‘Elementary‘, a CBS procedural drama, is a modernized version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary character, Sherlock Holmes. Created by Robert Doherty and starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as the protagonists, it chronicles the activities of Holmes, who is recovering from substance abuse, as he solves various crimes in partnership with the New York City Police Department. His eccentric methods and refusal to stick to set norms always lead to conflict between him and Captain Thomas Gregson. During his investigations, he is accompanied by his apprentice, Dr. Joan Watson, a former doctor hired by Holmes’ father to help him with his rehabilitation. You can watch all of the episodes of ‘Elementary’ on CBS’s official site.
Addictive, gritty, and one of the finest portrayals of a detective duo, ‘Elementary’ is a must-watch for fans of gripping mystery shows. If you have finished watching all the episodes of the series, then you might be looking for other titles that are thematically and stylistically similar to this one. So, here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Elementary’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Elementary’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Sherlock (2010-17)
The name that should and definitely must feature here is ‘Sherlock’. Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role, the series follows him and his partner plus flatmate, Dr. John Watson, as they solve numerous crimes. Watson has just returned from his military assignment in Afghanistan and has moved into Sherlock’s apartment. On the other hand, the eccentric Holmes, blessed with exceptional intellect and keen observational skills, soon becomes a public celebrity for his extraordinary abilities in solving the most puzzling cases. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, ‘Sherlock’ debuted on BBC in 2010. Since its release, it has received immense praise for its script, narration, performance, and direction. Nominated for multiple awards and a winner of several accolades, it is one of UK’s most watched drama series.
9. Castle (2009-16)
‘Castle’ introduces us to Richard Castle, an author of mystery novels. Suffering from writers’ block and inexplicable boredom, he kills off his famous protagonist, Derek Storm, a character from his successful book franchise. But when there’s a murder committed exactly according to the technique depicted in one of his novels, he is brought in by the cops for questioning. Here, he meets detective Kate Beckett and is immediately intrigued by her. Deciding to use her as his muse for his next main novel character, Nikki Heat, he partners with her and helps her apprehend killers. Soon, they start a relationship. Together, the duo cracks several cases, mostly murders, and also attempts to solve the mystery related to the murder of Beckett’s mother, which happened several years ago.