Elementary (TV series)
Title card for Elementary
|Created by||Robert Doherty
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||24 (List of episodes)|
|Location(s)||New York City, NY
London, England (season 2)
|Running time||46 minutes (pilot)
|Original run||September 27, 2012– present|
Elementary is an American crime drama series that premiered on CBS on September 27, 2012. It presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes set in the United States. It stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. Holmes is a former consultant to Scotland Yard, and also an addict. He travels to New York City to check into a rehabilitation center then lives with Watson, who becomes his sober companion and eventually his apprentice.
On October 23, 2012, CBS picked up Elementary for a full season. On November 15, 2012, the network ordered two additional episodes to its current season, bringing the total number of episodes to 24. On March 27, 2013, the series was renewed for a second season.
Cast and characters 
- Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes; a former Scotland Yard consultant who now lives in New York City after receiving drug rehabilitation there for his previous drug-related problems in England. Holmes is a deductive genius with a variety of interests and enthusiasms that assist him in his investigations. Feeling that the more interesting criminal cases are in America, he stays in New York. He contacts an old associate, Captain Tobias Gregson of the NYPD to resume his previous job as a consultant detective. He is forced by his father to live with Dr. Joan Watson, his "sober companion" who provides him with aftercare. Miller's Holmes displays many canonical aspects of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character, while his familial relations, especially his resentment for his father, have been added into his narrative. It's hinted that his exodus to the United States was not simply drug rehab or an interest in American crime, but that it was due to a woman named Irene as well.
- Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson, Holmes' "sober companion". Watson was a successful surgeon, which adds to her complement of skills. She comes to Holmes when she is hired by his father as his sober companion, to help him remain abstinent after his release from rehabilitation. After her contracted time is finished she remains on after lying to Holmes, telling him that his father had retained her services. He comes to rely on her input and grows to trust her as she helps him come to terms with his life after addiction. After a while, Holmes reveals that he found out that she was no longer being paid to stay as a companion. He offers her a position as an apprentice, telling her how much she means to him and how she helps him to focus. Watson accepts and starts her training as a detective with Holmes.
- Aidan Quinn as Captain Tobias "Toby" Gregson of the New York City Police Department; Once, when assigned to Scotland Yard to observe their counter-terrorism bureau, he and Sherlock's paths crossed, and he was impressed with his work as a detective. He genuinely likes Holmes and the two have mutual respect for each other, though he admits that Sherlock is a "pain in the ass."
- Jon Michael Hill as Detective Marcus Bell, Gregson's assistant; while initially against the idea of getting help from Sherlock, he comes to realize Sherlock's talent as a detective and readily takes advice from him, although his attitude towards Sherlock seems barely tolerant. He criticizes Sherlock's theories often, but seems to envy Sherlock's deductive reasoning.
- Natalie Dormer as Moriarty, also known as Irene Adler; the primary antagonist and former love interest of Holmes, who first appeared in person in the last three episodes of the first season. Holmes believed for a year and a half that Moriarty had Irene killed back in London, and only recently came to the realization that the two are one and the same person. Moriarty has the same level of extreme intelligence and observational skill as Holmes, and has used these abilities to build up a large network of professional assassins.
Liu was cast by February 2012. That July, she said that Watson is not "someone who's on the sideline; she's his sober companion, she's engaged in him, not the mystery, [...] From that point on you get to see how that blossoms out. The foot-in-the-bucket and that kind of Watson happens because in entertainment, there's got to be a sidekick. In this case, that's not the direction we're going in. Ask me in six episodes and if I have a foot in a bucket then we'll have a discussion."
Writer and producer Robert Doherty created the show. Doherty has commented that it was Carl Beverly who "initially was the one who brought up the possibility of developing a Sherlock show" Beverly spoke about the relationship between Sherlock and Watson in the show in July 2012:
Rob [Doherty] often calls it a bromance, but one of the bros just happens to be a woman. He said that from the very beginning and I think it's really an apt description. There's this idea that a man and a woman can't be together on a show especially without needing to be together sexually or in love or whatever, and this is really about the evolution of a friendship and how that happens. Watching that should be as much the story of this show as the mysteries that you see week in and week out about who killed who.
Relationship to BBC's Sherlock 
Sherlock, a contemporary reworking of the Sherlock Holmes story, began screening in the UK just over two years before Elementary premiered in the United States. The British show has since sold to more than 180 territories. In January 2012 Sherlock producer Sue Vertue told newspaper The Independent "we understand that CBS are doing their own version of an updated Sherlock Holmes. It's interesting, as they approached us a while back about remaking our show. At the time, they made great assurances about their integrity, so we have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn't resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying." The following month Vertue said that "We have been in touch with CBS and informed them that we will be looking at their finished pilot very closely for any infringement of our rights."
CBS made a statement on the issue: "Our project is a contemporary take on Sherlock Holmes that will be based on Holmes, Watson and other characters in the public domain, as well as original characters. We are, of course, respectful of all copyright laws and will not infringe on any stories or works that may still be protected."
Doherty spoke about comparisons between Sherlock and Elementary that July:
Sherlock has been contemporized dating back to the forties. There were movies with Basil Rathbone set in the Victorian era, and then suddenly there were movies with Basil Rathbone in World War II where they're fighting Nazis. So, the idea has been around a long time. Sherlock has done it extremely well. I think it's a brilliant show. I've only seen the first series, but I hear the second series is just as excellent. But as far as taking from the show, I just don't think that's true and Sherlock again has been... because he exists mostly in the public domain, many hands have handled Sherlock over the years and Watson and the premise and the show. He's been everywhere. He's been to the future. He's been to the past. I've seen him in comics. I've seen him in books. I've seen many, many different takes and interpretations on the character and the franchise. They're all great. I don't think any of them hurt any of the others.
Series overview 
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||24||September 27, 2012||May 16, 2013||TBA||TBA||TBA|
Awards and nominations 
|2012||People's Choice Awards||Favorite New TV Drama||Elementary||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Actor in a Television Series Drama||Jonny Lee Miller||Nominated|
|2013||Saturn Award||Best Network Television Series||Elementary||Pending|
Elementary premiered in Canada on September 27, 2012 on the Global Television Network. It began airing in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2012 on Sky Living. In Australia, Network Ten began airing the show on February 3, 2013. The series aired in New Zealand on Prime (New Zealand) from 27 February 2013.
On February 3, 2013, Elementary was broadcast after the Super Bowl. The episode drew 20.8 million viewers despite running out of prime time in the Eastern time zone as a result of a game delay.
See also 
- The Return of Sherlock Holmes: a 1987 television movie featuring Holmes in a contemporary setting and a Jane Watson, also produced by CBS
- 1994 Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Returns: a 1993 television movie featuring Holmes in a contemporary setting, also produced by CBS
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