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
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

  • 6h ago
    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.
  • May 26, 2019
    Sherlock's first season throws a classic hero into modern settings with amazing results.
  • May 14, 2019
    Sherlock is full of whit. Few shows are capable of providing a re-watchability effect as clever and fun as Sherlock. This is my all time favourite series! The chemistry between Martin and Benedict brings me joy.
  • Apr 17, 2019
    Highly amusing, these characters bring a specific intriguing personality all to each's own. With different takes on Arthur Conan Doyle's infamous characters, this is a must see British tv show. The reality of sociopaths not as monsters, but simply those who think and feel in very different ways, is portrayed well. And young Moriarty brings a flamboyant additive as the villain countering him.
  • Apr 04, 2019
    Really wanted to hate this (you know, the "how dare they" kind of stuff), but the writing, the acting, the music, the direction - all top-notch. And yes, they're repackaging CD stories, but so does everybody else. (And why not? They're great, all these years later.) Well worth your time.
  • Mar 05, 2019
    THIS is the moment when I fell in love with Benedict. AMAZING portrayal of Sherlock. It kept me hooked!!! Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock is perfect and Freeman as Watson is the icing on the cake
  • Feb 05, 2019
    Brilliant show and incredibly impressive to take a very known entity and re-invent it in a way that is completely fresh and compelling. Martin Freeman is great as Watson - and Benedict Cumberbatch is so good, you believe he actually is Sherlock Holmes - that he walks around thinking and talking like that in real life. He just so embodies the character that the actor just fades away into him. Great writing, great acting - just wish there were more episodes in a season because I am addicted. Andrew Scott really chewed all the scenery as Moriarty - what a fantastic introduction of the central villain in the series.

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