Bones: Season 12 (2017)


Season 12
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A charming conclusion, Bones' final season digs deeps and delivers a fitting send-off to a beloved series.

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Critic Ratings: 14

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Air date: Jan 3, 2017

Booth and the lab team desperately search for Brennan after she's kidnapped by her former assistant, Zack Addy.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2017

The team investigates whether an artificial intelligence bot was programmed to kill its creator; Bones plans a surprise for her birthday.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2017

The team becomes enmeshed in retirement home drama when the body of an old man is found in an acid dump site; back at the lab, discussion of marriage and kids dominates the conversation.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2017

The team investigates the death of a person from Booth and Brennan's past; Aubrey learns his dad is back in the picture.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2017

When a tutor who works with privileged students turns up dead, the team sifts through possible murderers; Bones wants to voice her own audiobook.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2017

The investigation into the murder of a golfer-turned-lumberjack reveals numerous secrets that could have led to the victim's demise, including an affair with a married rival.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2017

Corpses that are linked to Booth's former Army unit turn up around D.C.; Brennan's father hides a serious medical procedure from her.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2017

A recent loss creates tension between Booth and Brennan as they each try to deal with their grief; an old flame from Brennan's past visits.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2017

Booth, Brennan and Aubrey go under cover at a rowdy demolition derby to investigate the case of a young man who died in a horrendous hay baler accident; Dr. Gordon Wyatt returns and assists Hodgins and Cam when the Gormogon case hits a dead end.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2017

The burning body of an aspiring writer and director crash-lands onto a passing car; Bones seeks guidance on the meaning of passion in the workplace; Booth allows Aubrey to take the reins on their current case.

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Cast & Crew

Emily Deschanel
Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan

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David Boreanaz
FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth

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T.J. Thyne
Dr. Jack Hodgins

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Michaela Conlin
Angela Montenegro

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Tamara Taylor
Dr. Camille "Cam" Saroyan

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John Boyd
FBI Special Agent James Aubrey

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Patricia Belcher
Caroline Julian

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Pej Vahdat
Arastoo Vaziri

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Eugene Byrd
Dr. Clark Edison

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Ryan O'Neal
Max Keenan

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Eric Millegan
Zack Addy

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Michael Grant Terry
Wendell Bray

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Laura Spencer
Jessica Warren

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Carla Gallo
Daisy Wick

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Ignacio Serricchio
Rodolfo Fuentes

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Sara Rue
Karen Delfs

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Gerard Celasco
Mark Kovac

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Lindsey Haun
Tess Abbott

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Sunnie Pelant
Christine Booth

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Brittany Shaw Johns
Jeannine Kovac

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Hart Hanson
Executive Producer
Barry Josephson
Executive Producer
Stephen Nathan
Executive Producer
Ian Toynton
Executive Producer
Jonathan Collier
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Bones: Season 12

