In 2010, BBC unleashed a modern-day incarnation of the beloved fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, and no one was ready for it. Here are five reasons why you should get to know the television show “Sherlock” from the beginning.
01 The Story
Arthur Conan Doyle began writing the stories of Sherlock Holmes in the late 1800s. This retelling takes place in the 21st century and was co-created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, who also plays Sherlock’s elder brother, Mycroft. Fans may recognize the two names from another BBC hit, “Dr. Who.” Moffat and Gatiss take the story of Sherlock Holmes and weave it into modern day London without sacrificing the integrity of the story.
02 Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman
Really, this should not require an explanation. Cumberbatch and Freeman portray Sherlock Holmes and John Watson respectively. A better duo could not have been chosen for the modern retelling.
When they first meet in season one, John has just returned from the war in Afghanistan. He did not return unscathed, bringing home nightmares and a distinct limp. At his therapist’s suggestion, he begins a blog that will later serve as a home for the stories that result of his adventures with Sherlock.
He and Sherlock
become acquainted when John is introduced to him as a potential flatmate. The scene, which takes place in a morgue and involves Sherlock wailing away at a corpse with a riding crop, is just taste of the strange, wild roller coaster that the two men ride through season one.
03 Intense Plot
Season one is only three episodes long. That may sound woefully short, but in three episodes, the show takes us through three murders. Each one is seemingly unrelated, but in the third episode, viewers learn that a dangerous mastermind has been orchestrating something terrible.
04 221 Baker Street
Sherlock and Watson’s home rests at the heart of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. In the 21st century version, the flat is a visual feast. Bullet holes in the wall, skulls on the mantle — everything from the furniture to the wallpaper says something about the two men living there.
You can’t have Sherlock Holmes without his frighteningly intelligent and dangerous adversary, Moriarty. Andrew Scott plays the criminal mastermind, and his performance is as sinister as it is electric. Moriarty starts off as little more than the name behind the crimes that Sherlock and Watson have been working to solve. When they finally meet the man, he is somehow better and worse than what viewers might have expected. You can almost see Andrew Scott’s eyes light up with crazy. Moriarty leaves Sherlock and John with their lives at the end of the first season, but the game is not over yet.
Want to see for yourself? Find season one through three on Netflix.