The BEST Episodes of Bones

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 25, 2021

Network: FOX

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and cocky F.B.I. Special Agent Seeley Booth build a team to investigate murders. Quite often, there isn't more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones.

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The Recluse in the Recliner

#1 - The Recluse in the Recliner

Season 9 - Episode 24 - Aired May 19, 2014

The team investigates the death of a man who had offered Booth information on a possible government cover-up related to a previous case, but was killed before their meeting took place. As Booth and the Jeffersonian team dig deeper into the burgeoning conspiracy surrounding the man’s death, it’s evident Booth may be in over his head, and his future with the FBI is put in question.

star 8.14
2,060 votes
Directors: David Boreanaz
Writers: Jonathan Collier, Stephen Nathan
The Past in the Present

#2 - The Past in the Present

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired May 14, 2012

Evil tech genius Christopher Pelant, a suspect in a previous case Brennan and Booth handled, is back in court on appeal. Knowing what he is capable of, Brennan and Booth inform the judge that he is a suspect in two murder cases. Then, Brennan and Booth are called to the scene of a new murder. After determining the victim is Brennan's friend, who also is linked to Pelant, the Jeffersonian team works to prove he is guilty once and for all. But when law enforcement examines the team's findings, key pieces of evidence are tied to Brennan and suspicion falls on her.

star 8.13
3,432 votes
Directors: David Boreanaz
Writers: Carla Kettner
The End in the End

#3 - The End in the End

Season 12 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 28, 2017

With Kovac still at large, the team searches for evidence to track him down. After Brennan experiences a setback, the rest of the team must figure out how to find Kovac without her, putting everything she has ever taught them to the test. When all signs point to Kovac having outside help, as well as a hideout, Booth and Brennan go searching for him.

star 8.13
2,130 votes
Directors: David Boreanaz
Writers: Jonathan Collier, Karine Rosenthal, Michael Peterson, Stephen Nathan
The Day in the Life

#4 - The Day in the Life

Season 12 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 21, 2017

In the series' penultimate episode, each leading character's final story begins to unfold. Brennan testifies for Zach in trial, Angela reveals some big news, while Aubrey and Jessica come to terms about their future together. All the while, the team discovers Kovac has escaped, leaving Booth in a race against the clock to protect himself and those closest to him from what may be Kovac's most dangerous plan yet.

star 8.11
2,051 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Eric Randall, Yael Zinkow
The Change in the Game

#5 - The Change in the Game

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired May 19, 2011

In the 6th season finale, the team investigates the disturbing, unidentifiable remains of a bowler that were found jammed in one of the bowling alley's automatic pinsetters. After hitting a dead end in the case, Booth and Brennan decide to go undercover and join a competitive bowling team in search of answers.

star 8.06
4,146 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Hart Hansen, Stephen Nathan
The Nightmare Within the Nightmare

#6 - The Nightmare Within the Nightmare

Season 11 - Episode 22 - Aired Jul 21, 2016

The team dives back into investigating a serial killer from the past, attempting to find “The Puppeteer,” who lives with his victims’ bodies before disposing of them. Meanwhile, Brennan works through her guilt over her retirement last year, blaming herself for not stopping the serial killer earlier. However, little does she know she might be in some trouble of her own.

star 8.04
1,847 votes
Directors: David Boreanaz
Writers: Michael Peterson
The Conspiracy in the Corpse

#7 - The Conspiracy in the Corpse

Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 2014

The Jeffersonian team works diligently to get Booth out of jail and absolve him of crimes he did not commit. Meanwhile, Daisy and Sweets have a surprise for the rest of the Jeffersonian team.

star 7.99
2,071 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Jonathan Collier, Stephen Nathan
The Pain in the Heart

#8 - The Pain in the Heart

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired May 19, 2008

The Gormogon serial killer is back again, and the silver skeleton from the basement vault has gone missing. All the Jeffersonian employees become suspects, with the scary possibility that one of their own is working with Gormogon.

star 7.98
2,510 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan
The Woman in White

