A brief glimpse of the new Sherlock trailer may have sent the internet into a frenzy (admittedly, much of it over John Watson’s moustache – WTF, John?) but, in what feels like a very long absence, has the BBC show’s claim to be the ultimate modern day Holmes been usurped by a pretender from overseas? It may seem heresy even to ask – but is Elementary actually better than Sherlock?

[Contains Season 1 Elementary spoilers]

The set up

Both shows have taken a fresh look at the Sherlock Holmes story, one set in modern day London, where among the other things he has to deal with, Holmes wrestles with media attention and internet fame; the other relocates Holmes to New York, with a serious addiction problem and a ‘sober companion’, Doctor Joan Watson. Yes – they made Watson a woman! Funnily enough, the world didn’t end at this, and it turns out to be a very effective updating of the tale that makes it feel fresh and unique.

Winner: UK wins for admitting that the media exists, US for bold casting choices, so it’s a tie.



As both stories are set in cosmopolitan cities, you’d expect them to reflect the nature of those cities, right? But I’m not the first nor will I be the last to question Sherlock writer Steven Moffat’s ability to write outside the ‘straight white guy’ box he favours, and so Sherlock is woefully unrepresentative in terms of people of colour, and the Chinese triad story in Series 1 felt seriously questionable in terms of its racial depictions (we’ll come back to his ideas on sexuality in a minute…). Elementary, in contrast, not only has a woman of colour in the lead but several black supporting/recurring characters, and seems comfortable portraying the city it’s set in in all its nuances. I’m not saying shows need to fill some sort of quota, of course, but if you’re setting a story in a diverse modern city, surely that needs to be reflected in the cast?

Winner: Elementary


The Woman Problem

In the Conan Doyle version, Irene Adler (‘the Woman’) was an adventuress who beat Sherlock Holmes, and he forever admired and respected her for it. In Moffat’s Sherlock, she’s a (admittedly high class) sex worker who quite literally ends up on her knees being rescued by him; he doesn’t particularly seem to respect or admire her, he fancies her and treats her scornfully – though he, of course, being a Man, isn’t thrown by his emotions, whereas she, being a Weak and Foolish Woman, allows herself to be overruled by ‘sentiment’ (it’s also worth noting that while Moffat has publicly pooh-poohed any suggestion that Watson and Holmes would be lovers because they’re ‘not wired that way’ he has no problem presenting Irene Adler as a lesbian who falls in love with a man). She may be smart, but she is constantly manipulated by men – she only comes up with the idea of blackmail after Moriarty suggests it. Contrast Elementary, which uses Adler to great effect. On her introduction she comes very close to just being an example of the ‘woman in the fridge’ trope, the female character killed for no other reason than to give the male character purpose, but this is overthrown as the show unwinds. Because here Adler turns out to be Moriarty – and she is smarter than Sherlock, and she does beat him. Ultimately, both she and Holmes are victim to their own sentimental illusions – his love blinds him to her true nature, while hers makes her dangerously complacent – and in the end she is brought down not by his cleverness, but by Watson’s acute observation.

Winner: Elementary, by a country mile.


The format

Both shows suffer slightly from the restriction of their respective formats – Sherlock can sometimes struggle to fit a whole story into 90 minutes, making it feel rushed, and Elementary, especially in the early episodes, struggled badly with the US procedural format – the general rule that whoever is in the frame for the crime before the 45 minute ad break has to be innocent by the end of the show made Holmes look actually quite stupid, since he kept guessing the wrong guy. It does seem to have solved that problem now though, and the longer running time of US series has given them plenty of time to really develop the characters. Sherlock does however win prizes for faithfulness to the canon – its episodes are inspired by Conan Doyle stories, and there’s lots of fun to be had picking up on the references to the original tales.

Winner: It’s a tie


The casting

Here, the winner seems obvious: Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch are simply flawlessly cast; both completely inhabit their roles and have presented an utterly convincing modern day pairing. It helps that they have fantastic (and, yes, fanfic baiting) chemistry: they really do feel like a married couple. They are surrounded by other quality actors – Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey and my favourite Mycroft ever, Mark Gatiss, all of whom seem perfect for their roles. But… but… Elementary has rather snuck up on me. I can’t say I was invested either way in the idea of a female Watson, but I love what Lucy Liu has done with the role, and what the show has done with her. She’s finally being allowed to move on from the tediously stereotyped ‘kick ass Asian babe’ roles she spent so much of her early career in, and comes across here as down to earth, smart and believable, the perfect foil for the more highly strung Holmes. Miller, as a heavily tattooed recovering addict who shags prostitutes for recreational relief, is a slightly harder sell at first but give him time, and he delivers a nuanced and enjoyable performance. This pair, too, have great chemistry though it’s perhaps ironic that it should feel far less sexual in nature than that of Freeman/Cumberbatch – their relationship feels very different, and, given the latitude of a US season arc, is a much slower burner than the BBC’s, which by necessity (as well as, perhaps, design) made the pair fast friends from their first adventure. The US show, too, has a top-notch supporting cast, including Aiden Quinn as a grizzled New York cop. It does lose points for casting Vinnie Jones, though.

