From the Wikipedia page:
Created by Hart Hanson, the series is very loosely based on the life and writings of novelist and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, who also produces the show. Its title character, Temperance Brennan, is named after the protagonist of Reichs’ crime novel series. Similarly, Dr. Brennan in the Bones universe writes successful mystery novels featuring a fictional forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs. Bones is a joint production by Josephson Entertainment, Far Field Productions and 20th Century Fox Television. The series is the longest-running one-hour drama series produced by 20th Century Fox Television.
The show starred Emily Deschanel (daughter of Twin Peak‘s Mary Jo and sister of singer/songwriter Zooey) as Dr. Temperence “Bones” Brennan and David Boreanaz (Angel of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame) as FBI Agent Seeley Booth along with a large supporting cast.
Bones focused on a forensic anthropologist, a FBI agent, and their colleagues as they use human remains to piece together the facts to solve a murder mystery.
The cast has gone through so much with Hodgins ending up in a wheelchair and Sweets, Vincent Nigel-Murray, and most recently, Bone’s dad, Max Kennan being murdered. Every time I hear “Put the Lime in the Coconut,” I still tear up.
Many shows overstay their welcome. The positive of Bones was that it was a solve a murder each week. This episodic format allowed the show to never get too stale. Along with the case a week style, there would one larger underlying story each season which pieced the episodes together.
In the end, Bones did an amazing job of tying up the knots and loose ends of the show. As an audience member, you could see where the characters’ trajectories would go without giving you all the full details. In the end, this was an amazing send off and Bones will definitely be missed.