The BEST Episodes of Bones
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2021
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.