Elementary (2012–2019)
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When a judge is murdered, Holmes and Watson become involved in the interstate search to find the prime suspect, an escaped convict from a privatized prison. Also, when Holmes applies his ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Jonny Lee Miller ... Sherlock Holmes
Lucy Liu ... Dr. Joan Watson
Jon Michael Hill ... Detective Marcus Bell
Aidan Quinn ... Captain Thomas Gregson
Susan Misner ... Loretta Nichols
Afton Williamson ... Shauna Scott
Glenn Fleshler ... Trey McCann
Michael Kostroff ... Perry Franklin
John Sanders ... Jeff Harper
Waymon Arnette Waymon Arnette ... Enrique
Malcolm Xavier ... Kai
Marianne Ferrari Marianne Ferrari ... Gwen McCann


When a judge is murdered, Holmes and Watson become involved in the interstate search to find the prime suspect, an escaped convict from a privatized prison. Also, when Holmes applies his deductive reasoning to Detective Bell's new relationship, the romance hits a rough patch.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

30 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When the prison guard mentions throwing Nikki Moreno "in the SHU" (Special Housing Unit) then follows it up with, "Uhh, that's solitary [confinement]" Joan replies with "We get Neflix", a reference to Orange Is the New Black (2013), a series set in a prison where "the SHU" is mentioned often. See more »


A search warrant for CAG enterprise's CEO's house is released without any evidence. See more »


Trey McCann: [Referring to an escaped prisoner] She was a trouble maker. Pulled a few cell phones off her. She'd mouth off to the CO's. Couple times I had to put her in the SHU.
[turning to Joan]
Trey McCann: Oh, that's... that's solitary.
Dr. Joan Watson: We get Netflix.
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References Orange Is the New Black (2013) See more »


Elementary Main Theme
Written by Sean Callery
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Going downhill fast
2 May 2015 | by ericnhallSee all my reviews

The plots and mysteries of the show are getting worse and worse. It's obvious the writing staff is either out of ideas, or there are different writers who are more interested in insane social commentary rather than good story telling.

Overall, Elementary is a very good show. The quirky Holmes is always a fun character and this show's twist on the age-old character has been quite good. The Watson compatriot is also a good twist. The interaction between the two has been the strength of this show along with interesting murder-mysteries.

Now, the writers and producers are choosing to blather about various "social issues" having Holmes expound upon the evils of corporations or private prison business or various other pet faux-issues. It is offensive that the writers and producers think that because we like the show that we should also like to be lectured about perceived social ills. But, worse than that, it destroys the characters of Holmes and Watson. Both of these characters are supposed to be uncommonly intelligent and Holmes in particular, is supposed to be driven by logic, facts, and an uncanny capability to see the details that all others miss. For him to blather on about why privately run prisons are bad (against all real evidence) and that "corporations" get kickbacks for prison labor in unsafe conditions destroys the credibility of the character. There is no way, if Holmes were a real person, that he could possibly hold the insane and unsubstantiated positions that he seems to hold. These things shatter the fourth wall making the show virtually unwatchable.

Success breads stupidity and this show is no exception. Hollywood can't help but to politicize the things that they do. If this trend with this show does not stop, this show will go from being one of my favorites, to one that I no longer watch and will strongly recommend that no one ever watch. It's very sad, but then again, it's what I've come to expect from the shallow pool of social intelligence in Hollywood.

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