Sherlock: Season 1 Reviews

March 30, 2021
Its compelling take on the titular character, with a star-making performance by Benedict Cumberbatch, will feel reminiscent of the modern-day, rocambolesque capers of Assane.
April 8, 2019
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.
April 5, 2019
The expert sleuthing remains, but everything else about this three-part series has been stylishly updated to produce a fun, smart and entertaining drama.
April 4, 2019
Sherlock demonstrates, bringing Holmes and Watson into the 21st century ought to have been, well, elementary.
April 4, 2019
Although the Sherlock plots can't beat Conan Doyle's works (and whose could?), they are impressive, inventive, baffling, exciting, and engrossing.
April 4, 2019
Arthur Conan Doyle's classic series has been retold countless times, so it's impressive that this latest version actually feels fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 26, 2018
Life with Holmes allows Watson to reexperience some of the exhilaration of battle. Their deepening friendship is beautifully delineated.
September 10, 2018
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.
July 18, 2018
It's shaping up to be one of the TV drama events of the year.
May 15, 2018
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.
February 17, 2017
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.
March 28, 2014
This irrepressibly ingenious show had me enraptured from the get-go.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 24, 2010
The appeal is elementary: good, unpretentious fun.
October 24, 2010
The writers have done a splendid job of keeping the audience off-balance while weaving in elements of the Holmes mythology.
October 24, 2010
"Sherlock" is the rare classic drama that not only survives being dressed up with a new suit, but looks darn good in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 24, 2010
This series does what you'd want a modern-day Sherlock Holmes series to do: It acknowledges that he would use technology to assist him in his prodigious feats of deduction, yet it stays true to the characters that Arthur Conan Doyle created.
October 24, 2010
This is superior sleuth TV.
October 24, 2010
The smart dialogue and warm performances - even Holmes has a discernible beating heart, or perhaps two - keep ice from forming on the production.
October 24, 2010
the reinvention is so smart and funny and thrilling that I hope we get another, longer season before too long
October 24, 2010
Should you bookmark it now on your DVR? The answer, my dear reader and viewer, is elementary.