Elementary (2012–2019)
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Sherlock Holmes, fresh out of rehab, is teamed with a sobriety partner, a former surgeon named Watson. They have to learn to work together even as they tackle their first case, the mysterious death of a doctor's wife.


Michael Cuesta


Robert Doherty (created by), Robert Doherty




Episode complete credited cast:
Jonny Lee Miller ... Sherlock Holmes
Lucy Liu ... Dr. Joan Watson
Aidan Quinn ... Captain Thomas Gregson
Dallas Roberts ... Dr. Richard Mantlo
Manny Perez ... Detective Javier Abreu
Jonathan Walker ... Harrison Polk
Kristen Bush ... Eileen Renfro
Craig Walker ... Peter Saldua
Michael Nathanson ... Infomercial Narrator
Randal Turner Randal Turner ... Male Opera Singer
Melissa Zapin Melissa Zapin ... Female Opera Singer
Sherry H. Arell ... Shushing Lady


NYPD detective Javier Abreu is delighted to have his weird English friend Sherlock Holmes on the case of robbery-victim Dr. Richard Mantlo's apparently missing wife, whom Sherlock finds slaughtered in a safe room she has installed secretly. Sherlock, recently out of drug rehab, makes the best of his sober companion, Doctor Joan Watson, hired by his wealthy London father, actually a disbarred surgeon whose people skills he can use. Sherlock quickly proves it's the work of a trophy-hunting serial killer, but finds his prime suspect the next victim. Written by KGF Vissers

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Plot Keywords:

serial killer | therapy | See All (2) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

27 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The song at the end of the episode is "Watching the Detectives" by Elvis Costello. In 2007 Lucy Liu played the female lead in a movie of the same name Watching the Detectives (2007). Quite similar to Joan Watson, her character is fascinated by the work of detectives. See more »


Sherlock makes a reference to Watson receiving a ticket at a cemetery at the corner of 86th and 3rd. None of the boroughs of NYC have a cemetery at such an address. See more »


Dr. Joan Watson: [about an observation Holmes made about her father] How did you know he had an affair?
Sherlock Holmes: Google. Not everything is deducible.
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Alternate Versions

The version initially aired on CBS was significantly time-compressed as compared to the version available for free as a download from iTunes. See more »


Watching the Detectives
Written and Performed by Elvis Costello
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A pilot that doesn't leave you craving for more.
25 June 2015 | by joedogawaSee all my reviews

In contrast to what you would expect from a Sherlock Holmes TV show (as the British equivalent is doing superbly) this show isn't clever. Neither writing nor directing really manage to captivate you, and the soundtrack doesn't help create good atmosphere neither. Worst of all the acting. Lucy Liu is OK, and the fact that i like gorgeous Asian women is the only thing that will make me watch at least one more episode. The very first scene introducing Johnny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes leaves you wondering why he was chosen for the role. Maybe the poor writing denies him a better performance. The rest of the cast doesn't really convince either. All in all you're left with a disappointing pilot, which can't compete with other shows of the genre.

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