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CBS 2012

Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance. Holmes resumes his work as a police consultant in New York City and Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs. But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator.With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crimes, it’s simple deduction that he’s going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it’s elementary that it’s a job for Watson.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Elementary

Elementary - S6E5

#1 - Bits and Pieces


Season 6 - Episode 5

Holmes and Watson retrace Holmes’ steps after he finds himself in possession of a severed head and no memory of the past six hours or why he has it.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Elementary from 1592 votes.

Elementary - S4E14

#2 - Who Is That Masked Man?


Season 4 - Episode 14

When Holmes’ investigation into the attempt on Morland’s life pushes their strained relationship to the breaking point, the identity of Sherlock’s mother is revealed. Also, when three gang members are murdered, Holmes and Watson are amazed when an elderly woman emerges as their prime suspect.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Elementary from 2103 votes.

Elementary - S3E9

#3 - The Eternity Injection


Season 3 - Episode 9

When Watson joins forces with Holmes and Kitty to locate a missing nurse she used to work with, the woman’s trail leads them to another person who has recently disappeared.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Elementary from 1350 votes.

Elementary - S7E7

#4 - From Russia with Drugs


Season 7 - Episode 7

Sherlock and Joan investigate the murder of a criminal who made his living by stealing from other criminals. When Gregson resumes leadership of the precinct, he suspects his interim replacement is responsible for one of his best detective’s suspicious departure.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Elementary from 1158 votes.

Elementary - S3E17

#5 - T-Bone and the Iceman


Season 3 - Episode 17

Holmes and Watson investigate a murder that initially looks like a road rage incident, but takes a new direction when they learn the victim was flash-frozen at the time of death. Also, when Watson’s mother finds out Joan’s brother is cheating on his wife, she puts Joan in the awkward position of confronting him about the affair.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Elementary from 1803 votes.

Elementary - S6E2

#6 - Once You've Ruled Out God


Season 6 - Episode 2

Watson and her half sister, Lin, have conflicting reactions when their estranged biological father dies. Holmes and Watson find themselves on the hunt for a stolen plutonium shipment they fear will be used to make a dirty bomb after a Department of Energy inspector is killed with a lightning gun.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Elementary from 1687 votes.

Elementary - S5E14

#7 - Rekt in Real Life


Season 5 - Episode 14

Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a former professional eSports video game player during a live video stream. Shinwell approaches Joan for advice when his teenage daughter asks to meet with him for the first time in years.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Elementary from 2943 votes.

Elementary - S6E3

#8 - Pushing Buttons


Season 6 - Episode 3

Holmes and Watson enter the world of rare antiquities when they investigate a case in which victim was killed during a Revolutionary War reenactment. Holmes finds solace in his growing friendship with Michael.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Elementary from 1662 votes.

Elementary - S3E19

#9 - One Watson, One Holmes


Season 3 - Episode 19

Holmes and Watson find themselves in the middle of a civil war being fought on the Internet when a member of Everyone, the anonymous hacker group they periodically work with, is murdered.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Elementary from 1838 votes.

Elementary - S3E23

#10 - Absconded


Season 3 - Episode 23

Holmes and Watson look into the death of a member of Holmes’ online beekeeping community who was a researcher looking into a deadly Northeast honey bee outbreak. During the investigation, they meet Tara Parker, a brilliant entomologist, academic and the leader of New York’s beekeeping society. Also, Captain Gregson enlists Watson’s services in an off-book investigation that helps him make a life-changing decision.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Elementary from 1628 votes.

Elementary - S3E18
#11 - The View From Olympus
Season 3 - Episode 18

When a driver for a ridesharing company is intentionally run over by a city cab, Holmes and Watson wonder if it’s a case of professional jealousy. A casual romance Holmes has with one of his longtime “Irregular” consultants becomes complicated when the woman makes a shocking request.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Elementary from 1840 votes.

Elementary - S6E4
#12 - Our Time Is Up
Season 6 - Episode 4

Watson considers making a major life change after reading her own therapy file while Holmes and she investigate the murder of her former psychologist.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Elementary from 1647 votes.

Elementary - S3E22
#13 - The Best Way Out Is Always Through
Season 3 - Episode 22

When a judge is murdered, Holmes and Watson become involved in the interstate search to find the prime suspect, an escaped convict from a privatized prison. Also, when Holmes applies his deductive reasoning to Detective Bell’s new relationship, the romance hits a rough patch.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Elementary from 1737 votes.

Elementary - S5E22
#14 - Moving Targets
Season 5 - Episode 22

When a reality show contestant is murdered, Holmes and Watson zero in on another competitor as a suspect, a former war criminal who may be the most skilled killer they’ve ever pursued. Also, for the first time since he attacked Sherlock, Shinwell reaches out to Joan to ask for a favor.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Elementary from 2702 votes.

Elementary - S6E9
#15 - Nobody Lives Forever
Season 6 - Episode 9

Holmes’ former sobriety sponsor, Alfredo, asks for his help with an illegal endeavor in order to save his brother. Holmes and Watson investigate the poisoning of a biology professor who was working on a secret genetics project prior to being killed

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Elementary from 1485 votes.

Elementary - S5E7
#16 - Bang Bang Shoot Chute
Season 5 - Episode 7

Holmes and Watson search for two murderers after a base jumper is shot out of the sky by one killer, and has his parachute sabotaged by another. After Joan’s sister, Lin, thinks she sees Shinwell with a member of his old gang, Joan takes drastic measures to make sure he won’t be drawn back into a life of crime.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Elementary from 3005 votes.

