Sherlock: Season 3 (2013 - 2014)


Season 3

Critics Consensus

Honoring the Holmes brand, Sherlock is splendidly acted and still pleases fans who are thirsty for stimulating, intelligently written story arcs.



Critic Ratings: 40


Audience Score

User Ratings: 3296
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Air date: May 29, 2014
Air date: Jun 8, 2014
Air date: Feb 2, 2014

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In the beginning of series 3, John, Lestrade and those close to Sherlock are reeling after Sherlock's apparent death and are trying to get on with their lives. After his return, Mycroft looks for Sherlock's help with finding a terror cell.


Benedict Cumberbatch
as Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman
as Dr. John Watson
Rupert Graves
as Detective Inspector Lestrade
Una Stubbs
as Mrs. Hudson
Vinette Robinson
as Sgt. Sally Donovan
Andrew Scott
as Jim Moriarty
Lars Mikkelsen
as Charles Augustus Magnussen
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Critic Reviews for Sherlock Season 3

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (20)

The Empty Hearse, which witnessed the return of Sherlock Holmes to the world of the living, was an exercise in fan service, but that's not entirely a bad thing.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have created something of unusual brilliance ... The best hour and a half of television so far this year.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Empty Hearse, with its heady revelations and the promise of future mayhem via a new nemesis for Sherlock and John, manages to create an aura of mystery and potential that is quite intoxicating.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

As is often the case with Sherlock, the best bits are less about plot and more about people.

Jan 22, 2014 | Full Review…

The third season is looser, funnier, more emotional and also significantly less logical than what has come before.

Jan 17, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Happily, though it's not the series' strongest script, the two fine actors can still extract every nuance from it.

Jan 17, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

While it may seem like he's in control of every situation and everyone in it, Sherlock Holmes still manages to learn a few valuable life lessons.

May 30, 2019 | Full Review…

If you're a fan of the show you will love this episode, but if you're curious about the hype this is not the place to start.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

The beating heart of this series is still the fantastic chemistry between Holmes and Watson, and the scene where Holmes reveals himself to Watson, disguised as a waiter in a French restaurant, expecting a hug and getting a headbutt, is pure genius.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Big reveals, heartbreaking reunions and the kiss that launched a thousand fanfics: the BBC's "Sherlock made its return, and everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sherlock: Season 3

  • Sep 11, 2019
    It's really best show!
  • Jul 11, 2019
    Sherlock is still amazing but this season is a bit weaker than the previous 2.
  • May 30, 2019
    Sherlock's third season brings in even more terrifying enemies, though the mystery side of things can sometimes have a broken pace.
  • Apr 11, 2019
    what you cant imagine happens
  • Dec 28, 2018
    It's still fun. It has lots of the old Sherlock for you to still love, and yet not as much mystery for the detective to solve. It's the first season of Sherlock i would say isn't a MUST watch, though, if you're a Sherlock fan, you'll still adore this season.
  • Dec 21, 2018
    I believe that The Empty Hearse is one of the weakest episodes in the series, and I don't think this season is as consistant and complex as the other 2 are. But still, everything that you love from the other seasons is back here.
  • Dec 14, 2018
    Best show ever. Damn all of it was so unpredictable and you really had to get into it to understand. The first episode was beautiful, every detail, everything. And then the whole plot twists and everything, awesome.
  • Aug 03, 2018
    He's back! He's not dead and he's ready to solve crimes. What more could you ask for?
  • Apr 22, 2018
    e01 3.5 e02 4.0 e03 3.5 (1 viewing)
  • Apr 22, 2018
    By and large, this is my least favorite season. There are moments, sure...what decent show doesn't have those? The writing here loses the magic that was prominent for the first 6 episodes, and the introduction of too much personal drama and too many extra characters detracts from what made the wit and pace of the show so fascinating in the first place. Top it off with an entirely underwhelming "final boss", obviously no Moriarty, and an absurd ending, a sitcom, returns to the status quo with some bureaucratic flicks of the wrist, leaves an unsatisfying taste in the mouth. While I've watched the rest of the series more times than I'm comfortable admitting, this season sits somewhere between 2 and 3 viewings, which is sad and pathetic in perspective.

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