‘Elementary’ is an American procedural detective crime drama that airs on CBS. The show first premiered on September 27, 2012. Created by Robert Doherty, the series is based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who has given the world one of the most memorable detectives, that is Sherlock Holmes. In fact, the name of the show is taken from one of the popular phrases Sherlock keeps telling his friend and sidekick, Doctor Watson, the fact that something is ‘elementary’. CBS Television Studios, Timberman-Beverly Productions, and Hill of Beans Productions are the companies backing the project, while Alysse Bezahler, Geoffrey Hemwall, Melissa Owen, and Carol Cuddy are the producers. Robert Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, John Coles, John Polson, and Jason Tracey are on board as the executive producers.
The series puts a twist to the story of Sherlock Holmes, although the rivalry with Moriarty, butting heads with law enforcement, and having a budding relationship with Watson have all been kept the same. Nonetheless, the show was initially received unfavorably, given it followed the BBC adaptation titled ‘Sherlock’, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Nonetheless, the series managed to get in the good books of fans in no time, thanks to some stellar storytelling. Critics too praised the show for its novel approach and stellar performances, not to mention the portrayal of the Holmes and Watson relationship, that often forms the crux of many a story that involves the brilliant detective.
Elementary Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Elementary’ includes Jonny Lee Miller as the drug addicted and rehabilitated character Sherlock Holmes and his assistant cum rehabilitator cum sober companion cum partner cum apprentice, Joan Watson which is played by Lucy Liu. It is a complicated relationship that one must watch the show to comprehend. The series makes an interesting twist here, by portraying Watson as a woman, which gives a different edge to the tension in the relationship between Holmes and Watson. Since Sherlock Holmes is a consultant to the New York Police after having consulted with the Scotland Yard, he is always at loggerheads with Captain Thomas Gregson which is played by Aidan Quinn.
Sherlock also has a mysterious archnemesis, Jamie Moriarty, whose part is played by Natalie Dormer, most famous for having played the role of Margaery Tyrell on ‘Game of Thrones‘. The role of Moriarty is also fascinating here since Dormer also plays Irene Adler. The show depicts Adler and Moriarty to be the same person, using the identity of Adler to be Holmes’ lover, while the Moriarty alias is for criminal activities. Other supporting roles are Detective Marcus Bell who is played by Jon Michael Hill, Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock’s brother) by Rhys Ifans and John Noble who plays Sherlock’s father, Morland Holmes.
Hopefully, in the upcoming season, all of the main characters will return, and we might even see some new faces who are bound to make, what will possibly be the show’s final season, all the more exciting.