• Hannah Tao, AIT & Aryaa Modi, MHS

To all mystery-lovers… you will NOT want to miss out on this show


Show title: Sherlock

TV rating: TV-14

Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh

  • All critics: 78%

  • Top critics: 94%

  • Audience: 83%

IMDb: 9.1/10

Available on: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and more

# of Seasons: 4

Start and end years: The show aired on BBC UK from 2010 to 2017 and has ended.


A chase across the busy streets of London? Action-packed fight scenes? Twisted murder mysteries? This show’s got it all! From the first episode all the way until the last, Sherlock will surely have you at the edge of your seat. Set in modern times, Sherlock is not just an average detective show; it’ll keep you laughing for days with humorous deductions and the detective’s cluelessness when it comes to romance.


Based on the famous detective series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the show follows the adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), a self-employed detective, as well as that of his partner, John Watson (Martin Freeman), a veteran doctor of the Afghanistan War. The show begins when Watson accepts a flatmate request sent out by Sherlock. Soon enough, the two start working together, and the rest is history.


Sherlock is not your ordinary detective; he has a flare for unconventional cases - ones where the culprit is clever and can give Sherlock the “thrill of the chase.” One of Sherlock’s most notable quirks is that he sees solving a good case as a substitute for nicotine - uses them as a way to prevent relapsing into smoking. Over the course of the show, Sherlock's archnemesis is Moriarty, a criminal for hire. They have several run-ins throughout the show, which are always scenes to look forward to.


The show also reveals itself to be not just thrilling, but also hilarious at times. Sherlock’s brilliance, along with his self-assured and narcissistic personality, produce a humorous, somewhat conflicted, relationship between him and Watson. Over the course of the show, Watson is often seen yelling at Sherlock to respect their shared living space and to pay the rent, or to stop doing weird science experiments in the kitchen. They occasionally have slightly more serious conflicts ― however, their strong mutual friendship and understanding usually allows these issues to be resolved quickly. Additionally, Sherlock’s witty remarks in general, along with his impulsive, confident moves are another trademark of the show.


So, if you’re looking for a riveting mystery show that can make you laugh at the same time, Sherlock is the one to go with! Packed with mysteries, action, and humor, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who can go wrong with Sherlock.


Extra!

While Watson went on his adventures with Sherlock, he took up a new hobby - blogging. Watson was originally instructed by his therapist to keep a blog in order to mediate his PTSD from the Afghanistan War. Before meeting Sherlock, however, he had failed to keep up with the blog, claiming that his life was too boring to write about. But later, Sherlock’s adventures finally gave him motivation to pick up the hobby that he had once abandoned. You can visit Watson’s very entertaining blog here: http://www.johnwatsonblog.co.uk/. The chronological sequence of the blog aligns with the show’s episodes, adding another layer to a viewer’s experience.


Personal comments

We personally love the show because we find it fun to see Sherlock’s genius at work -- how he is able to immediately draw accurate conclusions from seemingly nothing or to read people like a book. We also find it hysterical to watch the contrast between how Sherlock’s expansive knowledge plays into his solving cases, compared to his utter dumbfoundedness when it comes to interacting with people. We loved seeing Cumberbatch and Freeman bring these characters to life. Due to their expert portrayals of Sherlock and Watson’s personalities, we felt thoroughly immersed in the storyline. The show just seemed so realistic, from the jokes to the action scenes. We hope you’ll enjoy the show as much as we did!


Main Actors:

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock): Benedict Cumberbatch has acted in over 50 movies, starring in Star Trek into Darkness, Doctor Strange, The Imitation Game, the Hobbit trilogy, and many more. He is also well-known for his role as Doctor Strange in the Marvel Universe. Cumberbatch has won numerous awards, including a BAFTA award, a Laurence Olivier Award, a Satellite Award, and of course, an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance in Sherlock. He was also in the 2014 Times Magazine’s 100 most Influential People in the World list, and has earned a CBE, or Commander of the Order of the British Empire, which is a British honor (CBE is the highest ranking Order of the British Empire award).


Martin Freeman (Watson): MartinFreeman has acted in over 35 movies, and is most recognized for his role as Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit trilogy, Tim in The Office UK, and Everett K. Ross in the Marvel films Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther. He has also starred in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Love Actually, and more. Freeman has won a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and just like Cumberbatch, an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance in Sherlock.

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