Bones was a crime procedural on FOX from 2005 to 2017. The show was ambitious in its subject matter and had a diverse cast. It wasn’t afraid to go places that other shows wouldn’t go, despite it being on a network that wouldn’t allow them to do as much as they wanted to. One of the two protagonists of the show, and the subject of this month’s depictions of women in STEM, is Dr. Temperance Brennan. She has been influential to women going into forensic careers and often appears on lists of the top women in STEM on television along with the other outstanding women of the show.
Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (portrayed by Emily Deschanel), the leading forensic anthropologist in the world has three doctorates (anthropology, forensic anthropology, and kinesiology) and is the lead forensic anthropologist at the Medico-Legal Lab of the Jeffersonian Institute (a fictionalized version of the Smithsonian Institute). She got involved with the FBI after working a couple cases with Special Agent Seeley Booth, and helps them solve murders by studying forensic evidence on the bones of the murder victims. On top of being a forensic anthropologist, Bones is also a best-selling novelist. Bones is based on real-life forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs. Kathy wrote novels about a character named Temperance Brennan, which later became inspiration for the show, although Bones is based more on Reichs than she is her book counterpart.