I know there are a few other shows out there that have made it to 12 seasons (or more) but what makes Bones’ run so, so remarkable is that they’ve made it this far without losing what makes the show ‘Bones’. Sure, we’ve lost and gained a couple of regulars along the way, but at the heart of it, the main 4 (B&B + Hodgela) have been there since the very beginning and it’s quite rare for a show to go so long without losing one of the main characters.
The show hasn’t had to compromise itself to make it this far, unlike lots of shows out there (I won’t name and shame, lolol). The writers believed in their stories and their characters and didn’t need to resort to cheap tactics (ie. break up B&B) in a bid to secure longevity for the show…they did it by just remaining true to themselves, the characters and the fans! :)