Elementary on Showmax

An addictive detective series to binge from season 1 through to season 5.

Looking for a new detective series to sink your teeth into? Showmax has the first five seasons of action show Elementary (2012- current), which puts a new spin on the age-old story of consulting detective Sherlock Holmes. Instead of the tried-and-tested formula dreamt up by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, lead star Jonny Lee Miller has taken his character to New York as a recovering drug addict working for the NY Police Department.

And that’s just the start of what separates Elementary from other Sherlock shows.

“In the books, I found him to be understanding,” Jonny told Hollywoodreporter.com, adding that “Sherlock likes people a little more than I had seen recently – not that he can necessarily communicate that well.” Even the way that Holmes communicates in the series is given a twist – he uses a series of emoticons and SMSes to let Watson (played by Lucy Liu) know what he wants or needs while solving crimes for the NYPD.

So what makes Jonny perfect as oddball Sherlock Holmes?


He’s British

Okay, so accents can be learnt using vocal and linguistics coaches, but it’s natural for Jonny. Plus, it’s always fun hearing phrases like “Her majesty”, “elevenses” and “a cuppa” in the middle of The Big Apple.


He’s got an enormous ego

Sherlock is one of the smartest men alive and he has every right to have an ego. That is something Jonny brings across incredibly well, be it through his facial expressions or through his menacing body language, like hunching over with his arms crossed while listening to a character explain evidence that Holmes knows is wrong.


He’s straightforward

Sherlock has always been a master of disguise and while that can be entertaining, it’s not always necessary. In fact, Holmes never dresses up in Elementary and it’s a refreshing change. What you see is what you get: a consulting detective solving crime in the middle of New York, while sipping on a nice cuppa.


He’s got heart

Despite being impossibly clever, Elementary’s Sherlock has his weaknesses and they make him human, whether he likes it or not. Almost every Sherlock in the past has hinted at using some or other drug to find clarity (most often opium, which was the hallucinogenic of choice during Sherlock’s time, the late 1800s), but Jonny’s version is a full-blown drug addict who has been to rehab and tries to cope without his fix. And that fight to stay clean shows his humanity perfectly.


Plus, there’s always his love for Irene Adler (Natalie Dormer, also known as Margaery Tyrell from Game of Thrones, all seven seasons to date can be found on Showmax) – we’re not going to spoil the shocking twist: you need to watch the show to believe it! Watch now 


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