This article called "Positive Reactions to Bones" gives a list of reasons why the Fox show is so popular, for example:
"The show has been praised for many reasons. The first is that it depicts a strong female lead in a non-traditional role. Usually when women are shown as ’strong’, that means they are attractive, confident, and powerful all around. Bones is a more realistic view. She is pretty but not vain, awkward, geeky, and good at her job. Her character is a role model whose life style younger girls could actually healthily achieve."
However, I expect some statements might spark discussion, like this one:
"Another reason why Bones works so well is because any sexual tension or romantic interludes it has are pushed to the background. It is subtle and it keeps its priorities straight. A show like Gray’s Anatomy is far more about romance and relationships than about medicine. Bones does not go into the prime time soap opera territory. The job comes first."
In your opinion, why else is the show so popular?