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  • Summary: Part of PBS's Masterpiece Mystery, the three Sherlock Holmes stories set in modern-day London were created and written by Stephen Moffatt and Mark Gatiss. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman play the detective and Dr. John Watson.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
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  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Oct 22, 2010
    100
    Tremendously clever fun, Masterpiece Mystery! presents the first of three modernizations of the Sherlock Holmes tales.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 22, 2010
    100
    The result is a sharp, funny, clever series that remains faithful to the spirit of Doyle's stories while infusing them with a vibrant spirit of modernity.
  3. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Oct 22, 2010
    90
    The stories are complex and contemporary, with references to a remembered past. But it's easy to forget the past--the present Sherlock, droll yet naive, is so wonderfully weird.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 21, 2010
    80
    The appeal is elementary: good, unpretentious fun, something that's in short supply around here.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 24, 2010
    80
    It is cinematic in the sense that nothing in it looks quite real. But it works: This is not the London known as jolly and old, but the new chilly city of glass, a place of missed connections, of aliens and alienation. And the smart dialogue and warm performances--even Holmes has a discernible beating heart, or perhaps two--keep ice from forming on the production.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 22, 2010
    80
    A viewer who knew nothing of the earlier incarnations could come to this one and find it immediately engaging, like a good modern police buddy-team drama.
  7. Reviewed by: Rachel Michaels
    Oct 24, 2010
    70
    The major flaw of "The Great Game" is not allowing Sherlock and Watson to work enough as a team. This flaw makes clearer what the other episodes do well, which is to emphasize the most interesting and important aspect of the original stories, Holmes and Watson's complicated and entertaining relationship.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 165
  1. Aug 29, 2010
    10
    UTTERLY intriguing, excellent dialogue. plots: They are elaborate, yet, totally spectacular. Sherlock will compel you to the edge of your seatUTTERLY intriguing, excellent dialogue. plots: They are elaborate, yet, totally spectacular. Sherlock will compel you to the edge of your seat and captivate you with this twenty-first century adaptation. Benedict does a good job as Sherlock Holmes . Expand
  2. Jan 28, 2015
    10
    A brilliant tv show , astonishing actors , amazing plot. I hated the thought of a modern re-make of Sherlock Holmes but BBC came and proved meA brilliant tv show , astonishing actors , amazing plot. I hated the thought of a modern re-make of Sherlock Holmes but BBC came and proved me wrong. This show had me hooked since episode 1 up until the finale of season 3. Even the filler episodes were great except one ( EP02SE02 ) but even that one was interesting. The plot and the character development add up with the enchanting British accent and culture to produce a must-watch tv show that entertains everyone who watches it. Expand
  3. Ido
    Sep 6, 2011
    10
    "Sherlock" is an excellent series. As the series progresses, it gets better, until the amazing climax at the end of this episode.
    the director
    "Sherlock" is an excellent series. As the series progresses, it gets better, until the amazing climax at the end of this episode.
    the director has done a great job, he hasn't used too much effects, and instead he has used some amazing editing things like camera movement, unusual camera angles and very nice focus games. All these effects did the series, and this episode especially, so good.
    I want to point out that the music was amazing, too.
    the cast did their job on the best side. Cumberbatch gave us an excellent role, which I liked it more than Downey Junior's Sherlock Holmes.
    I hope that Cumberbatch will do the transition from TV to the big screen.
    The third episode's plot was very good, the director keep us suspense until the last minutes, with the amazing finish. What can I say? please give us more episodes, and not just 3 more. Elementary, my dear Watson.
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  4. Dec 5, 2017
    10
    Sherlock is a AMAZING show. It has intense action and mind bending problems that you can solve right beside Sherlock Holmes and Dr. WatsonSherlock is a AMAZING show. It has intense action and mind bending problems that you can solve right beside Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson through the streets of modern London. Sherlock is a brilliant private detective who help the poor and rich alike to help them with their problems. His assistant, Dr. Watson, helps him solve problems even though his leg was injured in the Afghan war and has to walk around with a cane. This show is a NEED TO WATCH. The time you spend watching this show will not be a waste. I would recommend this show for teen boys and girls up. Expand
  5. Jan 10, 2014
    9
    I never thought I would say that a three-episode TV season would be the greatest bargain I've ever received. Sherlock is an unbelievableI never thought I would say that a three-episode TV season would be the greatest bargain I've ever received. Sherlock is an unbelievable experience, taking every recent iteration of the iconic sleuth and overshadowing each one with its witty dialogue and incredible lead acting. Cumberbatch, who flawlessly portrays the lovably heartless sociopath, and Freeman, the humane war veteran Watson, come together as one of the best on-screen duos quite possibly in any medium. Their banter both in and outside the crime scenes, ranging from deductions to social conflicts, give the series an unquenchable spirit that keeps the audience begging for more. The mysteries are also cleverly adapted from the source material, taking Doyle's masterpieces and reinventing them with a modern twist that adds a sense of relevance to the episodes. Even the supporting cast is memorable, featuring performances that make me seriously rethink my opinions of the Robert Downey films. Lestrade is not a bumbling idiot but a useful ally. Mrs. Hudson isn't an irritable landlady, but a sweet, naive mother figure. Everything feels better and allows me to invest in the story even more.
