Castle's Castle Battles Bones' Booth, Plus Alias vs. Jump Street as 'Cop Crush-Off' Continues

We’ve reached the Round of 16 in our Ultimate Law-Enforcement Crushes Bracket Tournament, where a pair of cheeky-but-dashing crime-solvers square off, and a gray-haired agent goes head-to-head with a babyfaced undercover cop.

No matter your preference, it’s time to sit down and vote in the polls below, then alert your friends and fellow TV junkies to do the same! As part of our single-elimination competition, only eight law-enforcing hunks will advance to the quarterfinals.

‘Cop Crushes’ Round 2 Ends With Dexter vs. Criminal Minds, Cold Case vs. Third Watch

Every afternoon over the next few weeks, we’ll launch another set of faceoffs that will test the strength of your respective character crushes. So make sure the right choice is made by heading down to our polls to vote for your favorites (Round 3 voting will be open for 48 hours), and hit the comments to justify your picks.

Eventually, our battle will boil down to a finale that pits the ultimate old-school crime-fighter against the ultimate modern-day hero. (Their female counterparts will have their later this month.)

Oh, and if you’re interested in the matchups we’ve got planned for the coming weeks, CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE ENTIRE 64-PLAYER BRACKET (then click again for a zoomed-in view), and sign up to follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV.

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  1. Winnie says:

    Ooh, this is gonna be interesting!

  2. Lisa says:

    Mm Mm Mm…Nathan Fillion

  3. Lissy says:

    Go Ricky Castle!!!!!

  4. Ella says:

    I have to choose between Booth and Castle…….WHY?!?!?!?!

  5. Sue says:

    Booth vs. Castle? Now that is just mean on so many levels. However, I have to pick Mr. Fillion. He is just a tad bit more crushable…Oh and Johnny Depp…

  6. Julie says:

    Going by looks: David Boreanaz. But I have to choose Nathan Fillion because he seems like a much nicer guy (and hopefully not a cheater).

  7. Lolly says:

    Booth vs. Castle…no fair!!! I didn’t want to choose..but Castle got my vote thru the coin flip…but it was still too close!!

  8. Ethel says:

    You are mean, mean, mean.Booth and Castle should be fighting it out for the championship not now!! Gotta go with Castle as much as I love Booth. Castle just has that twinkle in his eyes

  9. Lisa says:

    ahhhhhh! what are you people trying to do to me?? Booth vs Castle??
    After many painful minutes, I must cast my vote in favor of Booth. Sorry Ricky C. I do love you, but Seeley has had my heart longer. sigh.

  10. Meg says:

    Booth all the freaking way!

  11. Juliet says:

    20 years ago, I would have said Hanson, but he’s way too young now. It’s Spy Daddy all the way for me now.

    • Ava says:

      I’ve always had a thing for Victor Garber, ever since the early days of Alias. He’s just such a a badass. I like that he and Jennifer Garner are still close. He seems like a great person. Let’s face it Jack Bristow would have broken Johnny Depp’s face without hesitation. I feel like I need to go watch some Alias now.

      • Emily says:

        This! God, I miss Alias. Jack Bristow was the best. “Good. Then welcome to the family.” Jack doesn’t stand a chance in this tournament, but I hope Vaughn goes all the way.

      • Sarah says:

        Arrgh! Spy Daddy is loosing! No fair! I loved Hanson in 21 Jump Street, but I’m sorry, Jack Bristow just leaves him in the dust.

  12. Steph says:

    BOOTH BOOTH BOOTH BOOTH BOOTH BOOTH BOOTH. I watch both but nothing compares to Bones. Ever.<3

    • Emily says:

      Other way around for me… I used to love love love BONES. Then I started watching CASTLE, and even though it took some time to get used to, nothing compares for me <3. To me it's just subtly better in everything… each seperate catergory is close, but CASTLE ends up winning every time, which means in total it end up being exponentially better then BONES.
      (I do love Tamara and TJ… but then again I also love Jon and Seamus)
      Castle is the more likeable charater, IMO, so he gets my vote :)

  13. Jess N says:

    Castle vs Booth is just not fair!

  14. Chatty says:

    Castle all the way! Booth loses points for loving Bones, whom I can’t stand. Now, if it was Angel, that would be a different story…

    I feel bad for Victor Garber, whom I love. Most people will vote for Depp, not the character he played way back then.

    • Lisa says:

      You have to have an appreciation for Vulcans to love Bones. LOL

      • TJCrinc says:

        ive been thinking that since the pilot!

