The Best Episodes of Elementary

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2019

Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance. Holmes resumes his work as a police consultant in New York City and Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs. But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crimes, it’s simple deduction that he’s going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it’s elementary that it’s a job for Watson.

Heroine (2)

#1 - Heroine (2)

Season 1 - Episode 24

As Sherlock reels at the reappearance of his former lover, Irene Adler, a series of flashbacks unravel the tumultuous events that led to his downfall into addiction. Sherlock and Joan once again find themselves in the crosshairs of the enigmatic Moriarty.

star 8.50
1,119 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Craig Sweeny, Robert Doherty
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The Woman (1)

#2 - The Woman (1)

Season 1 - Episode 23

As Sherlock reels at the reappearance of his former lover, Irene Adler, a series of flashbacks unravel the tumultuous events that led to his downfall into addiction. Sherlock and Joan once again find themselves in the crosshairs of the enigmatic Moriarty.

star 8.44
1,904 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Robert Doherty, Craig Sweeny
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Risk Management

#3 - Risk Management

Season 1 - Episode 22

Sherlock agrees to take a case from a man claiming to be Moriarty, hoping it will bring him closer to finding his nemesis. Meanwhile, Gregson encourages Joan to give up the dangerous line of work she has chosen and go back to being a sober companion.

star 8.26
1,940 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Liz Friedman
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M.

#4 - M.

Season 1 - Episode 12

Sherlock is reunited with "M." a British criminal who appears to have followed Sherlock to New York. Meanwhile, Joan has reservations about leaving Sherlock and taking on a new client.

star 8.24
1,860 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Robert Doherty
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Whatever Remains, However Improbable

#5 - Whatever Remains, However Improbable

Season 6 - Episode 21

Holmes and Watson face their greatest challenge to date when a murder investigation threatens to destroy their partnership.

star 8.23
1,144 votes
Writers: Robert Doherty
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A Landmark Story

#6 - A Landmark Story

Season 1 - Episode 21

Sherlock resumes his hunt for Moriarty when Sebastian Moran reveals that a man who was thought to be dead from a heart attack was actually on the list of intended victims from Moriarty.

star 8.18
1,934 votes
Directors: Peter Werner
Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff
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Paint It Black

#7 - Paint It Black

Season 2 - Episode 22

Business becomes personal for Sherlock when he is forced to partner with his estranged brother, Mycroft, to solve a case with life-or-death consequences.

star 8.14
1,862 votes
Directors: Lucy Liu
Writers: Robert Hewitt Wolfe
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The Diabolical Kind

#8 - The Diabolical Kind

Season 2 - Episode 12

Holmes and Watson come face to face with Moriarty when their one-time adversary is brought in as a consultant on a kidnapping case. Meanwhile, Detective Bell continues his struggle on the road to recovery.

star 8.11
2,004 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Robert Doherty, Craig Sweeny
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On the Line

#9 - On the Line

Season 2 - Episode 9

Holmes and Watson uncover the identity of a serial killer whose case has gone cold and find themselves butting heads with the NYPD.

star 8.10
1,989 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Jason Tracey
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The One That Got Away (2)

#10 - The One That Got Away (2)

Season 3 - Episode 12

As Kitty begins to unravel due to the imminent threat to her safety, Sherlock and Joan intensify their efforts to help her. Also, the origin of Sherlock and Kitty’s relationship is revealed.

star 8.07
1,364 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Robert Doherty
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Art in the Blood

#11 - Art in the Blood

Season 2 - Episode 23

Holmes and Watson come into contact with MI-6, the British intelligence agency, when a standard murder investigation turns out to have international and political implications. Meanwhile, in the wake of a crisis, Watson reevaluates her relationships with Sherlock and his brother, Mycroft.

star 8.07
1,831 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Bob Goodman
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Deja Vu All Over Again

#12 - Deja Vu All Over Again

Season 1 - Episode 18

Joan investigates her first solo case when a wife disappears. The missing woman left behind a tear-filled video that mentions a murder on a subway platform. While Joan searches for the vanished lady, Sherlock probes the murder.

star 8.06
1,820 votes
Directors: Jerry Levine
Writers: Brian Rodenbeck
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The Grand Experiment

