* ActorAllusion: Towards Avatar, Angel and various other things other people did.
** The Vegas episode combines Boreanaz's role of Angel (who also spent time in Vegas) with a role Angel himself played as vampire stuck in the fifties, rat-pack style. Booth spikes his hair up, dons greaser clothes and suspenders, faking a Bronx accent outta ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''. Plus, there's a mention of Hyperion Hotel on the show (episode "The Girl with the Curl"); the Hyperion Hotel was a major setting for ''Angel''.
** Booth, like Angel before him, feels that he has to atone for the lives he's taken as a sniper. And they both play detective style roles.
** Joel Moore [[CelebrityParadox played a major character in]] {{Film/Avatar}}, and one episode has Fisher and his nerd pals camping outside for the premiere.
** In the episode "The Death of the Queen Bee", Sweets reads up on Ray Buxley, the custodian of Dr. Brennan's old high school, and how he was a suspect in the death of one of her classmates. Sweets then comments that he finds him "Creepy. He's like, "[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy]]" creepy...". Oh, and did I mention that Mr. Buxley is played by Creator/RobertEnglund?
* ActorSharedBackground: Pelant went to Stanford University and got a degree in Computer Science, just like his actor, Andrew Leeds.
* AscendedFanon: "Squintern" was a fan term referring to Brennan's six ever-rotating interns. The cast and crew have recently adopted it.
* CaliforniaDoubling: [[http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/ The Aquarium of the Pacific]] in Long Beach is "The Aquarium of the Atlantic".
** The Jeffersonian itself is often "played" by the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.
** Averted in "The Suit on the Set" -- shot on location at Fox Studios, although they never explicitly say where they are. [[ProductPlacement They just let the coffee cups do the talking]].
** Despite the name, "The Bones on the Blue Line" doesn't resemble the DC Metro in the slightest (barring an establishing shot of the distinctive DC Metro), and is actually the Earthquake subway set on the Universal Studios Backlot (part of the Universal Studio Tour).
** "The Murder in the Middle East" has Little Tokyo substituting for Tehran, Iran (there's lots of rice-paper-looking window coverings in the background, plus Aristoo emerges from a notable yogurt shop in that area).
* CreatorCameo: Kathy Reichs, the forensic anthropologist whose life and work inspired the show, shows up in ''Judas on a Pole'' as a professor on the panel quizzing Zack at the start of the episode.
* DawsonCasting:
** Zack is supposed to be the youngest member of the team by a significant margin; in fact Eric Millegan is the third oldest member of the cast after David Boreanaz and Tamara Taylor.
** Daisy is around the same age as Sweets, but Carla Gallo is ''[[OlderThanTheyLook ten years]]'' older than John Francis Daley. She's actually older (by a year) than Emily Deschanel, too.
*** One of Sweets' previous girlfriends, April (the fish girl in "The Man in the Mud"), was portrayed as only a few years older than Sweets. Creator/SentaMoses, who played April is ''twelve'' years older than Daley.
* DirectedByCastMember:
** David Boreanaz seems to have what it takes to be a TV director on top of an actor. In total, he's directed 11 episodes[[note]]"The Bones That Foam", "The Parts in the Sum of the Whole", "The Bullet in the Brain", "The Blackout in the Blizzard", "The Past in the Present", "The Secret in the Siege", "Big in the Phillipines", "The Recluse in the Recliner", "The 200th in the 10th", "The Nightmare Witin the Nightmare", and "The End in the End".[[/note]], including the milestone 100th and 200th episodes, four {{Season Finale}}s, and the very last episode.
** Emily Deschanel's directorial debut is the Season 12 premiere, "The Hope in the Horror".
* FanCommunityNickname: {{Fox}} recently started referring to fans of the show as Squinterns.
* FanNickname:
** The official forum is "The Boneyard".
** The rotating squints are "The Squinterns".
** "Baby Duck" for Sweets, and "The Duck Family" for him, Booth, and Brennan as TrueCompanions.
* GodDoesNotOwnThisWorld: Seasons 1-9 were handled by series creator Hart Hanson. For Season 10, Hanson stepped down and passed on his showrunner duties to Stephen Nathan, a good pal of his who'd been in the series since the beginning. Later, [[PromotedFanboy Michael Peterson]] and Jonathan Collier, two writers/producers who began working on the show in 2009 and 2012 respectively, took over as showrunners for Seasons 11 and 12.
** In a [[TropesAreNotBad positive example of this trope]], the two new showrunners made sure to get Hart's approval for some of the plotlines in the episodes they made, even though they didn't have to. Hanson's vision for the GrandFinale of the series was different to what Collier and Peterson did, though he gave them his support regardless.
* LongRunners: The series lasted 12 seasons from 2005 to 2017, 246 episodes in total.
* MilestoneCelebration:
** Episode 100 is an OriginsEpisode detailing how the Jeffersonian and the FBI came to work together.
** Episode 200 is an {{Elseworld}} episode similar to the Season 4 finale, but set in the 1950s with Booth being a jewel thief and Brennan a detective facing sexism in the police force.
** ''The Big Beef in the Royal Diner'' is a special episode for two reasons: it's the landmark episode that pushed ''Bones'' as the longest-running FOX drama, and it's the 206th episode of the series. To celebrate, all 206 bones of the human body are mentioned.
* McLeaned:
** [[spoiler: Vincent Nigel-Murray was killed by Broadsky due to Ryan Cartwright]] leaving the series to be a main character on another show.
** A more harsh example with [[spoiler: the death of Sweets; John Francis Daley (whose writing and directing career was picking up steam)]] [[http://tvline.com/2014/10/02/john-francis-daley-interview-bones-why-did-he-leave-sweets/ requested]] a four-month leave to direct a movie with full intention of returning to the show once it was completed. Showrunner Stephen Nathan instead opted to kill off his character in the season premiere, feeling it would be better for him to dramatically die, than to have him vanish for half a season, and possibly having to write him out again later on.
* TheOtherDarrin:
** Thomas Vega, the kidnap expert who'd been following the steps of The Gravedigger, was portrayed by a different actor in each of his two appearances, in ''Aliens in a Spaceship'' and ''The Hero in the Hold''.
** Cam's daughter Michelle was played by a different actress in her very first appearance.
** In season 11, the actor playing Parker was changed
* OutOfOrder: Two instances, in Season 3. Both can (at least in part) be blamed on the 2010 [[TVStrikes WGA strike,]] which put a gap in that season and shortened it considerably.
** ''The Baby in the Bough'' aired in the latter half of Season 3, but judging by the opening credits (which don't feature John Francis Daley), the episode was supposed to air before ''The Santa in the Slush''.
** ''Player Under Pressure'' was supposed to be the 19th episode of Season 2, but was delayed for a year thanks to the Virgina Tech shootings. When it aired in Season 3, it had new Hodgins and Angela scenes so it wouldn't look as out of place. The DVD features the original S2 version.
* RealLifeRelative:
** Aubrey's dad is played by John Boyd's actual father, Guy Boyd.
** David Boreanaz's daughter Bella appeared as one of the kids in Christine's class in "The Movie in the Making". His son and his wife both appeared briefly in "The Steel in the Wheels".
** Emily Deschanel's younger sister Zooey appeared as one of Brennan's distant relatives in "The Goop on the Girl". Her real-life husband, David Hornsby, appeared briefly as the Father at the beginning of "The Woman in White".
* RecycledScript: The Season 8 episode ''The Pathos in the Pathogens'' is remarkably similar to the ''Series/{{House}}'' Season 2 two-parter ''Euphoria''. Both episodes have a team member contract an illness from the infected victim/patient of the week, and the rest of the team rushing to find out what the illness is (and catch the murderer to get the antidote, in the case of ''Bones'') before it's too late.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Over its 12-year lifespan, the show never had a consistent time slot, and switched around many, many times. Not to mention that according to cast and crew, their show never got many promos and they were always on a bubble, wondering if they'd get another season. It even briefly ended up in the FridayNightDeathSlot in mid-Season 9, rightfully [[http://tvline.com/2013/05/13/fox-fall-tv-lineup-2013-bones-friday/ raising concerns]] that FOX, being FOX, would screw over the show soon.
** Through all this, it was the persistence and loyalty of the ''Bones'' fanbase that managed to keep it alive and performing steadily for so long. Hart Hanson even called it [[http://deadline.com/2017/01/bones-final-season-emily-deschanel-boreanaz-hart-hanson-tca-1201883874/ "the cockroach of FOX"]].
** This trope was ultimately (and thankfully) subverted at the end, since the FOX execs decided to give the show a mercy kill: granting the showrunners a chance to write a twelfth, half-length FinaleSeason to give it a proper ending.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Originally, Hart Hanson intended Angela and Booth to drunkenly get together one night, but abandoned the idea to save Angela's reputation among fans. Instead, he created Cam and originally planned to have her be a RomanticFalseLead to Booth and a rival to Brennan for six episodes before killing her off. However, the crew [[EnsembleDarkhorse really liked Cam]], so they decided to keep her alive and promoted her to a regular.
** The writers' strike cut short Bones' third season, eliminating episodes that could have been used to give clues into the Gormogon case (and Zack's role in it). Instead, Zack's involvement came out of the blue in the season finale, leaving many fans angry.
** Apparently, the Gravedigger was originally going to be a one-episode villain. According to the original FOX summary for ''Aliens in a Spaceship'', after Brennan and Hodgins were found, the bumper sticker in Hodgins's leg would be used to arrest Thomas Vega's co-author Janine O'Connell, closing the case. Instead, the episode was ended with character reunion scenes, and the Gravedigger case is left unsolved.
** The plot for the Season 11 MidSeasonTwist, where [[spoiler:Hodgins and Aubrey nearly get blown up by a bomb in a body]] was initially considered as the plot for the season premiere, which would bring Booth and Brennan back into their old jobs. But David Boreanaz [[RealLifeWritesThePlot got sick]] before filming began, so the showrunners instead came up with the "Booth goes missing" two-parter in response.
** The series finale and the answer to the [[ArcNumber 447]] mystery are both [[http://tvline.com/2017/01/11/bones-cancellation-final-episodes-fox-season-13/ different]] from what Hart Hanson originally intended... though that doesn't mean he disapproves of the ending that was actually done.