Elementary (2012–2019)
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Sherlock Holmes, fresh out of rehab, is teamed with a sobriety partner, a former surgeon named Watson. They have to learn to work together even as they tackle their first case, the mysterious death of a doctor's wife.


Michael Cuesta


Robert Doherty (created by), Robert Doherty

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jonny Lee Miller ... Sherlock Holmes
Lucy Liu ... Dr. Joan Watson
Aidan Quinn ... Captain Thomas Gregson
Dallas Roberts ... Dr. Richard Mantlo
Manny Perez ... Detective Javier Abreu
Jonathan Walker ... Harrison Polk
Kristen Bush ... Eileen Renfro
Craig Walker ... Peter Saldua
Michael Nathanson ... Infomercial Narrator
Randal Turner Randal Turner ... Male Opera Singer
Melissa Zapin Melissa Zapin ... Female Opera Singer
Sherry H. Arell ... Shushing Lady


NYPD detective Javier Abreu is delighted to have his weird English friend Sherlock Holmes on the case of robbery-victim Dr. Richard Mantlo's apparently missing wife, whom Sherlock finds slaughtered in a safe room she has installed secretly. Sherlock, recently out of drug rehab, makes the best of his sober companion, Doctor Joan Watson, hired by his wealthy London father, actually a disbarred surgeon whose people skills he can use. Sherlock quickly proves it's the work of a trophy-hunting serial killer, but finds his prime suspect the next victim. Written by KGF Vissers

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serial killer | therapy | See All (2) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

27 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The song at the end of the episode is "Watching the Detectives" by Elvis Costello. In 2007 Lucy Liu played the female lead in a movie of the same name Watching the Detectives (2007). Quite similar to Joan Watson, her character is fascinated by the work of detectives. See more »


When Holmes crashes Watson's car into the doctors car, the airbags don't deploy. See more »


Dr. Joan Watson: [about an observation Holmes made about her father] How did you know he had an affair?
Sherlock Holmes: Google. Not everything is deducible.
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Alternate Versions

The version initially aired on CBS was significantly time-compressed as compared to the version available for free as a download from iTunes. See more »


Watching the Detectives
Written and Performed by Elvis Costello
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A great start to a great series!
26 May 2019 | by mercychapletSee all my reviews

I have to admit, way back when I heard that this version of Holmes and Watson was not only moving the character to modern day New York, but that Watson was going to be female, I really thought the show would be pandering to the "PC" crowd, and was prepared to be uninterested. Wow! Was I ever wrong!

Here we have a Holmes as quirky and brilliant as Doyle's character, who, oh, btw, is just getting out of rehab! And if that bothers you, go back and read Doyle, where Holmes chronically uses cocaine... Watson, as in the original, is a medical doctor, but due to very difficult, possibly traumatic experiences, she has left the field. Watson had also done this in the books (although he did eventually go back to practicing medicine). Her role as his "recovery companion" makes her a great fool, as she has something to offer him, to help him through the difficulties of his early recovery, and we aren't just watching her stumbling along in his wake, while he explains how brilliant he is. One of the great aspects of this show is showing the ambivalence that many people with substance use disorders have during early recovery, especially regarding accepting help.

I really enjoyed the give and take between the two characters, they have great timing and chemistry. This Holmes starts off very "Jeremy Brett", he is arrogant, a know it all, and doesn't care who he annoys, yet he is fascinating, and so very imperfect. It's just great TV.

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