Thanks to the recommendation of Mark Steele via the Steelehouse Podcast, I recently watched the first season of the BBC’s Sherlock. As you might imagine, the show is inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his sidekick John Watson. But this isn’t a period piece, nor is a mundane, run-of-the-mill detective show. Sherlock is set in modern-day London, and it features engaging performances, crisp writing, and complex stories. The show is witty and it has a unique sense of style. Sherlock immediately propelled itself onto the list of the best TV series of the last few years.
The tragedy in all of this? When those Brits crank out a season of television, it’s not usually as many episodes as us Americans are used to. In the case of Sherlock, the first season consists of just three 90-minute episodes. Each one is so well done that to have reached the end of the line after just three installments feels like a cruel tease. In the best way, of course. The good news is that Sherlock will return with three more episodes later this year. Sweet.
In the meantime, here’s a trailer for the first season: