In Guy Ritchie’s 2009 rendition, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) is an eccentric detective in the 1800s hired by a secret society to foil a mysticist’s plot to expand the British Empire by supernatural means.
The American response to Sherlock, Elementary’s Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) is more into T-shirts and tattoos than Savile Row suits. But despite his troubled history with drug abuse and a move to New York, this Holmes still retains all of the wit and brilliance of his counterpart from across the pond.
Elementary’s Watson may be a Joan instead of a John and traded in a soldier’s firearm for a sober companion’s exasperated patience, but don’t underestimate her. She not only keeps up with the deductive skill of Sherlock Holmes, she does it all while running around New York in two-inch heels.
BBC’s Sherlock transports the eponymous detective from his Victorian-era home to the 21st century. While that may mean he’s solving crime with the assistance of modern technology and sending messages via text instead of telegram, his vast intelligence, deductive reasoning and gentleman’s dress sense all remain intact.