‘Elementary’ premieres: What’s the verdict?
September 28th, 2012
04:27 PM ET

‘Elementary’ premieres: What’s the verdict?

“Elementary,” a modern-day, United States-set "Sherlock Holmes," premiered Thursday on CBS, garnering mostly positive reviews and plenty of eyes.

The crime drama, which stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Joan Watson, respectively, drew about 13 million viewers, according to TV by the Numbers. And that's in spite of early criticism and comparisons to BBC's “Sherlock."

"'Elementary' doesn’t go in for cleverly re-worked versions of Conan Doyle stories (yet, at least), but that doesn’t make the BBC/PBS series automatically superior to the CBS show," Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker wrote.

Meanwhile, Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times, writes: "It's not as clever as 'Sherlock,' or as deep as 'House' and it certainly doesn't have the action scenes of the new round of films, but it's not difficult to imagine it becoming a successful thread in 'The Adventures of the Endlessly Replicating Detective.'"

"Elementary" producer Robert Doherty commented on the similarities between the series in July, telling Collider.com, “Many hands have handled Sherlock over the years and Watson and the premise and the show. … I’ve seen many, many different takes and interpretations on the character and the franchise.  They’re all great.  I don’t think any of them hurt any of the others.  … Sherlock, the character, has big shoulders and I think he can carry all of us."

What did you think of the "Elementary" premiere? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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  1. jujubeans

    Lucy is hot! They need to write in some s e x ual tension (or more).

    October 11, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cisco Modules

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  3. JOhn Cline

    Elementary, unlike its brilliantly written British counterpart, Sherlock - which smartly updates Conan Doyle's stories in inventive and often stunningly original ways - decides not to use Conan Doyle at all. It forages ahead with mundane run of the mill TV show mysteries for Holmes to unravel. After 2 episodes I have yet to care a whit about the crimes, criminals, or innocents perpetrated upon by those crimes and criminals. I always like Aiden Quinn and he does his usual good job (shouldn't he have been named Lestrade? And his last show was 100 times better than this one! Why was it cancelled?) But now having seen two episodes, I find Lucy Liu's Watson increasingly ludicrous. It's not that I couldn't get around Watson being a woman. Interesting idea. But the writing is terrible, and her acting is sincerely awful. She is an attractive woman, no doubt, but she she seems not to have a thought in her head as she says the lines. (Except maybe, 'great paycheck!') And couldn't the show's creators have come up with a more realistic reason for her to be rooming with Holmes? It's a sorry plot point among many other sorry plot points and Liu has a tough time selling it, because she's a paper thin actress. (And in fairness it's a paper thin plot point.) But the worst part of Elementary is: where are the scintillating cases of truly mysterious quality? Or a hint of Moriarty? Or characters we can care about who need Holmes' help? Perhaps the series will right itself, (get better writers?) but right now it doesn't look good, (vapid, bright cinematography,) or feel that much different from any episode of over-lit, flabby ass TV. It's a crime, because so many of us clearly want a Holmes show. But this is the dumbed down American version, it seems, as if the show creators came to a mutual decision that Americans can't think their way around smart writing, ala Sherlock. Holmes is one of the greatest creations in all of literature. He deserved better than this and so did we.

    October 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jujubeans

      "It forages ahead". Uh, I think you meant forges. And, no, I don't think it was a typo.

      October 11, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. donnasnook

    I thought is was a combination of Monk and Perception.

    October 1, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. back to other site

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    September 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phne?

    blkd for months.

    September 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. diana

    DOMA will be upheld. Marriage should only be between a man and a woman. The majority of voters passed Yes on Prop 8. the Yes on Prop 8 man is openly straight. The Yes on Prop 8 man can prove that you cannot marry an AKA. The Yes on Prop 8 man will win in the US Supreme Court. The Yes on Prop 8 man can prove that he is the best Sherlock Holmes!

    September 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. i can't wait either....

    slow start but once the ratings kick in it will never ever stop-

    September 30, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

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    September 30, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. Frances

    I loved the new show. I felt like I could hear everything. Lucy Lui was amazing and I was glad to see Aiden Quinn. I look forward to seeing the story unfold.

    September 30, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
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    3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

    4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

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    Add parallelPsalm 23
    King James Version (KJV)

    23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

    2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

    3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

    4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

    September 30, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jim Carroll

    I liked the show, but had a hard time understanding Johnnie Lee Miller's dialogue as he talks too fast and staccato. I really liked him in "Eli Stone," where he was readily understandable. I realize Sherlock often talks in clipped, staccato voice, but Sherlock needs to talk a little slower and enunciate the words more clearly. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the show. SLOW IT DOWN, Johnnie! Has lots of potential.

    September 30, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • elizabeth anne

      I really liked the show, but I too had trouble understanding Sherlock. I'm used to hearing British accents, but he talks so softly. I kept turning it up.

      October 1, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Luigi

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    September 30, 2012 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. did you see it suit?

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    September 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  16. There will be progress...

    not through cnn.

