TV Fanatic Mid-Season Report Card: Bones

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With our favorite prime time shows on hiatus, TVF is taking a look back at some buzzed-about programs and grading their performance this fall, with a look toward 2011.

Yesterday, we examined Brothers & Sisters. This morning: Bones.

Best episode: For humor, the Jersey Shore-themed "The Maggots in the Meathead." For drama, "The Doctor in the Photo." This dark, compelling episode featuring an introspective Brennan contrasted starkly from last season's uplifting Christmas episode.

Just the same, it likely marked a pivotal moment for Temperance. Her declaration will resonate with Booth. Sad as it was, it could signal the brightest days yet up ahead.

The Couple in the Cave Pic

WE HEART B-SQUARED: Unrequited love lingers for one of our top TV couples.

Worst episode: If we have to pick, "The Twisted Bones in the Melted Truck." It was still enjoyable, but you knew going in that only the following week mattered.

Best character: Aside from the two leads, Sweets has been cracking us up this season. Whether he's cougar cruising, helping Miss Wick cheat on her FBI clearance exam or bromancing Booth, the always-entertaining Dr. Lance has come into his own this fall.

Worst character: Hannah. No offense, Hannah. You seem nice. But get lost.

Best relationship: Angela and Hodgins. Our only complaint is there hasn't been enough of these two together on screen, but we have a hunch that will change come spring. They're always a breath of fresh air, an antidote to the tensions lying elsewhere.

Best body find: "The Babe in the Bar." Hilarious and so, so gross.

Best Jeffersonian work: "The Bones That Weren't." They made a skeleton out of plastic! Honorable mention: Angela's sketches in "The Shallow in the Deep." The woman's good.

Hopes for 2011: An encore visit from David Allan Grier's "Science Dude" ... Daisy not getting killed off by the sniper ... Hodgins and Angela's baby being born without complications.

Oh yeah, and Booth and Brennan possibly getting together. Almost forgot that.

Overall grade: B.

Do you agree with TV Fanatic's take? Disagree? Care to expound on anything in particular? What do you hope to see more of next year? Share your comments below!

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I would have given the sixth season a "C" when comparing it to other season. A "B" was very generous.


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Maggots in the Meathead... I give it a D, it was cringe worthy every step of the way. The Doctor in the Photo however, A++, really pulled me back in, and has me on the edge of my seat wondering...what next? And I cannot lie, I don't hate Hannah. And I am not surprised nor upset by Booths reaction to Brennan's confession. The Booth we know and love is not the type of guy to just spontaneously dump a girl on her a** (Hannah)even though I am sure he still loves Bones. And in my estimation, his reaction makes sense, here he is, he was madly in love with Bren and she squashed that. I don't think he truly "loves" Hannah but is instead trying to stuff down the feelings he still has for Brennan by diving head first into his relationship with Hannah, and I think this will come to an end whether he slowly realizes he still loves Bren or if it takes a major event to wake him up, either way it will happen but it has to happen "naturally". After all everything happens eventually, right?


Brennan would be dissaponted for getting a B...:P


Reality is not ego...its reality. Any show, regardless of the name needs its fans to go on. That reality has nothing to do with me. Hannah is new to the show and thus cannot be responsible for the prior season’s success. I'm glad you like the way the show is going, I just don't see you enjoying it for very long. That doesn't make me happy, that just makes me realistic. I'm not emotional, I'm logical and I'm not sorry.


So very big headed. The internet are not the majority. You do not speak for me. Ego alert. Speak for yourself not others. Bones fans are losing it.


The problem with revamping a show to the point that it is unrecognizable is you lose your fan base. You don't generate a new base, because the show is old so if you weren't watching before, why start now. Losing fans and failing to get new fans can only mean time for the show is running out. All the people telling the Booth/Bones fans to go away are simply dooming the very show they claim to love so much. The reality is the Booth/Bones fans leave, the show is over. Regardless of the love going on for Hannah here, the majority of fans don't agree with you, so enjoy what little time I will try to.


Seems to me this site is almost exactly the opposite from all other "Bones" sites out there. I can't believe that many people "love" Hannah and "hate" Bones after all these years of loving Bones. If you have hated her this long, why have you kept watching? Waiting for Hannah to get here?


Grade it: A- I have watched since the premier in Sep 2005. I understand that Hart has to mix it up. It is the sixth season it cannot and will not be the same show as years gone by. You have to adjust to change. Hannah is a great addition. I honestly like her, and the Booth/Hannah relationship, she is a total sweetheart.


It is the fans that are ruining this show. The Bones fandom is a joke. It is mean, nasty. And down right intolerant of other peoples opinions. I hate what the fans are doing with their constant whinging, bickering and childish antics. It is just a tv show. Not life or death.

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Bones Quotes

Sometimes the best things in life happen against the odds.


Booth: I worked really, really hard on my vows, but you know, now that we're here, look, um, hey. Do you remember the last time that we were here? Standing right around in this spot? It was right in the beginning before we really knew each other. I was trying to get away from you because you were irritating me and, uh, you chased me down, and you caught up to me and I said to you 'listen, I just have to get all my ducks in a row' and you said to me--
Brennan: I can be a duck.
Booth: Yeah. You know we had been chasing each other for a long time. Chasing each other through wars and serial killers and ghosts and snakes. And now chasing you has been the smartest thing that I have ever done in my life. And being chased by you has been my greatest joy. But now, we, uh, we don't have to chase each other anymore because we caught each other.

Bones Music

  Song Artist
Fearless Fearless Cyndi Lauper iTunes
The world is The World Is... Matthew Ryan iTunes
Song Rain Or Shine Matthew Perryman Jones