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Sherlock: Season 3 (2014)

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Average Rating: 8.6/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 1

Honoring the Holmes brand, Sherlock is splendidly acted and still pleases fans who are thirsty for stimulating, intelligently written story arcs.

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Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 1

Honoring the Holmes brand, Sherlock is splendidly acted and still pleases fans who are thirsty for stimulating, intelligently written story arcs.

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Average Rating: 4.7/5
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Season Info

In the beginning of series 3, John, Lestrade and those close to Sherlock are reeling after Sherlock's apparent death and are trying to get on with their lives. After his return, Mycroft looks for Sherlock's help with finding a terror cell.

Network: BBC

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Episodes

1
Air date: May 29, 2014

The Empty Hearse

Sherlock returns! But for Watson, it might be a case of 'be careful what you wish for'. (C) BBC

2
Air date: Jun 8, 2014

The Sign of Three

Sherlock faces his biggest challenge of all - delivering a best man's speech. (C) BBC

3
Air date: Feb 2, 2014

His Last Vow

Sherlock must deal with a new nemesis while solving the case of stolen letters.

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (1)

The tone of the returned Sherlock is greatly more self aware (or "meta"). The scripts nod to the series' knowledgeable worldwide fan base.

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Sherlock is still all about Sherlock, and it knows we're here to watch Cumberbatch do his quick-thinking, semi-sociopathic scene chewing.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

The series is a comment on Holmes as much as it is an adventure in which he stars. Knowingness is one of the things it wants to share with you.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Sherlock is unique among crime dramas in that it refuses to languish in the somber valleys of criminal psychology.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

As is often the case with Sherlock, the best bits are less about plot and more about people.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Any concerns that Sherlock might have lost its magic during the hiatus should be allayed by this generally strong season premiere.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Holmes and Watson are such enduring characters, and these versions written and played so well.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: HitFix

As sly and quirky as ever, Sherlock continues to pursue a fiendishly clever trail, taking Holmes into a world of smartphones, DNA testing and state-of-the-art forensics.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Sherlock's third season ultimately makes the series' world richer, and a stronger foundation for more stories to come.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The Season 3 premiere certainly felt like part one of a bigger story and I'm excited to see where our favourite detectives take us from here. Welcome back Mr. Holmes. Welcome back indeed.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: The Loop
The Loop

Sherlock, set in contemporary London, ingeniously converts 19th-century technology to today's world of smartphones, blogs, surveillance cameras and GPS, without adopting the attendant self-absorption and psychobabble.

January 20, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Some will dislike how Sherlock answers the question of the false death. Others may find fault in the increased humor of the season -- and it's often very funny.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Soon enough, I am reminded of how quickly the show's nifty momentum becomes a distracting blur of euro-chic gimmickry. Sherlock moves swiftly and intelligently but also a little too coldly, like a long commercial for better WiFi.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Thank goodness for flashbacks, because we also finally get to see Mr. Cumberbatch kiss a woman in a way that will leave no doubt about Sherlock's talent as a lover.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

Thanks to the stars, the wit of the writing and a few clever tricks, the show remains a joy.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Three episodes are never enough to satisfy our appetite for the dazzling BBC/Masterpiece Mystery! version of Sherlock,.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Sherlock's certainly among the most interesting people one could know, the cleverest, and maybe the smartest.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

The third season is looser, funnier, more emotional and also significantly less logical than what has come before.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

Happily, though it's not the series' strongest script, the two fine actors can still extract every nuance from it.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

It's an entertaining episode that doesn't fall into the pacing trap so often seen in Sherlock where there's not enough story to hold the show up through its 90-minute running time.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The season premiere... marks a surprisingly playful homecoming for the great detective.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The show deserves to do well because it's so bloody good - smart, whimsical and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, finding fresh, distinctive avenues into this venerable character, even with multiple incarnations currently in circulation.

January 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

In its third season, Sherlock at last settles into its own assured rhythm.

January 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

You do not have to be a Holmes expert to go completely gaga over the new season. All you need is appreciation of perfection.

January 15, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

The most humorous episode to date, Sunday's premiere can be occasionally confusing, but it's consistently entertaining.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

There may be hashtags, blogs and motorbikes, but the spirit remains in keeping. I think Sir Arthur would approve, enjoy it too. Hard not to really.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

With his brilliantly judged humour and pathos, what a gift is Martin Freeman as Watson - a decent, capable soul, made a muggins to be outshone, put upon and driven to the brink of mortal impatience.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Benedict Cumberbatch is alive and well and in fine form.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

The Empty Hearse may be a flawed addition to the canon, but I cannot stress enough how good it is to see some of Britain's brightest lights back together and making something truly special.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

This episode [was] more lighthearted than any episode before it. Sherlock and Mycroft were more human, John has a girlfriend, and background characters came forward and into the light.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

It was all good stuff - the performances and production are among the BBC's very best, though some of the techniques used to visualise Sherlock's impressive mental faculties did feel more garish, more intrusive and dated than they have in the past.

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

A paltry number of things on television are as exciting as a new season of Sherlock - and if you haven't seen the first two tragically short seasons, then do everything in your power to right that wrong this minute.

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Every criticism was anticipated, every character moment done on the writer's terms and every moment of drama and (to a lesser degree) intrigue meticulously planned and executed. It walked the line between poking fun and being needlessly irreverent.

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

The greatest satisfaction of this thoroughly satisfying season opener was confirmation that Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss (who penned the episode) knows us fans better than we know ourselves.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

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