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A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City.

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 Sherlock Holmes (96 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Dr. Joan Watson (96 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Captain Thomas Gregson (96 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Detective Marcus Bell (95 episodes, 2012-2016)
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A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City.

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New Holmes. New Watson. New York.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Creator Robert Doherty said that one of his motivations in making Dr. Watson a woman was that he wanted to show that men and women can "work and live together and not end up romantically entangled". See more »

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Sherlock Holmes: I expect nothing, which is why I am such an exceptional detective.
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Great Rendition
5 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Elementary gives us a new, fresh take on Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective, Sherlock Holmes. So far, I've only seen two episodes, but from these I can already tell it's going to be a show worth watching to the end.

Coming from a huge fan of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss' Sherlock, and an avid reader of Conan Doyle's original stories, I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed the Elementary rendition of Sherlock Holmes. Only time will tell exactly how accurately it will follow the books, but so far it looks like it's an entirely new take on the legendary sleuth, which perhaps is in order, considering all the renditions of Sherlock Holmes that have been cropping up lately.

The story, at least so far, is very well-written, and the dialogue is impressive, to say the least. In fact, there are many lines that are stunningly genius. What really intrigued me, however, was the character development, especially Holmes'. At times this great man seems almost human (at least emotionally, not intellectually of course), and already we see indications of a murky past, maybe even a tragic romance. The potential for this is limitless, and I look forward to seeing how they flesh it out.

The mysteries aren't as intricate as BBC's Sherlock, but they're certainly better than something you might find on CSI (though I enjoy CSI as well). They're not hard to follow, but they keep you guessing right up to the final reveal. And the combination of the characters' individual stories with the development of the case at hand is done expertly.

As for the acting, Johnny Lee Miller does an amazing interpretation of Holmes. I am glad they kept the character British. It wouldn't be the same if he were American (maybe we just don't sound intelligent enough). Miller's performance, I felt, introduced a new, even more vulnerable Holmes, but vulnerable in a good way. It's an interesting interpretation to watch.

Lucy Liu does a good job as Watson. The chemistry between her and Miller isn't perfect, though I feel like she carries most of the blame for that. But it's minimal at most, and after the first few minutes you get past it, if you even notice it. Otherwise she does a great rendition of Joan Watson. I'll be interested to see what they do with her character as well.

In short, this is a great show, with a great cast, and good story lines. The cases may not be as mind-blowing as they were in Sherlock, but they're still better than the average crime-solving detective TV show. And if you can't get into the mysteries, the fresh development of Holmes and Watson is sure to draw you in. Coming from a fan of all the modern, and the original versions of Sherlock Holmes, I definitely recommend giving this one a try. I only hope the prejudice produced by comparing it to BBC's Sherlock doesn't kill it, because it deserves a good run.


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