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Elementary - S01E23

Crime . Mystery . Drama

As Sherlock reels at the reappearance of his former lover, Irene Adler, a series of flashbacks unravel the tumultuous events that led to his downfall into addiction. Sherlock and Joan once again find themselves in the crosshairs of the enigmatic Moriarty.

Episode Title: The Woman (1)
Airs: 2013-05-16 at 21:00
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  • Ed Bark

    Thursday's series premiere ends up being watchable but not really something to phone your friends about.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    However, beyond its stars (and a welcome guest appearance in the pilot by Dallas Roberts), Elementary is a mixed bag. Mr. Doherty, whose primary credit is a long stint on the voluptuously melodramatic "Medium," is good on atmosphere and character but not so strong on plot mechanics.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Marisa LaScala

    If Elementary is a standard detective procedural, it is at least well done. This is largely based on the strength of Miller, who brings a rejuvenating energy to a genre full of morose investigators

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Elementary turns the myth into CBS' answer to "Castle," with a shade more intelligence.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Elementary entertains intermittently, particularly in exchanges between Holmes and Watson, but its draw will be strongest among viewers who can't get enough crime dramas in their TV diet.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    Jonny Lee Miller does a fine job in his iteration. One series being brilliant does not preclude the next from being enjoyable.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Miller's approach may be different from Benedict Cumberbatch's in "Sherlock," but he's as riveting a screen presence. Even if you don't care about the weekly whodunit--and mostly, I don't--Elementary" could be fun.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    While the latest interpretation doesn't live up to the British import, it's still more entertaining than your typical CBS procedural.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Zeba Blay

    It's sleek, smart, but doesn't take itself too seriously, managing to present what could have been a mere caricature wrapped up in the mythos of the Holmes character as a singular personality in his own right.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Two things are going for this latest adaptation--solid production values and a talented lead actor.

    Newsday Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Elementary will probably infuriate Sherlock Holmes purists, but other viewers are likely to find it gripping and well cast.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    Elementary actually works on many levels, not the least of which is his reason for being in NYC.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    Miller is infinitely watchable as the twitchy detective, and I'm sure Liu will bring more to Watson if she's given the chance.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    So while Elementary fits a little too comfortably into the CBS lineup (in the timeslot "The Mentalist" was in last year), its specific approach to Holmes and Watson, and the way that Miller and Liu interact, makes the show work on its own less ambitious terms.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Along the way, Elementary should prove rather conclusively that it's a solid cousin to Sherlock and will give fans of the character more chances to see him solve crimes.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Purists will miss the trappings of 221B Baker Street. But Elementary is appealing on several counts. Count No. 1 is Miller.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    [A] slickly made, shrewdly conceived series.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Sherlock Holmes may hail from two centuries ago, but Elementary, this latest incarnation of the old chap, produces the the season's best new broadcast drama.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Miller is certainly competent and even compelling as this round of newly imagined Sherlock Holmes.... Liu gives her Watson the perfect blend of wariness and admiration--she is clearly brilliant in her own right and while she may be his keeper, she is not his chronicler. And her journey may turn out to be just as interesting as his.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Elementary brings edgy new life to CBS' procedural formula, and is just different enough from the Masterpiece Mystery! version (and Benedict Cumberbatch's Emmy-nominated spin) to prove yet again just how versatile this legendary character is.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    Stylishly directed, Elementary is one loaded show, including its wonderful, well-matched leads.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Miller and Liu, simultaneously irritating and charming each other, make Elementary far more watchable than anybody could have expected.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    There's enough room left in the genre for another modern pairing, and Mr. Miller and Ms. Liu bring something memorably new to each character.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Elementary exhibits enough stylish wit in its mood and look to quickly distinguish itself from the latest British "Sherlock" series.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Elementary is probably the closest thing to a new fall-season surefire hit. Miller gives off an infectious enthusiasm in this new role.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    You may appreciate the flair and poignancy Elementary brings to the crowded procedural field, and the energy, wit and sex appeal Miller brings to his role.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    This is a slight but watchable show, yet more brain candy from CBS's vending machine.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The two leads lack any kind of chemistry, platonic or otherwise, and the storytelling lacks the smarts and insight of one of TV's best Sherlockian creations, "House."

    The Huffington Post Full Review
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