Sherlock : Season 1

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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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Score distribution:
  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 155
  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. Sep 24, 2014
    10
    Almost a perfect 10, acting, music, character development, scenery, action, mystery. I have to give a 11 for writing though, it'sAlmost a perfect 10, acting, music, character development, scenery, action, mystery. I have to give a 11 for writing though, it's brilliant. Each series is 3 episode, for some reason, the 2nd in each is my least favourite but no problem watching them all several times. Expand
  3. Mar 27, 2011
    10
    Wonderfully written, tastefully made! A great combination of fun and action. You wouldn't realize one episode is just as long as a movie, andWonderfully written, tastefully made! A great combination of fun and action. You wouldn't realize one episode is just as long as a movie, and it leaves you begging for more. Watch it! Expand
  4. Jun 5, 2016
    10
    How can you dislike this? This is clearly above average and close to perfect Sherlock Holmes interpretation in modern days. This isHow can you dislike this? This is clearly above average and close to perfect Sherlock Holmes interpretation in modern days. This is masterpiece TV show. I cannot imagine who would rate this yellow or red scores, maybe weird people. But this is very clever, nicely produced TV series. Superior to American movies, I think. 10/10 hands down. no TV series come closer Expand
  5. Jan 29, 2013
    9
    As a 3 episode "season", Sherlock is positively wonderful, displaying the namesake character in a manner that has not been seen before. IAs a 3 episode "season", Sherlock is positively wonderful, displaying the namesake character in a manner that has not been seen before. I thought the first episode was amazing in every way, though I was disappointed with the second episode which I found to not continue the high bar set by the first. I would give the first episode a 10, the second a 8, and the third which was better than the second, a 9. Expand
  6. Jan 11, 2016
    9
    Sherlock’s Studies

    The new series of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective comes to life once again in the TV series of Sherlock.
    Sherlock’s Studies

    The new series of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective comes to life once again in the TV series of Sherlock. Sherlock(Benedict Cumberbatch) a consulting detective and his new flatmate Dr.Watson(Martin Freeman)an ex-military doctor and now blogger. writing about Sherlock and his cases that the two men solve,making themselves instantly famous. This Modern Sherlock has new tools and not the notorious magnifying glass but a mobile phone.His place is still on 221B Baker Street. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss created this new series to bring back the notorious Sherlock to solve modern cases.
    Sherlock and Watson’s first case was a dusey for Waston. Sherlock’s quick decuse on the victim to know what the victim does in everyday life. The case of a woman in pink, this study of this women led to the solving of the string of appeared suicide. The loss of the woman’s mobile phone led Sherlock to the answer of the case. The actual police Scotland Yard interferer and authorize Sherlock to stop getting ahead without them knowing his discoveries.
    The episode of “Study in Pink” is episode that started Sherlock and Watson’s adventures together. At some point they had to find each other. It is almost like the 1986 movie of “The Great Mouse Detective” released by Walt Disney. There is always a villain that has the same Marvelous brain as Sherlock. All the victims took the same poison, The likelyness that'll happen is little to none.
    Watching about 5 more episode of this series, It was a good and a bit of rush and plot twists. If you have read some of Sir Arthur’s stories,you might be able to know how the episode will end.I give this episode e:1 of s:1, a 7 out of 10. The episode was very good. but the show could be shortened a little bit.
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  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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