5 Best ‘Sherlock’ Moments (So Far)

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 18th, 2014 at 7:00 am,


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Thanks to the success of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes blockbuster feature-film franchise and the CBS procedural Elementary, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous creation is back in the public eye during the 21st century. However, the most popular incarnation of the master detective is arguably the BBC drama, Sherlock, which stars fan-favorite Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as his faithful ally, Dr. John Watson. Thanks to its present-day setting, clever writing, and great performances, the show has attracted a large following by offering a fresh take on the iconic character.

Hitting the air in 2010, Sherlock recently wrapped up its third season (in America) on February 2nd. Although there are only three 90-minute episodes in each season, there have been plenty of memorable moments that stand out. As we wait patiently for Sherlock to return in season 4, we’re offering our selections for the 5 greatest Sherlock moments (so far).


Cabbie Showdown – “A Study in Pink”

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The goal of any series pilot is to draw the audience in and get them immediately hooked. By that criterion, “A Study in Pink,” Sherlock’s debut episode, was an overwhelming success. Featuring a nice balance of drama and humor, the episode builds its world to great effect and designs the perfect template for the many episodes to come. One of the many series staples established here is ending each episode with a nail-biting climax – this one courtesy of a desperate cabbie.

Investigating a series of “suicides,” Sherlock gets a visit from an interested cab driver. Confessing that he’s responsible for the various murders, the driver takes advantage of Sherlock’s desire to learn how it was done and takes him on a ride to an empty college. There, an intense showdown between the two takes place, as Sherlock is given the choice between two pills. One will kill him.

Trading the non-stop action of the Ritchie version for suspenseful thrills proved to be the best route to go for the show. Relying on an eerie setting, well-written dialogue, and an unsettling performance by Phillip Davis as the cabbie, director Paul McGuigan was able to create something that would have been at home in David Fincher’s Se7en. The episode’s climax also showed that Holmes and Watson would be a formidable team, with the war veteran using his resources and coming to his new friend’s rescue with one deadly shot. As Sherlock and John laugh about their first of many adventures, it’s easy to feel like they’re a dynamic duo already.


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  1. Great show all around.

    • The best Sherlock moment was in Season 2 Episode 1 when he was in Buckingham palace without any clothes. Just a sheet. That scene is just the greatest scene in all of Sherlock.

  2. “A Scandal in Belgravia” is the best episode, IMHO.
    I think that’s the episode that’s got me the most on the edge of my seat. The chemistry between Cumberbatch and Pulver is just mesmerizing!

    • +1 I totally agree

  3. I’d definitely say “A Scandal In Belgravia” was the best episode, it all went a bit downhill after that.

    I liked the moment in the “Hound” episode where John slipped out the word “Aspergers?” when trying to answer a question about Sherlock’s personality, confirming that the writers were basing their version of Holmes in part on the clinical diagnosis given by psychologists a decade ago when retroactively diagnosing famous figures and fictional characters (Einstein having Aspergers Syndrome, Caesar being bipolar, etc).

    The heroin den also was a nice little nod to the character’s addiction to the drug in the original books, where Sherlock would be found injecting heroin into his arm or smoking opiates, although maybe I was the only one to make that connection.

    I still think the movie sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows portrayed the better Reichenbach Fall though in comparison to the BBC show. It had more tension, was more of a shock when Holmes pulled himself and Moriarty over the ledge and down into the river.

  4. Also wanted to point out either the SR staff or other readers to look out for news on a one-off episode.

    The BBC announced in mid-January that they were actively trying to bring the cast and crew together in the hopes they could begin filming a Christmas special in May since ITV utterly destroyed BBC in the Christmas Day ratings war last year, thanks in part to the Downton Abbey Christmas special featuring Paul Giamatti and BBC executives are hoping that Sherlock’s popularity and ratings will grant them a win this year during the same period.

  5. I watched them all at once before S3 premiered here in the US. They all sort of blend together for me… But I love that moment when he chews out Molly for her special Christmas gift and being dressed up for SOMEONE and that someone ends up being him! He’s sees that he’s been this huge dick to her and he kind of apologizes awkwardly.

    For some reason I really like that moment. You see his analytic mind in a different context than a crimescene, he chews out Molly, then feels sad. That scene kinda humanizes Sherlock for me. I don’t know why.

  6. I have not been able to get through the sign of three. His “speech” is rubbing me the wrong way. Very irritating!

    • I actually enjoyed his speech although I could see myself doing the same thing.

      I’ve performed on stage many times but the thought of standing up and giving a speech in front of a room full of strangers with all attention on me would turn me into a wreck that acts the same way Sherlock did.


  8. You forgot when Greg Lestrade rolls in an obvious hangover, smirking at a couple of drinking noobs who thought they could hang, britians gracious forgiving system of drunk tanking them, esp John W and Sherlock H
    knowing their heads are utterly pounding and aching, upon request if he could whisper in the booming hard walled room, to which he delightfully made a “f- you”
    in the form of “NOT REALLY!!” leaning in to Watsons ear, best Sher moment to date, hands down.

  9. My favorite scene is from A Scandal in Belgravia with Sherlock and Moriarty in Sherlock’s apartment. I was waiting for that moment from the beginning of the series and it paid off in spades.

  10. My favorite episode is by far “A Scandal in Belgravia”. The chemistry between Sherlock and Irene Adler is just sizzling. Second favorite is “The Reichenbach Fall” as Benedict Cumberbatch really demonstrated a wide spectrum of emotions and yet never faltered from the character. The showdown with Moriarty on rooftop is (IMHO) one of the best acting performances. The wedding speech was a pain to watch the first time, but I watched the episode again and skipping all those “cases” in between the speech, it was actually a fantastic speech. Well delivered. I think what makes the Season 3 a bit jarring is Sherlock came back with a lot more emotions than the first two seasons combined. He is so “human”, especially how he lectured Major Sholto.

  11. I submit the best man speech could go on a ‘best of’ and ‘worst of’ list…its so bloody hard to watch! At times you’re just praying it ends…maybe it just feels TOO real.

  12. Not even an honourable mention for the absolute best moment in the entire series to date?

    Sherlock returning to Baker Street to discover Mrs Hudson has been roughed up by the CIA and getting his bad-ass on. From his initial deduction to what has happened when he enters 221b to his equal parts compassion for Mrs H and contempt for Nielson all the way through to “That was right on my bins” and “It’s all a bit of a blur, Detective Inspector. I lost count”; Every single moment of that scene encompasses what makes this show so fantastic.

    • Ah yes! Totally sums up “I may be on the side of the angels, but don’t think for one second that I am one of them.” :)

  13. I love the pilot episode best. Sherlock summing up John’s whole life and that crazy cabbie. It was just one wild ride!

  14. From “A Scandal in Belgravia”

    Watson: “I always hear ‘Punch me in the face’ when you’re speaking… but it’s usually subtext.”

  15. I love when they realize how creepily similar to Sherlock Molly’s new boyfriend is.

  16. My favorite episode is The Reichenbach Fall, with one of the best moments being Sherlock snapping at John for not seeing what Moriarty is doing. John’s reply is both heartwarming and very amusing. The scene is laden with fear and insecurity, but in the midst of that we see a deep friendship. Love it!