Bones: Season 12 (2017)

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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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Episodes

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Air date: Jan 3, 2017
3
Air date: Jan 17, 2017
4
Air date: Jan 24, 2017
5
Air date: Jan 31, 2017
6
Air date: Feb 7, 2017
7
Air date: Feb 14, 2017
8
Air date: Feb 21, 2017
9
Air date: Mar 7, 2017
10
Air date: Mar 14, 2017
11
Air date: Mar 21, 2017
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Booth and Brennan return for the twelfth season facing more mysteries.

Cast

Emily Deschanel
as Dr. Temperance Brennan
David Boreanaz
as Seeley Booth
T.J. Thyne
as Dr. Jack Hodgins
Michaela Conlin
as Angela Montenegro
Tamara Taylor
as Dr. Camille Saroyan
John Boyd
as James Aubrey
Patricia Belcher
as Caroline Julian
Pej Vahdat
as Dr. Arastoo Vaziri
Sara Rue
as Karen Delfs
Eric Millegan
as Zack Addy
Eugene Byrd
as Dr. Clark Edison
Laura C. Spencer
as Jessica Warren
Ryan O'Neal
as Max Keenan
Betty White
as Dr. Beth Mayer
Carla Gallo
as Daisy Wick
Sunnie Pelant
as Christine Booth
Cyndi Lauper
as Avalon Harmonia
Ignacio Serricchio
as Rofolfo Fuentes
David Faustino
as David Faustino
Brit Shaw
as Jeannine Kovac
Rebecca Metz
as Linda Martin
Alan Heitz
as Ron Bergman
Guy Boyd
as Philip Aubrey
Adrian Bellani
as Mark Kovac
Meeghan Holaway
as Barb Martucci
Fred Stoller
as Allen Peppermelt
Stephen Fry
as Dr. Gordon Wyatt
Joel David Moore
as Dr. Colin Fisher
Morgan Lindholm
as Carly Catalano
Raney Branch
as Felicia Saroyan
Jack Plotnick
as Francis Byers
Eddie McClintock
as Tim Sullivan
Tiffany Hines
as Michelle Welton
Doug Budin
as Donald
Blake Berris
as Jake Tompkins
Miranda Frigon
as Gilda Sandling
Dave Thomas
as Dick Scarn
Christina Carlisi
as Agnes Doyle
Meagen Fay
as Judge Celia Stockwell
Rafi Gavron
as Benny Pence
Lindsey Haun
as Tess Abbott
John Philbin
as Ned Dixon
Ravi Kapoor
as Dr. Mihir Roshan
Elizabeth Tobias
as Tracy Trout
Tim Guinee
as Dr. Brandon Faulk
Erin Conner
as Charlene Fisher
Carter Hastings
as Declan Trout
Trevor Torseth
as Ragnar Thisk
Dale Raoul
as Gretchen Crockett
Paul Bartholomew
as Ian Goldberg
Kurt Scholler
as Bertram Schillinger
Aasha Davis
as Kate Dalton
Nathan Gamble
as Gene Frong
Joe Ochman
as Barry McGee
John Bishop
as Tom Ellis
Eugene Alper
as Javor Nicovic
Haley Tju
as Meredith Hurley
Tom Degnan
as Adam Hitchcock
Max Adler
as Randy Stringer
Jay Glazer
as Dave Hines
Jennae Hoving
as Samantha Chatterjee
Jaime Bergman
as Dawn Skaggs
Inga Cadranel
as Nancy Alpert
Inga Cadranel
as Nancy Alpert
A. Leslie Kies
as Kathleen Tobine
Matthew Jones
as Dwayne Hawkins
Julie Claire
as Psycho Sue Casey
Greg Evigan
as Rick Tobine
Melissa Tracy
as Phyllis Paul
June Squibb
as Barbara Baker
Charles Carpenter
as Thomas Mordick
Brigitte Valdez
as Caitlin Shwartz
Wolfgang Bodison
as Doug Patton
Edward Asner
as Rufus Tucker
Chris Ferraro
as Carmageddon
Justin Welborn
as Matthew Coburn
La Monde Byrd
as Ted McKinney
Justin Castor
as Jacob Casey
Jaleel White
as Officer Adams
Wylie Small
as Lucy Andreassen
Patrick Gallagher
as Dave Esposito
Mike Erwin
as Matt Bogdan
Giuseppe Scoleri
as Freddy Pino
Hal Holbrook
as Red Hudmore
Julie Stewart-Binks
as Meredith Brandt
Derek Ray Siefert
as Austin Suarez
Rydell Danzie
as Lumberjack
Fred Cross
as Gavin Mills
Dave Roberts
as Dave Roberts
Blaine Holtkamp
as Dr. Domick Dupont
Alexie Gilmore
as Cornelia Mills
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Critic Reviews for Bones Season 12

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

Twelve and out - with a bang, a chase, some memories and some hugs.

Mar 27, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Dismiss Bones as a workmanlike "meat-and-potatoes" series if you like. But there isn't a TV outlet in existence that couldn't use - or shouldn't want to have - a show whose dependability never wavered and popularity held steady until near its end.

Mar 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Bones quietly and slyly spun one of the most interesting love stories on TV.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Bones seemed poised to outlive us all. But it's also a show about the basic biological truth that everything ends, coupled with the reminder that it's up to us, for the duration of our little lives, to find the joy in that.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

What else will I watch while cleaning my apartment? Which techno theme song will I get stuck in my head now? It was not the best show on TV, but it was just what I needed. I make no bones about it.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

At its height, Bones was genuinely entertaining, with solid mysteries of the week, good team banter, and a will-they/won't-they that kept the show humming...you could tune in to a random episode in a later season and still have a pretty good time.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Overall it was a slam-dunk when it comes to arbitrary finales completely devoid of relative facts or actual conclusion.

Sep 19, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

If the Bones finale tells audiences anything, long-running procedurals like this are from a different era of television. They're built to last, but having a sense of an ending isn't necessarily part of their composition.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Series finales can be tricky...To do it in a way that satisfies everyone is almost impossible, but Bones season 12 episode 12 left me smiling and content, which is far better than several of my favorite shows have done.

Sep 19, 2018 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

Thanks for all the laughs, the tears, the performances and the fears, Bones. There will never be another one quite like you..Bones' last hurrah keeps with tradition because tradition is meaningful.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

It was part of Hart Hanson's game plan from the beginning that "Bones" was going to be unafraid of going dark. And, in one sense, the show's success in doing just that was admirable.

Mar 27, 2017 | Full Review…

We're in for an incredible final season.

Jun 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bones: Season 12

  • 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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