Elementary: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)

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Season 1
Elementary

Critics Consensus

It may not appeal to purists, but Elementary provides a fresh new spin on Sherlock Holmes, and Jonny Lee Miller shines in the title role.

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Critic Ratings: 62

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User Ratings: 262
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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 27, 2012
2
Air date: Oct 4, 2012
3
Air date: Oct 18, 2012
4
Air date: Oct 25, 2012
5
Air date: Nov 1, 2012
6
Air date: Nov 8, 2012
7
Air date: Nov 15, 2012
8
Air date: Nov 29, 2012
9
Air date: Dec 6, 2012
10
Air date: Dec 13, 2012
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Jonny Lee Miller stars as Sherlock Holmes in this modern-day US retelling that finds Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous consulting detective living and working in New York City. As the first series begins, the eccentric Holmes has escaped to Manhattan after a fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab to battle drug addiction. His wealthy unseen father pays for a sober companion, Joan Watson (Lucy Liu), to live with his son, much to Sherlock's dismay. He believes his cure lies in using his extraordinary powers of deduction to help the NYPD solve cases. But slowly Joan, a former surgeon, begins to win Holmes' trust and proves to be a valuable assistant in crime solving, due to her extensive medical background. The duo work cases with Capt. Tommy Gregson (Aidan Quinn), who previously witnessed Sherlock's brilliance while on assignment with Scotland Yard. Jon Michael Hill also stars as detective Marcus Bell.