Winner: Sherlock


So, on a basic tally Elementary comes out on top – of course, that doesn’t take into account the rather rapid fandom the BBC series has inspired, where the love for Cumberbatch and Freeman outweighs all other arguments. Personally, while I do find elements of Sherlock problematic, if I’m honest it inspires more genuine affection in me than Elementary (I’m really, properly excited for its return, in a way few other shows ever excite me). But ultimately it doesn’t matter – whichever show you prefer (or even if you think both are just pale imitations of the Robert Downey Jr films – unlikely, I know, but possible) it’s the fans who are the real winners, getting to enjoy two modern adaptations of one of literature’s most beloved creations.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

And while the only tenuous plug I can put in for my book is that there’s a Sherlock Holmes joke in it, I’m still doing that…

S#!T Talking Central

  • Anon

    Your headline is ludicrous and seems to be largely designed to get you notoriety and attention. Sherlock is founded on a deep love and knowledge of the original Conan Doyle stories, seen in multiple references throughout the shows, in the characterizations, and even in the titles of the episodes, whereas it seems as though Elementary has almost nothing to do with them. Sherlock respects the characters while updating them, while Elementary seems to be mainly just using their names. (eg. I don’t find Elementary’s Sherlock’s deductions to be convincing on the whole; he seems too mixed up and emotional to be the searingly logical and incisive Holmes).

    Another big difference is that Sherlock demonstrates the depth of the friendship between Holmes and Watson, in a way that is superior and that actually reflects the friendship as it is depicted in the stories. It can also be incredibly moving (witness Watson’s quiet speech and suppressed tears at the faux graveside of his friend). Elementary’s characters don’t have the same kind of integral friendship or connection that they should, and it is not comparable to the one that appears in the stories — especially as Joan is a paid companion, with no real interest in Holmes at the start, and even after that time is over, they really only seem to tolerate each other.

    The mysteries, characters, stories, acting and directing are also much better in Sherlock. Just think of what they’ve managed to achieve and how much ground they’ve covered from the stories in just two series of three episodes each. Secondary characters like Molly, Mycroft, Mrs Hudson and Lestrade are also essential and add interesting dynamics to the mix. I find the supporting characters in Elementary to be mostly uninteresting. Elementary is largely a derivative police procedural show, whose mysteries are often ridiculous or ill-developed.

    If you want to watch a really good American police procedural, with literary touches, excellent mysteries, developed characters and a deep love of the genre, watch Castle instead. It is greatly superior to Elementary, and Sherlock is also much, much better than Elementary — not just because of the love of the fanbase (as you imply) but because it embodies the love and respect for the Conan Doyle stories that invented Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson and made them great. This continually shines through, even in the midst of a modern update, making it one of the best to date.

    Elementary is truly nothing but an ‘elementary’ (basic and simple) adaptation which uses the names of the characters (often in silly and distorted ways — I did not think the combining of Adler with Moriarty worked). I wasn’t crazy about Irene Adler as a dominatrix (not the same as a sex worker, by the way), as I prefer her to be an opera singer. I do think this is an interesting update on the courtesan/ King’s mistress version of Irene though, and she has more strength and cleverness than you give her credit for. In any case there are great characters like Molly and Mrs Hudson, who stand up for themselves, represent women with credit, while also showing friendship to Sherlock. Ultimately, what is the Sherlock in Elementary really learning? The Sherlock in Sherlock seems to be learning a whole lot about his own limitations, about friendship and about himself throughout both the series, in a way that is truly engrossing.

    • emmybm15

      Give yourself a pat on the back! This comment is brilliant! Also thank you for mentioning Castle, it is greatly appreciated coming from a Castle fan/Sherlockian. Even if I watch both Sherlock and Elementary, I have ALWAYS thought that Sherlock was better because, I don’t feel Elementary is Sherlock Holmes. I have thought, from the very beginning of watching it. That it’s a normal American cop show, which characters shares the names of Sherlock Holmes characters!

    • Chelsea

      OMG you are my hero for writing this because Sherlock will always be a million times better then Elementary ><, this was amazing and very true on what you posted.

    • IamSherlocked

      A Sherlockian/Castle fan too! And imagine I get to watch both the shows on TV! Isn’t life amazing? ^_^
      Jokes aside, the fact that ‘Elementary’ has blatantly copied form ‘Sherlock’ makes me to NOT like it.

    • Leon

      Well said my friend!! I got goosebumps by just reading your post… Every word u say is true.. Elementary doesn’t even stand a chance to Sherlock

    • monkey d luffy

      i completely agree with you ..! there’s no reason to debate which show is better because everyone knew that sherlock is a masterpiece.., don’t get me wrong i don’t dislike elementary but it seems more like a regular crime solving show to be honest it’s more like “mentalist” and elementary is no where near the mentalist too ..! if the headline says why mentalist is better than sherlock then i would’ve given it a thought for a minute to think but then the answer would be sherlock too

  • Maria Snape

    I think that you should shut up! If the shows are so unique then why are you trying to pit them against each other? It’s a pathetic cry for attention and you really need to get a life.
    Both shows are great and we should just leave it at that. Honestly, trying to make one seem better than the other is just proof that filthy websites like yours are just trying to get a response and make fans on both sides mad.
    Shut up and just get on with the fact that they’re both great shows and don’t need to win against each other to prove that.

  • M smith

    If you think elementary is a better show than Sherlock you really need to stop watching TV.

    Storyline, cast, and entertainment value are much higher for Sherlock. Who really cares if Elementary made “brave casting choices”. We don’t watch shows to see how brave the producers are, we watch them for how good the show actually is.

    Elementary is very much like every other USA cop show. You can pick who did it, the storyline, and the antagonists flaws and whims. The scripts are formulaic. The fact they cast genders in reverse is in fact as formulaic as everything else.

    What I completely disagree about in the commentary above is the relationship between Sherlock and Adler. Sherlock does save her, even though he really doesn’t want to. The fact is he does admire and respect her, but cannot for an instant allow that to be known, or shown. It seems you have accepted the portrayal that Sherlock gives, rather than the real underlying sentiment that is displayed by the plot.

  • Greg

    This whole thing just seems like a really biased account of why Sherlock fans are wrong. Sherlock is much superior to Elementary in every sense and your reasoning behind the categories are ones you chose so that Elementary would win.

  • Bartholomew Sholto

    if any of you who have commented had read the article, and not just the headline, you’d see that the writer enjoys boths shows

    “Personally, while I do find elements of Sherlock problematic, if I’m honest it inspires more genuine affection in me than Elementary (I’m really, properly excited for its return, in a way few other shows ever excite me). But ultimately it doesn’t matter – whichever show you prefer (or even if you think both are just pale imitations of the Robert Downey Jr films – unlikely, I know, but possible) it’s the fans who are the real winners, getting to enjoy two modern adaptations of one of literature’s most beloved creations.”

    • Anon

      No one is saying you can’t enjoy both shows or taking issue with the writer’s claim to like both, but we are disputing the writer’s reasons for saying Elementary is better in certain areas as disingenuous. And, anyway, of course she would say that she likes both shows, as kind of a protective disclaimer. The headline implies something different, though, and I agree with the poster who said that the categories were biased and chosen so that Elementary would win.

      More seriously, the evidence is also stacked rather unfairly by this writer. For instance, she takes issue with the depiction of women in Sherlock by pointing at Irene Adler, but ignoring the other women in the show. She ignores the fact that Elementary really only has one woman who is a recurring character (Joan Watson) and also ignores all the ways in which the representation of woman on that show is sometimes questionable: women are regularly victimized and murdered in brutal ways on that show.

      The character of Watson is somewhat disparaged as a woman as well, given that she’s no longer a surgeon due to her own fault, she’s never been in the army and she is also not a writer. These qualities are all unique and important features of Watson’s character and they give him some expertise and stature of his own. He’s not a weak or dependent character like Joan is when she’s evicted from her apartment, has no income and has to live with Sherlock because of having no place else to go. (The fact that Joan’s been apprenticing and not just assisting by the end of the season doesn’t really strengthen her character either because she’s not truly independent and it’s not a true partnership as it is in the original stories where the skills and traits of the characters are complementary). Anyway, the character of Joan Watson might be a fine example of a female character on her own, but she is not really Watson. She also indicates that the attitude to women in Elementary is not perfect, either, and not better than the one evident in Sherlock.

