Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century

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Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
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Opening titles
Genre Action/Adventure
Crime
Science fiction
Mystery
Format Animated series
Created by Sandy Ross
Written by Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by Paul Quinn
Starring Michael Dobson
Jason Gray-Stanford
John Payne
Akiko Morison
Country of origin United States
United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 30 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s) DIC Entertainment
Les Studios Tex
STV Productions
Distributor DHX Media
Broadcast
Original channel Fox Kids (US)
STV (UK)
Original airing 6 May 1999: UK
18 September 1999: USA

Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century is an animated television series, in which Sherlock Holmes is brought back to life in the 22nd century. The series is a co–production by DiC and Scottish Television and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Special Class Animated Program.[1]

Overview[edit]

The concept series was created by Sandy Ross, a Scottish Television executive, who came up with the idea while skiing in Aspen in 1996.[2] DiC and Scottish Television had previously worked together to create other series and this continued the trend. Some issues were raised about word choice, but alternative action and dialogue were used to overcome such issues.[3]

Story[edit]

Set in the 22nd century in New London, Inspector Beth Lestrade of New Scotland Yard is chasing grotesquely deformed French rogue geneticist Martin Fenwick, when she realizes that his companion is none other than the 19th century criminal mastermind, Professor James Moriarty. They go on to discover that this is not the original Moriarty but in fact his clone, created from cells taken from his corpse, which Sherlock Holmes had buried in a Swiss ice cave. Lestrade knows that Holmes survived and actually lived to a ripe old age, and further knows that his corpse is preserved in a glass-walled, honey-filled coffin in the basement of New Scotland Yard. She takes the body from the basement and delivers it to biologist Sir Evan Hargreaves (who looks just like Doyle), who has just invented a process of cellular rejuvenation. The biologist then uses his cellular rejuvenation technique to return life and youth to Holmes's body, so that the detective can combat Moriarty. Holmes also returns to his Baker St rooms, which had been preserved as a museum. Lestrade's compudroid reads the original Watson's journals and assumes his name, face, voice, and mannerisms in order to assist Holmes in both his crime-solving duties and his difficult assimilation to England in the 22nd century.

During the series, Holmes and Watson often work on retainer for New Scotland Yard, with Beth Lestrade as their supervising officer and Superintendent Greyson as hers, but they also work for private citizens. They are often assisted by the new Baker Street Irregulars: soccer player Wiggins, the Cockney Deidre, and the paraplegic Tennyson, who communicates through electronic beeps only Holmes seems to comprehend. The primary villains are Moriarty and his henchman Fenwick, appearing as they do in almost half of the produced episodes.

Each episode is inspired by one of the literary works of Arthur Conan Doyle.[4] Many of these are direct rewrites of the original stories, such as "The Empty House", "The Speckled Band", "The Five Orange Pips", "The Red-Headed League", and "The Engineer's Thumb" — while others are drastically different from the stories on which they are supposed to be based.

Visually, the series is a blend of traditional 2-D and 3-D CGI animation.

Voice Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

The show premièred in the UK in late spring of 1999 and premièred in the USA in the autumn.

First season (1999-2000)[edit]

Episode number Production number US airdate Episode title Sherlock Holmes story episode is based on
1 101 18 September 1999 "The Fall and Rise of Sherlock Holmes" "The Adventure of the Final Problem"
2 102 25 September 1999 "The Crime Machine" "The Valley of Fear"
3 103 2 October 1999 "The Hounds of the Baskervilles" "The Hound of the Baskervilles"
4 108 9 October 1999 "The Adventure of the Empty House" "The Adventure of the Empty House"
5 122 16 October 1999 "The Crooked Man" "The Adventure of the Crooked Man"
6 120 23 October 1999 "The Adventure of the Deranged Detective" "The Adventure of the Dying Detective"
7 111 30 October 1999 "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire Lot" "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire"
8 105 6 November 1999 "The Scales of Justice" "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"
9 104 13 November 1999 "The Resident Patient" "The Adventure of the Resident Patient"
10 121 20 November 1999 "The Sign of Four" "The Sign of Four"
11 114 27 November 1999 "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" "The Adventure of the Dancing Men"
12 125 4 December 1999 "The Musgrave Ritual" "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual"
13 112 11 December 1999 "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle"
14 119 31 January 2000 "Silver Blaze" "Silver Blaze"
15 106 7 February 2000 "The Five Orange Pips" "The Five Orange Pips"
16 113 14 February 2000 "The Red-Headed League" "The Red-Headed League"
17 118 21 February 2000 "The Man with the Twisted Lip" "The Man with the Twisted Lip"

Second season (2001)[edit]

Episode number Production number US airdate Episode title Sherlock Holmes story episode is based on
18 109 31 March 2001 "The Secret Safe" "His Last Bow"
19 115 21 April 2001 "The Adventure of the Second Stain" "The Adventure of the Second Stain"
20 117 28 April 2001 "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb" "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb"
21 123 12 May 2001 "The Gloria Scott" "The Adventure of the Gloria Scott"
22 124 19 May 2001 "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons" "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons"
23 126 26 May 2001 "The Adventure of the Creeping Man" "The Adventure of the Creeping Man"
24 107 23 June 2001 "The Adventure of the Beryl Board" "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet"
25 110 30 June 2001 "The Adventure of the Mazarin Chip" "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone"
26 116 21 July 2001 "A Case of Identity" "A Case of Identity"

DVD release[edit]

On February 21, 2012, Mill Creek Entertainment released Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century- The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.[5]

Broadcast history[edit]

United States[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Australia[edit]

References[edit]

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