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Elementary is a new televised take on the adventures of the famous Scotland Yard detective Sherlock Holmes played by veteran actor Jonny Lee Miller. However, the television show is set in present day New York City. The setting of the show offers an important twist to a character that has stood the test of time in several classic books. The series takes a classic literary character and dares to dream of what would happen should he be set loose in the present.

A procedural crime drama through and through, Elementary adapts to that genre by using the keen observation techniques of the top detective as the driving force for solving cases. The skills Holmes brings to the table make him a top consultant for the New York Police Department, which is the driving force for case-of-the-week show. The detective's ability to deduce truth from a crime scene is on regular display. Of course, the series not without some character development.

Holmes is evasive about his past, which drove him from Scotland Yard, and is now forced to have a sobriety companion at his side for every waking moment. The famous Watson character is played by a woman, Lucy Liu, and she helps guide Sherlock to keep the crime solver focused on staying clean. Her other task is to help Holmes interact better with people, because his tendencies skew to the abrasive side of the personality meter. The two form a mutually beneficial partnership, and help each other learn new things about each other each and every week.

In the end, Elementary is a witty and clever show that utilizes a few beloved characters to advance some compelling story arcs. The cases and investigations, just like many of the characters on display, are often more complicated than first presented, which is an interesting dynamic in a television landscape crowded with simple and straightforward plots. The twists and turns in the adventures of Holmes and Watson offer the chance to see classic characters in a fresh new light while still maintaining the pieces that made the duo so enjoyable in the literary works.

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Thursday 10:00 PM et/pt on CBS
3 Seasons, 49 Episodes - Currently Airing
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  • In the third season premiere, Holmes returns to America with intentions to start back up with the NYPD, and accompanied by a new apprentice.

  • Holmes and Watson's relationship reaches its tipping point, but they are forced to set aside their differences to help Mycroft.

  • A routine murder investigation has political and international implications, and Holmes and Watson team up with MI-6.

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'Elementary' Season 1, Episode 24: 'Heroine' Recap

The truth revealed, Holmes pursues his nemesis, Moriarty, despite a warning to stay out of it.

'Elementary' Season 1, Episode 23: 'The Woman' Recap

Holmes opts out of trying to find Moriarty so he can protect Irene... but can he?

What's New Tonight: Thursday, May 16th.
'Elementary' Season 1, Episode 22: 'Risk Management' Recap

Moriarty enlists the help of Holmes... in exchange for giving him some answers; Holmes tracks down clues in a 22-year-old murder.

'Elementary' Season 2, Episode 21: 'A Landmark Tale' Recap

Moriarty resurfaces again, this time with a new lackey who makes his murders look like accidents.

What's New Tonight: Thursday, May 2nd.
'Elementary': Season 1, Episode 20: 'Dead Man's Switch' Recap

Holmes and Watson race to find an accomplice before news of a blackmailer's murder causes him to release all of the victims' secrets.

What's New Tonight: Thursday, April 25th.
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'Elementary' Season 1, Episode 19: 'Snow Angels' Recap

Watson and Holmes uncover a huge robbery plot using the major storm heading into the city as cover.

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'Elementary' Season 1, Episode 18: 'Deja Vu All Over Again' Recap

Holmes gives Watson her first official case, to find a missing woman, while he investigates the old murder of a woman in the subway.

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'Elementary' Season 1, Episode 18: 'The Deductionist' Recap

Holmes reunites with a criminal profiler that he cannot stand as the two pursue an escaped serial killer who has a vendetta against her for ruining his family.

'Elementary' Season 1, Episode 17: 'Possibility Two' Recap

As Holmes works on training Watson, the two investigate the claims of a wealthy man who believes that he has been dosed with a hereditary disease that will kill him.

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