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  • Premiered: 
    September 13, 2005
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  • Network: Fox
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the real life of Kathy Reichs 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
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This one-hour drama follows Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan, a highly skilled forensic anthropologist, who works with a FBI agent on murder investigations when the standard methods of identifying a body are futile. Her special expertise lies in her ability to read clues left behind in the victim's bones. Based on real-life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs. Season 8 opens with Brennan on the run and hiding from the FBI -- with the help of her father -- after she is accused of murder, but she covertly returns to the Jeffersonian to help prove her innocence. Booth and the team think that evil tech-genius Pelant manipulated evidence evidence to implicate Brennan, and they work together to prove their hypothesis. Season 8 ended on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT, with "The Secret in the Siege" featuring evil tech genius Pelant, who returned to toy with the Jeffersonian team in their newest investigation. The team discovered that the string of murders that had been occurring were tied to FBI agents close to Booth, and, as the investigation unfolded, Sweets realized that the evidence seems all too familiar to him. Plus, Brennan started evaluating her relationship with Booth when signs begin to point to him as one of Pelant's potential targets. BONES returned for its tenth season on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT on FOX. At the conclusion of Season 9, the team took down the Ghost Killer serial killer, only to find that she was just a small cog in a much larger conspiracy involving high-ranking government officials and people within the FBI. Committed to uncovering the truth, Brennan and Booth ignored the potential danger of confronting a governmental monolith and soon found their professional and personal lives in turmoil, after Booth was arrested for the murder of three FBI agents. In the Season 10 premiere, "The Conspiracy in the Corpse," Brennan and the Jeffersonian team are desperately working to get Booth out of jail, clear his name and absolve him of crimes he did not commit. The remains of a man who has been dead 16 years could be the point of origin in the entire government conspiracy that ultimately put Booth in jail. Meanwhile, Booth is faced with a challenge from James Aubrey, a new and politically ambitious FBI agent. As he awaits trial, Booth also realizes that many of the convicts with whom he is locked up are criminals he put in there, and Daisy and Sweets have a surprise for the rest of the Jeffersonian team. Season 11 of BONES premiered on Thursday October 1, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT on FOX. The new season picks up six months after the Season 10 finale, as Brennan and Booth have moved on to a new town and new jobs, having given up their old life and settled into a blissful death-free existence. But a murder unlike any other draws them back to investigate with their former colleagues at the Jeffersonian and FBI. The season opener, "The Loyalty in the Lie," features a case with close personal ties to the couple, which compels Brennan to become involved in the forensic analysis of the remains, and Booth mysteriously goes missing, prompting an FBI investigation into his whereabouts led by Agent Grace Miller (guest star Kim Raver), who works closely with FBI Agent James Aubrey on the case. However, tensions rise when Miller tries to investigate one of the team's own as the primary suspect. The case also brings Brennan into contact with a member of Booth's family (guest star Dilshad Vadsaria), and "squintern" Arastoo Vaziri, who has been filling in as lead forensic anthropologist during Brennan's absence, hopes the temporary position becomes permanent. Four months earlier, FOX announced that showrunner Stephen Nathan is stepping away from the series to work on other projects at FOX, and BONES executive producer Jonathan Collier and co-executive producer Michael Peterson would be taking the reins as showrunners for Season 11. FOX added that Nathan hopes to return to the series later in the season. On Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT, the final chapter of BONES, the long-running series beloved by millions of fans around the world, premiered on FOX. The 12-episode run celebrates the inventive series and brings the storylines of Brennan, Booth and the Jeffersonian-FBI team to a close, allowing the show's loyal fans to say goodbye to these indelible characters. Throughout the final chapter, fans will see the return of fan-favorite guest stars and squinterns, as well as an old flame from one of the team's past. Fans also will experience a wedding, follow an epic serial killer storyline, go undercover in a lumberjack competition and see Booth and Brennan's marriage get put to the test. As always, new guest stars will be introduced, as well as a final round of gory murders, from which brand-new investigations will arise.
On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT, FOX premieres "The Final Chapter: The End in the End," the series finale of BONES. With Kovac still at large, the team searches for evidence to track him down. After Brennan experiences a setback, the rest of the team must figure out how to find Kovac without her, putting everything she has ever taught them to the test. When all signs point to Kovac having outside help, as well as a hideout, Booth and Brennan go searching for him in the series finale. Guest Cast: Patricia Belcher as ADA Caroline Julian; Pej Vahdat as Dr. Arastoo Vaziri; Eugene Byrd as Dr. Clark Edison; Carla Gallo as Daisy Wick; Michael Grant Terry as Wendell Bray; Sara Rue as Karen Delfs; Laura Spencer as Jessica Warren; Gerard Celasco as Mark Kovac; Brittany Shaw Johns as Jeannine Kovac; Sunnie Pelant as Christine Booth; Guiseppe Scoleri as Agent Freddy Pino; David T. Boreanaz as Dave Roberts; Blaine Holtkamp as Dr. Domick Dupont.

"From the very first season, BONES was called 'The Little Engine That Could.' So we could not be prouder of ending up as FOX's longest-running scripted drama," said creator and executive producer Hart Hanson. "And we got there because of an insanely loyal, loud, lovely, lively audience."

"We've loved working on BONES and are so excited to bring our fans this final season," said executive producers and showrunners Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson. "After 12 years on the air, it's an honor to be able to write the exciting and meaningful ending, which the show deserves."

"Working with Hart Hanson, the BONES writing staff, Kathy Reichs, our cast and crew and especially Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz has been the most rewarding experience over the past 12 seasons," added executive producer Barry Josephson. "I know all will have continued great success!"

"A show this beloved by fans worldwide deserves a proper send-off, and that is just what we intend to do," said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "These final 12 episodes will wrap up storylines and bid farewell to characters who have become part of the fabric of popular culture. Once again, we'd like to thank David, Emily and the entire BONES cast, as well as Hart, Stephen Nathan, Barry Josephson, and this season's showrunners, Michael Peterson and Jonathan Collier. In the pantheon of FOX series, BONES has carved out a unique place for 12 incredible seasons, and we couldn't be more grateful for its continued success over the course of this past decade."

Throughout the series, Brennan has devoted herself to her career, to Booth, with whom she has two children, and to her team at the Jeffersonian. They include best friend Angela Montenegro, an artist who specializes in reconstructing facial features and crime scenes; Angela's husband, Dr. Jack Hodgins, a conspiracy theorist and expert on insects, spores and minerals, who is affectionately known as "the slime and bug guy"; Dr. Camille "Cam" Saroyan, the street-smart and centered coroner; and Booth's most recent colleague at the FBI, Special Agent James Aubrey, a young, intrepid agent with a voracious appetite for solving crime, junk food and career advancement.

BONES Season 12 and The Flesh & Bones Collection Seasons 1-12 arrives on DVD on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

BONES: The Flesh & Bones Collection Seasons 1-12: TV's favorite crime-solving couple has solved their last case! Now experience this acclaimed, addictive crime series with ALL 12 SEASONS together for the first time -- plus hours of special features that include the memorable send-off, "Back to the Lab: A Bones Retrospective."

BONES Season 12 DVD special features include:
- Gag Reel
- Featurette "Back to the Lab: A Bones Retrospective"


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Josephson Entertainment
  • Produced by Far Field Productions
  • In association with 20th Century Fox Television


  • Jeffersonian Institution - Washington DC USA

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • May 6, 2010: Angela Montenegro and Dr. Jack Hodgins are married
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  • May 12, 2011: Vincent Nigel-Murray dies
  • May 19, 2011: Michael Staccato Vincent Hodgins is born
  • April 2, 2012: Christine Angela Booth is born
  • October 21, 2013: Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan and Seeley Booth are married
  • April 21, 2014: Stephanie McNamara/Ghost Killer dies
  • September 25, 2014: Dr. Lance Sweets dies
  • November 20, 2014: Seeley Lance Wick-Sweets is born
  • February 14, 2017: Max Keenan dies
  • March 21, 2017: Camille Saroyan & Arastoo Vaziri are married
  • March 28, 2017: Kovac dies