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By David Gurney, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Grisly murders and a fab female role model in forensic show.

TV Fox, Syndicated, TNT Drama 2005
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 24 parent reviews

age 12+
This show is amazing it’s very good and I recommend watching it. It does have gore and crime scenes and swearing and sex but over all it’s a good story and a great romance
age 14+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (24):
Kids say (106):

BONES premiered at a moment in television history when the procedural series reigned supreme. That's the genre of television where a simple investigative format is pumped full of unique characters and situations, although they mostly turn out to be cop-style shows with varying degrees of quality. Law & Order is the gold standard.

While Bones does not do much to innovate the format, it does have a unique advantage in its two lead characters, Bones (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz), who share a classic will-they-won't-they banter that never gets old. It's where the acting and writing both shine. That same light tone is attempted throughout the series and even in some of the more absurd crimes investigated, but because the characters are less vivid, the jokes fall flat.

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