      In my view, the only reason for watching a mystery/detective show with characters named Holmes and Watson is that you want to see how well the show will embody these characters in a new way, how well it will depict their friendship, and how well it will tell their story. I’ve enjoyed many incarnations of Holmes and Watson, including Christopher Plummer and James Mason, Jeremy Brett and David Burke/ Edward Hardwicke, and many others. These movies/ shows treated the characters with respect and embodied them in interesting ways which yet bore some resemblance to the originals.

      So does the BBC Sherlock; although it is modern, it reflects the original characters and stories very well. Despite having some new innovations, it seems to still capture the essence of the originals. Elementary is one of the weaker adaptations of Sherlock Holmes because it does not bear much of a relationship to the original stories, and it handles the characters in gimmicky and careless ways. The problem with this article is that it does not even acknowledge the problems around Elementary as an adaptation. I’m glad the writer likes both shows: good for her. She can have twice the pleasure I do, since I only like one of them. But it is disingenuous to pretend that Elementary is in the same league as Sherlock, when the key criteria (of how well it adapts Conan Doyle and tells the stories of the beloved character) is completely ignored.

  • Edward La Guardia

    I couldn’t even believe this article’s title but I guess some people can just have poor taste.

  • Alexander Lewis-White

    You chose these categories to twist it so that elementary would win, and honestly i think your arguments are laughable anyway. What does it matter what colour or creed the actors are? Why is that important? Should i have been outraged at Friar Tuck being played by a black guy in the BBC’s Robin Hood, or was i right to overlook how it was probably not realistic considering he was a fine actor? It does sound to me like you’re trying to tick boxes, despite your protests.

  • John Rando

    Lucy Liu is not believable as an actress. The elementary guy sounds silly when he talks and isn’t believable when he deduces. Cumberbatch wipes the floor with elementary. Whoever wrote this probably likes The Neighbors and 2 Broke Girls.

    • Martin Hugo

      She is really irritating and I think you hit the nail on the head- ti is because it is not believable. I think the concept is supposed to be Dr House as Shirlock homes, except the plot is totally predictable, character relationships are shallow, and it is filled with American TV Drama cliches that don’t even do themselves justice. I was glued to Shirlock, and now I have Elementary and will probably finish it because I have nothing better to do and I am hoping it gets better eventually.

  • Surelock

    Your opinion is bad. And you should feel bad.

    But in all seriousness, Sherlock is far superior to Elementary in every way, shape & form. Not just superior to Elementary, but to most American TV shows as well. Sherlock is an intriguing, intelligent, interesting & even moving masterpiece… While Elementary is a mere distraction from one’s every day life with the name “Sherlock Holmes” slapped onto it. . The character is infinitely more developed & explored in the BBC series. Elementary’s Holmes is quite one-dimensional, with occasional generic & textbook displays of “emotion” you’d expect from crappy TV shows who don’t understand character development. Seriously, he almost cried in the VERY FIRST EPISODE. A bit too soon for such a complex character, no? And this is all without even talking about Sherlock’s superior cinematography & direction, as well as script & creative choices (i.e. the “text appearing on evidence”). It’s quite obvious you wrote & entitled this article purely to get attention and to get people talking. Well congratulations, you’ve got us talking. And it seems not even one person considers your opinion relatively intelligent. Oh, & better villain too. Sherlock Moriarty vs. Elementary Moriarty… There’s not even a comparison.

    I am SHERLOCKED man, I don’t understand how you’ve chosen to be… ELEMENTARIED?

    See? It just doesn’t work.

    • Penny Marie Sautereau

      If you can’t come up with actual valid points, just don’t say anything, because everything you just said is inane fanboy talking points with absolutely zero basis in reality. Just say YOU PERSONALLY like Sherlock better, don’t waste everyone’s time with nonsense and outright lies, (Sherlock has better character development, PLEASE).

      • Martin Hugo

        I think the only people who think Elementary is better probably live in the USA.

        • Penny Marie Sautereau

          Nice try but no, I’m a British-Canadian dual citizen. And I know SEVERAL Brits who agree Elementary is the better show.

    • Dia

      Haha. I am Sherlocked as well! And no… Elementaried, doesn’t work.

  • martiney05

    Leave it to bitter Sherlock fans that ignore every good points in the article and being loud & defensive.

