Elementary: Season 5 (2016 - 2017)


Season 5
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Air date: Oct 2, 2016

Season 5 begins with Holmes and Watson joining the NYPD manhunt for a serial bomber who is active again after being dormant for six years. During the investigation, Watson seeks help from a former criminal, Shinwell Johnson, whose life she saved when she was a surgeon.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2016

When the leader of a local street gang abducts Holmes to compel him to find the person responsible for a hit on his men, Holmes and Watson get caught in the middle of an international hunt to recover a centuries old, priceless artifact. Also, Watson debates whether a personal favor Shinwell asks of her is outside her comfort zone. -- (C) CBS

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Air date: Oct 23, 2016

Holmes learns a secret about Captain Gregson's girlfriend when she hires him for a case she wants kept off of Gregson's radar. Also, Holmes and Watson join the NYPD's search for an abducted woman. -- (C) CBS

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Air date: Oct 30, 2016

Holmes and Watson are drawn into the world of asteroid research when they investigate a financial analyst's murder. Meanwhile, Gregson lobbies to have Sherlock and Joan included when his unit is selected to receive a city commendation for its exemplary work.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2016

Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a man who led a secret life as a vigilante. The victim outed sexual predators on dating sites and publicly shamed them. Meanwhile, Sherlock disagrees with Joan's plan to help Shinwell when his criminal record prevents him from getting a full-time job.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2016

Holmes and Watson investigate a mass murder when a chef and his patrons are poisoned after dining on a tasting menu tainted with snake venom. Meanwhile, Bell's crush on a work colleague makes Sherlock realize his relationship with Fiona is at an important crossroads.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2016

Holmes and Watson search for two murderers after a base jumper is shot out of the sky by one killer and has his parachute sabotaged by another. Meanwhile, Joan takes drastic measures to ensure that Shinwell isn't drawn back into a life of crime after her sister sees him with a member of his old gang.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2016

Joan worries Sherlock's sobriety is at risk when she learns he has been lying to her about attending recovery meetings. Meanwhile, the sleuths discover a man's death that was caused by ingesting poisoned sausage is connected to a lab working on a breakthrough in the artificial meat industry.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2016

Shinwell is framed for a gang killing, and Holmes and Watson have just three days to find the real murderer before he is arrested and sent back to jail.

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Air date: Dec 18, 2016

Watson is implicated in a DEA investigation into doctors writing illegal prescriptions. She and Holmes then search for the person who is using her medical license to sell drugs.

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This modern update of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic series of stories follows Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) through the streets of New York City as they investigate mysterious incidents and confront adversaries old and new. Season 5 finds Holmes and Watson enlisting help from an unlikely source, Holmes' father Morland (John Noble), in order to crack down on the activities of a shadowy global crime syndicate. Also starring Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill.

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Critic Reviews for Elementary Season 5

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

As someone who spent three seasons writing about the show here at The A.V. Club, it was nice to see the show able to take a deserved victory lap.

Dec 15, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Give Elementary a go. Dip in and out. Revel in the workaday mundanity of it. Swoon at the actual crime-solving he does.

Dec 15, 2017 | Full Review…

For the first time in a while, the show seems to understand the depth of its emotional debt; it's pulled in so much old hurt for these fights that there's no easy solution.

Oct 11, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A departure from many other long-running crime procedurals, Elementary deliberately avoids tired tropes.

Aug 1, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The intrigue grows.

Dec 15, 2017 | Full Review…

After several complicated seasons, the show seems to have streamlined things considerably this season, perhaps responding to some peoples' frustrations with how complex things had gotten in recent years.

Oct 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Elementary: Season 5

  • Jul 14, 2017
    Holmes and Watson continue their crime solving partnership into a fifth season of Elementary. This season Holmes and Watson take on a new protégée, Shinwell Johnson, who they train to go undercover as an informant to take down his former gang. Additionally, Detective Marcus Bell has a romance with a DA and Holmes is preyed upon by a dangerous stalker. The cases-of-the-week have a fair amount of mystery and intrigue to them (some more than others), and tackle a number of topical issues. Also, several interesting guest stars are featured, including Castle's Jon Huertas, William Ragsdale, Christine Taylor, and Meat Loaf. Season 5 of Elementary is less ambitious and a bit of a comedown from the last few seasons, but it's still a pretty solid and enjoyable to watch.
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  • Sep 01, 2020
    I am not a fan of this season. They tend to build out a supporting actor in each season (i.e., Microft, Kity, Marlon, etc.) yet this season fails to build out Shinwell"s storyline or setting/world. I also think they could have done more when it came to building put Kitty's background
  • Apr 25, 2018
    THE SERIES FOR ITSELF IS VERY GOOD, BUT I BELIVE THIS IS THE BEST SEASON YET. IT'S PRETTY FASCINATING AND EXCITING TO SEE THE CRIMES THEY SOLVE. THE ONLY THING I DO NOT LIKE IS THE CHARACTER OF NELSAN ELLIS CALLED SHINWELL JOHNSON. HE JUST ISN’T VERY SYMPATHIC AND HE SEEMS KIND OF DUMB. JUST LIKE A CHILD HE ALWAYS DOES THE THINGS HE WAS TOLD NOT TO DO AND HE NEVER LISTENS TO THE OTHER PERSONS AND ALSO HE DOESN’T TAKE HELP, EVEN IF IT’S OFFERED TO HIM ALL THE TIME. ITS KIND OF SAD, THAT WE DON'T SEE SHERLOCKS FATHER MORLAND AGAIN, BUT THAT’S JUST SOMETHING THE WRITERS DECIDED AND MAYBE WE WILL HEAR FROM HIM AGAIN IN SEASON 6. I ALSO LIKE, THAT KITTY IS BACK FOR ANOTHER ADVENTURE, AND THE ENDING OF THE SEASON IS JUST THRILLING.
  • Jul 29, 2017
    It's becoming increasingly clear that the show's writers are uncomfortable and unwilling to address the existence of systemic racism, instead focusing on 'black-on-black' violence, or the few "bad apples" in the justice system (who generally happen to be black characters). The pro-police vibe of the show is incredibly tone deaf considering the recent problems with anti-black violence within the NYPD. No institution should be above social critique, but with each season the Elementary writers' biases become more obvious.
  • Mar 12, 2017
    Until now each season has only improved but this season seems to not live up to the first 4 seasons. I still wouldn't miss watching it each week but its not quite as crisp as the earlier seasons.
  • Oct 30, 2016
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  • Jun 11, 2016
    Like the twists they put into the characters from the book. It shows ingenuity. I normally prefer British mystery but in this case I like this show better than the British "Sherlock."

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