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Elementary is a crime drama series on CBS that began airing on select networks between 2012 and 2013. The show is a contemporary crime procedural version of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The pilot episode was directed by Michael Cuesta, and Robert Doherty is the executive producer, the series' showrunner and also wrote a number of episodes.

The show takes place in a modern-day New York City and stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr Joan Watson.

There were seven seasons of Elementary:


Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, the eccentric Sherlock Holmes escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr Joan Watson. However, Sherlock resumes his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs. But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realises she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock's police contact, Capt. Thomas "Tommy" Gregson, welcomes him as part of the team. With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crimes, it is simple deduction that he is going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it is elementary that it is a job for Watson.



Robert Doherty is the show's creator, executive producer, and one of the writers,[1] with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly also serving as executive producers.[2]

This is CBS's third Sherlock Holmes adaptation set in present day America. In 1987, CBS produced a TV film/pilot, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, featuring a cryogenically reanimated Holmes and a Jane Watson. In 1994, CBS produced another TV film/pilot with a nearly identical premise, 1994 Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Returns. This time the "Watson" character was named Dr Amy Winslow.

Relation to Sherlock (BBC)[]

In January 2012, Sue Vertue of Hartswood Films, the company that produces Sherlock, said, "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".[3]

The next month, Vertue said, "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",.[4] CBS made a statement on the issue: "Our project is a contemporary take on Sherlock Homes 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"[4]

Cast and characters[]



Characters drawn from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories[]

The following is a list of Elementary characters who are based on characters from the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

International broadcast[]

Country Network(s) Series premiere
Canada Global Television Network September 27, 2012 United Kingdom Sky Witness October 23, 2012
Australia Network Ten February 3, 2013
New Zealand Prime February 27, 2013

See also[]

External links[]

Official websites[]

Other websites[]


  1. Goldberg, Lesley (2010-07-29). "TCA 2012: 'Elementary' Showrunner Says Most Shows Have a Sherlock".
  2. Goldberg, Lesley (2010-07-29). "Lucy Liu to Play Watson in CBS' Sherlock Holmes Drama Pilot".
  3. Sherwin, Adam (2012-01-21). "Legal thriller looms as Sherlock takes his caseload to New York".
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sherwin, Adam (2012-02-15). "Jonny Lee Miller to play Sherlock Holmes in US series".