Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
Created by: Mark Gatiss & Steven Moffat
Genre: Crime drama
Country of origin: United Kingdom
No. of Seasons aired: 2 (6 episodes)
For those unaware or who still prefer watching only their shows originating from US, here’s a show that will blow your mind: Sherlock. Creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, eminent for their work on the Doctor Who series, bring to you a modern day adaptation of the famous character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The show stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Fifth Estate), Martin Freeman (Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey) as Holmes & Watson. Cumberbatch is the perfect match for this contemporary version of the character. As entertaining as Robert Downey, Jr. was, Cumberbatch’s acting is flawless & complete – more importantly, believable! It feels like the show was written for him. Freeman brings a good chemistry to the Holmes-Watson friendship.
I had my doubts at the start of the show but sold by the end of first episode. The story will have you hooked from the first minute. Every episode has been researched well & accurate to the last detail. Each episode is equal to a movie. Not just in length but the size of the entire project budget. The overspending on the pilot had led to rumors & speculation that the series was a potential disaster. If anything, it’s the exact opposite. What the show lacks here in quantity, makes up well (above & beyond actually) in quality. The show broadcasted by BBC is unique for those accustomed to the US shows; for this series, each season has only 3 episodes (running approximately 90 minutes each). So far 2 seasons have been aired & available for purchase on DVD.
A must buy for every Sherlock Holmes fan & anyone who enjoys Crime Drama. The special features of the first season’s DVD include the original pilot of “Study in Pink”.
Sherlock Returns in 2014 for its Third season. Spoiler alert: watch only if you have seen the prior two seasons: