Top thirty crime procedurals, #4: Bones

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Basic premise: The unholy offspring of CSI and Murder, She Wrote, with a dash of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Why it’s here: Because it is probably the best show on FOX right now. The cast works really well together; even the intern concept (a rotation of actors to fill one of the key spots) is innovative and works well. The relationship between Brennan and Booth is exceptional.

Why it’s not higher: In earlier seasons, they rode Bones too hard (that’s what he said!) for the whole “fish out of water/social outcast” trope. It works with her really well, but only in small doses. I still don’t like Eugene Byrd’s character. It’s also incredibly disgusting, sometimes overly so.