ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Elementary (CBS) - Series Premiere: Synopsis and Review

Updated on January 3, 2013

Following the success of BBC’s ‘Sherlock’, CBS was contemplating making a remake of it for the U.S. For some reason, the deal fell through, and CBS decided just to make its own modern take on the classic Sherlock Holmes tale.

The series is created by Rob Doherty, who is known from producing and writing on ‘Medium’ and ‘Ringer’. Starring are Jonny Lee Miller (‘Trainspotting’) as the modern Sherlock Holmes, a recovering drug addict and former consultant to Schotland Yard.

After breaking out of the rehab facility in New York on the day he would be released, Holmes’ father hires a sober companion to live with him for the next couple of weeks, in his Brooklyn appartment. The sober companion, is of course Watson. The only catch is that Watson is a woman called Joan (Lucy Liu, 'Ally McBeal').

To keep himself occupied, Holmes decides to start working as a consultant for the NYPD. Because of connections he still has left from his time with Scotland Yard, he can get the job just like that. The fact that it is unpaid probably helps his case as well.

Holmes has his own way of solving cases, he is really good at observing a crime scene and a person’s behavior. Holmes also uncovers a bit of Watson’s past, how she was a surgeon who let a patient die on the operation table. This makes Watson upset and decides she’s going to get Holmes a new companion.

Later that night Holmes solves the murder case, but there is one problem: He has no proof. Watson however, helps Holmes find the much needed proof. At this point it is clear Watson secretly loves playing detective, it doesn’t come as a surprise that she decides to stay Holmes’ companion.

As could be very well expected, ‘Elementary’ is a classic CBS police procedural. The cases featured in the show aren’t very special, but what sets this show apart from the other police procedurals is the way the cases are solved. Holmes investigates and solves the murders that take place in his own, very particular way. The quirks in Holmes’ personality, and the way he deduces things about the dead people and their killers make for some funny and interesting situations.

Added to that, it seems that the relationship between Holmes and Watson is going to be the interesting serialized part of the series. I wonder if Watson’s role will get smaller and more assistant-like when she’s finished being awed by Holmes infallible deductions. Another point is that Watson is only hired for a couple of weeks, so the show will have to come up with an explanation for her staying any longer than that.

What did you think of 'Elementary'?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      6 years ago

      Hi Docmo,

      I think this show is worth your shot. Let me know what you think of it after you watched it!

    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      6 years ago

      Hi Uninvited Writer,

      When a TV show is a remake or based on the same character from other TV shows or books, it is always hard to not compare the two. Which is a shame because a show could be really good if you didn't compare the two. But I guess that's the risk of making a show like this.

    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      6 years ago

      Hi Alecia,

      CBS does have some great police procedurals, they work really well on the network, so it is no wonder they made another one. I like that this is a show with ordinary cases, but a character that makes the show stand apart from all other shows.

    • Docmo profile image

      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      I saw the trailer of this and was curious to see their take on it. The BBC series is one of my favorite interpretations of Holmes and this somewhat looked like it was trying too hard... I am sure I'll give it a shot. Thanks for the review, Robin.

    • Uninvited Writer profile image

      Susan Keeping 

      6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I got half way through it. I couldn't help but compare it to Sherlock and there is no comparison.

    • Alecia Murphy profile image

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I was trying to see this last night and fell asleep. I was so upset with myself. Fortunately it's re-airing tomorrow. I figured this would be like a regular police procedural which I believe is the strong suit of the network. I only knew Johnny Lee Miller from Hackers and as Angelina Jolie's first husband so I'm interested to see how he'll play Holmes. And as always, I think Lucy Liu is an accomplished actress. Definitely going to try and tune in.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)