I watched the entire CBS series, Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Joan Watson, shortly after the series wrapped up in 2019, if I recall correctly. When the series first began in 2012, I watched the first couple of episodes, and I was not immediately impressed. I had been a big fan of the BBC's Sherlock, and at the time, I was under the impression that no actor could quite match Benedict Cumberbatch's take on the famous character. However, when I gave the series another try a few years later, I began to see that Elementary had some advantages over its British counterpart. Over the course of seven seasons, Liu and Miller were able to develop their portrayals of Holmes and Watson to a degree that Freeman and Cumberbatch could not achieve. Meanwhile, some of the supporting cast of Elementary were given a great deal of development over time that most of the supporting characters on Sherlock were not given. Finally, while Elementary continued to get better and better over time, and ended up the series at the top of its game, the quality of Sherlock declined noticeably in the fourth (and so far, final) season.
Now that the entire series of Elementary is streaming on Hulu, I decided over this Christmas break to watch a couple episodes, and then decided to re-watch the entire series! I've just finished the first season, and it's absolutely as good as I remembered it having been. Lucy Liu is particularly excellent, I think. And Jonny Lee Miller displays a great deal of versatility in his portrayal of Holmes. Again, the more extended format over many seasons, seems to have allowed both actors to grow in their roles to an extent that their British counterparts did not.
I shan't be reviewing the entire series, as I've been doing with the Granada TV adaptation starring Jeremy Brett, but I may share my thoughts from time to time. Meanwhile, I'm thoroughly enjoying experiencing Elementary again (even if I still have to watch ads, one of the downsides of the Hulu platform).
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN, and a longtime fan of Mr. Sherlock Holmes.