  • stupter

    lol how about you people stop arguing and enjoy the shows

  • Alex

    I don’t think Elementary is a bad show at all… but Sherlock is an AMAZING show, and not just as an ‘adaptation’. Sherlock is great from every production/screenwriting/structure POV. It is original, it’s smart, it is special. Elementary is a good procedural… similar to all the other good procedurals on CBS

  • Tami Menzed

    as you said, SHERLOCK stories are rushed, so sometimes I get confused, elementary goes basic and sure, but its development of characters is better
    I don’t like the gay jokes LOL since I always pictured sherlock holmes as someone without feelings at all in the books, that’s why he’s my hero

    • Chareose

      yes exactly stick to macdonalds tv, it suits you

  • tykobrian

    Elementary is better? Really??

    I can only assume that the people that like this show must lack basic understanding of the very mechanisms of what makes Holmes who he is. I’ll watch just about anything involving the concept of Sherlock Holmes and I used to watch Elementary.

    The show is so far removed from what Sherlock is meant to be that I can only see it as a detective drama where the characters happened to share the traditional names of Sherlock and Watson. In that respect, I suppose watching it as a fun crime show is understandable, but is there anyone that watches this that is an actual admirer of the works of the original stories? I’m not sure it’s possible to be one and like this show.

    Simply because the characterization of the man they are calling Sherlock on Elementary behaves in exact opposition of the very essence of this man’s nature. I am not talking about portrayals, or moving the flat, or making Watson a woman. These are all things that are creative to change and are good to re-hash into something new to keep interest. But I am talking about things that this character does that undermine the core of Sherlock Holmes and therefore he can no longer be himself.

    I began noticing these things right away. Sherlock Holmes, as originally written can certainly be referred to as a drug addict. For those unfamiliar with the works it is referenced in the book that to keep his mind from becoming painfully unused he often used cocaine, sometimes for weeks on end during periods where he didn’t take a case. In a sense, he is an addict. He is addicted to the feeling of solving cases. When he is not on a case, he is not happy. He is always waiting for the next case to come and when there is not a case, he turns to drugs to fill the hole of his addiction. This is a fundamental character trait and what fuels this man in everything he does.

    It’s hard not to notice that in Elementary they removed this component entirely. Yes, Sherlock’s drug addiction is a very strong plot point of the series and though the drug his choice has changed, that is not my issue with its presentation.

    My issue is that the reasoning behind his addiction is because of a woman. His supposed loss of Irene Adler is what weakened his mind and spiraled his life out of control and into addiction. This is so fundamentally wrong. To take a character that is essentially a human computer, who has one of the greatest brains ever known, and to take him down to the level of addiction because of the loss of a woman (something he disdained) is so horribly incorrect. From this specific point, you have made this a regular crime drama about a man and his lost love. The original Sherlock did not have a lost love. He has developed his methods and powers of observation through shutting out all emotions. It allows him to see things that others don’t. Simply put, he would not waste himself away on drugs because of a simple base human need. I am so disappointed in this fact, that it does not seem that this could be the same character because it directly conflicts with mindset.

    Then the character of Moriarty was introduced. This is Sherlock’s absolute adversary, because they are at exact opposite ends of the spectrum. One is the ultimate observer and one is never observed. These two concepts are so strongly opposite that they eventually align perfectly and destruction must come upon one of them simply because both cannot exist. Even though I had given up on the show, I was ashamed to admit that I was still looking forward to Moriarty’s appearance, who in my mind represents the greatest opposing force ever designed. Needless to even write, I was pretty disappointed when right away as Moriarty was mixed up with Irene Adler, essentially using this twist to toy with Sherlock’s emotions. Which, of course, once again shifts the focus of the show away from intellect and into emotion. Because Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock was all about emotions, right? *facepalm*

    I suppose for a mainstream television show, there would be less interest if relationships were not the driving focus. The average person is simply not interested in watching a great mind work. They need the boy meets girl storyline. I am just sorry they had to force that very basic and trite concept upon one of the best stories ever written.

    So forget Elementary vs. Sherlock I don’t think Elementary could be considered a Holmes story at all.

