Sherlock is a crime drama that began airing on the BBC in 2010, but after it picked up critical acclaim, became widely popular in the United States as well. The show is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s popular stories about his famously intelligent sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, and his sidekick, Dr. John Watson. However, the show has given new life to this well-worn plot with a twist: the entire show is set in modern times. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the famed detective Holmes, alongside Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. Watson. In addition, the show features web content blogs maintained by the two leads, paying homage to Dr. Watson’s journaling in Doyle’s original series. The series focuses on re-imagining different stories in modern times, creating interesting new stories. Both Holmes and Watson are portrayed as younger and fresher versions of Doyle’s characters, appealing to the demographic. The show, although serious and intellectual, manages to be funny and attention grabbing.
Sherlock has garnered lots of critical acclaim. With 133 nominations and 81 wins, it is safe to say that this show is quite well received. Its two leads, prior unknowns, have gone on to star in blockbusters like Star Trek and The Hobbit.
To the disappointment of the viewers, Sherlock’s seasons have only three episodes each, and seasons air once every year or once every two years. A special aired in 2016, and the fourth season of the show aired January 1, 2017.
Sherlock’s first three seasons are available on Netflix.