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.

On your mark, get set, vote!

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  1. dani says:

    Nathan Fillion wins hands down every time! Charming, witty and handsome. I love Booth as well, but sorry Castle is a far better show than Bones. (I watch both!)

  2. Amanda says:

    Seeley Booth ALL the way!!! I’ve had a crush on DB ever since Angel….he just gets gets better with age!

  3. Lisa says:

    Johnny Depp and Victor Gerber aren’t even relevant. HA!
    Where’s the ‘none of the above’ option for them?

  4. Joanna says:

    And the winner is…Richard Castle!

  5. Nan says:

    I am not voting in this one – Booth vs Castle at this stage is not fair and I am NOT voting…

  6. Alisa says:

    Booth all the way!!!! No other man. And besides, Castle isn’t even a cop :)

  7. Lisa says:

    This has got to be the best and most commented article of the day :)

  8. Karen says:

    I’m voting for the character, sorry Booth Castle is way too better than you were in the past year and still…

  9. Phoebi says:

    Boreanaz losing? No.

  10. Steph says:


  11. Sara says:

    Only Rick Castle!

  12. Angel says:

    Booth all the way!!!!

  13. Christi says:

    Castle for me!!

  14. Ezza says:

    What’s not to love about Booth! He’s perfect. If only he existed in real life.

  15. eli says:

    Mr. Nathan Fillion =)

  16. Jenny says:

    Come on Castle!!

  17. Tia says:

    I voted for Booth, just because in my opinion he’s slightly hotter than Castle, but I will be thrilled if either of them win. :D

  18. Max says:

    Sooooo…it’s Caleb/Malcom vs Angel again ?

  19. Jillian says:

    Booth is so much hotter on so many levels. Castle doesn’t even compare.

  20. Layken says:


  21. Wendy says:

    Love both Booth and Castle, but I had to go with Booth. He has had my affection longer. BTW, this is a cruel, cruel bracket!

  22. TJCrinc says:

    im going for the ruggedly handsome “kitten”. i agree with an earlier post that said david boreanaz has gotten fat, and as for the comments about fillions increased weight, if you notice, hes wearing coats with smaller shoulders which make the lower half of the coat stretch outward a little, making him SEEM fat. he just needs coats that fit his ruggedly handsome figure.

    • joyce says:

      Fillion is definitely MORE FAT than Boreanaz, even if David put some weight on during the summer. Fillion has a lot more fat, and not just from the summer holliday, he got fat two years ago.

      • Steph says:

        Why the hell are you talking about how fat they are?????? They may not be the skinniest men ever but they are certainly not fat.

    • Jules says:

      narrower shoulders….. ROFL.. by far the stupidest thing I’ve read. David Boreanaz’s body is HOT….. and he doesnt cover it up with small shouldered jackets!

  23. Solace says:

    Chatty, I don’t like Brennan aka Bones either, she’s too robotic, but I love Booth. So David Boreanaz all the way!!! My vote goes to Booth :D

    • Lisa says:

      One has to have an appreciation for Vulcans to love Bones :)

      • emma says:

        As someone that loved the first 5 seasons of Bones and ST:TOS …no. No, you really don’t. I love Bones, and I appreciate Vulcans, and they really don’t have anything to do with each other at all.

    • sassy says:

      Solace, what show are you watching when you say Brennan is too robotic?! Clearly not the same as Bones FANS do.

  24. Jen says:

    I think Det Kevin Ryan & Det Javier Esposito should be on there and winning this thing! They’re my major cop crushes!

  25. Dra_Escapula says:

    Seeley Booth forever!!! :)

  26. Hannah says:


  27. b says:

    How could you possibly design this so that Booth and Castle meet up before the semifinals??

  28. Karen says:

    This poll is cruel i love them both booth and castle how can i choose

  29. Luiza says:

    Booth 4ever <3

  30. Sara W says:

    I would like to lodge a formal complaint against Mike Ausiello et al for forcing me to split my blind devotion to Joss Wheadon making me choose between Angel & Mal. Seriously. If I didn’t love his smurftastic, diet peach-y, sexy vegan person so much I would strike him from my life forever. But I just cain’t quit you, Mike….

  31. lindsey says:

    I love booth and castle. But Booth hands down is more attractive. Castle needs to loose some lbs and maybe fix the hair, never been a fan. So booth, even though both charaters and extremely good hearted and charming.

  32. Abby J says:

    I love both shows but for me there’s no comparison, it is Booth all the way. DB is a better actor whether people like to admit it or not. And by the way, Booth is hmmm hmmm hmmm HOT!!!! :-)

    • rcwblessed says:

      Agreed! David Boreanaz is by far a better actor than Nathan Fillion! And hotter, too.