    September 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  17. i understand...

    him very well

    September 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Brownielocks

    I really liked it. It reminded me of Monk, who has social issues and so an assitant helped him, and the BBC verfsion (which I loved also). Since I'm a big (and regular) fan of Eastenders on PBS, I found understanding Sherlock no problem at all.

    September 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Christine

    I did not like the show at all. I really love Sherlock Holmes books- in fact I have read all of them. I love the characters of Sherlock Homes and Watson. I was looking forward to watching the characters in Elementary. However, I was very disappointed because Watson (Lucy Liu) is NOTHING like the Watson who narrated the books. In fact, I think her acting was horrible!!! Sherlock Holmes' character (Johnny Lee Miller) was okay. At least he was somewhat true to the character Doyle created. Unfortunately, I will probably never watch the show again. It was a disappointment, (As a side note, though, I really loved the new Sherlock Holmes movies that are coming out– they are more consistant with the character of Holmes and Watson.)

    September 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  20. bill

    Sherlock spoke too quickly-had to repeat recording to understand dialogue.
    Glad to hear someone else had trouble understanding dialogue from Johnny, he talks so fast it was hard to understand.

    September 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • JudgementDay

      we didn't have any problem with johnnys dialogue..which part were you not understanding?

      September 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philo Vaihinger

      There were parts I couldn't understand until I muted the sound and read the captions!

      And what's up with all that weird Bible stuff, above?

      October 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Murano

    This was not a good show. I thought it would be clever but it paints regular forensics people as idiots (oh, like they wouldn't even CONSIDER thinking of looking under the stove) and after a little while, I got so angry I erased it from my DVR. I WANTED it to be good. I really thought it would be amazing. But it really plays on the fact that they think most people are pretty stupid and wouldn't be able to follow anything more. I guess that may be the audience for the prime time channels. You know, the people who don't read, don't even know what Sherlock Holmes is all about and think Robert Downey Jr. was the first one. The "masses" of stupid people that we apparently turn out now in our ridiculous education system. 7th grade level is about it.

    September 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry from Va

      That person was a detective not forescnics. Your right in time they would of spoted it. Yet they called in someone who did it much faster by deduction. Thats all it was about. Speed. Then again maybe your just two used to CSI. How many crimes in the US go unsolved by our diligent police officers.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  22. The_British_American

    Not too sure about how the show will turn out now... Although I still love the BBC version much more, I look forward to seeing some progress in this show.

    September 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  23. JudgementDay

    we are also waiting to see how the season goes.

    September 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  24. JudgementDay

    we are also wait to see how the season goes.

    September 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  25. James

    Elementary is a smarter adaption of Sherlock Holmes than the critics are giving it credit for considering I never understood why people love the action scenes in the Robert Downey Jr. films. I don’t remember Holmes using fisticuffs to solve crime, but rather deductive reasoning and technology. I missed the premiere, but I watched it last night since I turned on my Hopper’s Primetime Anytime feature. Once enabled, my DVR automatically records three hours of the big four networks during primetime. A coworker at DISH told me about this feature, and now I don’t have to set timers for my programs. I’m looking forward to see where the show is going in future episodes!

    September 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  26. JudgementDay

    i love the way the show is going and performance is at its best.

    September 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  27. face reality like we do...

    the acting is so much more real.

    September 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  28. criminal minds...

    acting sucks..i had to write and analyse 2 of the shows....i could not take it seriously because the acting was so bad.

    September 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Michael Calaizzo

    She is a Black belt so watch your mouth.

    September 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  30. butlerbulldawg

    I enjoyed it. I'm glad to see Johnny Lee Miller over here in the states working, I always thought he was a talented actor. This show will probably replace Criminal Minds for me on my 'must watch' list, as that show has run its course with the characters.

    September 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Looks Good

    new show looks like it has potential–when i'm home i will watch it or tape it.

    September 29, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  32. NoneOfYourBuiness

    we choose and say what we want and do not need approval from anyone. k?

    September 29, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  33. Sandi Mizzou

    Can't believe this takes place in New York! Where are all the people? All the street scenes have 3 or 4 extras in it. NYC doesn't feel like the metropolis it is. The rice part at the end was very clever.

    September 29, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  34. NOYB

    Monk meets House. Watched the entire episode and I'm not sure it's worth watching any more of them.

    September 29, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  35. brsln

    This was certainly a dumbed down version of any Sherlock Holmes story, not just the infinitely superior Stephen Moffats "sherlock". When i initially heard there was an american network television version of the Sherlock Holmes, i figured it would be a mess and i certainly wasnt disappointed. Hey, guys, come up with your own ideas!

    September 29, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  36. Alec

    Good show. Producers didn't take it to extremes. I liked it better than the BBC version. I look forward to the character development.

    September 29, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  37. if i'm out...

    i'll tape it

    September 29, 2012 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  38. Sally Ector

    Was unable to understand the dialogue. Would be good show–save this problem. This problem also shared by one of my neighbors.

    September 28, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      It was an ok show. Usually the first show is good. It remains to be seen if the next few shows are of equal caliber.

      September 29, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • macnot

      Sherlock spoke too quickly-had to repeat recording to understand dialogue.

      September 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Czigi

    The show has potential if the audio problems are overcome. "Holmes" talks with marbles in his mouth which is counter to the often excellent enunciation of British accents. I realize this character is supposed to be manic in nature but slowing down the speech and enunciating the lines is imperative for this particular brand of mystery solving. All the clues are supposed to come from Holmes and one cannot progress if only 1 in 10 words can be understood even with the volume at maximum and rewinding each line repeatedly. It rather takes the fun out of it!

    September 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      So glad to see some else mention the problem with the audio/dialouge espcially with Jonny Miller's Holmes. I had thought it was just me having trouble hearing his lines. Not sure if it's his delivery of his lines or too often background noise and music just being too loud or a combo of all factors but it was frustrating to listen to. Lucy Liu seemed to deliver her lines in a much clearer fashion. Otherwise was an interesing if predictable story as in who had done it but interesting twists on the Holmes story. I will watch this one a few more times in hope the audio improves.

      September 29, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  40. Julie Aiken

    Well, this Sherlock fan really enjoyed Elementary. Johnny Lee Miller is charming and interesting and I always love his work, Lucy Liu is the best I've ever seen her, and it co-stars Aidan Quinn. Oh, and it co-stars Aidan Quinn. Bears repeating. I love, love, love the BBC's Sherlock, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate another solid adaptation. And it features Aidan Quinn.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  41. wanna skip the game...

    lol

    September 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  42. elementary looks good! Rather be Out!

    i went last week to watch the game because there were other women there - if he asks me out for the next game...
    i'll tape this show.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  43. new show

    the guy i'm seeing invited me to watch the game with him last night...but i know its guys night. i watched the show it was pretty good.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  44. omareading

    I liked the first episode, but I had difficulty understanding the British accent and the rapid speech.

    September 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • vicky

      very clever, well scripted. good chemistry between leads but very difficult to follow because of very heavy accent.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  45. sean

    thoroughly enjoyed it. its a different breed of show than the uk one. the uk one is essentially a mini film, 90 minutes long an just three episodes a series. this series is vastly different, and whilst not as good as the uk one, stands very well on its own. the acting talent is superb, and the dialogue feels very real. i like a female watson; i just hope they avoid a romantic encounter, it never works!! (house and cuddy anyone) will definitely be watching episode 2!

    September 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  46. thursday nights?

    i like to be out watching the game.

    September 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Kristina

    Loved it. Great show with excellent acting! I just hope the future episodes are more challenging and less predictable.

    September 28, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  48. farsighted99

    The acting was top drawer. Jonny Miller made a fantastic Holmes. Lucy Liu surprised me, she was excellent. Of course, this isn't Steven Moffat's Sherlock, but considering everything, it's a very interesting interpretation of a very old story. Moffat's Sherlock series, 3 a year, are more like films. This is a tv series show, with several episodes a year (at least 13). There can never be too much Sherlock. It was great, can't wait to see more. And looking forward to Sherlock too, sometime next year (that's months away, folks. They haven't even finished the scripts of filmed it yet). In the meantime, Elementary will be very entertaining.

    September 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Roper Girl

    I thought Elementary was a fun and well thought out twist of on old Character's. I found entertaining and certainly the cast was easy on the eyes. Looking forward to see how the series will progress. I think the Ladymarchhare should go put her sizzling bacon in a pot of boiling beans and blow it out her butt!

    September 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  50. olliphantus

    Generic, trite and mostly boring. Turned to watch a rerun of something or other after some 40 minutes. Yawn

    September 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Dom

    Come up with your own ideas! everything out of the us just seems to be a dumbed down version of shows from the uk!

    September 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Slapaho

    Watching Lucy Liu read her grocery list for sixty minutes would make for riveting entertainment imho...

    September 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  53. ladymarchhare

    That show has all the sizzle of cooking bacon in a pot of hotdog water! House is more Holmes then Miller, and Liu could have been any generic actress playing detective girl #1 on this very generic crime show drama. I mean what is the point of a even naming the detective guy # 1 Sherlock Holmes, when everyone knew who the murderer was in the first 15 minutes? New York is brown and muddy, the music was terrible, the writers seem obsessed with how impressive being british is because they keep trying to bury us in lame brit slang which feels forced. Where is the passion for the character in the writing or directing? About the only reference to this being Sherlock Holmes as anyone would acknowledge the great character would be the Bee reference.

    This show's first episode was NOT impressive. It was crime drama 101, and might have more interesting if they had just called the leads Bill Smith and Helen Jones rather then saddling a mediocre crime show with the most famous names in mystery literature only to have them crushed under the weight of them.

    September 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  54. TurdWrangler

    I thought the show was good, although I didn't really appreciate the frequent masturbation scenes.

    September 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |

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