Sherlock: Season 1 (2010)


Season 1

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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.



Critic Ratings: 27


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Air date: Oct 24, 2010

Contemporary crime drama, based on the novels by Arthur Conan Doyle. A war hero, invalided home from Afghanistan, meets a strange but charismatic genius who is looking for a flatmate; it is London, 2010, and Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes are meeting for the first time. A string of impossible suicides has Scotland Yard baffled - and only one man can help.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2010

Sherlock and Watson investigate strange ciphers that, once seen, are responsible for a person's death within hours.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2010

Season 1 ends with Sherlock trying to save the lives of people taken hostage by a deranged bomber. To prevent their deaths, Holmes must solve puzzles posed in a series of phone messages.

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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 (27) | Top Critics (13)

Sherlock demonstrates, bringing Holmes and Watson into the 21st century ought to have been, well, elementary.

Apr 4, 2019 | 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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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…

The cleverness of the writing, the charm of Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson, the wit of the visuals, the sheer all-encompassing magnificence of it... Everything about it is perfect. Even the score is amazing.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The expert sleuthing remains, but everything else about this three-part series has been stylishly updated to produce a fun, smart and entertaining drama.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Although the Sherlock plots can't beat Conan Doyle's works (and whose could?), they are impressive, inventive, baffling, exciting, and engrossing.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Arthur Conan Doyle's classic series has been retold countless times, so it's impressive that this latest version actually feels fresh.

Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for Sherlock: Season 1

  • Sep 05, 2020
    Recommended to people that like sherlock holmes and want to see something new
  • Jul 02, 2020
    A promising adaptation of Sherlock Holmes to the modern day. The episodes are riveting and easily sustain their running times. A very enjoyable watch, especially for fans of previous TV Sherlock Holmes or Doctor Who.
  • Jun 30, 2020
    Es ist ein perfektes Meisterwerk. It's a perfect masterpiece.
  • Jun 03, 2020
    A brilliant introduction to the characters. A good start with a wonderful mystery. The entertainment in this show is always really high. I think that the weakest episode also deserves 5 Stars. I can't complain.
  • May 11, 2020
    Unique Extraordinary masterpiece!whole season was amazing as hell its an great way to start the adventures of Sherlock right from 1st episode it was Great the music was phenomenal,story was fast-paced loved the brother thing,Moriarty and taxi thing hated 2nd one lotus and gang thing.the investigation and cases were extraordinary and amazing.and God that final episode was surprisingly suspenseful and shocking specially ending with cliff hanger.the whole bomber and side cases were entertaining and clever.Overall amazing start season it was entertaining Unique Masterpiece!
  • May 02, 2020
    A great season of television. The mysteries were intriguing and I loved the Study in Pink. It broke away from the usual Sherlock Holmes story and changed it into a modern story.
  • Apr 16, 2020
    مسلسل من الثمانينات مقتبس عن مجموعة شيرلوك هولمز القصصية لسير آرثر كونان دويل بدون إضافات.
  • Apr 10, 2020
    Brilliant performance, suspenseful, and well written. What else can I ask for for.
  • Apr 07, 2020
    It's pretty good... I would go so far as to say better than Elementary, whose characters are better fleshed out. The formatting is weird - a season is basically like 4 or 5 90 minute short movies, so you never spend enough time with the characters. I would say all the episodes made from 2010-2017 would make up 2 seasons tops for most other shows. The characterizations are pretty solid, it is well acted. The leads are likable. The first couple of seasons are fairly strong and cover familiar Sherlock Holmes mythology. Towards the end, and especially season 4, it just went off and got weird and uncomfortable to watch... I would definitely rate season 4 as the worst season. Less sleuthing and more Twilight Kirsten Stewart drama. ick.
  • Feb 05, 2020
    This is the best show ever!

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