ByBrian McMahon, writer at

Let me be clear: I love Bones. I’ve watched all 200 episodes, so something would be wrong with me if I didn’t. Also, it’s impressive for a show to make it to 200 episodes no matter how good it is. To maintain essentially the same cast of characters for a decade is quite the accomplishment, though it does make you wonder why the actors have not pursued other opportunities sooner. Anyway, having recently watched A LOT of the show, I have some strong feelings. I still love the show, but here’s why I hate it.

1. Sometimes they make Bones seem way too socially inept.

For the uninitiated, “Bones” is Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), the genius forensic anthropologist for whom the show is named. Since the pilot, they’ve mocked her bluntness and lack of social skills, but there are still times when her awkwardness is overplayed to the point of being ridiculous. At times her inability to read the room brings laughs, but usually it it leaves me uncomfortable.


Dr. Sweets (John Francis Daley) teamed up with Bones and Booth for the better part of seven seasons, only to be killed in the chaotic season 10 premiere. Was this due largely to JFD needing time for other commitments? That’s not important! Sweets and Booth had wonderful chemistry, and he often helped liven up what would otherwise have been repetitive investigations. There I am, watching the premiere, excited for the new season, and POOF. There goes my favorite character. The painful reality of fiction.

Even young JFD is unimpressed.
Even young JFD is unimpressed.

3. There are like 6,835 interns.

These are Bones’ Jeffersonian “squinterns.” They’re all great; there are just too many of them. Episodes bounce from Clark to Wendell (swoon) to Daisy (UGH) to Fisher to Arastoo to Finn to Oliver and now to Jessica and Fuentes. All of them, except Daisy, are intriguing characters with potentially great backstories and subplots. But by having so many people cycling in and out, the show achieves no depth for any of them. Personally, I love Wendell and Oliver as characters, and Jessica seems promising, but knowing when and if I’ll see them is unpredictable. The show could benefit from getting more out of a smaller number.

4. More serial killers, please.

Throughout the show’s history, serial killers and mysterious criminals have been sprinkled in here and there, but usually only for a few episodes before normal week-to-week crimes return. These are fine and comfortable and predictable, but nothing matches the intensity of Booth and Brennan chasing Gravedigger or Pelant or someone of that creepy ilk. I know it would be difficult to maintain that full-throttle excitement over the course of an entire season. I just want more serial killers in my life, ja feel?


5. Character development is all over the place.

That sounded harsher than I intended. The lack of or inconsistent development can be tolerable, as the main characters are for the most part endearing and lovable. That being said, is Bones becoming normal or not? Are we just forgetting about Hodgins’ brother? Angela’s dad and desire to quit to pursue her art? Booth’s various past traumas? Is Cam just the steady constant in the lab? Again, all of these things were presented in compelling ways but were quickly discarded or forgotten for long periods of time. Each week still brings new intrigue for the most part, but I would love to see deeper exploration of stories previously mentioned.

I could get into more frustrations, but keep in mind my list of things to love in Bones would be far longer. I simply needed to vent a little bit. I suppose it’s impossible to keep a show, especially an hour-long drama, tight for 200 episodes. Bones has managed to provide steady entertainment for half my life, so I can’t complain. Oh wait, I just did. But I shouldn’t. Oh, well.

Bones has gone from being the comfort food that accompanied House to one of the longest-running shows on television. Sometimes I wish it did more, but I’m always glad it’s there.




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