Sherlock Holmes, an analytical deduction fanatic, is helping the police out with their enquiries for fun, when he runs into potential flatmate Dr John Watson, fresh from serving in the war in Afghanistan and sporting a limp. In spite of Watson's initial scepticism, Holmes' brilliant mind and dangerous lifestyle offer the stimulation he craves, and the two quickly forge an alliance. Sherlock provides the inspired leaps of intellect, while Watson keeps his friend's flights of fancy grounded - it's the perfect partnership. Uplifting, action-packed and highly entertaining, with sparky scripts and unforgettable performances by the two leads, this is Sherlock for a new generation.
Benedict CumberbatchMartin Freeman
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  1. 1. A Study in Pink
    October 24, 2010
    1 h 28 min
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    A woman in pink lies dead in a derelict house. She is the fourth in a series of seemingly impossible suicides. DI Lestrade is the best Scotland Yard has got, but even he knows that there's only one man who can help. Elsewhere in London, a war hero, invalided home from Afghanistan, meets a strange but charismatic genius who is looking for a flatmate; Dr John Watson and Sherlock Holmes are meeting for the first time.
  2. 2. The Blind Banker
    October 31, 2010
    1 h 28 min
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    Watson's new life is never dull - after all, he's sharing a flat with Sherlock Holmes. But solving mysteries won't pay the bills. The trouble is, though, that Sherlock's idea of a visit to the bank is not quite what Watson had in mind. Mysterious ciphers are appearing on walls all over London and anyone who sees them is dead within hours, from the glittering financial hub of the city to the heart of a travelling Chinese circus. Sherlock and Watson must decipher the deadly symbols before anyone else falls victim to the mysterious Black Lotus.
  3. 3. The Great Game
    November 7, 2010
    1 h 29 min
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    Despairing of the ingenuity of London's criminals, Sherlock is invited to take on what looks to be a very ordinary case - a young civil servant found on a railway line with his head smashed in. It seems to be open and shut - or so he thinks. The curtain is about to rise on a terrifying game of cat and mouse as a crazed bomber pits his wits against Sherlock. A 20-year-old murder, a blood-soaked car, a rediscovered Old Master worth millions - it's just the kind of adventure Sherlock and John relish, but who is behind these deadly puzzles? London is set to become a battle ground as Sherlock confronts the one person capable of beating him.

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Irving WashingtonReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2020
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Benedict Cumberbaugh has certainly changed a lot since the last time I saw him on screen; I think I like him better without the bad breath and the scales. In Martin Freeman's case it's a bit more subtle, but he's still very much able to handle jumping directly into completely unexpected and inexplicable situations with the same quirky apblomb.

This is ingenious and delightfully funny, even if we do have to suspend disbelief that Watson, injured as he is from his stint in Afghanistan, must rely on a cane in some scenes and is leaping over rooftops and outrunning cabs with Holmes in others.

The juxtaposition of characters from Victorian England to 21st Century UK is in and of itself mildly amusing, and surprisingly seamless: Holmes deduces Watson's circumstances from wear and tear on his cel-phone; Watson has a blog instead of a publisher. The use of text on screen is witty when Holmes is making his rapid-fire deductions or when texting with Watson in one predicament or another.

I recently found these (after having been completely unaware of them since 2010 (!!!), and immediately bought the entire series based on:

1. the online reviews

2. the chemistry I know would exist between Cumberbaugh and Freeman.

It might as well be Lennon & McCartney.
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J. TrimbleReviewed in the United States on December 10, 2019
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I've seen the first season several times and so I won't bother with the details of the show itself. You know it is well-made and well-acted, so no need to discuss that. I bought this because I wanted to see how well this BBC TV show could be converted to a 4K experience. To put it quite simply, it is spectacular. It turned my TV into a window viewing live actors. Yes, it is THAT good. If you love 4K like I do, add this to your collection. You won't be disappointed!
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MBReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2014
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Sherlock goes modern...and surprisingly it works!
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Let me begin with a confession: I was not entirely "okay" with the idea of a modern version of one of the most beloved literary characters of all time...until I saw the first episode of Series 3 on whro several weeks ago.

