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TV Show Review: Sherlock Series 1 (2010)

Updated on April 13, 2021
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BBC Sherlock Series 1 Blu-ray cover.
BBC Sherlock Series 1 Blu-ray cover. | Source

Quick Info

Directors: Various
Distributor: BBC Home Entertainment
Released: November 9, 2010
Runtime: 461 minutes
Availability: On DVD, blu-ray and streaming on Netflix

Story Summary

In the miniseries of Sherlock, they adapt famous Sherlock Holmes stories and have modernized the setting and the characters while retelling famous stories based on the characters and stories created by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Consultant Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson investigate a series of connected cases and try to discover just who Moriarty is.

This Series Is Fun

I have heard of Sherlock Holms thanks to an episode of the PBS series Wishbone that had The Hound of the Baskervilles as the literary story for the episode and the illustrated classics editions of old literature books for kids, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, although I haven’t read it in a very long time.

So watching a modernized series about a character that I had a little familiarity with seemed fun, it’s been on my Netflix queue for awhile and I decided to finally give it a watch.

I enjoyed the plot of this first series. The cases are interesting and I like the banter between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. I also like that Watson actually helps out in the plot and isn’t just there to be the excuse for Sherlock to info dump on the audience and he’s not just there to say how smart and amazing Sherlock Holmes is, it seems to be a stereotype of John Watson in media that he’s just there to praise Sherlock for being smart.

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson.
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson. | Source

The Writing Is Entertaining

I enjoyed the writing in Sherlock (2010); I like the writing because of the entertaining dialogue and character interactions between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

The character banter makes the characters memorable for me and I like watching them work together even if they don’t always get along.

Entertaining characters and a well-written storyline keep me entertained.

0:16 / 0:42 BBC Sherlock (Season 1) Official Trailer

The Cinematography Is Really Neat

The cinematography and camerawork look really good for this series, while I’m sure there are special effects work for this series it doesn’t really stand out to me as a feature-length movie does. It looks really good and it does make good use of showing maps of the area for a chase scene since I’m an American and not British so I wouldn’t know what streets they’re running down.

They also make good use of lighting to set the tone and atmosphere of the show and I like that.

The Acting Is Fantastic!

Benedict Cumberbatch is a great actor and he did a fantastic job as Sherlock. He made the character entertaining and interesting. He also has great on-screen chemistry with Martin Freeman, who portrays John Watson.

Martin Freeman is also a great choice to portray John Watson. He gave a great performance and I liked him in this role.

All the other actors are also very good and the acting is well-done. It’s definitely a high point of the miniseries.

Sherlock Season 1 Soundtrack Suite

The Soundtrack Is Great

The soundtrack is also very well done. The music fits the story very well. The music fits the episodes very well and I like the atmosphere the music gives the show since this isn’t the most visual effects-heavy series they use the music and cinematography to convey what is going on, along with the acting.

The music for this show is a nice addition and I liked the soundtrack.

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The Pacing Can Feel Slow

The pacing of the cases can feel slow sometimes because the episodes are 1 ½ hour long rather than a typical one-hour episode of a normal TV Series.

Sometimes it feels like they’re dragging out some of the cases to fit the runtime. I do think the cases are interesting, but sometimes the stories slow down too much to give exposition.

Sherlock’s Character Could Be Seen As Annoying

Sherlock Holmes’ character could be annoying to viewers because he comes off as a know-it-all and is a very arrogant character. His arrogant attitude can make him unlikable to the audience but I like him but he might be a polarizing character.

Sherlock waiting for a case while Watson writes on his blog.
Sherlock waiting for a case while Watson writes on his blog. | Source

It’s a Fantastic Miniseries!

I enjoyed this Sherlock miniseries a lot and I will be reviewing the next series very soon. It had great writing and interesting characters, both our heroes and the villains.

It might not be 100% faithful to the books due to both the setting update and some character changes, but it is still a very well-written and entertaining show that kept me interested in the cases as they came up.

It also ended on a very exciting cliffhanger that makes me want to keep watching the show, so that’s an extra incentive to keep me watching the show.

It was an enjoyable show and not normally in the genre I watch, which is usually science fiction and fantasy. Branching out into the unfamiliar genre of mystery helped me find a fun miniseries that I enjoyed and want to keep watching.

Everything about it was fun and entertaining. It’s a well-done mystery miniseries that I wanted to try because I liked Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Hobbit trilogy.

Quick Summary

What Works:
What Doesn't Work:
Great story, characters and world-building
Slow pacing for episodes
Great cinematography
Sherlock's chracter can be polarizing
Greart acting
Excellent soundtrack

My Grade: A

BBC’s Sherlock (2010) is an engaging and entertaining television show. It takes classic stories and characters and gives them a modern spin while using the original stories to make them interesting even with a modern setting.

The character dynamics between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are fun and entertaining to watch. Their dynamic is why I enjoy watching the show.

This isn’t the best show I’ve ever seen, but it is a lot of fun. It has great production values and it’s a nice change compared to all the anime I’ve watched, and it’s also on Netflix if you have an account so it won’t cost much, it also airs on BBC America if you live in the United States.

I highly recommend buying it if you like it, but if you have Netflix you can try it to see if you’ll like it.

I’m not going to buy it, but I am enjoying streaming it on my Netflix account. It’s well worth your time and money, but you can see it by borrowing it from your local library or legally online too.

Give it a try, you might like it. Mystery isn’t even my go-to genre and I enjoyed this miniseries a lot.

My Rating

5 stars for TV Show Revfiew: BBC "Sherlock" Series 1 (2010)

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      Jacqueline G Rozell 

      2 years ago

      I LOVE this rendition of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson! It was interesting to see the way the writers slowly developed Sherlock's affection for John, his almost-jealous reaction when Molly dared to become involved with a boyfriend, and his fury when the thugs manhandled Mrs. Hudson. Benedict Cumberbatch has a charisma and magnetism that is indescribable. As to coming across as a know-it-all, every Sherlock Holmes character has more or less done so... it is his trademark, that of an incredible genius forced to dwell among lesser mortals and interact with them. I've often thought of him as a mortal Dr. Who without the interplanetary time travel and TARDIS. It also begs the question of what life was like for Arthur Conan Doyle, the brilliant inventor of Holmes and his mysteries.... do you suppose people such as Doyle, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells felt incredibly alone for most of their lives even in a crowded room?


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