Bones is a television show loosely based on the life of Kathy Reichs, a forensic anthropologist. It is similar to other forensic shows but it contains a few key differences, such as being worth the time to watch.
It has a few faults, the two leads are heterosexual, conventionally attractive and white. Yet the main character; Dr Temperance Brennan is a strong and intelligent woman who happens to be an atheist. Of course she is rescued entirely too much by her trusty partner, Special Agent Seely Booth (David Boreanaz). If you tried to cut the sexual tension between the two, your knife would break.
Despite the embarrassingly simplistic episode names the writing is fairly decent decent. It usually takes about twenty minutes before I figure out the twist, putting Bones fifteen minutes ahead of CSI or NCIS. The characters have some depth, just enough that it makes you happy to see them happy but not enough depth to detract from the crime solving.
The strengths and weaknesses of the show are aptly displayed in the second season episode The Girl in the Gator. The victim is a teenage girl who was seen (and filmed) in the company of a porn producer. He and a conservative Christian preacher are both the bad guys, which made me squee. However the team proved that the woman was raped by analysing her bruising, which feeds into the myth that there must forensic proof and bruising for it to be rape. That caused the squeeing to stop abruptly.
The good guys do catch the bad guys, so don’t be afraid of an unhappy ending. Bittersweet is the worst it gets. Of course, it there were true happy endings then Dr Brennan would run away with Cam to a lesbian separatist commune where the words “particulate” and “compartmentalise” are never spoken.