A Study in Pink

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Critic Consensus: An utterly dynamic and surprisingly intelligent pilot, "A Study in Pink" is a stellar example of how to bring Sherlock Holmes and his Victorian eccentrics into the 21st century.

Episode Info

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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Critic Reviews for A Study in Pink

Sherlock's A Study in Pink isn't just an exceptional pilot, it's an exceptional episode of television. It is a 90-minute masterclass of storytelling and character development, complete with a chilling mystery on top.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

[Benedict] Cumberbatch proves to be a superb choice as Sherlock... His portrayal is both interesting, and very much his own, and he anchors the show extremely well.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The feature length episode expertly combines forwarding the episode plot and building the characters of Holmes, Watson, and those around them.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The reinvention is so smart and funny and thrilling that I hope we get another, longer season before too long.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The episode covers more or less every character and their relationships with one another, introducing visuals and running themes that have been replicated but never quite topped, even to this day.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

As pilots go, this is a storming statement of intent. Establishing the whip-smart style and modern eccentricities of the series from the off, we are given a classic head-scratcher of a murder mystery.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Sherlock is at its best when it stuck close to Sherlock Holmes as human mystery, and it has never been more solely focused on that investigation than in A Study in Pink.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

A Study in Pink manages to be refreshing and create a very different Holmes-Watson dynamic. But most importantly, the villain and central mystery of the episode still holds up in its own right.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The game, dear viewers, is most definitely on.

Feb 17, 2017 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

It's slick, and quick, and yes, compelling. But there's also a sanity about it, a pantomime squeaky-cleanness.

Feb 17, 2017 | Full Review…