On September 13, 2005, viewers were invited into the Jeffersonian Institute for the first time.  Tomorrow night, they’ll revisit (what’s left of) it for the last time.  Over the 244 episodes that aired in between, Bones became a fan favorite and a testament to resilience.  It may very well be the only prime-time series in television history to be scheduled in eight different time slots — including at least one on every weeknight — and survive to a double-digit age.

The premise of Bones was a new twist on an old formula made popular at the time by CSI: Scientists and law enforcement team up to solve puzzling murders.  And while the team behind Bones has to be given credit for inventing plenty of unique (and often quite grisly) ways to discover dead bodies, it wasn’t the corpses that kept viewers tuning in.  It was the chemistry between FBI agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) that drove the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear (Emily Deschanel & David Boreanaz)

Tomorrow night, when we return to the rubble of the bomb-stricken Jeffersonian lab, we’ll learn the fates of Booth and Brennan, along with Hodgins, Angela, Cam, and the Squinterns on the scene.  Long-time fans are sure to shed a few tears during the series finale of Bones, airing Tuesday at 8/7c on FOX.

Want more behind-the-scenes interviews from the cast and crew? Fox has put together a full-length series retrospective, and you can watch it here.

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Posted by: Susan Brown