Sherlock: a TV show recommendation
5 out of 5 stars.
This. Show. Is. AMAZING.
It is without a doubt the best TV show I’ve seen in ages–the first AND second seasons. Better than Downtown Abbey (YES! I DID JUST SAY THAT!), yet just as well-acted…
Season 1, Episode 1: Wounded in Afghanistan while in the Army, Dr. John Watson returns to contemporary London and through a mutual acquaintance becomes the flatmate at Mrs. Hudson’s house at 221B Baker Street with the brilliant if eccentric private investigator Sherlock Holmes. There have been three identical apparent suicides, and Inspector Lestrade asks for Sherlock’s intervention over the fourth, the suspicious death of Jennifer Wilson. As she lay dying she wrote ‘Rachel’ in the dust and Sherlock deduces that this was not only the name of her stillborn daughter of many years earlier…
Wow–what an introduction to this series. Hilarity, character-chemistry, story twists, and edge-of-the-seat tension–this episode (and the rest in season 1), have it all.
Sherlock is, of course, the highlight of the series. Benedict Cumberbatch is just stunning as this modern-day Sherlock. And Watson–portrayed by Martin Freeman–is the perfect complement to the asshattery that is our main detective.
And honestly, I was worried season 2 could never live up to season 1…BUT I WAS WRONG.
It is somehow even better.
Oh–and did I mention that the stories are all based on the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tales? Because they are, and if you’re an original Sherlock aficionado, then you’ll recognize bits and pieces from those old tales.
So if you enjoy mind-boggling mystery, character cleverness, or laugh-out-loud hilarity, then be sure to check out Sherlock.
You tell me: Have you seen this TV show? Seasons 1 and 2?
February 26, 2012 @ 4:47 pm
YES, I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH! Their chemistry and character dynamics are amazing– and the unintended result of everyone shipping Sherlock and Watson, haha! Steven Moffat will never convince anyone otherwise, even with Irene Adler and Watson’s multiple girlfriends (heck, even they shipped them). So excited for season 3!
… And The Hobbit because they’re both also there (~w~)
February 27, 2012 @ 3:18 pm
I did NOT know Benedict Cumberbatch will be in The Hobbit! EEEK!
And yes, the whole ambiguously gay thing is awesome. I’m not sure I can wait a whole year for season 3. 🙁
February 28, 2012 @ 9:57 am
Weeelll… he’ll do the motions for Smaug and voice someone else. But that still counts, right? ^^;;;
February 26, 2012 @ 6:45 pm
I loved Season 1 so much! I haven’t seen Season 2 yet (waiting for it to premiere on PBS) but I can’t wait. So glad to hear Season 2 is just as good!
February 27, 2012 @ 3:18 pm
I was so impatient for it, I ordered it from the UK. CRAZY, I know…but totally worth it. It’s so, so, sooooo good!
February 26, 2012 @ 6:46 pm
Gah. I want to see this SO SO BADLY. Big fan of the old Sherlock Holmes stories (I went through a stage where all I would listen to were the old radio adaptations) and this looks just as awesome. I really need to make time to start in on it. Are they on DVD or Hulu?
Also, I hope you had an awesome birthday! 🙂
February 27, 2012 @ 3:19 pm
I don’t know if they’re on Hulu, but it’s definitely on DVD or itunes or Netflix. You MUST watch them–I also grew up with the original Sherlock Holmes, and these adaptations are just spectacular!
Lori M Lee
February 26, 2012 @ 8:10 pm
I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! I’ve seen season 1 and 2 and am in pieces waiting for another season. I was irrevocably in love from the moment Sherlock was introduced beating a corpse with a horse whip =P
February 27, 2012 @ 3:20 pm
HAHAHA! YES!!! And Moriarty–is it disturbing that I kind of find him sexy?? Because I do. His wickedness is downright delicious.
February 26, 2012 @ 8:31 pm
It’s been on my Netflix queue like forever. I just told Scott we’re bumping it up and watching it tonight. You are not the first person who’s raved about it!
February 27, 2012 @ 3:20 pm
You MUST. You and Scott would lovelovelove this–I promise. It’s so witty and clever!
February 27, 2012 @ 12:31 pm
I have a massive crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. His voice….gah! Love him. And LOVE Sherlock!! So many good shows coming out of the UK these days.
February 27, 2012 @ 3:21 pm
Other than that small role in THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, I haven’t actually seen him anything else… I was so shocked to see he isn’t naturally dark-haired!!
February 27, 2012 @ 2:21 pm
I most certainly have seen series 1 and 2, and loved them! I am a big fan of adaptation and this has got to be one of the best of the last few years. Sherlock is witty, thrilling, slick, and truly a 21st centruy take on an infamous sleuth. Recently bought them on dvd for my boyfriend because he just didn’t know what he was missing out on…he is now addicted too 😀
February 27, 2012 @ 3:22 pm
I did the same for my Mom & Dad. I got them season 1 for Christmas, and they were so smitten, I ordered season 2 from the UK for them. It is just THAT GOOD.
February 27, 2012 @ 5:58 pm
Oh, I have so so much love for this series. It's basically my favorite series ever. And the character of Sherlock in this version heavily influenced one of my own characters (Shylock), because he's just brilliantly adorable. 😀
February 28, 2012 @ 1:23 am
OH MY GOSH THIS MAKES ME WANT TO READ YOUR WHOLE BOOK THAT MUCH MORE.
Shylock is based on Sherlock?! LOVE!!!!
February 27, 2012 @ 9:12 pm
Waiting until May to view it here in the states is killing me. Our whole family loved season one. It’s like watching three Sherlock movies instead of just a TV show – love it. Love the characters, the actors, everything. Fantabulous!
– Jessica @ Book Sake
February 28, 2012 @ 1:24 am
I’m so glad you agree! And yeah…the wait was obviously too much for me–thank goodness for amazon.co.uk!! 😉
February 28, 2012 @ 3:43 am
Welcome to the Sherlockians! I think the show’s a really good example of how certain traits can be interpreted and portrayed (there have been so many Sherlocks, but none of them are the same) and how rewarding it can be when you make an unlikable character, likable.
However, as much as I like Sherlock I think John is the best. Like, I have this unjustified (though justified in my eyes) love of him that goes on rabid. His character is just. Ah. You’d think, with the way his intelligence is coddled (as well as his importance to the events. He gets undermined a lot) that he would be some defenseless thing but even though he doesn’t get to shoot a bad guy per episode he is still this secret badass. Like, “I can let Sherlock take the lead, but I can handle myself.”
Ugh, this’ll turn into an entire essay dissecting things that don’t need to be worried about, so I’ll stop there. Just take it as a initiation into the society : ]
February 28, 2012 @ 1:47 pm
Isn’t it amazing! I spend half an hour on iplayer re-winding the last twenty minutes to see how he did it! One thing that no one noticed was that the Sherlock on the ground had different coloured eyes to the real Sherlock! So he couldn’t have hit the ground… I wish they would get on and do the next series! *shakes fists in excitement*
March 1, 2012 @ 1:03 am
I’ve been wanting to see this show. I LOVE Downton Abbey, but no offense taken. I know Sherlock was available on Netflix, but I don’t think there are many episodes available online.