Its a modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, with some dynamite actors and really great plot twists. Benedict Cumberpatch plays Sherlock and Martin Freeman is John Watson. These two have great chemistry and are both really believable in their roles. I adore Martin Freeman who you may recognize from many movies, Love Actually and Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy being my two favourites. He is an excellently loyal John Watson. Benedict Cumberpatch plays a brilliant sociopath sort of man that is a departure from the gentlemanly Holmes. His constant arrogance is hilarious and I LOVE them together - can't wait to see more of it.
One other thing I really adore is the way in which they brought the Holmes story into the 21st century placing small things into their tale that lets us relate. My understanding of the original Sherlock Holmes stories is based on two sources; one particular university english class that I did not enjoy and don't really recall that much from, and the more loveable Wishbone series where a Jack Russell occasionally stars as Sherlock. I don't have to tell you which is more useful to me... but who doesn't love cute little dogs?
After asking Scott if he remembers ever studying Sherlock Holmes in school (which he does not, although he does remember Wishbone) he reminded me of another source where we would have learned the characters and some of the plot points from the original Holmes story...
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A few things like the use of cellphones (iPhones particularly - Yay) and texting replaces telegrams, and his nicotine addiction rather than smoking pipes make it much more transferable to this century. Oh and did I mention they write a blog on the show about the crimes they solve? I especially love that little tidbit.
One other major plus to this series is that the episodes are over an hour in length and there are only three to a season. For people like us that have about that much time in the evening to watch something between dinner and Jacks bath/bedtime routine, it is the perfect amount of TV to take in.
We found the first series on Netflix - so if you have it I really recommend checking it out.