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Elementary: Season 1 (2012-2013)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 7

It may not appeal to purists, but Elementary provides a fresh new spin on Sherlock Holmes, and Jonny Lee Miller shines in the title role.

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 4

It may not appeal to purists, but Elementary provides a fresh new spin on Sherlock Holmes, and Jonny Lee Miller shines in the title role.

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Season Info

Jonny Lee Miller stars as Sherlock Holmes in this modern-day TV version that finds Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous consulting detective living and working in New York City. As the first season begins, the eccentric Holmes has escaped to Manhattan after a fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab to battle drug addiction. His wealthy unseen father pays for a sober companion, Joan Watson (Lucy Liu), to live with his son, much to Sherlock's dismay. He believes his cure lies in using his

Genre: Drama

Network: CBS

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 27, 2012

Pilot

Sherlock Holmes investigates crimes in modern-day New York City as a consultant to the NYPD. In the opener, Holmes investigates a home invasion that resulted in murder and is assisted by Joan Watson, a former surgeon, who is hired by Holmes' wealthy father to help keep the eccentric detective sober.

2
Air date: Oct 4, 2012

While You Were Sleeping

HD. Rebroadcast. Sherlock uses his powers of deduction to consult on the murder of a young man who is shot upon entering his apartment.

3
Air date: Oct 18, 2012

Child Predator

A child is abducted by a serial killer known as the Balloon Man, who leaves a signature batch of balloons at each of his crime scenes.

4
Air date: Oct 25, 2012

The Rat Race

A Wall Street executive dies from an apparent heroin overdose, but Holmes isn't convinced. Meanwhile, Watson starts dating again.

5
Air date: Nov 1, 2012

Lesser Evils

Holmes conducts research in a hospital morgue and concludes that someone is killing weak and terminally-ill patients. He also learns more about why Joan walked away from her surgical career.

6
Air date: Nov 8, 2012

Flight Risk

Using his powers of deductive reasoning, Sherlock tries to prove mechanical error was not to blame for a plane crash on a New York City beach.

7
Air date: Nov 15, 2012

One Way to Get Off

Holmes investigates a double homicide that is eerily similar to a series of murders that took place 13 years ago. Meanwhile, Watson visits Sherlock's former rehab center to learn more about him.

8
Air date: Nov 29, 2012

Long Fuse

Rebroadcast. While investigating an explosion that kills two people, Sherlock discovers a crime that's been lying dormant for years. Meanwhile, Watson encourages Sherlock to finally pick a sponsor.

9
Air date: Dec 6, 2012

You Do It To Yourself

Holmes investigates a college professor's murder. Meanwhile, Watson gets a call from a former lover who asks for her help.

10
Air date: Dec 13, 2012

The Leviathan

Holmes investigates when a supposedly unbreachable bank vault is broken into by thieves. Later, Sherlock meets Watson's family and defends her choice of becoming a sober companion.

11
Air date: Jan 3, 2013

Dirty Laundry

The general manager of a luxury Manhattan hotel is murdered, and her body is found inside of an industrial washing machine. Meanwhile, Holmes offers Watson an apprenticeship.

12
Air date: Jan 10, 2013

M.

Holmes faces a British criminal, known as M., who appears to have followed Sherlock to New York City. Meanwhile, Joan begins to have reservations about leaving Holmes and caring for a new client.

13
Air date: Jan 31, 2013

The Red Team

Sherlock investigates a suspicious hit-and-run accident that involves a conspiracy theorist. Meanwhile, Watson tries to mend the fractured relationship between Holmes and Gregson.

14
Air date: Feb 3, 2013

The Deductionist

Sherlock is forced to work with an FBI profiler to stop an unpredictable criminal in New York. Meanwhile, Watson faces eviction from her apartment.

15
Air date: Feb 7, 2013

A Giant Gun, Filled With Drugs

Sherlock searches for the kidnapped adult daughter of his former drug dealer. Meanwhile, Watson worries that Holmes will be tempted to use drugs again when the dealer suggests that Sherlock was a better detective when he used illegal narcotics.

16
Air date: Feb 14, 2013

Details

Holmes investigates after someone attacks Detective Bell. The case takes an unexpected twist when the chief suspect is found dead. Meanwhile, Sherlock encourages Watson to learn self-defense.

17
Air date: Feb 21, 2013

Possibility Two

Holmes investigates when a wealthy man claims that his incurable illness was given to him on purpose. Meanwhile, Sherlock tries to teach Watson deductive skills by sending her to a suspicious dry-cleaning business.

18
Air date: Mar 14, 2013

Déjà Vu All Over Again

Joan investigates her first solo case when a wife disappears. The missing woman left behind a tear-filled video that mentions a murder on a subway platform. While Joan searches for the vanished lady, Sherlock probes the murder.

19
Air date: Apr 4, 2013

Snow Angels

Sherlock and Joan try to prevent the largest cash vault in the U.S. from being robbed during a deadly blizzard. Meanwhile, Holmes attempts to help a transgender woman who is recovering from her latest breakup.

20
Air date: Apr 25, 2013

Dead Man's Switch

Sherlock searches for the accomplice of a murdered blackmailer who targeted families of rape victims. Meanwhile, Holmes resists celebrating his first year of sobriety.

