Sherlock: Season 1 (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Smart, unpredictable, and terrifically written, Sherlock puts a contemporary spin on the legendary detective, thanks in part to a commanding lead performance from Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2010
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Air date: Oct 31, 2010
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Air date: Nov 7, 2010

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous creation is given an altogether naughties twist in Sherlock. Martin Freeman (The Office) stars as John Watson, a wounded veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Back home in London friendless and alone, Watson's path soon crosses with that of brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch -- Four Lions), and adventure and mystery soon follow...

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Critic Reviews for Sherlock Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (10)

All right, the dangling ending was corny, Moriarty unveiled was just silly and I could do without the nudge-nudge hints of gay goings-on, but Gatiss's finale was spectacular, and he makes a horribly creepy Mycroft to boot.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Sherlock worked because it was having fun. It also let down the po-faced pretence that the suffocating abundance of TV detective shows often labour under: that the detective actually cares about the victims.

Feb 17, 2017 | Full Review…

This irrepressibly ingenious show had me enraptured from the get-go.

Mar 28, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A strange, fascinating, and sometimes brilliant contemporary take on the father of forensic crime-solving.

Oct 24, 2010 | Full Review…

"Sherlock" is the rare classic drama that not only survives being dressed up with a new suit, but looks darn good in it.

Oct 24, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Quite a remarkable feat here - they've created something unique and pleasurable where so many have trod before.

Oct 24, 2010 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Life with Holmes allows Watson to reexperience some of the exhilaration of battle. Their deepening friendship is beautifully delineated.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It's shaping up to be one of the TV drama events of the year.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Even if you're not familiar with the old Sherlock Holmes adventures, you'll love this new Sherlock series. If you are familiar with them, chances are you'll love this new Sherlock even more.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The change is less disquieting than you might think, as Holmes and Watson have always been thoroughly modern men.

Oct 24, 2010 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sherlock: Season 1

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A modern adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes stories with a twist. It was clever and witty. Plenty of surprises thanks to the incredible writing and terrific acting.

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ChrisB

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May be the best TV series out there, and not showing any signs of a drop-off. I guess we'll find out in 2016

JeffL

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What I love about Sherlock is how it's so smartly written and how perfect it is in most areas. Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch have a natural chemistry which shines throughout the episodes as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are shown to be more like brothers than just two friends solving murder cases for Lestrade. Freeman has an smarter-than-average everyman nature which befits John Watson spectacularly well while Cumberbatch's portrayal of Sherlock is proof that he is likely the best actor of his generation to come out of England, portraying Sherlock perfectly as a "high-functioning sociopath" while still retaining a human side which shines through in certain moments of need. I was skeptical when I first heard of Sherlock. I wasn't the biggest fan (more of a casual observer) of the Robert Downey Jr. adaption, and the thought of it being a modernized adaption set in modern day London gave me an uneasy feeling. In many cases it could have been a bigger disaster than Chernobyl, but it succeeds due to the modernity suiting Sherlock in ways many didn't expect it to. Although the season is only three episodes in length (albeit 1 hour and 30 minute episodes if that), the series is firmly established throughout season one in a way most shows take two seasons to do. We go from John and Sherlock having their first encounter and solving the Study in Pink to confronting Jim Moriarty played to absolute perfection by Andrew Scott while writer and actor Mark Gatiss' portrayal of Mycroft Holmes allows the show to exploit an adult sibling rivalry which is both humorous and reminiscent of a far more intelligent version of the Gallagher brother's rivalry in the 90s, only without Sherlock or Mycroft getting thrown off ferries or acting like football hooligans. The series in itself is a splendid masterpiece which will likely go down in television history as one of the best series' of all time in terms of quality and in the many fields which go into a production such as this. It's impeccably smart but also hooks the viewer from the get-go. It has the highest possible recommendation I can possibly give it.

Kal X.A

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