Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories with Benedict Cumberbatch (Khan from Star Trek Into Darkness) as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit and Lester in the TV adaptation of Fargo) as Dr. John Watson. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock as a fast-talking consulting detective with all the social awkwardness and disconnect of an Asperger’s patient.  But this socially awkward Sherlock isn’t to be pitied, for he is quite charming with his english dry wit.  Martin Freeman plays Sherlock’s flatmate and friend, Dr John Watson, who has returned from military service in Afghanistan with the Royal Army Medical Corps.  The police and others are at first skeptical of Holmes, but over time his intellect and powers of observation persuade them of his value.  In part through Watson's blog documenting their adventures Holmes becomes a reluctant celebrity, with the press reporting on his cases. 

        Although the cases they investigate are intriguing and the ways Sherlock solves them are brilliant, they are secondary.  The show is all predicated on the great dialog between Holmes, Watson, and the supporting cast, which seams to flow like poetry.  There is more dialog in a hour and a half of this show than what Jack Bauer has said in 10 years on “24”, for once this is a good thing.  Unfortunately, there has only been nine episodes in four years, due to the fact these two actors are in such high demand. Still I highly recommend catching what is the Best British Drama on television.  Suck that you overrated Downton Abbey :)

Sherlock (PBS)

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