'Elementary' is a great new take on the Sherlock Holmes franchise and is far and away my top choice for the 2012-13 TV season. There's really good writing and acting in this offbeat and fast moving offering. Interesting twists include a female Watson and Holmes using a patch to quit smoking. This series is set in modern day New York you see, and nobody smokes anymore - even Holmes!!!! He does everything else though, including gratuitous sex and drugs. He does not play the violin however, having burned his fiddle to the chagrin of his companion, Watson.
Ms. Watson is Sherlock's watchdog, hired by Holmes father, to keep the young Sherlock drug free. She quickly becomes immersed in the Holmes mystique and transitions from an adversary to a colleague to the world's only consulting detective.
'Elementary' is a cousin to the fine British series, 'Sherlock', which also has Holmes in a modern day setting. The locale for the BBC series is London and the much loved flat at 221 B Baker Street.
A big difference between the two programs is Watson. In 'Sherlock', Watson is an intelligent, highly skilled soldier/physician with a penchant for action, danger and intrigue.
He's the most spirited Watson ever. In one of the first programs in the series, he shows his marksmanship and saves Holmes from possible death. He shoots his hand gun through two windows from one high rise building to another and kills a serial murderer who had lured Sherlock into a game of Russian Roulette with poison pills.
In summary, 'Elementary' is excellent and it is on CBS Thursday evenings. 'Sherlock' is also excellent and it can be seen in its entirety on Netflix