‘Bones’: Are Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz Still Friends?

For fans of forensic anthropology, Bones is the gold standard in television entertainment. Starring Emily Deschanel, the sister of singer/actress Zooey Deschanel, as forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan and David Boreanaz as Special Agent Seeley Booth, the show focused on the examination of murder victims as well as the ongoing relationship between Bones and Booth. The show earned numerous comparisons to The X-Files over the years and has become almost as enduring. Fans still love the TV show to this day and often wonder whether longtime co-stars Deschanel and Boreanaz are still close. 

When did ‘Bones’ premiere on television?

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in Bones
Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in Bones | Fox

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Bones first debuted on television in late 2005. Based on a series of popular novels, Bones primarily followed the life and exploits of Dr. “Bones” Brennan, although as the series went on, it concentrated equally on Agent Booth.

The show incorporated a lot of dark comedy, scientific processes, and the issue of spiritualism. Brennan and Booth also became the subject of an intense “will-they won’t-they” relationship, with fans speculating about whether the two would end up getting together.

Bones featured a roster of supporting actors and guest stars, including Michaela Conlin, John Boyd, John Francis Daley, and Jonathan Adams. Although the show was a bit slow to start, it ended up becoming critically acclaimed and won numerous awards and nominations, including two Emmy nominations and multiple People’s Choice Award nominations. 

‘Bones’ ended in 2017

Similar to The X-Files, Bones has spawned a wealth of spinoff materials, including books and a miniseries, called Bones: Skeleton Crew. Fans loved the expanded materials, but not as much as they loved the series itself.

Many young women, in particular, idolized the character of Dr. “Bones” Brennan and enjoyed her serious, no-nonsense nature. Brennan’s lack of traditional social skills was a frequent source of humor in the show and served as a way to make her slightly less intimidating.

As for Boreanaz’s character, Agent Booth, he was equally beloved by fans. A skilled FBI investigator and interrogator, Booth is confused by Brennan at first, but their relationship quickly evolves into a close camaraderie. The two share many intimate moments over the course of the series run, discussing everything from deep spiritual topics to subjects related to family and romance in the workplace.

In early 2017, Bones ended its run on television, bringing an end to a particularly intriguing chapter in TV history. To this day, fans continue to binge-watch the show and to speculate about the possibility of it one day returning in some form. 

Are Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz friends today?

After Bones stopped airing on television, both Emily Deschanel and Boreanaz went on to other projects. Both stars have enjoyed a great deal of success in their personal and professional lives, with Deschanel married and a mother of two and Boreanaz also happily married with two children of his own.

Deschanel has appeared on television shows such as Animal Kingdom and has lent her voice to several animated programs, including The Simpsons. Boreanaz has carved out a very impressive post-Bones career and has been appearing on the series SEAL Team for several years. 

As for the relationship that the former co-stars share today, they are reportedly still good friends. Deschanel revealed in a 2019 interview that David Boreanaz was one reason why she has such “fondness” regarding her memories of filming.

“We had a great relationship,” said the actress. “We would laugh about a million things and he became like a brother and played jokes on me and stuff. He was more of the mischievous one of the two of us for sure, but we had a lot of good times together.”

Deschanel didn’t reveal whether the two still talk regularly, but it seems clear that they certainly hold on to the great memories that they share from filming Bones