I was wary of this show because I'm usually turned off by all the blood/guts/crime scene shows that have taken over modern television. But like the title says, this show isn't about dead bodies - it's about bones, and I can handle seeing a few skeletons per episode.
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan and her team of scientists help the FBI with cases that involve human remains too decomposed for normal autopsy. Temperance and her team are brilliant (and mockingly referred to as "squints" because they like to examine things so closely), but they definitely struggle with the social graces. Enter FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth. He works with the team, brings a lot of levity and street-wise wisdom, and together they crack an interesting array of curious cases. And even though gore isn't forefront like other crime shows, Bones isn't feminine or flimsy - my husband loves it as much as I do. The crimes are fascinating and the cast compelling.
The show is roughly based on the life of author and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, who also acts as the show's producer. If you like strong characters, quirky humor and clever mysteries, this show is a great choice. More of a book lover? Check out Kathy Reichs' books - the first in the series is Deja Dead.
Recommended by Erica Jesonis