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The Best Episodes of Bones

Every episode of Bones ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Bones!

Dr. Temperance Brennan and her colleagues at the Jeffersonian's Medico-Legal Lab assist Special Agent Seeley Booth with murder investigations when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed that the standard identification methods are useless.


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The best episode of "Bones" is "Aliens in a Spaceship", rated 9.2/10 from 2321 user votes. It was directed by Craig Ross Jr. and written by Janet Tamaro. "Aliens in a Spaceship" aired on 11/15/2006 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The Hole in the Heart".

  • Aliens in a Spaceship
    9.2/10 2,321 votes

    #1 - Aliens in a Spaceship

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2006-11-15

    The bodies of twin boys, kidnapped five years earlier, are discovered. The investigation lead Booth and Brennan to a notorious kidnapper known as the Grave Digger. During the investigation, Brennan and Hodgins become the Grave Digger's next victims.

    Director: Craig Ross Jr.

    Writer: Janet Tamaro

  • The Hole in the Heart
    9.1/10 1,830 votes

    #2 - The Hole in the Heart

    Season 6 Episode 22 - Aired 2011-05-12

    Rogue sniper Jacob Broadsky returns once again, claiming another victim and making Booth determined to put him away once and for all.

    Director: Alex Chapple

    Writer: Karyn Usher

  • The Recluse in the Recliner
    8.9/10 1,067 votes

    #3 - The Recluse in the Recliner

    Season 9 Episode 24 - Aired 2014-05-19

    The team investigates the death of a man who had offered Booth information on a possible government cover-up related to a previous case, but was killed before their meeting took place. As Booth and the Jeffersonian team dig deeper into the burgeoning conspiracy surrounding the man’s death, it’s evident Booth may be in over his head, and his future with the FBI is put in question.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Nightmare Within the Nightmare
    8.9/10 849 votes

    #4 - The Nightmare Within the Nightmare

    Season 11 Episode 22 - Aired 2016-07-21

    The team dives back into investigating a serial killer from the past, attempting to find “The Puppeteer,” who lives with his victims’ bodies before disposing of them. Meanwhile, Brennan works through her guilt over her retirement last year, blaming herself for not stopping the serial killer earlier. However, little does she know she might be in some trouble of her own.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Patriot in Purgatory
    8.8/10 1,793 votes

    #5 - The Patriot in Purgatory

    Season 8 Episode 6 - Aired 2012-11-12

    Brennan's new fascination with basketball and legendary coach Phil Jackson's thoughts on teamwork prompts her to gather five of her best "squinterns" to analyze remains that have never been identified.

    Director: François Velle

    Writer: Stephen Nathan

  • The Parts in the Sum of the Whole
    8.7/10 1,542 votes

    #6 - The Parts in the Sum of the Whole

    Season 5 Episode 16 - Aired 2010-04-08

    When Dr. Sweets' book gets published, both Booth and Brennan read it and tell him about the first time they met: 6 years ago. The episode will give a new perspective on Booth and Brennan's relationship, and will also give viewers the chance to see Zack Addy again, and Dr Saroyan as a New York Coroner.

    Director: David Boreanaz

    Writer: Hart Hanson

  • The Doctor in the Photo
    8.7/10 1,614 votes

    #7 - The Doctor in the Photo

    Season 6 Episode 9 - Aired 2010-12-09

    Brennan gets a glimpse into her own life when the body of a brilliant and career-driven surgeon is found in a rough neighborhood with multiple fractures in her skull and no indication as to how or why she was there. While the team investigates the case objectively, Brennan struggles to separate her own life from the victim’s as she perceives many parallels between them the more she learns about the victim’s past. Meanwhile, evidence found at the crime scene brings the team closer to solving the case, but it’s Brennan’s unique perspective that propels her to retrace the final events of the victim’s life. With the reassurance of a new friend and Jeffersonian security guard, Micah Leggat, Brennan makes a discovery about herself and learns a lesson about taking chances.

    Director: Ian Toynton

    Writer: N/A

  • The Signs in the Silence
    8.7/10 1,336 votes

    #8 - The Signs in the Silence

    Season 6 Episode 21 - Aired 2011-05-05

    When a 15-year-old Jane Doe is found on the streets, it is up to Brennan, Jeffersonian Intern Arastoo Vaziri and the entire Jeffersonian team to figure out her history and if she is responsible for a recent murder

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Stephen Nathan

  • The Past in the Present
    8.7/10 1,170 votes

    #9 - The Past in the Present

    Season 7 Episode 13 - Aired 2012-05-14

    "Hacktivist" and suspected serial killer Christopher Pelant is back in court, but the team's efforts to pin another murder on him don't go as planned.

    Director: David Boreanaz

    Writer: N/A

  • The Man in the Fallout Shelter
    8.6/10 1,806 votes

    #10 - The Man in the Fallout Shelter

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2005-12-13

    Brennan and her team are brought in to identify the body of a man found in a fallout shelter. While cutting into the bones of the man, Zach accidentally releases a deadly fungus, causing the team to be quarantined over Christmas.

    Director: Greg Yaitanes

    Writer: Hart Hanson, Kathy Reichs

  • The Woman in Limbo
    8.6/10 1,473 votes

    #11 - The Woman in Limbo

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2006-05-17

    Brennan receives some bones to identify, but is stunned when she discovers that the remains are those of her mother who disappeared when she was 15 years old. The determined date of her mother's death leaves Bones confused and angry.

    Director: Jesús Salvador Treviño

    Writer: Hart Hanson, Kathy Reichs

  • The Hero In the Hold
    8.6/10 1,462 votes

    #12 - The Hero In the Hold

    Season 4 Episode 14 - Aired 2009-02-05

    While trapped and trying to escape from a ship in the middle of the ocean, Booth is haunted by strange hallucinations.

    Director: Ian Toynton

    Writer: Karine Rosenthal

  • Judas on a Pole
    8.5/10 1,409 votes

    #13 - Judas on a Pole

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2006-12-13

    Booth and Brennan are called to the scene where a man's body was found hung like a scarecrow, gutted, and burned on the roof of a building used by the FBI to hide witnesses.

    Director: David Duchovny

    Writer: Hart Hanson

  • The Man in the Cell
    8.5/10 1,316 votes

    #14 - The Man in the Cell

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2007-01-31

    The notorious serial killer, Howard Epps, sets his prison cell on fire as part of a daring prison escape. Brennan is his target and her entire team is placed in danger.

    Director: Jesús Salvador Treviño

    Writer: N/A

  • The Wannabe in the Weeds
    8.5/10 1,336 votes

    #15 - The Wannabe in the Weeds

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 2008-05-12

    A wannabe singer Tommy Sour was found on a grassy location. The investigation leads Brennan, Booth, and Cam to the Checker Box Restaurant where Tommy used to sing. There are several suspects who took part in the open mike contest there, with talent scouts in the audience. The group comes together with a startling revelation for Brennan.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Josh Berman

  • The Double Death of the Dearly Departed
    8.5/10 1,343 votes

    #16 - The Double Death of the Dearly Departed

    Season 4 Episode 22 - Aired 2009-04-20

    When a Jeffersonian coworker dies of heart failure, the entire team goes to the wake where, upon viewing the body, Brennan realizes the death was no accident.

    Director: Milan Cheylov

    Writer: Craig Silverstein

  • The Boy with the Answer
    8.5/10 1,108 votes

    #17 - The Boy with the Answer

    Season 5 Episode 21 - Aired 2010-05-13

    The trial of The Gravedigger hits close to home for members of the team, and everyone at the Jeffersonian must work overtime to uncover the forensic evidence to elicit a conviction.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Stephen Nathan

  • The Change in the Game
    8.5/10 1,454 votes

    #18 - The Change in the Game

    Season 6 Episode 23 - Aired 2011-05-19

    In the 6th season finale, the team investigates the disturbing, unidentifiable remains of a bowler that were found jammed in one of the bowling alley's automatic pinsetters. After hitting a dead end in the case, Booth and Brennan decide to go undercover and join a competitive bowling team in search of answers.

    Director: Ian Toynton

    Writer: Stephen Nathan

  • The Crack in the Code
    8.5/10 1,196 votes

    #19 - The Crack in the Code

    Season 7 Episode 6 - Aired 2012-01-12

    A cryptic message penned in human blood is discovered at a national monument. As the Jeffersonian team embarks on a scavenger hunt to solve the case, they realize their tech-savvy suspect remains one step ahead of them. Meanwhile, Booth and Brennan search for the perfect home for their new family.

    Director: Ian Toynton

    Writer: N/A

  • The Future in the Past
    8.5/10 1,154 votes

    #20 - The Future in the Past

    Season 8 Episode 1 - Aired 2012-09-17

    Having been accused of murder, Brennan is on the run from the FBI, with help from her father Max. Booth and the Jeffersonian team are convinced evil tech genius Christopher Pelant has manipulated key evidence in the case to pinpoint Brennan as the prime suspect. Then, an anonymous tip leads the team to the remains of a high school guidance counselor that may hold the key to proving Brennan's innocence.

    Director: Ian Toynton

    Writer: Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan

  • The Corpse on the Canopy
    8.5/10 1,058 votes

    #21 - The Corpse on the Canopy

    Season 8 Episode 12 - Aired 2013-01-21

    After Hodgins and Angela are drugged and wake up to a bloody corpse hanging in the canopy of their bed and flower petals around their son Michael's crib, they are forced to believe that Pelant is back for revenge against Hodgins. Although Hodgins wants to go after Pelant directly, Booth knows it's best to work within the system and not go against protocol. Meanwhile, as the Jeffersonian team investigates the corpse, they discover the victim was a Special Forces agent working for the world's biggest supplier of mercenaries, and Angela and Hodgins decide to start an investigation without the rest of the Jeffersonian team for the sake of their family.

    Director: Rob Hardy

    Writer: Jonathan Collier

  • The Woman in White
    8.5/10 1,101 votes

    #22 - The Woman in White

    Season 9 Episode 6 - Aired 2013-10-21

    The Jeffersonian team investigates the murder of Nancy Handelman, whose body was discovered at the time of Brennan and Booth's wedding rehearsal. When the case becomes more serious than the team anticipated, Cam and Angela do everything in their power to keep the details of the investigation from Brennan in order to ensure that she will stay focused on her big day. Tensions run high when unfortunate events occur to stall the wedding temporarily, and Max comes to town with a suspicious duffle bag full of money.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Conspiracy in the Corpse
    8.5/10 1,142 votes

    #23 - The Conspiracy in the Corpse

    Season 10 Episode 1 - Aired 2014-09-25

    Brennan and the team attempt to absolve Booth and get him released from prison. The remains of a man who has been dead for over sixteen years prove to be significant.

    Director: Ian Toynton

    Writer: Stephen Nathan, Jonathan Collier

  • The Day in the Life
    8.5/10 698 votes

    #24 - The Day in the Life

    Season 12 Episode 11 - Aired 2017-03-21

    Brennan testifies for Zach in trial, Angela reveals some big news, while Aubrey and Jessica come to terms about their future together. All the while, the team discovers Kovac has escaped, leaving Booth in a race against the clock to protect himself and those closest to him from what may be Kovac's most dangerous plan yet.

    Director: Ian Toynton

    Writer: Eric Randall, Yael Zinkow

  • Two Bodies in the Lab
    8.4/10 1,532 votes

    #25 - Two Bodies in the Lab

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 2006-03-15

    When Brennan decides to give online dating a try, she ends up the target of a shooting at the local restaurant where she's meeting her date. The resulting investigation reveals that the shooter could be connected to either of the two cases she's currently working on.

    Director: Allan Kroeker

    Writer: Stephen Nathan