Elementary: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)


Season 1
Elementary

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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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Critic Ratings: 62

86%

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User Ratings: 278

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Air date: Sep 27, 2012

Detective Sherlock Holmes investigates a home invasion that led to murder.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2012

When a man is shot and killed while entering his apartment, Sherlock investigates; Watson goes to dinner with her ex-boyfriend.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2012

Sherlock and Watson investigate a child abduction case involving a serial killer known as "The Balloon Man."

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Air date: Oct 25, 2012

Holmes consults on a case involving a Wall Street executive who seems to have died from a heroin overdose; Holmes encourages Watson to start dating again.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2012

Sherlock tracks the person who has been killing terminal patients at a hospital but making it look like they died of natural causes; more information on Watson's decision to end her surgical career is revealed.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2012

After a small plane crashes, Sherlock tries to prove that one of the victims was already dead before the plane went down; Watson thinks Sherlock should get together with his elusive father.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2012

Sherlock helps investigate a double murder that has similarities to a series of homicides that took place 13 years ago; Watson tries to learn more about the mysterious man in her care.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2012

As Sherlock investigates an explosion that killed two people, he uncovers a crime that has been dormant for years; Watson wants Sherlock to choose a sponsor.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2012

Sherlock uses his trademark skills to investigate the brutal murder of a college professor; one of Watson's former lovers asks for her help.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2012

A bank vault previously thought to be unbreachable is broken into; when Sherlock meets Joan's family, he defends her decision to become a sober companion.

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Cast & Crew

Jonny Lee Miller
Sherlock Holmes

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Lucy Liu
Dr. Joan Watson

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Aidan Quinn
Capt. Tobias "Toby" Gregson

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Jon Michael Hill
Detective Marcus Bell

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Vinnie Jones
Sebastian Moran

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Kari Matchett
Kathryn Drummond

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Natalie Dormer
Irene Adler

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Ato Essandoh
Alfredo Llamosa

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Erik Jensen
Isaac Proctor

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Josh Hamilton
Drew Gardner

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Lucas Caleb Rooney
Duane Proctor

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Linda Emond
Dr. Candace Reed

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John Bedford Lloyd
Lieutenant

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Christopher McCann
Dr. Del Santo

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Frank Deal
Detective Mike Muldoon

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Sean Dougherty
Detective

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Justine Cotsonas
Jovana Bacera

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Susan Pourfar
Emily Hankins

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Chris Bresky
Recovering Addict

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Kristine Johnson
TV Reporter

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Rob Doherty
Executive Producer
Sarah Timberman
Executive Producer
Carl Beverly
Executive Producer
Michael Cuesta
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Elementary: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Elementary: Season 1

  • Jul 16, 2021
    I didn't know what to expect and was a bit unsure of the quality of the modern Sherlock Holmes story but was very surprised how good the show is. Was hooked from the first episode.
  • Apr 13, 2020
    Great show, very entertaining.
  • Dec 28, 2019
    Where is the story? Sherlock Holmes deciphers clues and solves crimes through his amazing deductive reasoning, and unfathomable knowledge. He doesn't just pull answers out of a hat like a magician, which is what seems to happen in this TV series. The plot is pathetic and trivializes the main character. The acting is fake and plastic because of the pathetic script, like much of what passes as good TV these days. I'm amazed this got such good reviews. I would give it a better review if it was listed as a parody or comedy, but the writers of this series are not even fit to tie the shoe laces of Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • Dec 22, 2019
    this an average show not that great
  • Dec 20, 2019
    Something new and fresh by 2012 standards.
  • Aug 09, 2019
    I loved this show. It took me a while to start watching though, because I don't like procedurals and I thought the premise of the show was very silly (I still do, to be honest, I mean, Holmes in modern day New York...). And yet, it works really well. The writing and the acting are very good. The show is smart but also often moving and funny. What I like most are the character interactions and the themes evoked (which are often thought provoking). Honestly, to me, this is a completely unexpected but thorough success. Edit: the only real flaw this show has (and it's a big one) is that it glosses over how terrible the NYPD is as a police force. Despite itself, the show does qualify (to a degree) as copaganda. So watch its depiction of policing in New York with a (very) critical eye.
  • Apr 17, 2019
    While the rapid fire wit of Sherlock brings a new take to the character, Joan Watson detracts, adding an unfittingly whiney attitude through most of the series. Though some of the episodes hold interest and a few plot twists spice things up, it has descended into a thoroughly uninteresting hour, in which multitasking while watching becomes a necessity.
  • Dec 21, 2018
    I watched like half of the episodes but I stopped watching because this show just never got me. I found it to mediocre and I think it lacks a certain charm that Sherlock has for example. But it's still fine to watch and it's written very well,
  • Aug 27, 2018
    Who likes a smartarse?
  • Jan 20, 2017
    CBS's Elementary provides a fresh new take on the classic Holmes stories by changing as much from the originals as possible without straying too far from what made those stories so great. In this revamped edition, Sherlock Holmes has moved to New York after a troubling incident in London. Once there, he is paired with a sober companion, Joan Watson, to help combat his recently formed heroin addiction. The season is not the humorless dredge that it sounds like. In fact, Elementary provides big thrills and unwavering amounts of character development in one of the best adaptations of Conan Doyle's consulting detective ever. The season begins with a slow start. This is largely due to the show trying to factor in large amounts of exposition-heavy dialogue to introduce unfamiliar faces and locales. It soon moves past this however, and quickly moves into 'case of the week' territory, which is where Elementary truly shines. Each case is intelligent and feeds into an overall story arc which culminates into a fantastic season finale. All of this is made possible by the outstanding chemistry between the show's two leads, portrayed beautifully by Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. Elementary can't be compared to BBC's Sherlock. Elementary is a procedural drama set in New York while Sherlock is a miniseries based in London. Watch the show with an open mind, and hold on for the first few episodes. Soon, you'll be hooked.

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