Elementary, is an American television drama series that conveys the story of a character named Sherlock Holmes of the famous Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel. The creator of this procedural drama is hence Robert Doherty and Jonny Lee Miller plays the role of Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu plays the role of Dr Joan Watson. The series premiered on the 27th of September, 2012 on TV channel CBS. Set and filmed primarily in New York City, the series has 24 episodes per season. Jonny Lee Miller became the actor who also played the role of Sherlock Holmes the most in television and/or film by the end of season two.


The show conveys the story of Holmes, who is a recovering drug addict and former consultant to Scotland Yard. The story also shows how Holmes assists the New York City Police Department in solving crimes. Holmes’ indifference to police procedures leads to conflict with Captain Thomas Gregson quite often, although the two respect each other. Holmes is accompanied by Dr Joan Watson,  a surgeon hired by sherlock’s father to help him with rehabilitation. Joan initially acts as his sober companion and begin to work together on his cases and becomes Holmes’ apprentice and later, partner.

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The elementary show also met with some high criticism since it followed closely on the heels of the BBC’s modern adaptation of Sherlock.  The show was picked up for a full season after its premiere and later an extra two episodes were added. The season 2 premiere hence got filmed in London. Since then, the series has been well received by critics and has received multiple praises for the performances, writing, novel approach to the source material and fresh modern twist which detailed throughout the show.


CBS renewed the series for a fifth season on the 25th of March, 2016, which premiered on the 2nd of October, 2016. CBS renewed the series for a sixth season on the 13th of May, 2017. It hence ordered an additional eight episodes on the 29th of November, 2017, which brought the sixth season total up to 21 and it premiered on the 30th of April, 2018. It renewed the series for a 13 episode seventh season on the 12th of May, 2018.  They also announced the seventh season to be the end of the series on the 17th of December, 2018. The seventh and final season premiered on the 23rd of May, 2019 and ended on the 15th of August, 2019.

Main Characters:

  • Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes
  • Lucy Liu as Dr Joan Watson
  • Aidan Quinn as Captain Thomas “Tommy” Gregson
  • Jon Michael Hill, playing the role as a Detective First Grade/Captain Marcus Bell


  • John Noble as Morland Holmes
  • Nelsan Ellis as Shinwell Johnson
  • Desmond Harrington as Michael Rowan
  • James Frain as Odin Reichenbach.