking whrer they wake up in each other arms in the morning SHOCKED to see what they did the night before They belong together
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