Sherlock: Season 1 (2010)


Season 1

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 27


Audience Score

User Ratings: 2738
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Air date: Oct 24, 2010
Air date: Oct 31, 2010
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 (27) | Top Critics (11)

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

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Sherlock: Season 1

  • Sep 12, 2019
    Only watched 1 season, alright
  • Sep 11, 2019
    It's like the best show ever!
  • Aug 27, 2019
    I like how the show's premise is that Sherlock is an asshole, and how it's about Sherlock becoming less of an asshole.
  • Aug 18, 2019
    Interesting and a great jumping on point for people interested in Sherlock Holmes. 97%
  • Aug 04, 2019
    I love benedict cumberbatch, (he's also amazing in the movie imitation game) I watched the episodes a thousand time.
  • Jul 25, 2019
    Fun, exciting and a brilliant spin on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective. A fantastic opening series with 3 great episodes, filled with Tension and rewatch value, amazing chemistry between the Socially Awkward but brilliant Sherlock Holmes and the Kind and Empathetic John Watson
  • Jul 23, 2019
    Its all okay until you reach the last 5 min. of the finale...
  • Jul 11, 2019
    Still the best season of Sherlock, absolutely loved it
  • Jun 11, 2019
    Every hour-long episode will leave you trying to keep up with Sherlock's intellect. You feel challenged to piece together clues.
  • May 30, 2019
    One of the best shows I've seen. It followed the books while adding a twist and also perfectly cast Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freemen in the lead roles.

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