The show is about Temperance Brennan, Bones, and solving crimes with science. The premise of the show is an alliance between forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth. Brennan is the central character and team leader of the fictional Jeffersonian Institute Medico-Legal Lab, a federal institution that collaborates with the FBI. This reflects the historical relationship between the FBI and scientists of the Smithsonian Institution. Set in Washington, D.C., the show revolves around solving Federal legal cases by examining the human remains of possible murder victims.
Dr. Brennan and her team provide scientific expertise and Special Agent Seeley Booth provides FBI criminal investigation technique. In addition to the prospective murder cases featured in each episode, the series explores the backgrounds and relationships of its characters. An important ongoing dynamic between Brennan and Booth is their disagreement about science and faith. Brennan argues for science, evidence, and atheism. Booth argues for intuition, faith, and God. The series is known for its dark comedic undertones, featuring human bodies in an advanced state of decay, which serve to lighten the gravity of the show’s intense subject matter.
Angela is an artist and uses her art with science to solve crime. She’s cool, but her sexuality vanishes. While Brennan and Booth were endgame, we were always hoping for Angela to swoop in there.
Notable Queer-Centric Episodes
- Season 4, Episode 23 "The Girl in the Mask" - A minor plot surrounds the main characters attempting to divine the gender of Dr. Haru Tanaka, who wishes to not use any gendered pronouns. The character is determined to be biologically male, but it is unclear if their desire for androgyny (as they describe it) is related to gender identity or not. The actor is female.
There are 5 queer characters listed for this show; 1 is dead.