      • den-ten says:

        Haha. I’m not voting here, just came to gawk at all the insanity, but this one is just too good not to comment. Boreanaz better actor than Fillion? First time I see this brought up, seriously. I mean, of all the things to cheer your guy with it’s not the one you should use, Bones fans))))) Stick with hot

        • rcwblessed says:

          Your comment makes no sense to me. David Boreanaz is the definition of hotness and an incredible actor, as well. Why wouldn’t I rave about both qualities, as a fan? This comment/question is rhetorical… don’t need an answer!

  33. l says:

    Richard Castle FTW!

  34. Kat says:

    YOU have to be out of your frigging MIND not to vote for Booth/David Boreanaz. HE is BY FAR the more crush-able, sexier, handsome and lovable. He certainly has MORE personality.

  35. Jules says:

    This is a vote about Crushes.. not their weight or their clothes, When you crush on someone you don’t see their flaws.. you just don’t. (but I have to say.. justifying someones weightgain by saying they wear smaller clothes with narrower shoulders *facepalm* … for me it is, and always has been David Boreanaz.. From the first moment I saw that face on MWC to ten minutes ago when I looked at that face on my wallpaper- I AM IN LOVE. 15 YEARS OF CRUSHING… my husband is an extremely tolerant man… my sons think I’m insane…

    • Kat says:

      Agreed Jules. Your husband is great and your sons are jealous. I’m in love too for 15 years since I first saw him in Buffy. *Sigh*… It’s David Boreanaz/Booth all the way.

      • luly says:

        I’m with you, girls. David Boreanaz/Booth all the way! did you see him?? He’s the hottest man I’ve ever seen. And I’m in love as well since I was 11 years old. There’s no comparison between the two of them, Booth for ever!!

  36. angella says:

    Castle is the BEST!

  37. Emma says:

    David Boreanaz all the way. OMG That first episode of him in Buffy <3 Ooofff, could have died.

  38. Martha says:

    Move aside let Castle through!

  39. JJ says:

    mmh let me think…wait there is nothing to think: CASTLE all the way!!!

  40. Sad day says:

    This round is impossible. Arvin could beat death, but not Jack Bristow. C’mon people. SpyDaddy.

    I also agree, Booth vs Castle AND Boreanaz vs Fillion = CRUEL!

  41. jen says:

    that was tough. i love all 4 of them :)

  42. kirsty says:

    Come on people, vote for ruggedly handsome Castle;)

  43. sassy says:

    Seeley Booth all the way. I don’t even have to think about the question when it comes to choosing between Booth/Boreanaz and someone else. It’s always gonna be Booth/Boreanaz. I grew up watching Buffy and Angel, I’ll always choose him, no matter what.

  44. M. says:

    SEELEY BOOTH ALL THE WAY. And if we’re comparing past characters,I’m pretty sure Angel kicked Caleb’s ass,even though I don’t even like Angel that much. But BOOTH? BOOTH IS AWESOME.

  45. Jessica says:

    BOOTH ALL THE WAY! And david cheating on his wife doesnt have anything to do with Booth. Castle not even that hot nor “awesome”. SO SEELEY BOOTH ALL THE FREAKING WAY! <3

    • Elle says:

      There is more to sexy than just looks. Sense of humor and a great smile go a long way. Also, Booth can be very snarky, especially to the squints. Sometimes, that is funny but it is often annoying IMO> I just think that Castle has more charm.

      • lau says:

        Sense of humor? David has it just like Nathan.

        Beautiful smile? David’s is better than Nathan’s.

        Sarcasm, therefore humor+wit? Oh David, his lines delivery is hilarious.

  46. Jillian says:

    This is tough. For me…I think Castle has great writing…but I’m not crazy about the actors chemistry. I’m not crazy about Bones’ writing…but I think David and Emily just have more amazing chemistry ever. For character…I would vote for Castle just because he said “I love you” and his going to wait for Beckett…but for acting and looks, it’s DAVID BOREANAZ ALL THE THEY WAY!!!! I could write an essay about how David is so much better than Nathan. I don’t even think that Nathan is that attractive.

  47. Asia says:

    Castle FTW!

  48. Elle says:

    Gotta vote for Castle. He just has such a great personality and sense of humor. He is a romantic and a very loyal guy. Also, a great dad and son. Gotta love a guy like him.

  49. ML says:

    BOOTH! Always. He’s much hotter and the way she looks at Brennan and talks to her *sigh*. He’s way better than Castle.