#13 - The Grand Experiment

Season 2 - Episode 24

Rising tension between Sherlock and Joan brings their partnership to a crossroads, but they endeavor to put their differences aside while they help Sherlock's brother, Mycroft, who faces accusations of treason and murder.

star 8.06
1,833 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Robert Doherty, Craig Sweeny
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Snow Angels

#14 - Snow Angels

Season 1 - Episode 19

Sherlock and Joan try to prevent the largest cash vault in the U.S. from being robbed during a deadly blizzard. Meanwhile, Holmes attempts to help a transgender woman who is recovering from her latest breakup.

star 8.03
1,916 votes
Writers: Jason Tracey
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Blood Is Thicker

#15 - Blood Is Thicker

Season 2 - Episode 8

When a beautiful young woman is murdered, Holmes and Watson investigate her ties to a billionaire CEO. Mycroft makes a case for Sherlock to move back to London.

star 8.00
1,991 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Bob Goodman
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Tremors

#16 - Tremors

Season 2 - Episode 10

When an investigation goes horribly wrong, Sherlock must testify in an official police inquiry which jeopardizes his and Watson’s future with the NYPD.

star 7.99
2,015 votes
Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Liz Friedman
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Details

#17 - Details

Season 1 - Episode 16

Sherlock investigates what he believes will be an open-and-shut case after Detective Bell is attacked. However, the case takes an unexpected turn when the suspected assailant is found dead. Meanwhile, Sherlock encourages Joan to learn self-defense.

star 7.97
1,743 votes
Directors: Sanaa Hamri
Writers: Robert Doherty, Jeffrey Paul King, Jason Tracey
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Step Nine

#18 - Step Nine

Season 2 - Episode 1

Holmes and Watson travel to London to help track down an old mentor and investigate an unsolved mystery. Meanwhile, Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's estranged brother, reunites with Sherlock and reveals some secrets of his own.

star 7.97
2,289 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Robert Doherty, Craig Sweeny
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All in the Family

#19 - All in the Family

Season 2 - Episode 13

When a body is found in a barrel, Holmes and Watson launch an investigation into the mafia’s ties to the murder. Meanwhile, Sherlock attempts to make amends with Detective Bell.

star 7.96
1,949 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Jason Tracey
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The Leviathan

#20 - The Leviathan

Season 1 - Episode 10

Sherlock is called in to investigate when a supposedly uncrackable bank vault called “The Leviathan” is breached. Meanwhile, Joan is pleasantly surprised when Sherlock meets her family and defends her choice to become a sober companion.

star 7.96
1,814 votes
Directors: Peter Werner
Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff, Craig Sweeny
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Child Predator

#21 - Child Predator

Season 1 - Episode 3

Sherlock and Watson consult on a child abduction case involving a serial killer who is nicknamed "The Balloon Man," because he leaves a signature batch of balloons at each of his crime scenes.

star 7.96
2,055 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Peter Blake
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The Man With the Twisted Lip

#22 - The Man With the Twisted Lip

Season 2 - Episode 21

When Sherlock’s brother Mycroft makes a surprise return to New York, his motivations cause discord between Sherlock and Joan. Meanwhile, a missing person case takes Sherlock and Joan inside the world of unmanned aeronautics.

star 7.94
1,868 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Craig Sweeny, Steve Gottfried
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Possibility Two

#23 - Possibility Two

Season 1 - Episode 17

Sherlock investigates a case involving a wealthy philanthropist who believes his incurable illness was given to him on purpose. Meanwhile, Sherlock tries to teach Joan his deductive skills by sending her to a suspicious dry cleaning establishment.

star 7.94
1,744 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Mark Goffman, Seith Mann
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The Deductionist

#24 - The Deductionist

Season 1 - Episode 14

Sherlock pursues Martin Ennis, an unpredictable criminal, before he strikes again. During the investigation, Sherlock is forced to work alongside Kathryn Drummond, the FBI profiler who literally wrote the book on Ennis. Meanwhile, Watson faces eviction from her apartment.

star 7.94
1,783 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Craig Sweeny, Robert Doherty
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Dead Man's Switch

#25 - Dead Man's Switch

Season 1 - Episode 20

Sherlock and Joan hunt for the accomplice of a murdered blackmailer who targeted families of rape victims. Meanwhile, Sherlock resists celebrating his first year of sobriety.

star 7.93
1,885 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Liz Friedman, Christopher Silber
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