It’s Trivia Time for longtime fans of Fox TV’s ‘Bones’

With fan-favorite forensic crime series “Bones” headed for its grand finale on March 28, it’s time for a cavalcade of fun facts and stats that are sure to amaze.

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WASHINGTON, March 22, 2017 – It’s not often that a network TV series remains on the air for more than three or four seasons. In fact, over the recent decade, quite a few new series have faced the front-office execution squad after only a few initial episodes.


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But 20th Century Fox TV’s “Bones,” which wraps forever next week (or so we are told) is right up there with the best of them, sharing the rarified “long-running series” territory with a select few competitors and predecessors like the original “CSI,” the astounding “NCIS,” and, in earlier times, venerable series like “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke.”

With its 12th and final season concluding next Tuesday, we thought we might share with you some key “Bones” trivia stats gathered by unknown sources over the series past successful 12 year run. (Warning: A few of these stats are not for the squeamish.)


“Bones” by the Numbers

  • 13 million: Number of “Boneheads,” aka, “Bones” social media fans
  • 76,000: Number of bones on the Jeffersonian set
  • 3,000: Number of actors who have worked on “Bones”
  • 400: Number of feet of intestines used by makeup effects artists
  • 370: Number of dead bodies seen throughout the series
  • 364: Number of times the word “particulates” is mentioned
  • 310: Number of gallons of decomposed body fluid used by makeup effects artists throughout the series
  • 304: Number of bone boxes in the bone room
  • 250: Number of skeletons used by makeup effects artists
  • 246: Total number of “Bones” episodes including the finale
  • 165: Number of gallons of silicone fake flesh used by makeup effects artists
  • 150: Number of confessions from killers
  • 62: Total gallons of movie blood used by makeup effects artists
  • 15: Number of “squinterns” (inside joke for those who enjoy microscopes)
  • 8: Number of days it would take to binge-view each and every “Bones” episode back-to-back
  • 3: Number of “Bones” crossovers (Assuming our sources mean “crossover episodes, these would include two crossover episodes with “Sleepy Hollow,” and one crossover episode involving “Bones” spinoff series “The Finder,” which ended up being canceled after an initial 13-episode season, circa 2012.)
  • 1: You know this one: “Bones,” at least as of now, is by far Fox’s longest-running scripted drama
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Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17