Rent Elementary: Series 1 (2012)

3.8 of 5 from 110 ratings
16h 38min
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This modern-day twist on the legendary detective finds Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) as a recovering drug addict, starting a new life in New York City as an NYPD consultant. By his side is his trusty "sober companion", Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu), hired by Sherlock's dad to keep the investigator on the straight and narrow. Sherlock rejects Watson's attempts to have him participate in group therapy and makes her life and job as challenging as possible. Meanwhile, Watson develops a flair for detective work, and discovers that following Sherlock's instincts leads her down a frustrating yet fascinating path. For these two strong-willed partners in crime-fighting, justice is elementary.
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Alysse Bezahler, Jonathan Filley, Geoffrey Hemwall
Voiced By:
Adam Godley
Narrated By:
Michael Nathanson
Robert Doherty
Robert Doherty, Peter Blake, Craig Sweeny, Liz Friedman, Corinne Brinkerhoff, Christopher Silber, Jeffrey Paul King, Jason Tracey, Brian Rodenbeck, Mark Goffman
TV Crimes, TV Dramas, TV Mysteries
Release Date:
Run Time:
998 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • A Holmes Of Their Own
  • In Liu Of Watson
  • Holmes Sweet Holmes
  • Set Tour With Lucy Liu
  • CBS Launch Promos
  • The Power Of Observation: Behind the Scenes Webseries
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. Pilot
2. While You Were Sleeping
3. Child Predator
4. The Rat Race
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
5. Lesser Evils
6. Flight Risk
7. One Way to Get Off
8. The Long Fuse
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
9. You Do It to Yourself
10. The Leviathan
11. Dirty Laundry
12. M.
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following episodes:
13. The Red Team
14. The Deductionist
15. A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs
16. Details
Disc 5:
This disc includes the following episodes:
17. Possibility Two
18. Déjà Vu All Over Again
19. Snow Angels
20. Dead Man's Switch
Disc 6:
This disc includes the following episodes:
21. A Landmark Story
22. Risk Management
23. The Woman / Heroine

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Reviews (1) of Elementary: Series 1 dear Watson - Elementary: Series 1 review by JD

Spoiler Alert

Basil Rathbone would have raised an eyebrow at this novel approach to Conan Doyle's character. The emphasis on Holmes's drug addiction seems to be a distinctly American fondness. Having a drug addiction "sober companion" is a crude method of making Dr Watson a live-in but less approachable female. It twists the emphasis to narcotic recovery so much that you wonder how he manages to concentrate. Having a female Dr Watson raises the constant possibility of romance. It was too contrived, as was the plot which frequently makes ludicrous suggestions to emphasize Holmes's deductive powers e.g. I thought you were a surgeon because you use hand cream...

Having said that the acting is good and most of the plot races along at great speed. There are so many points of observation that after an episode or two it is difficult not to see the world in a new light. The observations are generally believable and more frequent than the book which is ponderous by comparison. I much prefer the Cumberbatch/Freeman version although this one is more thought provoking.

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