I’ll admit that I was NOT a fan of British productions (I think the national broadcaster of my country is to blame for that). Which is why I was reluctant to watch Sherlock. Instead I had opted for its American counterpart Elementary. The unmissable high ratings (which is why I watched Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad) drove me to watch it.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is the author who created the character Sherlock Holmes that is based on his university professor.
Being the binge watcher I am I got all three seasons (season four wasn’t out yet). I noticed that Sherlock does share a lot of similarities with Elementary. Both have Sherlock Holmes leading characters. While Sherlock has Dr. John Watson, Elementary has Dr. Joan Watson as the trusty sidekick who is Sherlock’ medium with the outside world. Another similarity is Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s older brother (although I prefer the one in Sherlock than the one in Elementary).
British TV shows are well known for their single digit episode count per season and Sherlock follows this format with three 90 minute episodes. The heart-rending part is that the seasons are two years apart. This could be a bit too much torture if you’re accustomed to American TV shows that span 22 episodes per season, which air every year.
While we wait for the fifth season, its American counterpart will have to suffice. Not to say that Elementary is not good but when matched against the latter it comes second.