Bones

TV Show • 2005  

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Dr. Temperance Brennan and her colleagues at the Jeffersonian's Medico-Legal Lab assist Special Agent Seeley Booth with murder investigations when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed that the standard identification methods are useless.
This tv show contains 132 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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S4
 E4
Ripley (the dog) dies because he was forced by his owner to kill someone after a dog fight
He is a really nice dog but they put him to sleep because of the law, we don’t see anything, Booth announces it
Brennan wanted to adopt him but sadly heard about it only after he died
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Unanswered Triggers
Is an LGBT+ person outed?
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Is there ABA therapy?
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is someone abused with a belt?
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Does someone lose their virginity?
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Is there body dysphoria?
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Does someone have a stroke?
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Is there farting?
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S8
 E9
I'm not sure if this technically fits, but in 'the ghost in the machine' the entire episode is from the perspective of a young murder victim whose soul is trapped in his body, with the characters talking about him in front of him, and even directly to him.
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Does someone have a meltdown?
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Abandonment
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upsidedownem
Brennan's parents abandon her in early childhood and it is a major plot line throughout the show. (Spoilers!!) She is eventually reunited with her father and finds the remains of her mother
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Abuse
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Booth's dad was abusive to him and his brother, it's a recurring plotline but it isn't shown

Brennan's parents were criminals and abandoned her and her brother

In one episode Brennan mentions having been abused by foster parents, I think Sweets does too

Many victims were abused
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Is someone stalked?
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liminalstars
It's off screen / in the past / talked about that booth and his brother were physically abused by their father
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Is someone gaslighted?
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Is a child abused?
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Addiction
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Is there addiction?
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
101 supporters
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SkateLouis
S1
 E4
A bear is killed and its body is shown opened as a veterinarian does a necropsy.
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Are animals abused?
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S4
 E4
The whole episode is about illegal dog fights to death so some details are pretty graphic
Most of the dogs are really nice and wouldn’t be violent if their owners didn’t force them
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S4
 E4
The whole episode is mainly based on dog fights to death
No graphic scenes but some photos are shown to illustrate the situation
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Is there a dead animal?
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Is an animal sad?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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All kinds of bugs actually. A major point of many episodes is when they identify how long someone has been dead for by seeing what stage of life the bugs on it are in.
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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Are there snakes?
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Are there sharks?
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Are there bugs?
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SnapperDoc
Bugs are featured prominently and in close up in the majority of episodes.
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Assault
Does a woman get slapped?
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Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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SkateLouis
S1
 E5
A little boy is raped and killed by an adult man. The rape is never shown, only mentioned. This is a very heavy episode, if you have a hard time with this topic, I recommend you skip it.
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Is someone held under water?
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Is rape mentioned?
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SkateLouis
S1
 E5
A little boy is raped and killed. The rape is never shown, only mentioned. If you have a hard time with this topic, I recommend you skip it.
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Is someone beaten up by a bully?
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SkateLouis
S1
 E8
A girl is restrained and dies. 3D models of her tied up are showed. Some characters try to gaslight the situation saying she liked it, but she was actually suffering a lot of pain.
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Is someone sexually assaulted?
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Is someone's mouth covered?
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Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
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Are any hands damaged?
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SkateLouis
Mentioned multiple shoulder and other body parts dislocated. Sometimes they show a 3d recriation of the wound in the Angelanator to investigate the murder. Usually no blood is shown, but exaggerated sounds and imagery of inside bones cracking are common
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SnapperDoc
depicted mostly on cadavers.
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SkateLouis
S2
 E9
Two characters are buried alive and struggle to breathe. They don't die, but it is very graphic and hard to watch.
In this episode they also mention people who have died from lack of oxygen.
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SkateLouis
S1
 E3
A cadaver's head falls off, he still has flesh and hair, so it looks very human.
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Is there cannibalism?
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emsdog28
A recurring plot in season 3
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Is someone crushed to death?
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Is someone choked?
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Is someone burned alive?
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The entire gravedigger arc, in seasons 2, 4, 5, and 6, with the killer being caught at the end of the s4 episode, and killed in the s6e11. Brennan and Hodgins were buried alive in a car, and barely made it out in time in s2e9, booth wasn't technically buried but the gravedigger put him on a ship set to explode in s4e14, and many victims were buried alive. There is a fairly graphic description of a child suffocating in s5e21.

I'm pretty sure there were other victims that were, but that was the biggest.
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Is there body horror?
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Is there amputation?
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SkateLouis
Multiple. Usually when the person is already dead.
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there a hanging?
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Anonymous
S1E3
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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Does someone become unconscious?
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Does someone break a bone?
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Does someone have a seizure?
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SkateLouis
Never fully showned, just mentioned or showned through wounds in the bones.
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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Does someone fall to their death?
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is someone stabbed?
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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There is a whole episode covering child beauty pageants.
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Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
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Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
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Spoilers, obviously.

Most of the major serial killers die at the end of their arcs.

Brennan's mom is the victim in s1e22, but she wasn't shown before this point.

I believe the first really major character, that wasn't a killer, to die was Vincent Nigel-Murray, s6e22.

Sweets dies in s10e1 and e2 is all about his death and catching his killer

Jared Booth, is killed in s11e1 and is misidentified as his brother, Seeley Booth, one of the most main characters in the show.

Max Keenan, Brennan's father, is killed in s12e7
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Does a non-human character die?
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Does someone die?
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It's a murder focused crime show, at least one person is dead in every episode.
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Anonymous
S1E3
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Brennan is arguably autistic, and played by Emily Deschanel, who from what I can find is not autistic.

