"Bones" has been showing since 2005 on Fox and just finished airing the seventh season in May 2012. The series follows Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist and played by Emily Deschanel, and FBI agent Seeley Booth, played by David Boreanaz of "Angel." Brennan, because of her love of bones, has been nicknamed "Bones" by Booth.
The character of Dr. Temperance Brennan is loosely based on the character of Dr. Temperance Brennan in the book series by Kathy Reichs. Reichs is also one of the show's producers and a real life forensic anthropologist. Dr. Brennan is a very literal person and deals almost exclusively in facts. Because humans don't always behave according to the "facts," she has a hard time in social situations.
However, she takes social interaction as seriously as she does her work as a forensic anthropologist and her coworkers at The Jeffersonian Institute (a real, well-known bastion of scientific discovery that has been fictionalized in the series) work at trying to help her understand a regular person's humor and reactions to social situations. However, the bulk of the story revolves around Bones, who has been authorized to be Booth's partner, and Booth as they solve crimes.
Cases are assigned to them when they involve human remains that have bones present. Some are fresh, some are ancient and others are barely recognizable or are fragmented. Dr. Brennan's team, made up of Angela, a reconstruction artist and genius with computer algorithms whose father is ZZ Top's guitarist, Hodgins, an expert on bug larvae, plants and trace material, and a revolving cast of forensic anthropology interns. Some of the interns can't hack Brennan's lack of an interpersonal style and others are just as quirky as the rest of the regular crew.
One graduate student, Zack Addy, who later became Dr. Zack Addy was just as awkward as Brennan in social situations, but he wound up being an apprentice to a serial killer later on in the series. Bones, Booth and crew have had to deal with Zack and his master and several other killers. All that while Brennan helps solving crimes, trying to manage her relationship with Booth (they're now married and have a daughter despite a bumpy ride) and dealing with her father's criminal past and abandonment of her.
Other characters include the always analyzing psychologist, Dr. Lance Sweets, Dr. Camille Saroyan, the head of the Jeffersonian Forensics Division and grumpy, but lovable, prosecutor in the U.S Attorney's office, Caroline Julian. "Bones" has a great mix of dialogue, humor and drama which makes it a yearly favorite for many. With a new serial killer toying with the team, the eighth season, which starts in September 2012, is already looking good.
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A political journalist is murdered after publishing an article exposing corruption in the NSA.
The team investigates when the remains of an escape artist are found in the woods.
The team investigates the death of a U.S. Senator, who was shredded in a street sweeper.
Brennan's investigation into a murder where the victim was decapitated, is interrupted when FBI Agent Abbie Mills (guest star Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod Crane (guest star Tom Mison), come from Sleepy Hollow to claim the body.
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The remains of an undercover police officer are discovered with a bag of diamonds in his stomach.
The burned remains of a former Marine sergeant are discovered. The team discovers she was discharged after a fist fight with another Marine and was preoccupied with the apocalypse.
The remains of a young man from Sierra Leone are discovered in a barrel at a hazardous waste disposal facility.
New intern Oliver Wells unnerves Brennan with his unusual observations and impressive logic, which make her consider scientific theories she would have previously ruled out. Meanwhile, Booth balks at Brennan's embrace of time travel as a possible explanation during a murder investigation.
Booth and Bones investigate the complicated case of a teenaged boy whose remains shine a light on a horrific school party involving an alleged rape and drugs.
When Brennan is shot while working late at the Jeffersonian lab, she is rushed to the hospital in critical condition. All evidence suggests that Brennan's attacker may be linked to the Jeffersonian, but can they solve the case in time?
A derby girl is found dead. Who could have killed her and why? Also, why is Booth being so secretive about his visits to the hospital?
Bones, Booth, Sweets, and the rest of the Jeffersonian crew work towards solving a mysterious double murder. Nothing is as it seems, and acts of passion lead to crimes.