#9 - The Woman in White

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 21, 2013

The Jeffersonian team investigates the murder of Nancy Handelman, whose body was discovered at the time of Brennan and Booth's wedding rehearsal. When the case becomes more serious than the team anticipated, Cam and Angela do everything in their power to keep the details of the investigation from Brennan in order to ensure that she will stay focused on her big day. Tensions run high when unfortunate events occur to stall the wedding temporarily, and Max comes to town with a suspicious duffle bag full of money.

star 7.95
2,409 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Karine Rosenthal
Big in the Philippines

#10 - Big in the Philippines

Season 9 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 17, 2014

The Jeffersonian team investigates the death of Colin Haynes, a struggling country music singer whose remains were found in a shallow grave. When the team learns about the victim's music career, it leads them to his record label, which, they discover, was deceitful in its dealings with him. Meanwhile, squintern Wendall Bray breaks his arm during a hockey game and Brennan takes a closer look at his injuries, only to discover some shocking news.

star 7.94
2,195 votes
Directors: David Boreanaz
Writers: Keith Foglesong
The Corpse at the Convention

#11 - The Corpse at the Convention

Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 2014

Evidence points to Dr. Hodgins as the suspect when the Jeffersonian team investigates a murder that occurs during a forensic science convention they are all attending.

star 7.93
1,707 votes
Directors: Chad Lowe
Writers: Dave Thomas
The Corpse on the Canopy

#12 - The Corpse on the Canopy

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 21, 2013

After Hodgins and Angela are drugged and wake up to a bloody corpse hanging in the canopy of their bed and flower petals around their son Michael's crib, they are forced to believe that Pelant is back for revenge against Hodgins. Although Hodgins wants to go after Pelant directly, Booth knows it's best to work within the system and not go against protocol. Meanwhile, as the Jeffersonian team investigates the corpse, they discover the victim was a Special Forces agent working for the world's biggest supplier of mercenaries, and Angela and Hodgins decide to start an investigation without the rest of the Jeffersonian team for the sake of their family.

star 7.92
2,442 votes
Directors: Rob Hardy
Writers: Jonathan Collier
The Master in the Slop

#13 - The Master in the Slop

Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 24, 2014

When the Jeffersonian team discovers the body of a renowned but disliked chess master amidst pig slop, Sweets surprises the team with his chess skills and goes undercover in the world of professional chess to find the killer. Cam is being recognized in the "Outstanding Woman of Science" issue of a noted science publication but is hesitant to participate since she does not want to offend Brennan who knows she should be the one to be honored. Meanwhile, much to Brennan's annoyance, Dr. Douglas Filmore, the always sunny Canadian forensic podiatrist fills in as a lab intern.

star 7.90
2,111 votes
Directors: Dwight Little
Writers: Dave Thomas
The Fury in the Jury

#14 - The Fury in the Jury

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 15, 2013

Brennan is a juror on the case of professional soccer player Peter Kidman who is accused of murdering his wife. When she uses pure objectivity to help prove the killer not guilty, his best friend and a key witness in the case turns up dead. The Jeffersonian team must work together to prove that the soccer star was in fact guilty of killing both his wife and his friend.

star 7.90
2,277 votes
Directors: Dwight Little
Writers: Karen Wyscarver, Sanford Golden
The Friend in Need

#15 - The Friend in Need

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 18, 2013

The Jeffersonian team investigates the remains of a 15-year-old boy. Although his mother and few close friends saw him as intelligent with poor social skills, the team discovers that this seemingly innocent boy was actually involved in illegal activity and had attended a high school party two weeks prior where drugs were present. The investigation takes an ugly turn when an underage girl confesses to being raped and the deceased boy’s reputation is compromised. Meanwhile, with the case’s spotlight on deception, intern Finn Abernathy contemplates telling Cam that her daughter Michelle is in town visiting for the weekend.

star 7.89
2,288 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Walker
Writers: Dean Lopata
The Wannabe in the Weeds

