‘Sherlock’ Season 3 Confirmed to Begin Airing on PBS in January 2014

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Two years (sometimes more) is the amount of time that most fans expect to wait between installments in a popular movie franchise – unless we’re talking about one of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth trilogies – but that same waiting period can seem like an eternity for a TV show audience. As such, members of the Sherlock fanbase has been struggling to keep it together over the two years since the final episode in season 2, “The Reichenbach Fall,” ended on a cliffhanger note (though, not quite literally) that has left viewers desperate and yearning for answers ever since.

Fear not, though, for U.S. Sherlock fans now have a set date for when they can get their next fix. We’ve been hearing for some time now that season 3 would begin showing on PBS in early 2014 (after it airs in the UK), but now we have official confirmation and a formal date to go along with it.

Here are the air dates for each installment of Sherlock season 3 on PBS, in addition to the cast and creator lineup (as summraized in the official press release):

MASTERPIECE “Sherlock, Season 3” — Sundays, January 19-February 2, 2014, 10:00 p.m. ET — Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, The Office UK) return as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in three new 90-minute episodes — “The Empty Hearse” (January 19), “The Sign of Three” (January 26) and “His Last Vow” (February 2) — of the contemporary reinvention of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, written and created by Steven Moffat (Dr. Who) and Mark Gatiss (Game of Thrones). The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated “Sherlock” has been a television sensation since the first season aired in 2010.

Sherlock season 3 will get started by finally revealing just how, exactly, Sherlock did manage to survive his roof plunge in season 2, shortly after his (former) arch-nemesis Moriarty called it quits on their deadly game of wits (permanently, it would seem). Thereafter, the eponymous high-functioning investigator/sociopath will face a number of new challenges and opponents, including a new daring fiend to battle – and by that, we mean Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen), not Watson’s potential new wife (Amanda Abbington, who is Martin Freeman’s real-life partner).

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As for when Sherlock season 3 premieres in the UK, the show’s co-creator Mark Gatiss (who also plays Mycroft, Sherlock’s older and more responsible brother on the series) recently took to Twitter, in order to say the following:

Regardless, there’s little to no question that Sherlock season 3 will be shown to UK audiences before we here in the U.S. get to have a proper look, so there ought to be an update coming on the situation – from mini-series’ co-creator Steven Moffat, Gatiss and/or the BBC – at some point in the near future.

Until then, you may continue to pass the time by pondering the many perplexing questions about the Sherlock-verse that remain to be answered this next season – like, what on Earth would prompt Watson to grow that mustache, rather than finding some more sensible way to express his grief over Sherlock’s (apparent) demise.


Sherlock season 3 airs on PBS in 2014, beginning with “The Empty Hearse” on January 19th @10 p.m. EST.

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  1. And all the angels sang “HAAAAAAAAALLELUJAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!”

  2. I frigging LOVE this show and I am stoked!!!

  3. This is great news.
    I was thinking that us viewers here in the US would have to wait until the Spring or early Summer for season 3 so this is a pleasant surprise.
    Can’t Wait. :)

  4. I’m from the UK and all I keep hearing is November 23rd for Sherlock Season 3.

  5. Unless they decided to air them simultaniously, im betting Series 3 will air in the UK sometime in December.

    Series 2 aired in the UK in January and i believe that it aired in the us in like May or something. so the wait obviously wont be as long this time but might still be a couple weeks

    I CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!

  6. I hope not no offense to Americans but I have to wait for Movies to be released so make em wait for Sherlock, fairs fair and all that cobblers!

  7. Oct 31, 2013 on BBC (hint: not bbc america). Not that anyone would download an app to proxy to an IP Address in England and then Watch the show early. That would be wrong!

  8. Nice article, but it’s sincerely bothering me that you called it “Watlock”. It is definitely Johnlock. That’s all.

  9. I haven’t seen any ads for it but then again, not surprised. All the hype is on Doctor Who at the moment.

      • I always wonder what kind of mentality or need that some people have to follow shows or people they don’t care about or dislike and to trash them all the time, maybe this is some kind of mental therapy, I guess? But definitely too much spare time. *yawn*

      • Dazz; It’s fine that you prefer Elementary to Sherlock. I have it on good authority that some folks prefer Cheez Whiz to cheddar, and that’s fine , too. I mean, I WEEP for people with such an appalling lack of class, brains, good tastes or breeding, but it’s a BIG world. And the classless must have their indulgences, too, I suppose. So, enjoy your tacky Elementary, which is titled for a saying falsely attributed to Sherlock in the American television market, years ago. If you’ve no better use of your time, then carry on, Godspeed!

  10. I too am glad o hear it’sw finally going to be on. I’ve checked out other movies that Benedict Cumberbatch is in and so far it seems that Sherlock is his best fit. I tried to watch The Last Enemy but that glaze gaze of his that works so well as Sherlock just looked wierd in that movie. None the less he does make a very good modern Sherlock