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Just for fun we'd like to know which of the modern versions of Sherlock Holmes do you prefer and if you like tell us why?

CBS Elementary
17 %17 %17 % 17.50% (123)
BBC Sherlock
82 %82 %82 % 82.50% (580)
Total comments added = 29 Total votes cast = 703
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Comment made by David ( ) on 2014-10-12 22:25:05

The question is fundamentally incorrect, and I can't cast a vote for either one. The fact is that neither of these shows is about Sherlock Holmes, who was firmly set in the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Both of these shows are Alternate Universe dreck. BBC's "Sherlock" is about a character who has the same name, and some of Holmes's characteristics, but he is not Holmes. There are a bunch of clever wink-wink moments where the producers and writers try to work in connections to the true Holmes, but that's all that it is. As Shakespeare said in "The Merchant of Venice": "The devil can cite scripture for his own purpose." And "Elementary"? It is an absolute abomination, period. If you have to watch a modern version of Holmes, find a good episode of "House".
Comment made by Larry Coven ( ) on 2014-04-10 18:54:15

After reading the other comments. Jeremy Brett was excellent but not "The only Sherlock Holmes" Rathbone was great--unfortunately Bruce (see him in Hitchcock's "Suspicion", a fine actor actually--was that abysmal incarnation of Watson. Others who have really done excellent Holmes are Christopher Lee, Chritopher Plummer. Nicholas (can't remember his last neme--in 7 per-cent Solution) and even Ronald Howard (not Opie)who did well on a 50's TV series (however another bad Watson), Brett while one of the best, for me lacked Holmes' ironic sense of humor. Holmes had a very dry sense of humor and if you read the stories you will actually see that Watson sometimes objects to his annoying cackling. Now if we get to radio Holmes and Watsons, there are only two really worth mentioning and you are currently on the site of one of them, and the other is BBC's Clive Merrison as Holmes, the late Michael Williams as Watson, who is now being portrayed by Andrew Sachs--who, if you can believe it, played the Spanish incompetent servant on Fawlty Towers. As far as I'm concerned the more who can do them well, while staying true to Doyle's spirit, the better. Oh, to "Old Foggy", it took me a bit, but what a great pun.
Comment made by Larry Coven ( ) on 2014-04-10 18:36:59

Boy, that's a rough choice. They're both contemporary--Elementary isn't even in England. There's a bit more of the original flavor in Sherlock but their recent Scandal In Belgravia was a scandal indeed. Elementary isn't even worth the work it talkes to push the button on my remote. I will say this, there's no problem with the young age of Holmes and Watson on Sherlock as they were young when they met. I do think Watson should be a bit more clearly older than Sherlock, but often folks forget that Holmes was just out of college in A Study in Scarlet.
Comment made by Gunny ( ) on 2014-01-27 23:36:10

I like "Elemental" because of the contemporary treatment of the character Sherlock. I think the relationship between a female Dr. Watson and Holmes is a very believable combination given Holmes inability to fit into "normal" society.
Comment made by Gunny ( ) on 2014-01-27 23:32:15

I watch both of the choices. I like the BBC version because of the "nods" to Doyle s stories. However, "The Sign of Three" aired on PBS on 1.26.14 was an amazing example of writing and acting. The twists and turns during the best mans speach, GRIPPING!!
Comment made by David ( ) on 2013-12-17 21:28:58

You neglected to put a third choice: Neither one - they are NOT about Sherlock Holmes!!
Comment made by Christy ( ) on 2013-12-15 13:58:38

Elementary is my favorite, and I am enjoying Lucy Liu as Watson. I've read the original Sherlock Holmes stories multiple times, but I'm pretty open-minded about adaptations.
Comment made by Kelly ( ) on 2013-11-17 21:41:52

Sherlock Holmes is British and it is more believable to have a British actor in Britain portraying Holmes, than in America. Also, I don't care for the female version of Watson. The BBC is a superior production.
Comment made by Kentu ( ) on 2013-10-12 00:28:07

I'm just an old foggy when it comes to choosing the best. [Wonderful characters, great music, great acting,etc.] But the modern incantations were such a delightful improvement over a lot of the "mush" on TV broadcast and many episodes had clever writing. Anything, old or new, with intelligence and sparkle, is much enjoyed!
Comment made by Linda ( ) on 2013-09-10 18:15:34

I prefer Jeremy Brett on TV. I like his haughty attitude and condescending manor. Brett's side kick Watson, isn't a bumbling fool, but clearly not the intellect of Holmes either... I have a collection of that series I get out once a year and watch them again... The Brits lost a very good actor... ALSO, I love the fact that everything in those shows are accurate of the time period that made Holmes the genius he appeared to be... I am not at all surprised the USA would have to put a woman in a show, (Sell feminism first), or the fact it is modern times, I wouldn't waste my time watching this American sham of the Holmes/Watson combo... My favorite on Imagination Theater (radio) is also YOUR Sherlock and Watson, of all of your characters... A close second is Harry Nile and Murphy... I won't miss either show... Thank you for keeping this form of radio alive. I loved it as a child, and still do... Best Regards, Linda in Idaho
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