Bones is an American drama television series that premiered on the Fox Network on September 13, 2005. The show is based on forensics and police procedurals in which each episode focuses on an FBI case file concerning the mystery behind human remains brought by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth to the forensic anthropology team of Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan. Emily Deschanel stars in the title role, opposite David Boreanaz as Special Agent Seeley Booth. The rest of the cast includes Michaela Conlin, T. J. Thyne, Eric Millegan, Tamara Taylor and John Francis Daley.

Bones overview

The show begins in the year 2005, and tells the story of a series of case files, solved weekly, by an unlikely alliance between Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan’s forensic anthropology team at the Jeffersonian Institution and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth. By examining the human remains of the murder victims, Dr. Brennan and her team provide scientific expertise and an outsider’s perspective to the world of criminal investigation to the FBI. In addition to the murder cases featured in each episode, the series explores the backgrounds and relationships of the major characters including the developing friendship and possibly romantic relationship between Brennan and Booth. The series has dark comedic undertones.

Bones concept

In order to make Bones a unique crime drama in the midst of the multiple procedural dramas that already populated network television like The law and order and CSI franchises, Hanson, the series creator decided to infuse the show with as much dark humor and character development as possible. Another element conceived for the show was the “Angelator”, a holographic projector whose use is to replace flashbacks that are often used by other procedural shows. In addition to their expositional purposes, the holographic images, which are created by visual effects, brought a unique visual style to the show that the producers were looking for.

Bones shooting

Most of Bones is filmed in Los Angeles, California. The interiors of the Jeffersonian Institution were specially built on a large soundstage at the 20th Century Fox lot in Century City, Los Angeles, California. The 4th season premiere (a special two part episode) was filmed on location in London, United Kingdom.

Bones music

The soundtrack album titled Bones original television soundtrack, produced by Maria Alonte McCoy and Billy Gottlieb, was released in 2008. It contains 13 songs recorded by popular artists for the show.

Bones ratings

The series premiere of Bones attracted an average of 10.8 million viewers with 6.7% household share and 11% household rating. It was the highest number of viewers Fox has received for a primetime Thursday-night drama series premiere since “24” premiered in 2001. Bones finished first among the 18 to 49 years old demographic and in total viewers in its Thursday 8:00 pm ET timeslot. New York described the show as “the best drama of the new network season” and a “sexed-up variation of all the CSIs”. Regarding the show’s procedural structure, Entertainment weekly notes that Bones has a “pretty standard Crossing Jordan/ CSI style framework” but holds up because of the chemistry between the two lead characters; “that old Sam-and-Diane, Maddie-and-David, Mulder-and-Scully opposites-attract stuff never feels standard when it’s done right.”
Following the broadcast of the series’ third episode, Fox ordered a full season of Bones. Overall, the first season of Bones ranked 60th in viewer ship among prime-time shows and 53rd among the 18 to 49 year old demographic, with a seasonal average of 8.9 million viewers.
The second season premiere attracted 8.61 million viewers in its Wednesday 8:00 pm timeslot, finishing second among the 18 to 49 years old demographic and first in total viewer ship with 6.7% household rating and 11% household share. The second season finale of Bones obtained 10.88 million viewers with 3.5% household rating and 11% household share. In the 2006-07 television season, it improved its ranking to 50th place in viewer ship among prime-time shows with 9.4 million viewers and was ranked 51st among the 18 to 49 year old demographic.