    In short, it says a lot about a series to produce three episodes a season. They need to uphold a strong level of quality to make up for the lack of content they provide. However, Sherlock needn't worry about all this. The characters, mysteries, and dialogue not only come together like cogs in a machine, perfectly working off one another to produce an exceptional final product, but also go above and beyond the source material with a modern spin that truly shines. It is my sincere hope that Sherlock lasts forever, because its undeniable charm has forever been implanted into my mind, taking root and, like a good mystery, will never escape until the case is closed.
    Elementary.

    9.5/10
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  6. Feb 8, 2017
    9
    Sherlock is a fantastic show with fantastic characters portrayed by fantastic actors, specifically the main actors Benedict Cumberbatch andSherlock is a fantastic show with fantastic characters portrayed by fantastic actors, specifically the main actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman who work perfectly together! And the best part of the show is that it's not just a mystery for the characters, but even more for the viewers, as the show is very unpredictable and interesting in the cleverest way possible. Tremendous fun! Expand
  7. Jan 10, 2017
    0
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous series turns to the screens in the new BBC One drama Sherlock. In the first episode of the series, “ASir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous series turns to the screens in the new BBC One drama Sherlock. In the first episode of the series, “A Study in Pink” the big mystery is whether the string of suicides are actually murders or not. The series opener begins Watson being introduced to Holmes, and becoming flatmates. The show starts off slow, but picks up when the lady in pink is found dead. Watson and Holmes work together to solve the mystery of the ‘unrelated’ deaths that keep occurring. The show was developed and written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the lead roles.
    The show being set in modern times, doesn't take away from what Conan wanted. The episode takes off when Holmes begins singing and dancing, after he finds out the fourth suicide left a note. Holmes brings Watson along because he knows of Watson’s past military service. This is the first time we see Watson and Holmes work together. The two are brought together by a mutual friend and soon become friends themselves. Watson is taken, and meets a strange man, who calls himself Sherlock’s archenemy. Holmes and Watson begin working together to solve the strange series of deaths, that look like suicides. Sherlock and Watson are at the last crime scene, which is a lady dressed in pink. Sherlock’s deductions help lead him to the killer. Sherlock comes face to face with the serial killer, who is determined to murder Sherlock.
    The first episode of Sherlock was intriguing from the moment we met Sherlock. The shows atmosphere and plot line, were very similar to how Conan originally wrote it. The show itself had a slow start, but soon picked up when another suicide occurred. Sherlock’s deduction of people, really helped move the show along. The show had a lot of great moments, and some strange ones too, like Watson meeting an unidentified man who referred to himself as Sherlock’s Archenemy. The modernization of the show was a hit. There’s even a minor character who never gets off of her phone, and Watson has a blog and Sherlock has a website. The show really comes together as a whole and the characters really adjust to the 21st century. The only negative is Watson returning from Afghanistan, and becoming roommates with a consulting detective, whom he barely knows. The show was definitely a success though, Cumberbatch as Sherlock was a great choice. He suits the role, and plays a believable modern Holmes. Freeman who plays Watson, underplays Holmes brilliance, and gives the show some balance between a brilliant detective and an Army doctor. Sherlock has all the characteristics of a good detective story. Significant crime, brilliant detective, worthy opponent, characters are introduced at the beginning, all the clues were given to us, and the solution was logical. The show Sherlock does a good job of incorporating these characteristics and keeping the watcher entertained.
    The first episode had a lot of good parts, and overall was pretty good. The only negative is how Sherlock met Holmes and began solving crimes together. It was rushed, and they barely knew each other and became flatmates the day after they met. Overall the show was well written, and something to watch. The series is definitely something to recommend to others, especially those who like mystery and crime shows. It was very entertaining and it played along with Conan’s stories very well. The show would get a 9.5/10, because of how the two met, and the slow beginning.
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