Sherlock: Season 1 (2010)


Season 1
Sherlock

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 28

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Air date: Oct 24, 2010

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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Air date: Oct 31, 2010

Sherlock and Watson investigate strange ciphers that, once seen, are responsible for a person's death within hours.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2010

Season 1 ends with Sherlock trying to save the lives of people taken hostage by a deranged bomber. To prevent their deaths, Holmes must solve puzzles posed in a series of phone messages.

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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 (28) | Top Critics (15)

Sherlock demonstrates, bringing Holmes and Watson into the 21st century ought to have been, well, elementary.

Apr 4, 2019 | 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…

Quite a remarkable feat here - they've created something unique and pleasurable where so many have trod before.

Oct 24, 2010 | Rating: A | 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…

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.

Mar 30, 2021 | 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…

Life with Holmes allows Watson to reexperience some of the exhilaration of battle. Their deepening friendship is beautifully delineated.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sherlock: Season 1

  • Feb 22, 2021
    Super fun. Witty and good.
  • Feb 22, 2021
    Best show ever, one of my favorites, it's a mystery masterpiece.
  • Feb 22, 2021
    Muito bom, deu um início incrível para uma série incrível.
  • Jan 21, 2021
    I like the idea of a modern Sherlock Holmes and enjoyed following the steps of the duo while solving difficult crime cases.
  • Jan 15, 2021
    Sherlock Season 1 is Master Class television, purely for the thinkers in the audience. It throws story at you demanding you pay attention but also lays out all of the necessary details in a very cohesive and clear way, so if you end up lost, it's simply because you tuned out for a brief moment. It's only 3 stories and these are of varying quality, but when the weakest entry, 'The Blind Banker', is still sharper and more complex than most other shows, then you know you have something pretty special. The show opens up with 'A Study in Pink', Moffat's contribution, which feels much like Moffat's Doctor Who story 'The 11th Hour' in that, upon first glance, it's quirky, fun and appears to be somewhat straightforward, but once you actually take a deeper look, you'll see that it actually contains a complexly woven tapestry that operates in such a perfect cohesion that it almost doesn't register -- It's very much of the "You don't know it's there until it's NOT there" type of material, and it's pretty excellent, albeit that the story really just acts as a diving board for the series to properly start. The second story, 'The Blind Banker', suffers from inconsistent stakes, some plot contrivances and the weakest production values of the trilogy (this one being directed by a different individual) - However, it does feature a number of interesting facets and how/why everything in the puzzle-box is taking place is actually very engaging, if you can forgive the rather shallow ending. The third chapter, 'The Great Game', is where the show seriously moves into greatness, as it's not only a good mystery on its own, but it involves an enemy that sets up many smaller mysteries, each one an engaging story, for Sherlock to solve. It's like a combination of Central Narrative and Anthology episode at the same time, and despite some notable pacing issues in the latter half, it works brilliantly; this is further bolstered by some excellent Sherlock/Watson character building and a final scene, involving the introduction of the Series' villain, that is outright SCARY. This character has been done many times and other iterations, such as the Guy Richie films, have tried to make him an standard 'evil' character, this version is small, has a high-pitched voice and mildly energetic mannerisms, but he is actually more imposing that any other I have seen, with one line that he says (in response to "People have died!") turning him into a legitimately bone-chilling enemy, one that appears to just be manic and destructive, but has a worldview that allows him to commit true atrocities. This scene is one of my favorite scenes in all of Television, and ends on a Cliffhanger that I had to wait 2 full years to see how it turned out. When a show's entire season is 270 minutes long and you leave your audience desperate to continue, you know that it's brilliant.
  • Jan 08, 2021
    Beautiful, lovely, enjoyable. Fantastic characterization Fascinating puzzles Thanks for this beautiful series
  • Dec 22, 2020
    Compelling. Freeman and Cumberbatch shine and their chemistry is electrifying. The writing is sharp, the direction is tight and the stories are unashamedly preposterous but logical.
  • Dec 08, 2020
    I didn't expect it, but this went on to be the best film/TV installation of Sherlock Holmes in history.
  • Oct 02, 2020
    A strange, fascinating, and sometimes brilliant contemporary take on the father of forensic crime-solving.
  • Oct 02, 2020
    Brilliant, well written and watchable, the chemistry between Benedict and Martin is so perfect.

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