Like many Fox programs, Bones is available to stream in its entirety on Hulu. As you can imagine for a TV show that ran for a whopping 246 episodes over the course of its lifetime, Bones covers a lot of ground, and it does so without straying too far from its path as a procedural. The fact the show is also focused on solving cases in which victims are already dead, often for a long time, means the urgency that drives many other crime dramas isn’t present here. All of this combines to create a show that is both comforting and reliable in its familiarity.
While most episodes are dedicated to solving a single murder case, the series does feature a few ongoing arcs that aren’t directly related to the characters’ personal or romantic storylines. One such arc follows a serial killer known as the Grave Digger. Introduced in the show’s second season in an episode that sees Brennan and Hodgins’ kidnapped and buried alive, the Grave Digger storyline pops up now and then over the years and in between other cases.
But as exciting as many of the cases Bones tackles are, the show succeeds because of the characters at its center, and it all begins with Brennan. A staunch believer in science and evidence over feelings, she can appear to be cold or unfeeling, but over the course of the show’s exceptionally long run, she also learns to better understand her friends and family, and it’s all because of her relationship with Booth, who is in many ways the Mulder to her Scully.
Brennan and Booth’s romance, which takes the form of a will-they/won’t-they relationship before the two give into their sexual tension, ultimately forms the bedrock of the entire series. It’s one of the narrative engines that keeps the show going season after season, making it one of television’s very best romances.
If all of that sounds right up your alley, now is the perfect time to start watching every season of Bones on Hulu.