#16 - The Wannabe in the Weeds

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired May 12, 2008

A wannabe singer Tommy Sour was found on a grassy location. The investigation leads Brennan, Booth, and Cam to the Checker Box Restaurant where Tommy used to sing. There are several suspects who took part in the open mike contest there, with talent scouts in the audience. The group comes together with a startling revelation for Brennan.

star 7.88
2,473 votes
Writers: Josh Berman
The Hole in the Heart

#17 - The Hole in the Heart

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 12, 2011

Rogue sniper Jacob Broadsky returns once again, claiming another victim and making Booth determined to put him away once and for all.

star 7.88
3,911 votes
Directors: Alex Chapple
Writers: Carla Kettner, Karyn Usher
The Hope in the Horror

#18 - The Hope in the Horror

Season 12 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 3, 2017

Brennan has been kidnapped by her former assistant, Zack Addy, as Booth and the rest of the lab desperately search for her.

star 7.88
2,402 votes
Directors: Emily Deschanel
Writers: Michael Peterson
The Woman in Limbo

#19 - The Woman in Limbo

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 17, 2006

Brennan receives some bones to identify, but is stunned when she discovers that the remains are those of her mother who disappeared when she was 15 years old. The determined date of her mother's death leaves Bones confused and angry.

star 7.87
2,161 votes
Directors: Jesus Trevino
Writers: Hart Hanson
The Dude in the Dam

#20 - The Dude in the Dam

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 11, 2013

The Jeffersonian team investigates the murder of Sean Nolan, a failed model whose body is found intertwined in a beaver dam. The team soon discovers that Nolan's fruitless modeling career left his sperm donations as his only source of income. However, when the team learns that he falsified records, they start to suspect anyone who was jilted by his donations. Meanwhile, Brennan struggles with social niceties and tact when she is drawn into a feud with author Tess Brown and Hodgins gets in touch with his motherly instincts when he plays host to a fly larva.

star 7.87
2,227 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Kathy Reichs, Kerry Reichs
The Lance to the Heart

#21 - The Lance to the Heart

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 2014

The investigation into who framed Booth for murder leads the Jeffersonian team to a conspiracy within the government that dates all the way back to J. Edgar Hoover. After additional DNA discovered on a previous victim is linked to the case, the team narrows down the list of suspects, leading them closer to cracking the case.

star 7.86
1,881 votes
Writers: Keith Foglesong, Michael Peterson, Nkechi Okoro
The Heiress in the Hill

#22 - The Heiress in the Hill

Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 31, 2014

The Jeffersonian team investigates the murder of Lauren Frank, a kidnap victim whose remains were found buried at a park. But when they discover the unhappy relationship that Lauren had with her stepmother, the team starts to think the killer was someone closer to the girl than expected. Meanwhile, Hodgins uncovers a shocking secret about his family and Brennan and Booth face a common couples dilemma - whether to co-mingle their funds.

star 7.85
2,228 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Dean Lopata
The Scare in the Score

#23 - The Scare in the Score

Season 12 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 14, 2017

When a series of corpses with ties to Booth’s former Army unit appear around D.C., Booth must dive into his past to find the killer before the killer finds Booth. Meanwhile, Brennan’s father, Max, hides a serious medical procedure from Brennan, leaving her to grapple with her father’s trust and mortality, as well as her family being in danger.

star 7.85
2,111 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: Joe Hortua
Aliens in a Spaceship

#24 - Aliens in a Spaceship

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 15, 2006

The bodies of twin boys, kidnapped five years earlier, are discovered. The investigation lead Booth and Brennan to a notorious kidnapper known as the Grave Digger. During the investigation, Brennan and Hodgins become the Grave Digger's next victims.

star 7.85
2,302 votes
Directors: Craig Ross Jr.
Writers: Janet Tamaro
The Beginning in the End

#25 - The Beginning in the End

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 20, 2010

The team works to uncover clues buried under a life’s worth of possessions saved by a hoarder in order to solve the mystery of his death. Meanwhile, Angela’s father has a specific purpose for his most recent visit, and Brennan and Booth are confronted with unique opportunities.

star 7.84
3,564 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan