If you want more like Bones then this article contains the list for you. Keep reading for suggestions like Bones.
Most of the suggestions are police investigation related, or they have a slightly odd main character. There are of course some oddballs included too.
Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan is a highly-skilled forensic anthropologist. Bones and her team help the FBI solving crimes where only the bones of the victims are reminding. Their handler from the FBI is Agent Seeley Booth.
TV-Shows like Bones
Patrick Jane is a former famous psychic. He outs himself as a fake after a serial killer called Red John kills his family.
Jane blames himself. Right before the murders of his family, Jane was mocking Red John on national TV.
Jane joins the California Bureau of Investigation, the CBI, as a consultant. His life goal is to hunt down and kill Read John. Working for the CBI makes this easier.
Jane's skills as a mentalist, ex psychic, and con man come in handy. He's an expert at picking up on small details, thinking on his feet, and tricking people to get what he wants. His unorthodox methods help CBI to close lots of cases.
Is The Mentalist good?
This is a really good show. They drag the Red John story out a little too long, but that`s OK since the main part of the show is the individual cases and the relationships between the characters.
Why is The Mentalist recommended?
Patrick from The Mentalist is almost the polar opposite of Bones.
He is excellent at social interactions while Bones has trouble understanding them. He breaks rules when he feels like it, she follows them. He read and manipulate living people while she digs into dead bones.
But both shows still fell kind of similar. They both have an odd main character that is excellent at what they do,
Gregory House is an anti-social pain killer addict. He's also witty and arrogant, but most important of all, his an excellent medical doctor.
House specializes in diagnostic medicine, and he has his own unit at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. House and his team do whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come there way. His skills are well known and other doctors around the states send him patients they have no idea of what ails them.
Is House M.D. good?
House is an absolutely fantastic show. This show is full of witty comments. Its not your typical hospital show. It's serious but at the same time hilarious.
Why is House M.D. recommended?
House M.D. is not a police investigation type show, but its a medical investigation kind of show.
Both main characters are also not that great with people. House is more depresses and sarcastic than Bones, but he's also more humoristic.
Definitely give House M.D. a try if you like Bones.
Dr. Cal Lightman is a deception specialist that reads the truth from people`s faces.
Cal has partnered up with Dr. Gillian Foster to create the Lightman Group, selling their services as deception experts. His personal team also includes Eli Loker and Ria Torres.
The Lightman Group has also started to cooperate with the FBI. With Agent Ben Reynolds as their liaison.
They tackle all kinds of cases using their skills to look for deception.
Is Lie to Me good?
Lie to Me is a really good series.
It`s interesting to see how facial and body reading is used to solve cases.
Why is Lie to Me recommended?
Lie to Me does not focus on murderers and dead bodies. It focuses on catching lies, np matter what they have done. It's not always just criminal cases, Lie to Me is like Bones in that the team is not directly part of a criminal task force. They are an outside entity helping the FBI.
Dexter Morgan, by day a blood spatter pattern expert for the Miami Metro police department, but by night he becomes a brutal serial killer.
Dexter, Like most serial killers, only kills people who fit a very specific profile. He follows a "moral code" taught to him by his late father Harry, he only kills violent criminals that slip between lady justice`s fingers.
Dexter is grappling with fitting into society, while at the same time, he struggles with his inability to feel emotion.
Is Dexter good?
Each season of Dexter is made up of a story that starts at episode one and ends at the season finale. But there is also good continuity between seasons.
It is strange how the writers manage to get you to root for a serial killer.
Why is Dexter recommended?
I'm not exactly sure why Dexter is similar to Bones, but they feel somewhat alike. It might be because it also has police investigation elements in it, or that dead body is a central part of the story. But Dexter is definitely worth checking out if you like Bones.
Liv Moore, a promising medical student, takes a break from her workaholic life to attend a party. This one choice leads to her becoming a zombie and her life goes through some drastic changes.
Liv takes a job at the Coroner's Office to get access to all the brain she needs. In the process, she ends up solving crime by helping Clive Babineaux, a police officer. She tells him that she is a psychic, but the truth is that she gets some of the memories and habits of the people she eats.
Is iZombie good?
I like iZombie. The main character is witty and cool. Much better than your average CSI type of show.
Why is iZombie recommended?
iZombie also has police investigation and crime elements central to the story. They both also mainly solve murderers and work around dead bodies. But iZombie is, of course, different in that it has zombies in it.
Charles Eppes is a mathematician from CalTech University. Don Eppes is his brother and a Special Agent at the FBI.
Together, the two brothers take on complex cases for the FBI that. Charles, with the help of his friends fromCalTech University, uses algorithms from statistics and other fields to help solve the cases.
Is Numb3rs good?
Numb3rs is a cool series. I have watched it a couple of times.
It`s interesting to see how they use different algorithms to solve criminal cases. Like most shows, they do simplify things. Some of the data points are much too complicated to gather in the time they do. And some of the data is way too generalized to get so exact results as they get. But this is common in almost every piece of entertainment. This show still rocks.
Why is Numb3rs recommended?
Neal Caffey, a charming con artist, escapes from a maximum-security prison, only to be recaptured by FBI Agent Peter Burke.
Instead of going back to prison he is given the choice to help the bureau. Help them to bring down other elusive criminals in exchange for his eventual freedom.
Is White Collar good?
White Collar is an interesting show, lots of cons and tricks. Cool to watch.
If you like crime shows, then you should give White Collar a try.
Why is White Collar recommended?
White Collar does not focus on murderers and dead bodies. It focuses on white color crimes, as the name implies. Con men, fraud, art thefts, and so on. But it still has some similar feel to it.
Angel is Buffy's first boyfriend, and he is a vampire.
He is doomed to walk the earth with a soul, which destines him to a torturous life.
Angel moves to L.A. after breaking up with Buffy and sets up shop as a kind of supernatural private investigator.
Is Angel good?
I personally like Angel better than Buffy the vampire slayer. The only thing that is better with Buffy is Buffy.
Why is Angel recommended?
Angelis more of a paranormal show. But it has some investigation elements to it. The main similarity is that Angel and Booth is the same actor.
This show follows a team from the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), a subsection of the FBI.
They travel to local police stations to investigate serial killings or other serious crimes. Crimes likely involving a mentally distorted unsub (Unknown or unidentified subject).
This special team uses behavioral profiling to track and apprehend the unsubs. This means they are using psychology and statistics to come up with the basic characteristics of the unsub and the victims.
Is Criminal Minds good?
This is one of the more interesting police procedural shows.
Criminal Minds is definitely worth giving a try.
Why is Criminal Minds recommended?
Criminal Minds is another show like Bones that catch murderers. They go about solving the cases differently, but the shows are in many ways very similar.
An FBI most wanted fugitive, Raymond Reddington (Red), joins FBI to help bring down criminals and terrorists.
Red agrees to help to catch these bad guys only if he gets Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler, as his handler. After their first victory, a list of dangerous but unknown criminals is revealed by Red. With a special team, they start to catch them one by one.
Is The Blacklist good?
I like The Blacklist, it's a cool show.
Not only is the show about catching criminals. A second thrilling plotline surrounding Elizabeth Keen is also in play over the whole show.
It`s cool to watch worldwide criminals taken down.
Sherlock is a new contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Many of the details and stories from the original books are kept, only modernized to fit in today's society and technology.
His most important tool, after his brilliant mind, is a modern smartphone.
Doctor Watson is a medical veteran of the Afghan war. Together they navigate a web of cryptic clues and myriad of lethal killers to get at the truth
Is Sherlock good?
This is the best adoption of the Sherlock Holmes books I have ever watched.
It`s truly exciting to watch Sherlock's fast and leaping but accurate deductions. This is a show everyone should try out.
Rick Castle, a popular crime author, is asked to help NYPD homicide to investigate a murder.
A murder that is an exact copy from his book.
When this first case is solved, Rick Castle decides to stay on with detective Kate Beckett and her team. He got permission because he was so helpful with the first case, and being a personal friend of the mayor did not hurt either.
Rick Castel keeps working with the NYPD after the first case is over to do research for his next book. But having fun and becoming close with detective Kate Beckett is another strong reason.
Is Castle good?
It is interesting to listen to all the crazy ideas Castle rattles of on how and why the crimes are committed. I really like this show.
Adrian Monk is an ingenious San Francisco ex-detective.
Since the murder of his wife, he has suffered from intensified OCD and a variety of phobias. Before this, he was a detective at San Francisco Police Department but he was laid-off because of his problems.
Monk has managed to come back as a police consultant.
Is Monk good?
This is a good detective show. I watched up to season 5 or 6, but then I fell off. But I have some fun memories from the parts I did watch.
Charlie Crews, an LAPD detective, was wrongly imprisoned 12 years for a murder he did not commit. He got a $50 million settlement when he was released, and he still chose to go back to work as a detective.
His years in prison changed him. He got a new spiritual outlook on life, a strong fondness for fruit, and a highly unusual approach to solving crime
Is Life good?
Life is a really good show.
I don`t understand why it only got two seasons, it deserved many more.
Elementary is a modern take on the classic stories of Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock lives in New York and works as a private detective. He used to live and worked in England, but he moved.
He works as a consultant to the NYPD and is assisted by the beautiful Joan Watson. She is a former surgeon, who now works as a sober companion. Watson was originally hired to help Sherlock stay away from his coke habit, but she ends up as his assistant and PI in training.
Is Elementary good?
It`s not the best Sherlock series, but it is still a good show. Interesting to have a female Dr. Watson.
We follow a team of NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) agents as they solve all kinds of navy related crimes.
The team leader Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his agents. Senior Field Agent Tony DiNozzo, the womanizing movie enthusiast. Ziva David, the former Mossad officer, and a skilled fighter. And ant last, Junior Field Agent Timothy McGee, the computer geek.
They are assisted by. Abby Sciuto, the cool black-clad goth lab tech, and Dr. Donald Mallard, the medical examiner full of interesting stories ad factoids.
Is NCIS good?
NCIS is a cool crime show. Not to heavy on the forensic side and with a dash of witty humor.
Books like Bones
We mostly read fantasy and science fiction books here at A Fictional Universe. So our suggestions are highly influenced by that.
If you want some crime show suggestions then you could check out the Temperance Brennan book series. The show is loosely based on those books. There is probably lots of other crime books that are similar in style to Bones to.
Harper Connelly is a woman with a unique gift, she can see the dead and how they died, at least the last few seconds of their death.
The local police from a small Ozarks town hire Harper in the hopes of finding a missing local teenage girl. Harper locates the girl's body in a nearby forest, but that's not the only body in those woods.
The discovery of the second body casts suspicion on Harper and her assistant and they can't leave before they clear their reputation.
Is Harper Connelly good?
Charlaine Harris is really good at getting the southern spirit to come alive in her books.
Harper is an interesting character, and the story does a good job of showing her struggles to fit in without hiding from her power.
Check it out if you want a paranormal detective story.
Harry Dresden, a Chicago bound professional wizard, and the only one with an ad in the yellow pages. Business is sadly dreadful, even for a professional wizard PI. So when the local police ask him for help on a strange double murder, he jumps on it.
Is The Dresden Files good?
The Dresden Files is a must-read for anyone with the slightest interest in this gangrene.
That's it. I hope you liked some of our suggestions. Most of them should be interesting if you like Bones.
We aim to continuously improve our articles. So if you at some point in the future want more show like Bones, then come back. There might be some new suggestions by then.