Sherlock Holmes may be my favorite literary character ever. Everyone knows at least a little about Sherlock Holmes due to the two recent Robert Downey Jr./Jude Law flicks, but I’m telling you, it gets better. I’m going to just assume you have basic world knowledge and know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the mastermind behind the genius of Sherlock Holmes, but if not you must at least know that Sherlock Holmes is a mystery solving genius who gets by with his companion and the narrator of the Holmes’ stories, Dr. John Watson. Everything about Sherlock Holmes is just great. I remember being really young and watching the show Wishbone on PBS, where each episode they had a mystery which was done Sherlock Holmes style, but with that adorable dog. Sherlock Holmes was a huge part of my childhood; in sixth grade I remember our teacher had us read Hound of The Baskervilles, and I fell in love. I’m a sucker for a mystery, and Doyle wrote some of the most incredibly complex mysteries I’ve ever read, which have been adapted for the big screen countless times.
Anyway, what I really want to tell you about is the sort of new BBC show Sherlock. Basically, Stephen Moffat (the wizard behind the new Doctor Who series) has transplanted Sherlock Holmes into modern day, and twisted each of Doyle’s famous stories into beautifully converted modern tales. The show stars Benedict Cumberbatch (literal best name ever) as the legendary Sherlock Holmes, and man oh man does he do an incredible job. The great thing about this new series, I think, is the connection with the audience that comes with having Holmes and Watson in their 20s-30s. This feeling was similarly achieved in the recent films, but the added sexuality that came with the movies is highly uncharacteristic of the actual character of Sherlock Holmes, something we really see in the BBC series. The good news is that all six episodes of the series are now on Netflix Instant Watch! Each series has three episodes, which is far too few, but at the same time the attachment to the series that Sherlock fan base already experiences is incredible considering that there are only six episodes. Each episode is based on a different Holmes story, but the modern twists are just perfect.
If you like a good mystery, please please watch this show. It airs as a part of PBS Masterpiece Theater in the US, and like I said, there are only six episodes so you have no excuse!