  • james

    I just don’t see how anyone could like Elementary. It is nothing but a generic US detective tv show. It uses the same equation as CSI, The Mentalist, Law & Order, NCIS, etc., etc. They just happened to name the main character Sherlock and his side-kick Watson. The plots to each crime in each episode are just sad. For example the episode Solve for X. The sub-plot is Lucy asks to borrow money!! Wow! Why does she ask because someone wants her to invest in a bar. what a creative subplot. It gets worse in this episode. Lucy kills the kids Dad in an operation after she admits it was a relatively easy procedure. Her excuse is I don’t know what happened it just did. Sherlock tells her it was just an accident. No it was not just an accident its called negligence and incompetence. Then I notice Sherlock has tattoos and he actually has a tat of his own London address! Now that is lol ridiculous. Who in the hell has a tat of there own address?? Now Baker St is a famous address, but to the reader and viewer not the character. And the whole idea of Moriarty being Sherlock’s lover. How stupid of an idea is that. Not only is Moriarty a woman, but she completely made an ass out of Sherlock as he had no idea who she was. Elementary is just too generic, the characters are too boring. This is the absolute worst job an actor has ever done playing Sherlock, not that the actor has any help with the pathetic writing. The dialog is bad and boring, the characters are boring, the police are boring. Its just a boring uninteresting show. Moriarty and Sherlock’s rivalry seems so small potatoes. It is not Sherlock and Watson solving the crimes they are constantly with the police. On stake out with the police, at police headquarters. They just seem like 2 police detectives. I am quite sure those who love Elementary probably like the Mentalretardist, Law & Order, CSI, NCIS never at all noticing they are all just basically the same thing following the same equation. And for the commentor who stated that the Moriarty thing blew his/her’s mind. What a simpleton you must be.

  • NothingButTheTruth

    All of these die hard Sherlock fans are irritating the living hell out of me. You seem to think that somehow you are superior in every way and that every opinion that is not yours is somehow wrong, because apparently the waste products that you produce seem to stink less than everyone else’s. Well maybe you’d have a fun time processing this one:


    I find the writing of it completely and utterly tedious. I’ve read the books and they are not that dry. I usually prefer the British versions, but this time I could barely stay awake. I couldn’t see the character development. Sherlock should come off far more wittier to me, instead I find him rather dry. I thought Freeman was like Bilbo Baggins trying to play John Watson. There were elements that Freeman did where I just looked and went oh my gosh Bilbo Baggins. Not to mention Moriarty tries so hard to play the Joker from Batman. Don’t get me started on Adler, I hated that portrayal of her as some sort of glorified prostitute. I found that immensely annoying. That’s not how I perceive the characters of Sherlock Holmes to be at all. Sure it sticks to the storyline (for most part), but I just couldn’t get past the constant in your face awkwardness between the characters. So it has better cinematography, well, I wish I could stay awake long enough to actually appreciate it.

    I can just see the lot of you turning in your skin at the mere mention that somebody might just dare to criticise the great Sherlock. News flash: it does not make me stupid, I will not discontinue watching TV, my opinion does not make me less than you because you prefer something else. Sitting behind a computer with that ten foot pole up your bottom must really be getting uncomfortable.

    What I like about Elementary is that it takes new ideas and makes them into something workable. Sure, it doesn’t follow the step by step plot you people obsess about, but it’s interesting, it’s different, it’s new, it’s fresh. It never claimed to be a carbon copy of the storyline, that was evident. If we had to have carbon copies of everything all the time, life would be incredibly boring. Miller is full of life and much easier to watch. To say that you can’t find where he learns anything is just ridiculous as it’s clearly evident how he changes towards people during the series. I also find in Elementary that Watson is far more involved and concerned, I didn’t feel that much while watching Sherlock to be honest. There doesn’t need to be “soft tears” to make an endearing point.

    So I greatly disagree with many people, does that make me wrong: NO. It just tells you that I have an opinion and a preference. I don’t see why somebody needs to be told that their opinion is worth nothing because it differs. I don’t enjoy Sherlock and I never will and I don’t have to. Doesn’t make me any less than the stuck up obssessives that I’ve seen lurking around here waiting to pounce on an Elementary lover. Quite sad really.

  • Floydian

    Without a singular doubt. Elementary is the far superior show; for just so many reasons.

  • Chareose

    I watched Elementary with an open mind………….its simply CIS…NCIS (whatever) Detective show with thrills…………. the plot line and scripting is no more special than the dozens of other detective shows on TV

    Miller and Lui add a sharpness to it but to compare it to Sherlock is laughable, sorry. For one Elementary is a stock in trade long running show……. Sherlock is really a series of tv movies (3 episodes that are so carefully and painstakingly written its more akin to theatre) than to a fast food tv show

    If your thick watch Elementary, if your intelligent watch Sherlock = simple