      • Gretchen says:

        Bones has Asperger’s. As someone with this condition, I can attest that it is tough to relate to others, that emotions and jokes aren’t always obvious–and for me, being touched isn’t something I like. Her character is one of the best portrayals of the condition–Reid on Criminal Minds is another Aspie portrayed well.

        • Henrietta says:

          Gretchen, I have it, too, I do believe, although I have never been formally diagnosed. And I do indeed agree with you that those two characters illustrate some of the problems. Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory is another.

          I have always had a sincere appreciation for Vulcans, Lisa. I have often explained myself to folks — imagine you are talking to Mr. Spock.

    • Charlotee says:

      How can you watch Bones and dislike Bones?!? She is awesome, and if you hate her then don’t watch Bones. Castle is such a copy of Bones, it’s not even funny.

      • Louise says:

        I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees very big similarities between a Bones and Castle storylines but anything to do with Bones will always get my vote hands down. Booth no contest.

        I enjoy Castle for what it is and because I love Nathan (still sad about firefly) but to me it doesn’t compare.

      • Jenn says:

        That’s funny because I love Bones (the character). Now Beckett on the other hand, she drives me nuts. I love Castle, but Beckett is just annoying.

        As for Castle-Booth matchup, in the end my vote went to Booth. How I made my decision: in the most recent episodes of both shows I found myself crushing on Booth much more than Castle. Now, if this poll had been taken last year…. perhaps I would have voted differently. What can I say?

        Apparently I’m fickle, or they’re just both great crush-worthy characters.

        • pbj says:

          omg i feel the exact same way; you think bones would annoy me because she is like socially awkward but that is what makes it funny but yeah Beckett just annoys me; i like castle but darn beckett, and i voted for booth

          • Jeany says:

            Bones is a woman whose lack of social savvy is fascinating, and it is cute to watch her. I like the way dear Booth deals with her.

            Becket is arrogant and often treats Castle mean. Why does Best-Guy-Ever Castle like her? He deserves someone who is yes confident and yes smart, but also KIND.

        • CharlieBlue says:

          Hey, this poll is between Castle and Booth. NOT Beckett and Bones. So stop freaking pulling the ladies into this. They do NOT deserve it. I’m just saying…

      • CharlieBlue says:

        There’s NO similarities between Castle and Bones. They’re two different shows and I can say that as a former die-hard fan of Bones, I KNOW both shows.
        I got tired of Bones because of how Hart Hanson began to treat everything as rubbish and the mistake of bringing in Hannah, while B&B’s year apart was to be alone and then for B&B to come back and get toegether then. Plus I hate the whole ‘coma dream’. Ugh!
        I adore how Castle is managed, because the creators will never mess with the fans and the show.
        That’s just me and my opinions. Deal with it.

      • Rhiannon says:

        this poll is about Castle and Booth not Beckett and Bones. also castle doesnt copy bones… if u havent noticed half the show have a male/female sexual tension plot but castle shows acutal drama :P

      • mtb says:

        Have you even watched Castle? I am a fan of both Bones and Castle; I can assure you Castle is NOT a copy of Bones (thanks God; speak about how to ruin the show). And, for the record, Castle is way better show than Bones. Which you would agree if you’d watched both of the shows. I’m sick of people who watch only one of the two mentioned shows and then judge the other.

      • ann says:

        That is ridiculous. They’re completely different shows. Have you actually watched Castle? Following your reasoning if Castle is a copy of Bones then Bones is a copy of X-Files, which is ALSO not true… ¬¬
        They have the similarities most crime procedural shows with a female and male leads have, that’s all.

  15. Deena says:

    Not a contest for me…BOOOOOOTH!!! I love everything about his character & of course he is so hot!

  16. Chandramas says:

    Nathan Fillion’s Castle all my life!!! I love Boots but Castle is really something else!

  17. LB says:

    Seriously!? Spy Daddy against Johnny Depp?! I mean Depp is one of the hottest men ever, but Spy Daddy just KILLS it as a character. Gotta go with Alias on this one.

    And I’m sorry, but Mal will kick Angel’s whiny ass every time, whether they have moved on to other shows or not.

    • Ash says:

      I agree with you on so many levels on both counts. First of all, Mal was a true hero, Angel was forced into heroism (I was always a Spike girl and will always defend that he was the real interesting vampire in Buffy/Angel). Could you imagine Jack Bristow vs Tommy Hanson in a fight? It would last about three seconds, two of which were Jack getting ready to kick some ass.

      • jack says:

        Angel beat up Fillion’s character in “Buffy”. HA!
        Ergo, Boreanaz for the win.

        • Technically... says:

          Technically Buffy beat up Nathan Fillion’s character and Angel hit him once or twice. That fight was all Buffy. Angel just stood by and said smarmy things.

      • LJ says:

        Nobody forced Angel to do anything! He chose to help Buffy just like he chose to go to LA and continued to fight on his own. He was helping the hopeless (for free, at that) months before Doyle, and later Cordelia, became his link to the PTB. Angel fought for his redemption and he fought for his soul in far more interesting ways than Spike ever did. He made hard choices, had to live with the consequences of his decisions/actions, and he made plenty of sacrifices. Only someone completely biased against his character could say Angel was anything but a true hero.

        As for who’s better, Angel or Mal, I can’t really comment on that because I never watched Firefly, nor do I want to. This doesn’t matter at all, however, seeing as how this is a poll about Castle and Booth and just like I didn’t watch Firefly, I don’t watch Castle, so my vote was for Booth all the way.

  18. Tenney says:

    Rick Castle all the way!!

  19. Giselle says:

    Castle vs. Booth – I had to go with Booth but it was close.

    If it was David Boreanaz vs Nathan Fillion – It would have been Fillion.

    • Lady Imara says:

      hahaha I completely agree with this comment. so true.

      booth > castle
      boreanaz < fillion

    • Lacey says:

      I was torn but ultimately my vote had to go to be Booth. Now if we were voting for people instead of characters then I would have chosen Nathan Fillon.

  20. alyssa says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I do love Nathan Fillion, but I have loved David Boreanaz for 14 years now. And Seeley Booth is the ultimate representation to me of a MAN. He wins hands down in my book.

  21. MV says:

    I’m impressed… no one made an Angel vs. Caleb comment? Well, except me (sorry about that)

    • Well says:

      I think Caleb won the fight against Angel. Angel had to hide behind Buffy so he wouldn’t get his head ripped off. Caleb was a great bad guy. Stone cold, are you ready to finish this? BIT**?!

      • jack says:

        Angel beat up Caleb. Go watch the episode. Don’t twist it to your own liking. Like it or not, Angel than Buffy kicked Caleb’s ass: FACT!

      • LJ says:

        Angel didn’t hide behind Buffy. He let Buffy take care of Caleb herself because he understood it was her fight. It was out of respect for her that he stepped back, not fear or the lack of strength/ability to take care of Caleb himself. If you watch the episode again, maybe without any bias, you’ll notice that.

  22. Petraela says:

    Oh, Booth vs Castle? Now, my heart belongs Ricky…

  23. Katy says:

    MV defo first thing I thought!!! And Alyssa, me too with the 14 years of loving – I can still remember swooning the first time I saw the glorious Angel fill my screen watching the pilot to Buffy when I was a wee 12 year old!! Now I am 25 and he still makes me swoon, as Booth!!!! No contest for me, I love Castle but David B is my longest ever crush!!! lol. And the second bracket is so easy – Spy Daddy!!! Depp just doesn’t do it for me, and I don’t even remember what ever show he was in, never heard of it til this tourney hahaha xxxxx

  24. Sarah says:

    Rick Castle is great, but he’s nothing compared to Booth. That’s just the way it is.

  25. erica says:

    LOVE them both! but had to go with Castle!

  26. claire says:

    Booth VS Castle ? I guess I won’t vote this round ! Whoever wins will have my vote till the end :)

  27. Nerwen Aldarion says:

    Nothing beats Nathan’s beautiful blue eyes!

  28. GG says:

    Castle really is “ruggedly handsome”!

  29. Samantha says:

    How it Booth losing right now? They’re both great, but Booth is way prettier :)

  30. Alex says:

    Booth vs. Castle should have been the Finale!
    In my hope of hopes, the winner of that one wins it all!

  31. LeAnn says:

    Castle vs. Booth is just WRONG! I had to go with Castle, but I really didn’t want to have to choose!!!

  32. trista says:

    Life just isn’t fair! Seeley vs Castle – I can’t choose.

  33. Dawn says:

    Nathan will always get my vote, no matter what character he plays! Those beautiful blue eyes that always have a twinkle in them, sigh . . .

  34. Roxann says:

    Dang this is hard but I gotta go with Nathan Fillion, I just love his eyes and he seems really nice

  35. Amanda says:

    Awww man I love Victor Garber. I wish he would win this one. Sure Johnny Depp is a big handsome movie star and everything but 21 Jump Street is so old school.

