Sherlock: Season 4 (2017)



Critic Consensus: Sherlock makes a welcome and shocking return, and Cumberbatch and Freeman are game, but it may prove difficult to live up to the lofty expectations created by the series' lengthy hiatus.


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Air date: Jan 1, 2017
Air date: Jan 8, 2017
Air date: Jan 15, 2017

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Benedict Cumberbatch
as Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman
as Dr. John Watson
Rupert Graves
as Detective Inspector Lestrade
Una Stubbs
as Mrs. Hudson
Andrew Scott
as Jim Moriarty
Vinette Robinson
as Sgt. Sally Donovan
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Critic Reviews for Sherlock Season 4

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6)

The stories were plodding, melodramatic garbage and the episodes weren't even well made.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Instead of truly reckoning with those emotional crises, the Sherlock season four finale is riddled with improbable showiness, melodramatic conclusions, and logic-defying puzzling turning points.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The show makes something of a thesis statement. It would've been interesting for Sherlock to explore this idea more, or to do something with its modern setting other than show what Sherlock Holmes looked like solving mysteries in it.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

This season of Sherlock was a rollercoaster of emotions. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Not many shows can handle such swift and complete shifts in tone as this, but Sherlock makes them look positively elementary.

Feb 13, 2018 | Full Review…

How great to see Jones let rip after so many down-at-heel roles; even his toothy leer, which reminded me of Alec Guinness's in The Ladykillers, felt award-worthy.

Dec 27, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

So. Sherlock season four started off with a bang, didn't it?

Jan 3, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Sherlock selects plot elements and incidental details from the original stories and mixes and mashes them together, adding new ingredients to taste.

Jan 3, 2017 | Full Review…

In the meantime, watching Sherlock is like dropping in on old friends who are as smart and sarcastic as ever but don't seem to have as much joy in their lives anymore.

Jan 3, 2017 | Full Review…

It's kind of a mess. And it really only justifies the impending narrative for the rest of season four - in which John will push Sherlock away as Sherlock awkwardly tries to help him recover - if you ultimately think their relationship is worth salvaging.

Jan 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sherlock: Season 4


The momentum was lost and the screenwriter seemed to have lost track of what captivated the viewers in the first place. The episodes are all over the place with no clear connections, it was an understandable disappointment.


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