21
Air date: May 2, 2013

A Landmark Story

Holmes resumes his hunt for Moriarty when Sebastian Moran reveals that Sherlock's nemesis may be responsible for a series of recent murders, including the death of a man who was thought to have died from a heart attack.

22
Air date: May 9, 2013

Risk Management

Holmes takes a case from a man who claims to be Moriarty in hopes of finding his nemesis. Meanwhile, Gregson tries to get Joan to give up detective work and return to being a sober companion; and Sherlock's former lover, Irene Adler, appears.

23
Air date: May 16, 2013

The Woman

Part 1 of 2. Holmes deals with the sudden reappearance of his former lover, Irene Adler, and recalls the events that led to his drug addiction. Meanwhile, Moriarty pursues Sherlock and Joan.

24
Air date: May 16, 2013

Heroine

Conclusion. The first season ends with Holmes dealing with the sudden reappearance of his former lover, Irene Adler, and recalling the events that led to his drug addiction. Meanwhile, Moriarty pursues Sherlock and Joan.

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (7)

CBS' take on an old classic brings the famous friends Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to New York City, but don't let the unconventional duo, locale and times fool you: This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

One of the lone success stories from the 2012-2013 TV season, CBS's procedural-ized riff on Sherlock Holmes manage to distinguish itself from the excellent BBC edition via solid mysteries and a charismatic central duo.

August 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

It is... quite elementary.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star

Purists will miss the trappings of 221B Baker Street. But Elementary is appealing on several counts. Count No. 1 is Miller.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

Elementary is a prototypical, well-made CBS crime drama.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Two things are going for this latest adaptation -- solid production values and a talented lead actor. Make that three things -- a network that knows just what viewers want.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Miller and Liu have excellent (platonic) chemistry, and Miller is far more charming and alive than when he was battling an American accent on ABC's Eli Stone.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: HitFix

There's a rhythm to Liu and Miller's rapport that usually takes actors several episodes to build, but it shines through from the first moments the pair are on screen together.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It could be an interesting choice

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

Reinventing the greatest detective worked recently for PBS, and it works once again for CBS.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel

Elementary is much more interested in character interaction - particularly between the two leads - than the average CBS procedural.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club

While the latest interpretation doesn't live up to the British import, it's still more entertaining than your typical CBS procedural.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

I have a feeling Elementary is up for the job.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Holmes is acted expertly by Miller, with all the quick-witted dialogue and dry humor we love to see from Sherlock Holmes, as well as a physicality that injects energy into this otherwise blandly performed show.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

If Elementary is a standard detective procedural, it is at least well done.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

It's a show about a relationship between two characters similar to but distinct from Arthur Conan Doyle's, a relationship that serves as a solid foundation for a 21st-century crime procedural.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Jonny Lee Miller gives Sherlock some interesting tics, but this version of Watson is too dour.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News

Many believe that CBS has taken a big chance this season with Elementary,as it will undoubtedly be compared to its BBC counterpart. I'm willing to say it's a risk that will pay off big time.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

It seems that in the search-engine era, steps should be taken to make Holmes' deductions more impressive rather than less.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Solving this case, Holmes is no more interesting than the average TV detective.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

We'd peg Elementary as CBS's one surefire hit this season.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com

Elementary brings edgy new life to CBS' procedural formula.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Often droll and occasionally very funny, Elementary leaves its characters wiggle room to change without losing their fictionally famous characteristics.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

Elementary will probably infuriate Sherlock Holmes purists, but other viewers are likely to find it gripping and well cast.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

There's no reason this show can't succeed.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Jonny Lee Miller is a superb Sherlock in what should be yet another hit crime procedural for CBS.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

How many Sherlocks can dance on the head of a pin? At least one more, as it turns out.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were creating Sherlock Holmes for TV today, chances are very good that he'd be a lot like the Sherlock that CBS has created in their new procedural, Elementary.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

What sounds like a gimmicky attempt to capitalize on the Holmes mania unleashed by the BBC's Sherlock turns out to be a perfectly respectable procedural that could eventually be something more.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Elementary should fit snugly alongside the other procedurals on CBS.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Miller and show creator Rob Doherty bring something new to the Holmes mythos: A sense of joy that shows in the quick grins and avid glances this Holmes gives to anyone he can draw into his life.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

Stylishly directed, Elementary is one loaded show, including its wonderful, well-matched leads.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

You may appreciate the flair and poignancy Elementary brings to the crowded procedural field, and the energy, wit and sex appeal Miller brings to his role.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Miller's approach may be different from Benedict Cumberbatch's in Sherlock, but he's as riveting a screen presence.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

It's fun to watch Mr. Miller, Ms. Liu and Mr. Quinn work together.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

By the mystery's big reveal, a farce of technology that will make anyone who's recently bought a cellphone scoff, I was near screaming with irritation.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

Anyone who has seen the Brits' much more clever and funny Sherlock will surely come away thinking that this show needs to get a clue.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

There's little here likely to chase the procedural crowd away.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

I predict the ongoing challenge of making this show will be to keep the storylines as smart as the main character.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Will I watch it every week? Probably not. But I bet I'll be entertained when I do tune in.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Completely preposterous.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Elementary turns the myth into CBS' answer to "Castle, with a shade more intelligence.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

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