Elementary Reviews & Ratings

Sundays, 10:00 PM ET on CBS

60 minutes

Elementary is a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes, starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson, a female version of Holmes' companion. Here, Holmes is a former consultant to Scotland Yard and a recovering drug addict. He travels to New York City to check into a rehabilitation center and then lives with Watson, who becomes his sober companion and eventually his apprentice.
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Feb 15, 2016 12:34AM EST
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Have been waiting for the famous Jonny Miller to have another big hit and here we have it along side Lucy Liu. Wow, they are amazing together.

Have been waiting for the famous Jonny Miller to have another big hit and here we have it along side Lucy Liu. Wow, they are amazing together.

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by Ivsteal
Jan 13, 2016 5:14AM EST
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Mr. Miller and Mrs. Liu have great character chemistry. They do an amazing job putting a modern day twist on a favorite classic. Love it!

Mr. Miller and Mrs. Liu have great character chemistry. They do an amazing job putting a modern day twist on a favorite classic. Love it!

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Nov 30, 2015 3:16AM EST
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he nailed sherlock holmes

he nailed sherlock holmes

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Nov 6, 2015 8:54AM EST
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I love Lucy Liu! I love any kind of procedural, but the level of detail in this makes it particularly engaging.

I love Lucy Liu! I love any kind of procedural, but the level of detail in this makes it particularly engaging.

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May 18, 2015 8:39AM EDT
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Sherlock! NEED I SAY MORE?

Sherlock! NEED I SAY MORE?

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May 15, 2015 3:43PM EDT
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A very smart and innovative adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classics. I prefer this series to the British "Sherlock" for many reasons: first of all, the stories are completely new, they have nothing to do with the originals, the only link with them being Holmes' deductive method of thinking, whereas in Sherlock, the modern adaptation of the tales by being too faithful doesn't always end up very convincing in a 21st century setting (the hound of the Baskervilles, for example, it's just not credible). Besides, since we've all read the original stories (or at least we know approximately how they go), we miss the element of surprise, there is no riddle. It's obviously more entertaining to watch new cases with unexpected denouements, isn't it?

Another awkward thing about the British show is the question of Holmes and Watson's sexual orientation: they always bring up the subject (Watson's always saying "We're not gay"), but they're never clear about it, it's always vague. I wouldn't mind them being gay, but either say so clearly or close the subject. Maybe the writers are afraid to offend their conventional audiences, but in this case they should probably stop hovering around the subject and just drop it. In the American series it's much simpler: Watson is a single attractive woman (Lucy Liu, no less!), so any chance of a romance happening between these two is more than welcome!

Also, the Holmes from Elementary is a realistic depiction of a genius at work, in my opinion: we see him working really hard the cases, spending nights reviewing every single detail, assuming a hypothesis then dropping it, considering another, etc. ... I prefer this version of the genius detective who is a hard worker and goes through a strenuous process before closing a case, as opposed to solving it in two minutes by pure intuition. And finally, a great thing in Elementary is the humor: it's just hilarious when Sherlock comes out extremely blunt and crude, almost obnoxious with people, especially if he's dealing with victims like parents of the deceased or such. I find myself laughing out loud when that happens!

In summary, an excellent series, very smart and entertaining! It's one of my preferred series right now.

A very smart and innovative adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classics. I prefer this series to the British "Sherlock" for many reasons: first of all, the stories are completely new, they have nothing to do with the originals, the only link with them being Holmes' deductive method of thinking, whereas in Sherlock, the modern adaptation of the tales by being too faithful doesn't always end up very convincing in a 21st century setting (the hound of the Baskervilles, for example, it's just not credible). Besides, since we've all read the original stories (or at least we know approximately how they go), we miss the element of surprise, there is no riddle. It's obviously more entertaining to watch new cases with unexpected denouements, isn't it?

Another awkward thing about the British show is the question of Holmes and Watson's sexual orientation: they always bring up the subject (Watson's always saying "We're not gay"), but they're never clear about it, it's always vague. I wouldn't mind them being gay, but either say so clearly or close the subject. Maybe the writers are afraid to offend their conventional audiences, but in this case they should probably stop hovering around the subject and just drop it. In the American series it's much simpler: Watson is a single attractive woman (Lucy Liu, no less!), so any chance of a romance happening between these two is more than welcome!

Also, the Holmes from Elementary is a realistic depiction of a genius at work, in my opinion: we see him working really hard the cases, spending nights reviewing every single detail, assuming a hypothesis then dropping it, considering another, etc. ... I prefer this version of the genius detective who is a hard worker and goes through a strenuous process before closing a case, as opposed to solving it in two minutes by pure intuition. And finally, a great thing in Elementary is the humor: it's just hilarious when Sherlock comes out extremely blunt and crude, almost obnoxious with people, especially if he's dealing with victims like parents of the deceased or such. I find myself laughing out loud when that happens!

In summary, an excellent series, very smart and entertaining! It's one of my preferred series right now.

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by amyfakh
Apr 3, 2015 12:08AM EDT
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i love this show i anticipate it every weeeeeeeeek

i love this show i anticipate it every weeeeeeeeek

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by Avexle
Mar 22, 2015 6:33PM EDT
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Like British Sherlock except with American stereotypes attatched.

Too big, Dumb and way too much violence.

heh no but really it's actually really good - if you like Sherlock but prefer more episodic content as opposed to a mini series then watch this - Joan Watson is a great idea - but Terribly implemented.

Like British Sherlock except with American stereotypes attatched.

Too big, Dumb and way too much violence.

heh no but really it's actually really good - if you like Sherlock but prefer more episodic content as opposed to a mini series then watch this - Joan Watson is a great idea - but Terribly implemented.

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Feb 23, 2015 8:23PM EST
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Lucy Liu's outfits, YES! And I love her character and the little plot-twist about it being a woman. Excellent show!

Lucy Liu's outfits, YES! And I love her character and the little plot-twist about it being a woman. Excellent show!

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Feb 17, 2015 9:21PM EST
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One of the best Sherlock Holmes tv show.

One of the best Sherlock Holmes tv show.