  36. Hotti121 says:

    he’s on the best show in the world

  37. Anna says:

    Rick Castle FTW!

  38. Montse says:

    I have to say that … The two characters are great!! But Castle have something… Charming , handsome, a gentleman

  39. Alexis says:

    Come on Booth fans!!!!!!

  40. Annie says:

    DUDES. It’s SPY DADDY! You HAVE to vote for Spy Daddy!

  41. kms says:

    I like Castle, but you guys are nuts… HAVE YOU SEEN Booth with his shirt off?!?! No question.

    • garu says:

      Yeah, coz it’s, like, the highest point of character development and acting skill

      • Jolie says:

        Thank you. Someone sane in this world. I hope girls grow to learn that it’s not all about the looks. And I would choose Castle on that matter too. More to love and hug and be swept off your feet.
        And for those saying he’s not a cop, I believe he’ll get one someday. At least some training.

      • Sarah says:

        I completely agree. Nathan Fillion is a much better actor then David Boreanaz. And in my opinion, Castle is a more interesting character then Booth and has developed very nicely as a character over the span of the show.

  42. Lore says:

    WHAT? how is Booth not WINING!! i love Castle, but he is not a cop, and BOOTH IS LOVING CARING BEAUTIFUL GUY!!

    • seattlemary says:

      Yeah, but Castle just edges him out in wit in and IQ.

      • sassy says:

        Why do we always need a fandom war?
        Now, please don’t tell me that Booth doesn’t have IQ!
        This poll is totally unfair. Castle’s not a cop at all…

        • seattlemary says:

          I never claimed Booth doesn’t have IQ, but there can’t be any debate that Castle is bit smarter, and more original, heck Booth’s funky socks was Bone’s idea, because up to that point he was a plain ol’ G-man. As for Castle not being a cop, neither is Victor Garbor, but these characters are all vaguely in the same genre.

    • Emily says:

      PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE! Don’t you realize that Booth’s not a cop either? There is a difference between police and FBI, and Booth is on the government side of things.

    • ann says:

      The poll says CRIME FIGHTER, not COP. So if this competition was between Beckett and Brennan then Brennan would be the only possible winner? :P Brennan is a crime fighter too and she’s not a cop. The same goes for Castle.

  43. cgh says:

    booth vs castle is just cruel!!!! but like others have said, I too have loved david since the first time he appeared on buffy and still swoon everytime I see him – sorry but nathan lost that round over 10 years ago

  44. Holly says:

    I adore me some Castle but c’mon guys it’s ANGEL! The original and ONLY vampire with a soul.

    ((Spike doesn’t count, he’s the same with or without a soul.))

    If it were Captain Mal VS Angel. Now that would be even harder!

  45. Erin says:


  46. Lisa says:

    Booth vs. Castle was way wrong but I had to go with Capt. Tightpants. If they had been teemed separately it would have been a no-brainer Booth FTW and Castle FTW.

  47. Smith says:

    Two Words: Fat Angel. Had to go with Castle.

    • MV says:

      Is there a poll for BEST COMMENT because I think you won!

    • fifiwereking says:

      funny – that’s what i thought about castle! my fave tv (non) cop is getting chubby – i can hardly see the twinkly eyes everyone is talking about…

    • rcwblessed says:

      How the hell is Boreanaz (Angel/Booth) fat? He is the definition of Hotness!!!!!!!!

    • gah says:

      Don’t worry, nowadays we have fat Dick Castle

    • gah says:

      ….and fit hunky Booth

    • LJ says:

      What does “fat” Angel have to do with anything? This isn’t a poll about Angel. And BTW, Angel was “fat” because DB had a busted knee and then had to have knee surgery. Have you seen the man lately? His body is just as good as it was during his early Buffy days and that was almost 15 years ago. Hell, his body might even be better now. The man is sexy.

      And either way, this is a poll about Booth, who is an awesome character. He’s sweet, charming, funny, handsome and a complete bad ass on top of all that. The guy is practically perfect.

  48. Eve says:

    I vote for rugeddly handsome Richard Castle!

  49. Vicki says:

    WoW!!! Ausiello better reward us with some scoop because this was the absolute hardest poll EVER!!! Those are my four favorite men that have ever been on TV and i am supposed to CHOOSE!?!?!

  50. Sheri says:

    No one but the one, the only really ruggedly handsome Castle