- Actors: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill, Aidan Quinn
- Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Portuguese, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 6
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Studio: Paramount
- DVD Release Date: August 27, 2013
- Run Time: 1038 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,725 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00CL151G4
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,708 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- Learn more about "Elementary: Season 1" on IMDb
Elementary: Season 1
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ELEMENTARY, a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes who investigates crimes in modern-day New York City as a consultant to the NYPD and is assisted by Joan Watson, a former surgeon, who is hired by Holmes' wealthy father to help keep the eccentric detective sober.
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This version of Sherlock Holmes is also distinctive from other incarnations beyond simply the change of locale to New York city. Jonny Lee Miller's portrayal of Holmes is fresh and compelling. He manages to bring a quiet intensity to the portrayal while still capturing Holmes' penchant for tantrums. 'Sherlock', the BBC version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective, stars Benedict Cumberbatch (notable for his work in Star Trek: Into Darkness) as a Sherlock Holmes who is, by his own admission, a high functioning sociopath. Miller's Holmes is driven not only by his need to solve puzzles/homicides, but by his desire to see justice served. Miller judiciously lets Holmes facade of confidence and imperiousness slip just enough to give us glimpses of the character's vulnerability. He allows just enough of a peek behind the curtain so we can see the regard he holds for Watson while not devolving into a sentimentality that would rob the character of all credibility. Thank God it was renewed for a 2nd season.
Of the three, however, "Elementary" stands apart in the most distinct and exciting ways. It bends the "Holmes" saga in a truly new direction, not only substituting a woman for Watson, or America for England, but expanding the stories into new and thoroughly modern cases in a more "realistic" police environment. The role of Watson becomes more transparent; amazingly, because Liu as Watson comes from a completely different direction than the previous incarnations. The ancillary details that Doyle carefully skipped in his stories: dinner at Holmes home, the banter around the house, the more detailed interaction of Holmes and his "companion" becomes more central to the story, and explains much about the relationship that we've KNOWN was there before, but is openly displayed in "Elementary". This alone would make the show outstanding as a "companion" to any of the other Holmes arcs...but combined with the ingenious plots and superb characterization, and adding in the "dark" side of Holmes that we glimpsed only once before (in the 1980's film "The Seven Percent Solution"), we have a richer tapestry of the character than ever before.
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