Bones: Season One

Criminal investigation television will eventually run out of ideas (God willing), but until that day comes the "naughty aughties” will continue to exploit someone’s tragedy in explicit detail. Bones has a pretty self-explanatory concept: forensic anthropology gets its big moment to solve some crimes, recreating murders via the skeletal remains of the victims. Based on the experiences of real life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs (who doubles as both the inspiration and a producer for the show), this series does her work justice, going above and beyond to sound genuine. Emily Deschanel plays Temperance "Bones” Brennan, a forensic expert who specialises in studying the remains of victims and determining a physical appearance, cause of death, etc. Working with FBI agent Seeley Booth (David "Angel” Boreanaz) and a crack team of lab specialists, Bones is thrown into cases involving the silly (a failed superhero), the clichéd (a mob boss, an innocent inmate on death row), the grisly (human-consuming dogs) and the weird (a mummified hip-hop DJ). No matter how imaginative the cases are, however, where the show rises above the pack is in the dynamic of its two main characters. Deschanel and Boreanaz have a natural chemistry that is hard to come by; she’s the beautiful but square intellectual who thrives in her quests for comprehension, while he’s the confident, hotshot FBI dude looking to get results. Together they’re opposites that attract marvellously and comically. Leaving the first season on a riveting cliff-hanger involving Bones’s secretive family history, there’s a lot going on to lure viewers into a second season, but that has little to do with the actual cases and more to do with the characters. There’s plenty of room for the series to grow and blossom into something that can work intriguing cases into the great character interplay. A featurette on Reichs is included, showing just how much Brennan is based on her and how important it was to her that the producers keep the science and cases as real as possible. Plus: "squint” related featurettes. (Fox)