2010 • PBS
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Season 1 episodes (3)

1 A Study in Pink
A woman in pink lies dead in a derelict house. She is the fourth in a series of seemingly impossible suicides. DI Lestrade is the best Scotland Yard has got, but even he knows that there's only one man who can help. Elsewhere in London, a war hero, invalided home from Afghanistan, meets a strange but charismatic genius who is looking for a flatmate; Dr John Watson and Sherlock Holmes are meeting for the first time.
2 The Blind Banker
A mysterious cipher is being scrawled on the walls around London. The first person to see the cipher is dead within hours of reading it. Sherlock plunges into a world of codes and symbols, consulting with London's best graffiti artists. He soon learns that the city is in the grip a gang of international smugglers, a secret society called the Black Lotus.
3 The Great Game
A strange clue in an empty room, a blood-soaked car, a priceless Old Master, a deranged bomber. With the clock ticking, the curtain rises on a battle of wits between Sherlock, John and the shadowy stranger who seems to know all the answers.

About this show

Sherlock Holmes is updated for a new generation with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role and Martin Freeman as Watson. The combination of Sherlock's intellect and Watson's pragmatism helps them forge an unbreakable alliance as they solve a series of baffling crimes together.
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Ray Scheffler
September 6, 2017
Promising setups that ALWAYS fall apart as an anticlimax. Teases of better stories to come that never develop into anything. Crimes are solved magically with off screen evidence never presented to the viewer. Poor and erratic attempts at character development. Watson is literally useless beyond the first episode, except as a damsel-in-distress that repeatedly needs rescuing. Plus, there's it's senseless misogyny (Irene Adler - the only character in the original stores to ever best Holmes), homophobia (Moriarty) and lazily written views on mental health (forgotten sister and Moriarty are so smart they're murderously insane). This series was NEVER good. The unaired pilot was the only good episode.
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Julie Tuzzolino
September 3, 2018
Wow. .. I'm unable to fully articulate how incredible this was. Artistically as a fictional piece of work it's well written and well played by all of the individuals in their respective roles. The plot is cleverly suspenseful with multiple intriguing, pull-you-in twists and a quick pace (but not so fast that the viewer misses any of the important events which both bring the conclusion to it's climax but also are critical to understanding the ending as well). The story opens door after metaphoric door and left me intellectually stimulated plus psychologically in awe and intrigued by which the human mind is capable. I would HIGHLY recommend this episode of Sherlock, especially if you like to be left with the urge to investigate the subject matter and topics /questions raised while watching. Furthermore, you will never be disappointed in anything under the Masterpiece Theatre umbrella
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Angela Gamblin (WITCHYBOO)
April 27, 2013
but outside of that, this is an extremely engaging, well-written show; (the writers producers are die-hard SH devotees) who have re-crafted the stories and characters, fitting them effortlessly into the twenty-first century -- so much so that I think if Conan-Doyle were to somehow come back and see these he'd be completely happy, as there is no limit to the scientific or psychological exploration that can be truly realized in this updated version . In fact, after having watched BBC's Sherlock, I can no longer be happy seeing the stuffy nineteenth-century Holmes and Watson ever again. I hope Cumberbatch and Freeman (whose chemistry is awesome) continue to grace our screens as the intrepid duo for a long time to come.
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