Cast

Jonny Lee Miller
as Sherlock Holmes
Lucy Liu
as Joan Watson
Aidan Quinn
as Tobias "Toby" Gregson
Jon Michael Hill
as Det. Marcus Bell
Natalie Dormer
as Irene Adler
Yancey Arias
as Robert Castillo
Linda Emond
as Dr. Candace Goodwin
Bill Heck
as Ty Morstan
Susan Pourfar
as Emily Hankins
Manny Perez
as Olshansky
Johnny Simmons
as Adam Kemper at 19
Mark Moses
as Oliver Purcell
Adam Godley
as British Man
Molly Price
as Donna Kaplan
David Harbour
as Dr. Baldwin
Freda Foh Shen
as Mary Watson
Kari Matchett
as Kathryn Drummond
Paula Garcés
as Paula Reyes
Joseph Siravo
as Anthony Pistone
Brian Kerwin
as Charles Cooper
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Gerald Lydon
Selenis Leyva
as Sara Castillo
Melissa Farman
as Carly Purcell
Terry Kinney
as Martin Ennis
Michael Irby
as Xande Molina
Stephen Park
as Oren Watson
Richard Bekins
as Harold Dresden
Dallas Roberts
as Dr. Richard Mantlo
Jennifer Ferrin
as Kristin Ellison
Callie Thorne
as Terry D'Amico
Craig Bierko
as Jim Fowkes
Roger Rees
as Allistair
Cameron Scoggins
as Brendan O'Brien
Erik Jensen
as Isaac Proctor
Kristine Johnson
as TV Reporter
Craig Walker
as Peter Saldua
Luke Kirby
as Aaron Ward
Gbenga Akinnagbe
as Jeremy Lopez
Roger Robinson
as Bruce Kushner
David Mogentale
as Charles Augustus Milverton
Roger Aaron Brown
as John Douglas
Anwan Glover
as Curtis Bradshaw
Josh Hamilton
as Drew Gardner
Andrew Chamberlain
as Adam Kemper at 12
Juan Castano
as Sean Figueroa
Richard Topol
as Trent Annunzio
Armand Schultz
as Derrick Hughes
Amy Landon
as Yvette Ellison
Anika Noni Rose
as Carrie Dwyer
Reiko Aylesworth
as Miranda Molinari
Jake Weber
as Geoffrey Silver
Michael Laurence
as Walter McClenahan
Candis Cayne
as Ms. Hudson
J.C. MacKenzie
as Daren Sutter
Lucas Caleb Rooney
as Duane Proctor
Geneva Carr
as Rebecca Burrell
Asa Somers
as Doctor
Andrew Pang
as Dan Cho
Stephen Kunken
as Dr. Carrow
Ann Sanders
as Veena Mehta
Portia Reiners
as Eva Whitman
Francie Swift
as Katie Sutter
Jonathan Walker
as Harrison Polk
Ben Rappaport
as Dr. Cahill
Reg Rogers
as Micah Erlich
Jessica Hecht
as Patricia Ennis
Larisa Polonsky
as Lori Thomas
Cynthia Darlow
as Mrs. Dean
Byron Jennings
as Van Der Hoff
Adam LeFevre
as Ed Hairston
Amy Hohn
as Dr. Ryan
Thomas Jay Ryan
as Ken Whitman
Helen Coxe
as Hillary Taggart
Christopher McCann
as Dr. Del Santo
Reese Madigan
as Sheldon Frost
Che Ayende
as Vasquez
Andre Royo
as Thaddeus
Annika Boras
as Amy Damper
Eric Deskin
as Richard Sanchez
Bennett Bradley
as Ms. Thompkins
Jennifer Van Dyck
as Alyssa Talbot
Alan Kent
as Glenn Kalison
Joey Auzenne
as Delivery Guy
Stephanie Kurtzuba
as Eileen Rourke
Stephen Henderson
as Groundskeeper Edison
Henry Hodges
as Student
Jenni Barber
as Jacqueline Zoltana
Herman Chavez
as Dominican Painter
Michael McGee
as Casey Siemaszko
Steve Plunkett
as Martin Rydell
Dee Hoty
as Patsy
Jennifer Regan
as Agent Claudia Camden
Jennifer Lim
as Natasha Kademan
Wayne Duvall
as Duke Landers
Laurence Lau
as Baumann
Con Horgan
as Wallace Rourke
Ward Horton
as Soap Opera Actor
James Michael Reilly
as Walter Devlin
Lord Jamar
as Raul Ramirez
Matt McGorry
as Sam Kelcko
Jim True-Frost
as Anson Samuels
Charles Briggs
as Sean Dugan
Tom Riis Farrell
as Gary Sullivan
Rozi Baker
as Morgan Duncan
Michelle Federer
as Ellie Wilson
Kevin Henderson
as Detective
Morgan Weed
as Rainbow-haired Girl
Frank Deal
as Detective Muldoon
Erin Dilly
as Amanda Kemper
Scott Jaeck
as Maxwell Krebs
David Furr
as Paul Reeves
Randal Turner
as Male Opera Singer
Ken Marks
as Moderator
Thomas Guiry
as Brent Garvey
Melissa Zapin
as Female Opera Singer
Natalie Toro
as Marisol
Robert C. Kirk
as Det. Polson
Gibson Frazier
as Raph Keating
Sue Simmons
as Reporter
Sean Dougherty
as Detective
Chris Bresky
as Recovering Addict
Keren Dukes
as Officer
Flint Beverage
as Sgt. O'Donnell
Rey Lucas
as Martin
Judy Kuhn
as Board Member
Judy Kuhn
as Board Member
Simon Jutras
as French Businessman
Wayne Pretlow
as Assistant Manager
Roxanna Hope
as Callie Burrell
Jay Klaitz
as Morgue Attendent
Stivi Paskoski
as Victor Nardin
Nathaniel McIntyre
as Uniform Cop
Albert Jones
as Benny Cordero
Don Guillory
as News Cameraman
Steven Skybell
as Dr. Sacco
Philip Hernandez
as Carlos Anillo
Arash Mokhtar
as Diplomat #1
Alison Walla
as Girlfriend
Napiera Groves
as Sexy Woman #1
Barbara Miluski
as Agnieszka
Penny McNamee
as Vivian Tulley
Andrew M. Chamberlain
as Adam Kemper at 12
Al Nazemian
as Diplomat #2
Kenneth Tigar
as Philip Armistead
Tim Ewing
as Sommelier
Nancy Ringham
as Bonnie Dresden
Elizabeth Masucci
as Sexy Woman #2
Sam Freed
as Oliver's Lawyer
Tawny Cypress
as Black Suit
Jimmy Palumbo
as Security Guard
Aaron Berg
as Pagan #2
Tom Galantich
as Brian Watt
Caroline Strong
as Ashley Mitchell
Kelly Aucoin
as Grey Suit
Annalaina Marks
as Miss Angel
Jesse Lenat
as Homeless Man
Patricia Conolly
as Greta Dunwoody
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Critic Reviews for Elementary Season 1

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (28)

By the mystery's big reveal, a farce of technology that will make anyone who's recently bought a cellphone scoff, I was near screaming with irritation.

Sep 27, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Stylishly directed, Elementary is one loaded show, including its wonderful, well-matched leads.