Of course, like any rational Sherlockian I immediately purchased Series/Season 1 and waited anxiously for its arrival.

There have been by far too many plot summaries, and delightful as they are, they do get tedious and repetitive after a time so instead i'll do a 'Character Portrayal' thing. Starting with The Master—

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH AS SHERLOCK HOLMES: I was quite impressed. He is a brilliant actor; quite handsome in that interesting, original way that—I feel—is nessecary to pull off Sherlock, and he does—pull it off. Brilliantly! His Sherlock is wonderful, a self described "High-Functioning Sociopath" with a rapier-sharp mind and an even faster tongue; the man delivers the famous Sherlock monologues in a rapid, lyrical staccato—VERY fast! He also is quite in touch with the quirks and vices of Sherlock: randomly firing his pistol at the wall because he's bored, plucking despondently at the strings of his violin whenever the mood strikes him, abusing drugs, silently staring blankly into space while he thinks, dashing off in the middle of a sentence with no explanation, not eating for days on end, not sleeping—all of Sherlock's classic habits. I highly commend both Benedict and the writers for bringing Sherlock Holmes to life again in the modern world. Bravo!

MARTIN FREEMAN AS DR. JOHN WATSON: An intriguing interpretation. Watson is a war veteran who misses the danger of combat and the thrill of the chase. He is the only man who could possibly be Sherlock's flatmate—simply because no one else could tolerate him. But Watson thrills in the excitement, even if Sherlock sometimes drives him to his breaking point. When they meet, Watson is recovering from an injury—there are a few fun nods to the original stories where Watson never can seem to decide where his wound actually was!—and looking for a flatmate. Martin Freeman is an excellent Watson; his acting is top-notch and his portrayal wonderful. His Watson is both amazed by Sherlock's extraordinary mental powers and at the same time bewildered by Sherlock's lack of common knowledge and social skills. He can't help being frustrated with Sherlock at times, for all the obvious reasons, but Martin Freeman treads the fine line between nagging and extreme tolerance with grace. Wonderful.

MRS. HUDSON: Mrs. Hudson has perhaps undergone the greatest change from the original stories, usually a rarely seen character with seemingly no past, future, or family; this Mrs. Hudson is introduced as a woman whose past relationship with Sherlock is that of a former client. He ensured her husband was executed, and so owes him a favor. This Mrs. Hudson is rather spacy, is always popping in and out with a tea tray and despairing at the mess 'her boys' have made. She is less of a landlady and housekeeper and more of a mother-figure for Sherlock and Watson.

DETECTIVE INSPECTOR LESTRADE: Classic Lestrade. Basically competent; resents the fact that he needs Sherlock's help, while at the same time admiring him—though he'd die before admitting it. It's interesting to see the relationship between Sherlock and Lestrade; they bicker like two pageant girls most of the time, but it is evident there's something akin to grudging mutual respect between them.

MYCROFT HOLMES: Excellent job. Mycroft is the very mysterious elder—and smarter—brother of Sherlock. He practically is the British government, and seems to have a hand in every secret agency you've ever heard of, and no doubt some you haven't. He's a delightfully odd, never-leaves-the-office-but-happy-to-do-the-brainwork type and the sibling rivalry between him and Sherlock is hysterical; they're always trying to outdo one another, while at the same time pretending the other doesn't exist. It's quite funny. The repeated jokes about Mycroft's weight are an amusing throwback to the original stories where Mycroft is quite rotund.

MORIARTY: He scares me. He really does. Others have said he yells and carries on too much...but I find him terrifying. It's bone-chilling, and his picture should be in the dictionary under: criminally insane, demented, manipulative, psychopath with serious problems that absolutely no psychiatrist in the world could solve. An absolutely wonderful portrayal of Moriarty for which the actor deserves great applause(though it won't be coming from me, because I'd be too scared to be in the same room with him, even though i'm sure he's a lovely person in real life).

