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Bones: Season 1 (2005-2006)




Critic Consensus: Despite the reliable presence of Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, Bones is a so-so police procedural that does little to capitalize on its novel premise.


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Series 1 of the crime drama begins with forensic anthropologist Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) back in D.C. after months away identifying genocide victims. Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) promptly hijacks her to help him with a case. Brennan initially refuses, but her boss at the Jeffersonian Institute, Dr. Daniel Goodman (Jonathan Adams), insists that part of her job is being lent out to the FBI. She agrees to work with Booth, but only if she can be his partner in all areas of the cases. The first of these cases establishes the premise for the next 21 episodes. After a body surfaces, the remains are transferred to the Jeffersonian, where Brennan and her devoted "squints" leap to action. Brennan's team includes her assistant, the socially inept but brilliant Zack Addy (Eric Millegan); bugs and slime expert Dr. Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne); and her best friend, forensic artist Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin). The main suspect turns out to be a powerful senator, but despite warnings from the FBI to stay away, Brennan continues with her investigation. Throughout the season, Brennan and Booth are devoted to uncovering the truth, repeatedly finding themselves in dangerous situations and relying on each other for backup. Booth eventually confides to Brennan that he wants to bring closure to victims' loved ones to make up for the lives he took in his sniper past. Brennan, meanwhile, is dedicated to identifying the deceased as a result of the mysterious disappearance of her parents years ago. The duo work together to solve crimes involving small-town cannibals, promiscuous private-school teens and a homeless society in an underground tunnel. As each case draws to a close, the bantering pair grow more intimate, a closeness heightened during the season finale, when unearthed bones provide a link to Brennan's past that may reunite her with the family she thought was lost forever.


Emily Deschanel
as Dr. Temperance Brennan
David Boreanaz
as Seeley Booth
Eric Millegan
as Zack Addy
T.J. Thyne
as Dr. Jack Hodgins
Michaela Conlin
as Angela Montenegro
Jonathan Adams
as Dr. Daniel Goodman
John M. Jackson
as Sam Cullen
Coby Ryan McLaughlin
as David Simmons
Heavy D
as Shapiro
Adam Lieberman
as Agent Sanders
Marlene Forte
as Ambassador Olivos
Steve Reevis
as Ranger Sherman Rivers
Tiffany O'Hara
as Student No. 1
Sam Trammell
as Ken Thompson
Chris Conner
as Oliver Laurier
Nicholas Massouh
as Farid Masruk
Ryan Churchill
as Student No. 2
Marguerite MacIntyre
as Dr. Denise Randall
Loren Dean
as Russ Brennan
Alex Carter
as Dr. Andrew Rigby
Michael Cavanaugh
as Sen. Alan Corman
Kevin Rankin
as Mike Doyle
Larry Poindexter
as Sen. Bethlehem
Paul Parducci
as Capt. Henning
Morris Chestnut
as Agent Oakes
James Parks
as Sheriff Dawes
Bahar Soomekh
as Sahar Masruk
Toby Hemingway
as Tucker Pattison
Josh Hopkins
as Dr. Michael Stires
Adam Baldwin
as Jamie Kenton
Dey Young
as Kate Corman
Greg Ellis
as Kevin Hollings
David Denman
as Phil Garfield
Ane Dudek
as Tessa Jankow
Kathleen M. Darcy
as Ellie Nelson
Zeljko Ivanek
as Carl Decker
Cullen Douglas
as Harry Tepper
Colby Donaldson
as Graham Leger
Eddie Allen
as Bradley Kent
Tom Kiesche
as Sheriff Chris Scutter
Kalani Queypo
as Alex Joseph
Jake Cherry
as Donovan Decker
Matt Barr
as Logan Corman
Fay Wolf
as Marni Hunter
Clayton Rohner
as Wayne Kellogg
Robert Foxworth
as Branson Rose
Monnae Michaell
as Regina Marshall
Dee Wallace
as Callie Warner
Patrice Quinn
as Sheriff Roach
Michelle Hurd
as Rose Harding
Marc Jablon
as Asst. U.S. Attorney Weeks
Judd Trichter
as Ryan Halloway
Paul Keeley
as Ken Ralston
Pat Skipper
as Vince McVicar
Mercedes Colon
as Professor Inez
Fredric Lane
as Giles Hardewicke
Mike Gomez
as Hector Alvaredo
Ron Malasco
as Lewis Slater
Mary Maya
as Helen Bronson
Jasmine McNeal
as Kiara Marshall
Ryan Alosio
as Duke Daillel
Brent Briscoe
as Larry Stansfield
Aldis Hodge
as Jimmy Merton
Suzanne Cryer
as Agent Pickering
Robert LaSardo
as Miguel Villeda
Rodney Rowland
as Dane McGinnis
Victor Togunde
as James Embry
Mark Harelik
as Peter Ogden
Scott Lawrence
as Sam Potter
Sumalee Montano
as Alexandra Combs
Erica Tazel
as Karen Merton
Jaime Ray Newman
as Stacy Goodyear
Brian Gross
as Kyle Montrose
Sarah Ann Schultz
as Maria Semov
Keith Pillow
as Michael Preston
David Wells
as Harley Frankel
Tom McLeister
as Peter LaSalle
Katie Mitchell
as Maddie Hastings
Matt Winston
as Nick Martin
Lawrence Pressman
as Trent Seward
Giancarlo Esposito
as Richard Benoit
Mitch Longley
as Hank Lutrell
Matt Battaglia
as William Fuller
Harris Shore
as Anthony Kendall
Alexa Fischer
as Sharon Pomeroy
Benjamin John Parrillo
as Special Agent Stone
Stacy Hogue
as Jody Campbell
Keith Sellon-Wright
as Brian Schilling
Michael Chieffo
as Frank Ney
Kirk B.R. Woller
as Peter Lefferts
Margaret Avery
as Ivy Gillespie
Rick Fitts
as Phillip Seymour Shore
Kate McNeil
as Audrey Schilling
Rachel Miner
as Mary Costello
Christina Copeland
as Lisa Pearce
Ross McCall
as Scott Costello
Ty Panitz
as Parker Booth
Matt Ross
as Neil Meredith
Bob Bouchard
as Mr. Addy
Alicia Coppola
as Joy Deaver
Billy Gibbons
as Angela's dad
Leonard Roberts
as Andrew Levitt
Patti Yasutake
as Federal Judge Lang
Lou Richards
as Dr. Barragan
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Critic Reviews for Bones: Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (11)

Memo to network execs planning an all-forensics programming slate for fall: Watching attractive people poke at skull fragments is not inherently interesting.

September 13, 2005 | Full Review…
Top Critic

You just might dig it.

September 13, 2005 | Full Review…

The police procedural gets a welcome twist tonight with Bones .

September 13, 2005 | Full Review…

While Bones does not do much to innovate the format, it does have a unique advantage in its two lead characters.

September 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a weak TV-by-numbers show that makes no attempt to live up to the Brennan books, and it has a single scant hope of surviving the scheduler's cull.

September 13, 2005 | Full Review…

Would We Watch Again? As it stands now, not likely. We enjoy Boreanaz, but this is no "Angel."

September 13, 2005 | Full Review…

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