Sep 27, 2012 | Full Review…

Two things are going for this latest adaptation -- solid production values and a talented lead actor. Make that three things -- a network that knows just what viewers want.

Sep 27, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Completely preposterous.

Sep 27, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Reinventing the greatest detective worked recently for PBS, and it works once again for CBS.

Sep 27, 2012 | Full Review…

Elementary should fit snugly alongside the other procedurals on CBS.

Sep 27, 2012 | Full Review…

Miller is pretty good as Holmes. He does the fanatical-sociopath thing with conviction, throwing social graces to the winds once he get a sniff of a clue...

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a competent series which puts an entertaining twist on an overly-familiar genre. But, no, it's not better than Sherlock.

Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…

You can't take your eyes off the charismatic [Lee Miller], or Liu for that matter, and the series has grown better and better.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

How's that for a twist?

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Miller is highly-watchable, the dynamic between Holmes and Watson - she very much by-the-book, he squirming and unscripted - works well and, despite having cheesy moments and a slightly schlocky plot.

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…

A clever twist only works if there's a good story backing it up though and Elementary delivered on both counts.

Dec 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Elementary: Season 1

  • Aug 09, 2019
    I absolutely loved this show. It took me a while to start watching though, because I don't like procedurals and I thought the premise of the show was very silly (I still do, to be honest, I mean, Holmes in modern day New York...). And yet, it works really well. The writing and the acting are very good. The show is smart but also often moving and funny. What I like most are the character interactions and the themes evoked (which are often thought provoking). Honestly, to me, this is a completely unexpected but thorough success.
  • Apr 17, 2019
    While the rapid fire wit of Sherlock brings a new take to the character, Joan Watson detracts, adding an unfittingly whiney attitude through most of the series. Though some of the episodes hold interest and a few plot twists spice things up, it has descended into a thoroughly uninteresting hour, in which multitasking while watching becomes a necessity.
  • Dec 21, 2018
    I watched like half of the episodes but I stopped watching because this show just never got me. I found it to mediocre and I think it lacks a certain charm that Sherlock has for example. But it's still fine to watch and it's written very well,
  • Aug 27, 2018
    Who likes a smartarse?
  • Jan 20, 2017
    CBS's Elementary provides a fresh new take on the classic Holmes stories by changing as much from the originals as possible without straying too far from what made those stories so great. In this revamped edition, Sherlock Holmes has moved to New York after a troubling incident in London. Once there, he is paired with a sober companion, Joan Watson, to help combat his recently formed heroin addiction. The season is not the humorless dredge that it sounds like. In fact, Elementary provides big thrills and unwavering amounts of character development in one of the best adaptations of Conan Doyle's consulting detective ever. The season begins with a slow start. This is largely due to the show trying to factor in large amounts of exposition-heavy dialogue to introduce unfamiliar faces and locales. It soon moves past this however, and quickly moves into 'case of the week' territory, which is where Elementary truly shines. Each case is intelligent and feeds into an overall story arc which culminates into a fantastic season finale. All of this is made possible by the outstanding chemistry between the show's two leads, portrayed beautifully by Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. Elementary can't be compared to BBC's Sherlock. Elementary is a procedural drama set in New York while Sherlock is a miniseries based in London. Watch the show with an open mind, and hold on for the first few episodes. Soon, you'll be hooked.
  • Dec 18, 2016
    Not much to do with the written works just an occasional name thrown in. The characters are so different from what you expect Mr Holmes to be. the character development seem to be soooo slow though. Seems to be an ok mystery show, if you don't think of it too much as a Sherlock Holmes retelling.
  • Aug 24, 2016
    It's not bad, it's just unnecessary. But it is kind of interesting how they made Sherlock a recovering drug addict, Watson a female, and the series to be set in New York. I know some people may say or think it's better than Sherlock because there's more episodes in a season, and it's on more, but that's one of this show's flaws. 24 episodes a season is too long for any show, because they never have enough material for that much, and then think about how they have four seasons, with a fifth premiering soon! Filler episodes are also a common issue, even if they have enough material.
  • May 14, 2016
    It's always gonna be compared to it's superior BBC counterpart, but this new spin on Sherlock Holmes is enjoyable and despite it's formulaic cop show plots, does well mostly thanks to Jonny Lee Miller's wonderful performance.
  • May 03, 2016
    An interesting show, but not one that I'll continue watching.
  • Dec 06, 2015
    It takes a while for this show to find it's voice and you to get over a female Watson. But a few episodes in it really gets good and move on to great.

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