Dr Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is a highly skilled forensic anthropologist who works at the Jeffersonian Institution and writes novels as a sideline. Law enforcement calls on her to assist with murder investigations when the standard methods of identifying a body are useless - when the remains are badly decomposed, burned or destroyed beyond recognition. Brennan's special expertise lies in her uncanny ability to read clues left behind in the victim's bones.
Brennan often finds herself teamed with Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) of the FBI's Homicide Investigations Unit. A former Army sniper, Booth mistrusts science and scientists -- the "squints," as he calls them, who pore over the physical evidence. Booth believes the key to solving crimes lies in discovering the truth from those still alive -- witnesses and suspects -- through good-old-fashioned investigative work. Brennan and Booth frequently clash both professionally and personally, but so far the chemistry between them has only played out in a fictionalized account in Brennan's latest mystery novel.
Slightly at odds with the world, Brennan is most comfortable with her equally brilliant colleagues at the Jeffersonian's Medico-Legal Lab. Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin), earthy and bawdy, is Brennan's friend and fellow scientist who's created a unique way to render the original crime scene in three-dimensional computer images; Brennan's assistant, Zack Addy (Eric Millegan), is a young prodigy whose genius IQ actually gets in the way of his finishing the several doctorates he has begun; and "the bug guy," Dr Jack Hodgins (TJ Thyne), is an expert on insects, spores and minerals, but conspiracy is his hobby. Brennan's boss is the imposing lab director, Dr Daniel Goodman (Jonathan Adams), who loans out her services to the FBI.
Bones is a police procedural with humor and heart - a darkly amusing series that probes the humanity behind the scientists who probe the inhumanity behind horrific crimes.
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