Audience Reviews for Bones: Season 12

  • Aug 11, 2020
    It all becomes a pleasant but predictable final season.
  • May 10, 2019
    great way to wrap things up!
  • Jan 15, 2018
    I have been watching this show since the beginning and so I've got to see these characters grow and evolve with each other and the ending was actually a very good ending although I was very sad to see the TV show end.I really enjoyed the show and I thought it was really funny and very interesting.
  • Dec 12, 2017
    The time has come for another enduring favorite television series to pull the loose ends together and tie them in a neat bow. After twelve years as a solid hit the 20th Century Fox Network has issued the cancellation notice for one of last surviving forensic crime dramas, ‘Bones.' Most, if not all TV crime series have one thing in common, some sort of hook to establish the foundation for the show’s ongoing parameters. Often it is selected from a sub-genre including the Buddy cop, antagonistic partners and detective with a dark secret. Right from the start ‘Bones’ came up with a unique twist. The source material for the show is a series of forensic crime novels from bestselling novelist and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs. The principle character in those novels is a globally respected forensic anthropologist. Dr. Reichs is obviously a strong supporter of the ‘write what you know’ school of writing. The name of this character is Dr. Temperance Brennen. Within the context of the show Dr. Brennen, not only works at the Jeffersonian Institution she is also a best-selling author writing mysteries solved by Dr. Kathy Reichs. It is a plot contrivance surrounded by a large degree of tongue in cheek story threads. The enduring success of the series was derived largely from the constraint displayed by the writers. They never let ‘Bones’ success and subsequent wealth overshadow the basic stories, or, more importantly the development of the characters. Some episodes touched on the extreme financial resources of Bone but typically as comic relief or the secondary plot motivation. In this final season, most of, many of the threads are involved with what happens to the individuals after the literal smoke of the dénouement the final scene deals more with the hope for the future than focusing on wrapping up the loose ends on the past. This was the only ways the writers could proceed with this final season with a twist, consistent the methodology that made the series such a fan favorite As part of the process of ending the series, some concessions to the past were not only necessary but highly beneficial to the effort. One of the quirkier characters from the original lineup at the Jeffersonian was a painfully naïve doctoral student studying under Bones, Zack Addy (Eric Millegan). Fiercely loyal to Bones he had one on the diverse storylines ranging from getting sent into combat to becoming involved with a cannibalistic serial killer sentenced to a facility for the criminally insane. The season starts with Addy, the best contender for the current ‘big bad.' Kidnapping Bones only to wind up providing the foundation for the final seasonal story arc. In typical fashion that prolonged investigation is infused with many episodic cases that serve to further the last installments of character development. The fortieth birthday for Bones brings out in hers greater appreciation for her friends. Initially, Dr. Brennan was self-isolating, secure in always being the smartest person in the room. Falling in love with her FBI partner, SSA Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), ultimately becoming married with two children. Bones arranges for the head of the Forensic Division Dr. Camille Saroya (Tamara Taylor), to be nominated for the prestigious MacArthur genius grant. This is particularly since initially; the two alpha females were in a state of constant contention over who runs the lab. Over the course of the years, they have become friends. Bones also arranges for a job at the National Forensics Lab for a former intern and newly graduated Ph.D., Daisy Wick (Carla Gallo). She idolized Dr. Brennen, and her enthusiasm was frequently annoying, but after giving birth to a child she had with Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley), the murdered FBI agent partnered with Booth, Daisy calmed down better able to focus on details. Sweets replaced by another FBI Special Agent, James Aubrey (John Boyd), who keeps the tradition going by entering a relationship with anther bright and beautiful intern, Laura Spencer (Jessica Warren). Another intern would find love in the lab, Arastoo Vaziri (Peg Vahdat) who would marry Camille just before the season concludes. Without a doubt, the pair of character who received the most detailed development was Dr. Jack Hodgins (T. J. Thyne), a polymath with several doctorates and a penchant for conspiracy theories. Now married to Brennan’s best friend Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin). She is an accomplished artist and a natural when it comes to computers particularly analytics and graphics. They are also now parents, a running theme that distinct from similar shows is its ability to permit the characters to grow organically including marriage and parenthood. It was refreshing that the stalwart investigators must arrange for childcare or deal with a kid with a fever or recital. This is an inherent part of life that rarely is addressed in any crime/mystery show. The attention to this behavior of normal, identifiable people. This concept was integral to the flow of the overall narrative. This is best demonstrated in the penultimate episodeThe use of an intriguing literary technique seen in such masterpieces as ‘The Sound and the Fury.' The same events are covered from the vantage point of the six principle characters. This leads beautifully into the final moments and one of the better series finales I have ever experienced. Love significantly motivated this series. Not the diabetically sweet kind seen in ‘Hart to Hart’ or the smoldering sexuality of practically any series of the genre on premium cable. Each of the characters from the principles down to a semi-regular rotating intern was imbued with a unique personality balanced with sufficient quirks to render them consistently interesting but not so far over the to come off as contrived. This not only is attributed to the superb teleplays but in the meticulous skill of the casting director. The end is satisfying, addressing the concerns of each fan for their favorite character. There was an irrefutable level of maturity to the relationships as depicted the course of the series overtly. Couples get together responding to the obvious chemistry only to be pulled apart later to drift back together in a natural way. The unshakable pragmatism and staunch reliance on facts were the core of Brennan’s personality. She felt that belief in Catholicism was foolish and immature yet the writers realized that this position was impossible to retain throughout such a long running series. These final episodes demonstrated that Brennan would not abandon her logic driven system of belief but as her character matured she came to realize shades of gray existed but the existence of variation in personal perspective made life into a rich and deeply enjoyable tapestry. The final episodes vindicated a plot point many considered a mistake. When Addy left the series, he had to be replaced, not just from the vantage point of continuity but most importantly from that of emotional veracity. It was a move of sheer brilliance to refrain from replacing the character with another trainee. The use of having as rotating pool of graduate students assigned a few shifts turned out to be one of the most important aspects of the series as it continued to progress. The introduction of a new intern provided an opportunity to test out a new character. Some would go on to earning their degrees and accepting formal positions while some would fade away to an occasional guest appearance. By the last episode, several of the most important storylines featured the most successful from the intern pool. The show was uniformly strong providing solid entertainment that always seems to work. As with life, some episodes were better than others but never imploded from its successor burnt out with an exaggerated sense of self-importance. It always seemed that the cast enjoyed their characters and their association with each other. That goes a long way towards fan appreciation. It will be missed but at least it’s swan song was entertaining and respectful to both the cast and crew but also the loyal fans.
  • Jul 29, 2017
    Cliffhanger resolution was good. Rest seem dated and tired.
  • Apr 29, 2017
    The best serie ever!!
  • Apr 03, 2017
    I would have given it 5 stars had they come up with a better ending. Season 12 started off strong but went down hill fast. The finale was weak and unless they plan on making a spin off from it, they could have done a much better job with the ending.
  • Jan 24, 2017
    Loved Bones until about the third season and once it got all sexual among the cast and started to memmic NCIS NY and Miami I lost interest as it now became a soap opera and not a drama series. Leave the bedroom and he sleeps with she and she sleeps with she crap.

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