Elementary - S6E15
#17 - How to Get a Head
Season 6 - Episode 15

Holmes and Watson's investigation into the murder of a religion professor puts them on the hunt for a killer connected to the occult. Also, Holmes and Watson curate a list of potential replacements for Detective Bell when it looks likely the officer will be asked to join the U.S. Marshal Service.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Elementary from 1443 votes.

Elementary - S4E5
#18 - The Games Underfoot
Season 4 - Episode 5

When an archeologist is murdered, Holmes and Watson believe the man may have been killed for what he discovered during his last excavation in a local landfill. Also, Sherlock’s relationship with Alfredo, his friend and former sobriety sponsor, hits a rough patch.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Elementary from 2070 votes.

Elementary - S5E19
#19 - High Heat
Season 5 - Episode 19

Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a man Sherlock considered one of New York’s worst private investigators. Also, as Holmes stews over being beaten by Shinwell, he decides to take out his aggression by dismantling a local organization of private investigators.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Elementary from 2878 votes.

Elementary - S5E12
#20 - Crowned Clown, Downtown Brown
Season 5 - Episode 12

When Holmes and Watson investigate a clown’s murder upstate, they discover a connection between his death and the creation of a new weaponized virus. Watson helps Bell when he’s targeted by his new love interest Chantal’s ex-husband in attempt to sabotage her career at the district attorney’s office.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Elementary from 2668 votes.

Last updated: feb 27, 2021



After watching Sherlock I had low expectations for this show. Tho I must say, I have been pleasantly surprised.


Recommend it, awesome


I know i shouldn't compare it to Sherlock but gorram i can't fucking help it. It pales in comparison, and that's a bad thing because i can't concentrate on what's happening. Elementary seems like a retarded parasitical twin that should've been killed at birth but was nurtured by the deranged aunt. Everything about it is... average. There's no *spark* from Liu and Miller. It's just not there. You can't argue "Oh why can't we do an interpretation of Sherlock Holmes?" or something along those lines, when the fact is, the writing is what makes it. No one will ever match the quality of Sherlock without kidnapping Moffat et al and forcing them to write scripts in the dead of the night. People who haven't seen Sherlock (most Americans surely) will probably like this show, but for those who have seen Sherlock and are eagerly anticipating the 3rd season, this show will bore you to dead. No, seriously. I'd rather watch Revolution (actually fuck no, i take that back). Oh and before anyone makes a comment about the books, i've read them. Before watching Sherlock and before the 1st Sherlock Holmes movie with RDJ. Watch Sherlock.


I may be in a minority here, but I'll take Elementary over Sherlock any day. Both are good, just Elementary's better.


So, basically, @joecan, people can't adapt a history? "Oh My God" because Dr. John Waston became Dr. Joan Watson? You surely want it to just teleport the characters to 2012 with 2012 technologies around them (not they using them in favour, as Sherlock does not in BBC's) and everything is antique scenery, antique crimes, antique menaces. It is not because it receives Sherlock Holmes name that he needs to live in 224-B Baker Street for the rest of his life or it need to be attached to London forever. You tell that "this Sherlock looks like House" but you obviously never touched one of Sherlock Holmes books, right? House looks like Sherlock in his arrogance, perspicacity and drug activity. In the books he was openly a coke sniffer, although it wasn't knew at the time that coke was such a huge brain damage cause. You're attached to the fact that Elementary is "sucking" the formula from BBC's Sherlock when Sherlock is actually the series who is sucking the real formula. The "attic theory" from Sherlock Holmes' A Study in Scarlet is basically never saw and Sherlock and his violin too. As for the "meaningless side-plots that make 20+ episodes a season TV shows", it is the american way of doing series, my friend, there is no way that it is going to become anything different.


first of all, don't expect this show to be like our classic Sherlock or you'll be disappointed. this Sherlock has the observation powers but that's it, there's no comparison with him to the BBC/movie or even the book. this Sherlock has love interest, he feels sadness, he gets drug addicted, he fails sometimes, he also depends on his co workers to catch the criminals. basically it's another CSI/NCIS with bit of touch to the character. if you can remember these then you'll surely enjoy it. sometimes it may get boring but the lead character did well to the role. watch with an open mind or just avoid it completely.


The best show ever.


Best Sherlock Holmes series ever.


Everyone seems to want to compare Elementary to Sherlock. Why? They are two entirely different takes in a stream of disparate tv and movie takes that have been going on since Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce hit the screen in 1939. (Lord knows I've had an ongoing argument with my cousins about Jeremy Brett since 1984.) Bollocks! All of it. The fact is, Elementary has become a gem of its own distinct value. A wonderful example of the magic that happens when chemistry bubbles up between two actors/characters and is not limited to them but continues on to a cast that has since, on their own merit, earned their viewer's sincere appreciation for something rather rare: Stories with characters for whom we truly feel something. Well done Elementary. I hate to see the series end.


Americans have to possess and "Americanize" everything, including now this degenerate "American" version of Sherlock Holmes, to maintain their self-deception that the continental U.S. is the whole world and they are "God's Chosen" that they are daily propaganda brainwashed to believe by global corporations. So stupid, weak minded, paranoidally insecure, pathetic, and quite scary.

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