Bones is an American crime comedy-drama television series that premiered on the Fox network in the United States on September 13, 2005. The show is based on forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology, with each episode focusing on an FBI case file concerning the mystery behind human remains brought by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) to the forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel). The rest of the main cast includes Michaela Conlin, T. J. Thyne, Eric Millegan, Tamara Taylor, Jonathan Adams, and John Francis Daley. Created by Hart Hanson, the series is very loosely based on the life and writings of novelist and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, who also produces the show. Its title character, Temperance Brennan, is named after the protagonist of Reichs' crime novel series. Conversely, Dr. Brennan writes successful mystery novels based around a fictional (in the Bones universe) forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs. Bones is a joint production by Josephson Entertainment, Far Field Productions and 20th Century Fox Television.
Cast and characters
* Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan: a forensic anthropologist working at the renowned Jeffersonian Institute located in Washington, D.C. She is an empiricist and author of crime fiction based on her experiences. Her lack of social skills provides most of the show's lighthearted humor, primarily through her catchphrase, "I don't know what that means", whenever a pop culture reference is introduced into conversation. She and Booth begin a relationship near the end of season six, and in season seven, they live together with their daughter. * David Boreanaz as Seeley Booth: Brennan aids FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth in his investigations involving human remains that cannot be identified without Brennan's skills in forensic anthropology. Booth is often used to provide a layman's translation of the scientific jargon-filled dialog. He gives Brennan her nickname, "Bones", which she starts out hating, but comes to accept it. Despite having no training in criminology, he is known for his ability to read people's behavior and cues, a quality unknown to Brennan. He is a former U.S. Army Ranger and Special Forces sniper. He has a son from a previous relationship, Parker, and a brother, Jared. He also has a daughter with Brennan. * Michaela Conlin as Angela Montenegro: a forensic artist at the Jeffersonian Institute and Dr. Brennan's best friend. Angela is Dr. Brennan's team specialist in craniofacial reconstruction—helping to determine what their victims looked like before death to help determine their identity—and can generate holograms using her three-dimensional graphics program (The Angelator and later The Angelatron) to simulate various virtual scenarios of a crime to help determine cause of death. She is open, friendly, and caring and constantly tries to draw Dr. Brennan out of the lab. Angela is the daughter of Billy Gibbons, guitarist of ZZ Top, starring as himself. In season five, she marries Jack Hodgins, and she gives birth to their son in season six. * T. J. Thyne as Dr. Jack Hodgins: an entomologist who is also an expert on spores and minerals but whose hobby is conspiracy theories. He helps teach Zack how to be socially normal. His family is extremely wealthy and are major sponsors of the Jeffersonian; however, Hodgins wishes for this status to remain concealed from his bosses because he does not want to be seen as a superior (it eventually came out during an investigation, although nobody has allowed it to significantly impact their relationships with him). In season five, he marries Angela Montenegro, and she gives birth to their son in season six. * Eric Millegan as Dr. Zack Addy (Seasons 1–3; guest star, seasons 4–5): introduced as Dr. Brennan's graduate student and assistant at the Jeffersonian Institute at the start of the series....