Elementary: Season 3 (2014 - 2015)


Season 3

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Elementary's third season leverages the estrangement between Sherlock and Joan to further explore both characters, proving that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creations still have room to grow.



Critic Ratings: 14


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User Ratings: 217

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Air date: Oct 30, 2014

The slick crime drama returns. Sherlock tries to build bridges with Watson as he returns to New York with a new apprentice in tow.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2014

Kitty, Sherlock's new apprentice, lets jealousy get the better of her when Holmes and Watson investigate a double homicide.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2014

A math genius, who is part of Sherlock's network of "irregulars" experts, stumbles upon a body while participating in a math puzzle competition. Meanwhile, Watson reaches out to Kitty, after she learns about Kitty's past.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2014

Holmes investigates when a groundbreaking artificial intelligence software program is stolen, but he enlists Joan's help after he becomes more interested in disproving the computer's abilities than in tracking down the thief. Meanwhile, Joan confronts Sherlock about his motives when she learns he has contacted her boyfriend without her knowledge.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2014

Holmes and Kitty investigate the murder of a postal store owner whose death is connected to the illegal diamond trade. Meanwhile, Gregson's career is placed in jeopardy when he hits a fellow NYPD officer.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2014

Holmes and Watson search for a thief who committed murder to steal a rare map. Meanwhile, Joan becomes concerned with Sherlock's escalating interference into Kitty's personal life.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2014

A bored Holmes forces his investigative services onto Watson when she tries to locate a woman who has been missing for five years. The only clue is the smell of nutmeg at the site of her disappearance. Meanwhile, Joan's bond with her long-distance boyfriend is tested when a man from her past reappears and asks for her help.

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Air date: Dec 18, 2014

Holmes and Watson join the NYPD manhunt for a cop killer. Meanwhile, Sherlock searches for the creator of a "recovery bag" who is posting personal statements Holmes made in sobriety meetings.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2015

Watson and Holmes search for a missing nurse Joan used to work with. The investigation leads them to another person who recently disappeared. Meanwhile, Sherlock struggles with sobriety when he finds the recovery process monotonous.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2015

Watson and Holmes investigate the murder of a bioengineer whose death may be linked to a drug cartel. Meanwhile, Kitty searches for a runaway teen; and Joan makes a major life decision but worries it will have a negative impact on Sherlock.

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Jonny Lee Miller returns as Sherlock Holmes, the world's most famous consulting detective, in Season 3 of the crime series. The drama begins when Holmes returns to New York City with a new apprentice, Kitty Winter (Ophelia Lovibond), and a renewed interest in working with the NYPD after being fired by London's MI6. Unfortunately, Joan Watson (Lucy Liu), the NYPD's new go-to private investigator, must give her approval first before Sherlock can resume consulting for the department. As for Kitty, she assists Sherlock on cases but she struggles with a dark secret from her past that comes back to haunt her present. And speaking of the past, Holmes is implicated in the murder of a woman who was killed during the height of his drug addiction. Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill also star.

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Critic Reviews for Elementary Season 3

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Season 3 is not more of the same, or a throwback to the show's best work, but instead a display of actual growth and a willingness to try new directions.

Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a solid outing, corpsicles and all.

Jan 26, 2018 | Full Review…

"A sickening means to a sickening end." Boy did those words echo loudly throughout the season finale of Elementary on Thursday night.

Oct 27, 2017 | Full Review…

As the season progressed, Kitty did indeed grow on me, and I started to very much enjoy her interactions with the other characters. I felt she added something positive to the team dynamic, such as it was at the time.

Dec 21, 2018 | Full Review…

The writers did quite an impressive job snowballing me with red herrings and white noise.

Apr 30, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Well, it's a start.

Oct 27, 2017 | Full Review…

I turn to the idea of Sherlock's subtle dismantling of his sobriety system as Sherlock easing off the grind for a way to really accept the relapse as the culmination of Sherlock's arc this season.

Aug 22, 2017 | Full Review…

As a televised entity, Elementary appears to be firing on all cylinders with a reimagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's work that's probably in a truer spirit than any that have come before (or since).

Mar 27, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[Kitty and Watson's] slow, tentative bonding over the next few episodes is one of the most intriguing elements of Elementary's unusual and potentially risky new direction.

Apr 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Kudos to Elementary - you did well, IMHO. It will be interesting to see what direction the remaining episodes go in, and what the next plotline set-up will be.

Jan 30, 2015 | Full Review…

Elementary has clearly defined its new circumstances, showing the audience Joan has moved on from Sherlock and is operating on her own with Gregson, Bell, and the NYPD.

Oct 31, 2014 | Full Review…

While other Holmes/Watson incarnations focus Watson being a friend, medic, and put-upon backup, Elementary has elevated the character into someone with loftier aspirations.

