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The Best Seasons of 'Bones'

Updated May 13, 2020 1.8k votes 468 voters 24.3k views12 items

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All the seasons of Bones have been great, but which seasons really stand out? As it turns out forensic anthropology is a powerful aphrodisiac for Special Agent Seeley Booth and Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan. Some of the most memorable episodes of Bones come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of Bones are, let's rank every Bones season from best to worst.

Bones is an American crime procedural comedy-drama series – created by Hart Hanson – that follows investigators as they use clues found in human remains to solve crimes. Bones premiered on Fox on September 13, 2005, and aired 12 seasons before concluding on March 28, 2017. The talented cast included Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in the lead roles. You might even get a kick out of these other shows like Bones!

Vote up your favorite seasons of Bones, and vote down any bad seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. It can be painful to put one Bones season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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    Bones - Season 1

    The first season of Bones premiered on September 13, 2005, and contains 22 episodes. This season introduces viewers to FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and their unique investigation techniques.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Pilot," "A Man on Death Row," and "The Man in the Morgue."

    Memorable moments:

    • Dr. Temperance Brennan returns to Washington, D.C.
    • A mummified corpse is found at a popular club.
    • Brennan receives a message from her estranged father.
    Great season?
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    Bones - Season 4

    The fourth season of Bones premiered on September 3, 2008, and contains 26 episodes. This season finds the team learning the true identity of The Grave Digger.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Yanks in the UK," "Fire in the Ice," and "The End in the Beginning."

    Memorable moments:

    • Booth and Brennan work a case in London.
    • Booth suffers from amnesia following a coma.
    • Heather Taffet is revealed to be The Grave Digger.
    Great season?
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    Bones - Season 8

    The eighth season of Bones premiered on September 17, 2012, and contains 24 episodes. This season finds Pelant returning to taunt the FBI.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "The Partners in Divorce," "The Corpse on the Canopy," and "The Secret in the Siege."

    Memorable moments:

    • Brennan is shot.
    • Booth's mom returns with an unexpected invitation.
    • Arastoo contracts a potentially lethal virus.
    Great season?
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    Bones - Season 7

    The seventh season of Bones premiered on November 3, 2011, and contains 13 episodes. This season finds Booth and Brennan preparing for their new baby and facing a new criminal mastermind.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "The Memories in the Shallow Grave," "The Family in the Feud," and "The Past in the Present."

    Memorable moments:

    • Brennan gives birth to a baby girl.
    • A film is made based on Brennan's book.
    • Pelant frames Brennan for murder.
    Great season?