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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by Gabriel Stanton
Sep 14, 2014 11:49PM EDT
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After the BBC produced Sherlock and the US networks decided to make their own version of show, I wasn't going to watch this. In the end, curiosity got the better of me. I have to say, whilst the shows are both very different, they're both very good. The acting in Elementary is very much on point, and the writing is great. Definitely worth watching.

After the BBC produced Sherlock and the US networks decided to make their own version of show, I wasn't going to watch this. In the end, curiosity got the better of me. I have to say, whilst the shows are both very different, they're both very good. The acting in Elementary is very much on point, and the writing is great. Definitely worth watching.

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Sep 9, 2014 9:53AM EDT
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As far as recent Sherlock Holmes adaptations go, this one is my fave. It brings Sherlock Holmes into the 21st century and updates it to a modern day detective, rather than keeping the character the same. Johnny Lee Miller is FANTASTIC and Lucy Liu as Watson is refreshing and charming. Defo recommended.

As far as recent Sherlock Holmes adaptations go, this one is my fave. It brings Sherlock Holmes into the 21st century and updates it to a modern day detective, rather than keeping the character the same. Johnny Lee Miller is FANTASTIC and Lucy Liu as Watson is refreshing and charming. Defo recommended.

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Aug 2, 2014 4:18PM EDT
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Some people say that this variant of Sherlock Holmes was just inspired by the original stories but the spirit was lost in process. I cannot agree. Good actors, good story, some new point of view makes maybe not amazing but surprisingly good show. I definitely recommend it.

Some people say that this variant of Sherlock Holmes was just inspired by the original stories but the spirit was lost in process. I cannot agree. Good actors, good story, some new point of view makes maybe not amazing but surprisingly good show. I definitely recommend it.

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Jul 19, 2014 8:57AM EDT
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good show if you like mystery show

good show if you like mystery show

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May 12, 2016 7:20PM EDT
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I love this show, and I'm disturbed to learn that Poppa Holmes will not be returning for season 5. :(

I love this show, and I'm disturbed to learn that Poppa Holmes will not be returning for season 5. :(

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Apr 28, 2016 9:52PM EDT
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I was a skeptic about this show when I first heard about it. Now I'm a convert. Smartly written and well acted. Arthur Conan Doyle would approve.

I was a skeptic about this show when I first heard about it. Now I'm a convert. Smartly written and well acted. Arthur Conan Doyle would approve.

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Apr 25, 2016 12:22AM EDT
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An Amazing detective show.
With all of Sherlock's quirks and all his genius
A really great TV series to watch. The addiction as an underlying story really adds to building Sherlock as extremely different and yet extremely effective.
Really great show
Must watch.

An Amazing detective show.
With all of Sherlock's quirks and all his genius
A really great TV series to watch. The addiction as an underlying story really adds to building Sherlock as extremely different and yet extremely effective.
Really great show
Must watch.

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Mar 30, 2016 7:48PM EDT
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Elementary is an acquired taste, without doubt. I usually watch it pretty late at night, and I have a tendency to fall asleep. I know, so why do I rate it five stars? Because in spite of the fact that in the last three minutes of every single show Holmes and Watson always bring the main suspect to the precinct to sing to him all the logical reasons why he's guilty--with a few extra physical proofs to boot, and that by definition is a bit boring and repetitive, what keeps me watching the series and rating it five stars is my love for the two characters, Sherlock and Joan. There's an eternal sexual tension between them that adds to the appeal of the show. If they ever got together, that would be the end of it. But their love for one another is of another type, much deeper and spiritual than that of the realm of the flesh. Their lives, feelings, and thoughts are what's important.

Elementary is an acquired taste, without doubt. I usually watch it pretty late at night, and I have a tendency to fall asleep. I know, so why do I rate it five stars? Because in spite of the fact that in the last three minutes of every single show Holmes and Watson always bring the main suspect to the precinct to sing to him all the logical reasons why he's guilty--with a few extra physical proofs to boot, and that by definition is a bit boring and repetitive, what keeps me watching the series and rating it five stars is my love for the two characters, Sherlock and Joan. There's an eternal sexual tension between them that adds to the appeal of the show. If they ever got together, that would be the end of it. But their love for one another is of another type, much deeper and spiritual than that of the realm of the flesh. Their lives, feelings, and thoughts are what's important.

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Feb 26, 2016 6:14PM EST
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SPOILERS ALERT!

I am obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and fell in love with the BBC (UK) adaption of Sherlock- it was phenomenal.
The problem is that it set the bar so high for other Sherlock Holmes adaptions and unfortunately I kept comparing it to Elementary.

What I enjoyed.

I really enjoyed Johnny Lee Miller's (phwoar, he is hot) relationship with Lucy Liu; it was a fresh perspective to the Holmes and Watson relationship that has never been considered.

What I did not enjoy.

I did not enjoy Irene Adler as Jim (sorry Jaime) Moriarty as I think combining the two characters was silly. Definitely didn't enjoy this mash up.

Maybe because it was American but I despised the portrayal of Britain and being British shown in the episode where Holmes goes to help Lestrade. Talk about stereotype!

Overall, Elementary catches some elements of the addictive nature that is Sherlock Holmes and I will be continuing to watch it. But the fresh new look isn't on par with the British version.

SPOILERS ALERT!

I am obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and fell in love with the BBC (UK) adaption of Sherlock- it was phenomenal.
The problem is that it set the bar so high for other Sherlock Holmes adaptions and unfortunately I kept comparing it to Elementary.

What I enjoyed.

I really enjoyed Johnny Lee Miller's (phwoar, he is hot) relationship with Lucy Liu; it was a fresh perspective to the Holmes and Watson relationship that has never been considered.

What I did not enjoy.

I did not enjoy Irene Adler as Jim (sorry Jaime) Moriarty as I think combining the two characters was silly. Definitely didn't enjoy this mash up.

Maybe because it was American but I despised the portrayal of Britain and being British shown in the episode where Holmes goes to help Lestrade. Talk about stereotype!

Overall, Elementary catches some elements of the addictive nature that is Sherlock Holmes and I will be continuing to watch it. But the fresh new look isn't on par with the British version.

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

he nailed sherlock holmes