Oct 31, 2014 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Elementary: Season 3

  • Oct 23, 2015
    New mysteries are afoot in the third season of Elementary. Picking up several months after the Season 2 finale, Holmes returns from London with a new protégée, Kitty Winter, after a failed stint with MI6. Ophelia Lovibond is especially good as Kitty, and brings a fun new energy to the show. And, Gina Gershon guest stars in an interesting multi-episode arc as a nemesis for Watson. Some of the cases-of-the-week are a little stale, but the character development for Holmes and Watson is incredibly compelling; as Holmes begins to truly care about his colleagues and Watson becomes more independent and self-reliant. While Season 3 of Elementary spicens up the show's formula a bit, it still remains as entertaining and full of intrigue as ever.
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  • Mar 16, 2017
    I'm going to go out on a limb here and, at the risk of upsetting many many people, I'm going to assert that Elementary is better than Sherlock. Sherlock has some very memorable moments, but as far as consistently intriguing, intelligent and well-written telly goes, Elementary is pretty much spot on
  • Jan 26, 2017
    This season, watch as Elementary appeals to a new target demographic: teenagers with temper issues. The series transcends into reality as you put on your detective hat and find a new show to watch!
  • Sep 07, 2016
    This season actually starts to get heavy handed about pushing agendas toward the end. It's usually just a minor comment that some light research would have corrected. But it does get in the way of the story sometimes. The prison episode was probably the most guilty of this by way of having the characters monologue at the camera about the dangers of private prisons ad nauseum. I don't agree with for-profit prisons either, but the way they went about it sucked all the believability from the episode, opting to drive their point home instead of telling a story. That and some of Holmes' periodic outbursts are factually incorrect and had he done the cursory amount of research that such strong emotional convictions should reflect, he would have been forced to change his opinions. But we're not dinging the fictional character, just the proselytizing writers.
  • Aug 27, 2015
    Thankfully they got rid of Rhys Ifans and focused on Holmes and Watson's friendship, which is what makes this show work. Didn't like Kitty initially but she became a welcome addition and I regretted her leaving. Was also glad when Watson finally stopped fighting her calling and moved back in with Holmes. Some of the episodes got a bit too intricate in their plots concerning corporations and greed -- sometimes a crime of passion is much more interesting. But the last episode was great and I'm looking forward to the next season and the arrival of Holmes Snr.
  • Apr 03, 2015
    When you thought there could be no more "freshness" to the Holmes interpretation, Elementary shines. This version of Holmes is more human than the rest.
  • Mar 12, 2015
    Perhaps one of the best crime shows I've seen in years. Makes a change to see a crime drama where the leading characters don't end up in each other's bed and where we see characters who both contribute to their relationship in a very different but complimentary way. A great show indeed!
  • Feb 13, 2015
    The character dynamics and larger plot lines are absolutely flawless, and they still manage to balance that with keeping each self contained episode at top quality. The balance they strike between emotional content and proper mystery solving is the best i've ever seen, and you can tell the writers put a lot of effort and care into making each character their own individual rather than a big bag of tropes
  • Feb 05, 2015
    This show encompasses the best features of a great detective show. The crimes are out there, but are so complex and brilliant. When watching, I honestly believe that I am learning how to be a detective as well. Those who criticize the show by comparing it to "Sherlock" are being way too critical. I love both shows, and even though they centre around the same character, they bring in their own flair.
  • Feb 05, 2015
    House Withdrawal (17 May 2013) A testy, emotionally detached, contentious, problem-solving genius, analytical to a fault, and hampered with substance abuse issues. Could Elementary be a House alternative? I keep tuning into this show hoping it will work out all its bugs but watching it always turns out to be a frustrating experience. This Sherlock Holmes is no Dr. House. I can tolerate the fact that he's not as compelling, admirably eccentric, or as easy to sympathize with. That there's a dour, dingy atmosphere that permeates the entire production (seriously, can't someone clean a window in his home?). That the chemistry between Sherlock and his female Watson is unsettling yet absent of any absorbing tension. (Remember the enticing sexual tension between Gregory House and Alison Cameron the first few seasons of House M.D.? Well there's nothing even remotely like it here.) The real problem I have with this show is with the writing. Specifically, the preposterous deductions and improbable likelihood of Sherlock's reasoning. House M.D. took on some far-fetched and puzzling medical conditions but they were always on the imaginable side of reality. Each episode of Elementary sets up a complex and ambitious plotting that is never air-tight and simply disregards the leaks, hoping, I guess, that the audience isn't paying that much attention anyway. The final episodes with Irene "Moriarty" Adler, for example, blows enormous holes in the entire narrative. This time the defective mouse-trap is pieced together by Adler (played wonderfully by Natalie Dormer) who conspires to get rich by preventing Macedonia from joining the EU by having a diplomat killed by a guy named Narwhal by kidnapping Narwhal's daughter. Yet Adler already employs the diplomat's fraudulent bodyguard. She could have him efficiently killed at any time without all the extravagant and redundant third-party schemes. This isn't just a small gap in the structural soundness of the script that can be easily overlooked. How can an audience appreciate a series founded on the legendary detective and crime-story archetypes when the contemporary treatment is slight and undeveloped, and the stories are all bloated and ragged, fishy and far-fetched? But you know, I'll keep watching it, hoping someday it will mature into something a little more House-worthy. Hint: Try writing backwards. Update: I stopped watching halfway through the 2nd season premiere. No one on this show, least of all the prickly, arrogant genius himself, looks like they're having any fun. Case closed.

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