All in all a wonderful show that masterfully transports the greatest detective of all time to our time. I am a fan.
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Christopher S CopelandReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good, but only slightly better than the blu-Ray set
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Bought this because some of the best 4K disc I’ve seen are BBC productions. Picture quality is slightly better than the Season 1 blu-Ray, audio and extras are exactly the same. That’s not a knock on this set, but has more to do with how good the previous blu-ray set was. If you don’t own the blu-Ray, this is a great set, however if you already own the blu-Ray and are expecting a huge upgrade, you’re likely to be disappointed. Picture quality is better, slightly sharper with more vivid colors, but it’s a very slight difference. The audio quality is excellent, and the extras are fun if you’re a fan.
Kamy SmithReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best shows on television
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This is for all season of the series, so you've probably read it before, but:

One of the best shows on television. I love PBS and I love the fact that they offer a lot of BBC shows. This is the best one I've seen so far. I like it even better than Downton Abbey, my second favorite. It is wonderful to have this on Blu-ray for my collection. On rainy or cold winter days, I love to pop some corn and sit back under a warm blanket to watch these.

The acting is great. I truly believe the neurosis of the lead character played by Cumberbatch, but I think even more interesting is Dr. Watson played by Freeman. The chemistry is the best I've seen for a while. I believe it when Dr. Watson feels like smacking Sherlock. It is dramatic, funny, many layered, and just overall entertaining.

It doesn't matter what season, I love them all.
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Pop BopReviewed in the United States on April 7, 2018
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An Entertaining Contemporary Reinterpretation
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This is a witty and clever update. But one of the aspects I most like is that you can enjoy the Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett and Benedict Cumberbatch versions because each actor brings an interpretation that expands and deepens the character of Holmes.
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Qookie QueenReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great update to ACD, thanks to the leads
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I'll admit I could be biased as I am addicted to Sherlock. I blame Benedict Cumberbatch's riveting (to me) turn as 'John Harrison' in Star Trek: Into Darkness; before that I just didn't 'get' the Cumberbatch fandom at all. Once I watched the dude in motion up on the big screen, it all became clear though: the man has magnetism and oodles of talent that just doesn't come through in photographs. So I sought out Sherlock and now I curse the long delay until Season Three airs in the U.S. As far as the blu-ray itself - the Season One disc is of great quality; the movie-like quality of each episode comes through crystal clear in both picture and sound. The extra tidbit, the unaired pilot episode, provides an interesting contrast to the revised full-length feature that became Episode 1. As far as the actual content goes, regardless of the script, set direction, camera work, and soundtrack, Sherlock wouldn't be so terrific if the acting was crap. Fortunately it isn't (again, in my personal opinion); as Sherlock and Dr Watson, Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman play off well against each other and show excellent character development as the series progresses.
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S. ShanahanReviewed in the United States on June 11, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Highly recommended!
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If it weren't for NetFlix, I never would have found this gem! It popped up as a recommendation and I'm SO glad I took the time to watch it. I'm not keen on the recent Sherlock Holmes movies (RDJ is just so arrogant, and it bleeds into all his characters, something I find takes me out of the watching experience), but this portrayal was far more deep and genuine. Yes, Holmes is a self-absorbed character, but in Cumberbatch's portrayal, it worked, and not because the actor is a pig (like RDJ). I found that it likely required far more acting prowess than RDJ (or Johnny Miller on "Elementary") ever bring to the character.

There is no better, more loyal, more hilarious, or more soulful Watson than Freeman's. He's not a sidekick in this version. I'm so grateful to the creators and writers that Watson is not a stooge or a babysitter. He's an active member of the team and an excellent foil to Sherlock.

The writing is superb; it's not as dark as American crime procedural shows are (a fine relief for this Yank who's more than a little sick of all the gratuitous bloodbaths on TV these days), and instead has to be carried by thoughtful writing and believable acting - "Sherlock" has both. It's also got some wonderfully comedic one-liners, which lighten the dark scenes without cheapening them.

A note to those who haven't watched the series, especially American friends who aren't familiar with this style - this is not like regular US TV series where a season will have 21-26 episodes, 42 minutes a piece. This is similar to BBC's "Wallander" (another immensely good show!) in that it's a series of 3, 90-minute movies, essentially. It's easy to get greedy and want far more than 3 episodes per season!
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