I watch this show occasionally. When I've seen it, I've liked it. I enjoyed watching David Boreanaz as the vampire on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL, but it was a rather limiting role. The humor in his character here seems to have given him a chance to open up. And the female lead (whose name escapes me) is awfully good. I relate to the character in that I'm also one of those girls who never got the guidebook on how to be a girl. The character is well written and well acted. And I've liked several of the guest stars, especially Stephen Fry.
But some of the supporting characters seem more of caricatures than real people. And some of the episodes just are too unrealistic in their portrayals of the legal system (last Tuesday's episode was especially bad in its depiction of a trial). And some of the content seems especially graphic--like HOUSE, the gross out factor is very high.
You think the show is graphic? You should read the books by Kathy Reichs.
Actually I can't watch the show because they changed the novels so much it just bothers me. For example, in the novels Tempe is sort of torn between two men, one in the States and one in Montreal. The show rolled up those two characters and packaged them as David Boreanaz. Granted, he's easy on the eyes...
I've been catching this show on reruns on TNT. Now, admittedly, that's not the best way to watch a show, particularly one that does have ongoing story arcs. And there's still a lot I like about it. It's not easy to blend humor with a police procedural--especially one that deals with forensic investigators--but BONES does that very well. And Emily Deschanel and David Boreananz are still terrific as the leads. The supporting characters and actors have gotten better--I've gotten particularly fond of T.J. Thyme and his character Hotchens.
But (you knew it was coming, didn't you?) I find myself comparing BONES unfavorably with LOCI. You think Bobby Goren was getting saddled with toxic relatives? Nothing compared with the folks who come out of Bones' family tree. And everything is so clean and everyone is so pretty. Not like any government run lab I've ever seen. And there's an arbitrariness about the scripts--characters are written in and out with no warning or development. I'm still puzzled about the treatment of Eric Millegan's (the kid from LOCI's THE INSIDER) character.
BONES is good, but I find that its best isn't as good as LOCI's average. But I tend to feel that way about nearly ever other criminal procedural on TV.