Spoilers
In s11e10 Jack Hodgins becomes disabled, and uses a wheelchair for the rest of the show, his actor, T.J. Thyne, is not disabled.
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Drugs/Alcohol
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liminalstars
Not any main character, but a few victims of the week / episode
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Family
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SkateLouis
S1
 E11
A little boy is kidnapped.
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Does a parent die?
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Does someone cheat?
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Does a family member die?
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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Is someone possessed?
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Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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Season 4, Episode 12 while Bones and Booth are at the circus
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Are there natural bodies of water?
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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Are there razors?
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S6
 E10
A woman was murdered in the shower *Spoiler* by a man she was sleeping with
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Are there mannequins?
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Gross
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liminalstars
In one episode a character says she "messed herself" it's never shown or made fun of
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Does someone vomit?
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Is someone eaten?
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There are multiple cannibalistic killers, the biggest being Gormagon and his apprentices throughout season 3. He is shown to be eating what is presumably human meat right before he is killed, at the end of s3e15, the season finale.
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Does someone spit?
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Is there audio gore?
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SkateLouis
Sometimes they play sounds of bones cracking and other injuries. I don't consider them to be very loud, but if you don't like that sort of thing, be cautious.
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Large-scale Violence
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phoenixmartinez
S8
 E6
Victim of the week is revealed as a 9/11 victim who rescued other victims from the pentagon building and later died as a result of injuries.
Major characters talk about their experiences on 9/11. Some talk about having lost family in the attacks and some talk about identifying bodies in the aftermath
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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StaleOrchid
It's a cop show
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Often, it's a cop show.

Off the top of my head:

Someone tries to break out and is found dead, leading to Brennan goes into a prison while heavily pregnant

In season 10 booth is framed for murder and incarcerated, I believe it's the most we see inside.
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LGBTQ+
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StaleOrchid
S4
 E7
The episode's victim is trans, time is spent finding her "real" identity, both her chosen and dead name are used
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Medical
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S5
 E14
It is mentioned, and momentarily believed to have been used to murder a mentality ill man in a psychiatric hospital.
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Are needles/syringes used?
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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Is there a hospital scene?
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SkateLouis
S1
 E20
A little girl and a lot of other people have terminal cancer. The girl is the daughter of Booth's boss, so the episode is very emotional and touching. She doesn't die in the episode, but it is implied. The entire crew try to help her and make her dreams come true. It is very bittersweet.
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
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Does someone have a mental illness?
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Does someone self harm?
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Is autism misrepresented?
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Is a mentally ill person violent?
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
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Is reality unstable or unhinged?
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Is there misophonia?
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Every time the Angelator is used it emits a high pitched noise that is painful.
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SkateLouis
S1
 E10
This episodes focus a lot on self body image, plastic surgery and low self esteem of women. If you have issues with those topics, I recommend you skip it.
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Are there anxiety attacks?
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Is there a claustrophobic scene?
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SkateLouis
S2
 E7
A little girl has a very restricted diet and later on the episode her mother says the girl was the one who wanted to do that in order to win beauty contests.
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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Yes
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
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Are there underwater scenes?
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Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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Is there screaming?
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Is there obscene language/gestures?
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Are there flashing lights or images?
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Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
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Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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S7
 E7
Bones gives birth to Christine in a barn because they couldn't make it to a hospital, and the inn that they stopped at turned them away (yes, really. Lots of religious undertones)
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Are there abortions?
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Are there babies or unborn children?
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Does someone miscarry?
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SkateLouis
S2
 E2
A pregnant woman is killed and her baby is stolen and replaced by another. The corpses of her and the baby are shown
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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liminalstars
Especially the early seasons
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StaleOrchid
S4
 E23
There is a foreign scientist involved in the investigation and they look androgynous. Angela and Hodgins spend much of the episode arguing whether they a he or a she. Character is confirmed to have a male phallus as Angela claims she felt it move when she hugged them. It's a very uncomfortable "comedic" subplot
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Does the black guy die first?
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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Yes
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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2
Is a minority is misrepresented?
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Does an LGBT person die?
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0
SkateLouis
S2
 E6
There is a man who has dwarfism and Dr. Brennan is very ableist with him through out the entire episode. It is played as a joke more than a prejudice she needs to get over.
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Are there n-words?
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4
Is there aphobia?
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Race
Is there blackface?
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Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
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Religious
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StaleOrchid
Booth is a Christian man, and a frequent topic of discussion he has with Bones involves her dismissing and/or criticizing religion while Booth argues for his ideals. Bones is often subtly portrayed as being unreasonable and/or strange for being an atheist. Many other religions are discussed as well with varying degrees of delicacy.
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Are there demons or Hell?
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Sex
Is there sexual content?
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StaleOrchid
Usually the women and especially Angela
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JGlasser5
There is semi-frequent implied nudity, but nothing is ever shown
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Is there bestiality?
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Is there BDSM?
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SkateLouis
S1
 E8
A couple is known for doing BDSM. They use the BDSM equipment to constrain someone without their consent. No sex imagery is shown, only the equipment and the person tied up. The entire episode portrays BDSM as a morally negative thing and the people who enjoy it as unstable.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Sexism
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Sickness
Does someone have a chronic illness?
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Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
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SkateLouis
S1
 E20
A girl has terminal cancer. The episode is very emotional and bittersweet, as the entire crew tries to help her and make her dreams come true. She doesn't die in the episode, but it is implied she did later.
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Social
Is someone homeless?
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
22 supporters
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Are there fat suits?
13 supporters
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0
S9
 E2
There's a scene where characters wear a fat suit for an obstacle course in the tagged episode, but there's no character played by someone wearing one
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Is existentialism debated?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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Are there end credit scenes?
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Yes
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0
Many episodes do, but the show itself doesn't.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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Does a plane crash?
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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-1
Network television, so minimal despite every episode being about dead bodies.
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Does someone drown?
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Is there gun violence?
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Yes
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