Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 27, 2012 on CBS
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  • Episode Summary

    The series premiere of this brand new spin on an old tale finds Detective Sherlock Holmes assisting the NYPD on hard to crack cases. Accompanied by his sober companion, Dr. Joan Watson, Holmes studies a botched home invasion that resulted in murder.

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    • Introduced and hooked

      I'm writing this one kinda late but might as well.

      This Pilot was just great! It introduced us to the mind of our new Sherlock Holmes and gave us the cards that they are going to be toying with during the course of the show. If you didn't like it however, don't fret as the show does improve drastically later on.

      I only have but two complaint and those are the lack of antagonists or just how quickly that is resolved once you've been introduced to the respective person or persons, and the lack of deductive reasoning by the observation of another person.

      This show seems to focus a lot more on Sherlocks ability to view something and draw connections or research using his knowledge of said-thing. It's more like Sherlock knows a lot and that is the reason he's able to solve crime rather than being the deductive Sherlock that we know and love.

      You haven't watched this show yet? What are you waiting for?!moreless
    • Not as clever as it should be.

      While it's well acted (Miller is rarely off base but Liu is a very uneven actress and giving her such a flat character is either nailing it or just showing her limited range) the shows cardinal sin is that it's not clever.

      The twist/resolution is poorly setup and executed and it gives me pause when a Sherlock based show fails so fundamentally and I worry that if this is the best they can do (obviously slapped together in a hurry when the British reworking has done so well) will they be inspired to do better when the pickup comes.

      I cringe at that thought of how they might update Holmes' traits (addiction, violins, anti-social behavior, Mrs Hudson, disguises and a dismissively helpful connection with the law) and again hope they can treat them with more care than the nods we go in this hurried first try.

      There are many issues that I have with the UK show that carry over here, especially a world where 2 character are introduced as Holmes and Watson and the other person doesn't bat an eyelash, it feels disrespectful somehow and so did they really need those names for it to work? Whatever I'm coming to this series late but gonna give it a fair go and keep my finger crossed.moreless
    • Elementary.

      This was a very good pilot episode with Sherlock a former consultant to Scotland Yard and and addict who is accompanied by his sober companion Dr Joan Watson Already in this episode you can see how smart Sherlock is and just by looking at someone he can read them like a book Sherlock and Watson are both really good characters in a show with a lot of potential.
    • Not a bad premiere at all.

      This was a very interesting first episode and hopefully the show continues in this vain. There were some really great moments but I'm not really a fan of the actual Sherlock Holmes character in this show yet. He seems very detached from everything despite some of the awesome detective work which was kinda disappointing, but maybe that will change.

      I like Lucy Liu and her character though, and this show has promise!moreless
    • Good start, I hope it gets better.

      It's really a shame that in today's culture the leading person can not simply be a good clean cut guy. I do watch the BBC's Sherlock Homes. I do not like the fact that Sherlock does not show any concern for the people around him, who are affected by death and misfortune. This Sherlock is a tattooed recovering drug attic, who lives off his father. For a man who appears as smart as he is, that's a stupid contradiction. However, I like Lucy Liu's character and hope her role developed some depth. It's was a nice touch for the writers to have her find the finial clue to solve the crime. This show will make the recording Que.moreless
    Manny Perez

    Manny Perez


    Guest Star

    Bill Heck

    Bill Heck

    Ty Morstan

    Guest Star

    Dallas Roberts

    Dallas Roberts

    Dr. Richard Mantlo

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Watson: It's so incredible, the way that you can, solve people just by looking at them. I noticed you don't have any mirrors around here.
        Holmes: And what's that supposed to mean?
        Watson: It means I think you know a lost cause when you see one.

      • Holmes: Tell me, how do clients typically introduce you?
        Watson: What do you mean?
        Holmes: I-I mean I find it hard to believe they'd actually tell someone they've been assigned a glorified helper monkey.
        Watson: Helper monkey? Well, you and I have what's known as companion/client confidentiality, which means that you can introduce me however you like. Friend, coworker, relative, and I'll play along. But to be honest, most clients just call me their companion.
        Holmes: Hmm. (continues with an introduction to Captain Gregson as "my personal valet")

      • Holmes: Sometimes I hate it when I'm right.

    • NOTES (4)

      • This episode averaged 13.3 million viewers for Live+Same Day DVR viewings (during the same broadcast day as the original telecast).

      • Special billing was given to Aidan Quinn (and) for this episode.

      • Featured Music:
        "Young Blood" by The Naked and Famous (opening sequence while Lucy Liu is jogging in the park)
        "Watching the Detectives" by Elvis Costello (end scenes)

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: September 27, 2012 on Global
        United Kingdom: October 23, 2012 on Sky Living
        Czech Republic: November 13, 2012 on AXN
        Germany: January 10, 2013 on Sat.1
        Belgium: January 20, 2013 on VIER
        Australia: February 03, 2013 on Ten
        New Zealand: February 27, 2013 on Prime

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