Thursday 20 December 2012

New York Times best shows of the year

With only three episodes this year, however, PBS’s Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as modern-day incarnations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, easily cracks the top 10 list, thanks to its sleek intelligence, bravura visual style, and dexterous plotting. In its second season, Sherlock introduced fan favorite Irene Adler (Lara Pulver) as a scandal-magnet dominatrix, and centered around the battle of wills (and intellects) between Holmes and his nemesis, the deadly criminal mastermind Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott), leading to a climactic and taut showdown on the roof of a London hospital, where Holmes seemingly plummeted to his death. There is so much vitality in Cumberbatch’s Holmes and Sherlock that it’s impossible not to crave more, yet there’s a rounded sweetness to each of these parceled-out installments that makes them so gratifyingly rich.
-“Ten Best TV Shows of 2012,” The Daily Beast
Click here to read other Sherlock review quotes (including best of lists), or here for a general critical roundup.
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