The BEST Episodes of Elementary

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2020

Network: CBS

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 - Aired May 16, 2013

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 8.36
1,996 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Craig Sweeny, Robert Doherty
Whatever Remains, However Improbable

#2 - Whatever Remains, However Improbable

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Sep 17, 2018

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

star 8.21
1,678 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Robert Doherty
The Woman (1)

#3 - The Woman (1)

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 16, 2013

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 8.19
4,463 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Craig Sweeny, Robert Doherty
Risk Management

#4 - Risk Management

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 9, 2013

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 8.10
4,903 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Liz Friedman
M.

#5 - M.

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 10, 2013

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 8.02
5,418 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Robert Doherty
Their Last Bow

#6 - Their Last Bow

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 15, 2019

Amidst Sherlock and Joan’s battle with tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach, the investigators receive word of their old enemy and Sherlock’s former love, Jamie Moriarty.

star 8.02
1,239 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Robert Doherty
A Landmark Story

#7 - A Landmark Story

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 2, 2013

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 8.01
4,787 votes
Directors: Peter Werner
Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff
Fit to Be Tied

#8 - Fit to Be Tied

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Sep 10, 2018

Holmes and Watson’s deadly conflict with Sherlock’s former friend Michael intensifies when their newest victim looks to be the serial killer’s latest prey.

star 7.99
1,731 votes
Directors: Ron Fortunato
Writers: Jason Tracey
Paint It Black

#9 - Paint It Black

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 1, 2014

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 7.98
3,386 votes
Directors: Lucy Liu
Writers: Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Art in the Blood

#10 - Art in the Blood

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 8, 2014

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 7.98
3,494 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Bob Goodman
Deja Vu All Over Again

#11 - Deja Vu All Over Again

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 14, 2013

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 7.96
4,888 votes
Directors: Jerry Levine
Writers: Brian Rodenbeck
Reichenbach Falls

#12 - Reichenbach Falls

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 8, 2019

Reichenbach inadvertently provides Sherlock and Joan with a lead that could give them evidence that brings him to justice.

star 7.95
1,266 votes
Directors: Ron Fortunato
Writers: Jason Tracey
The One That Got Away (2)

#13 - The One That Got Away (2)

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 29, 2015

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 7.95
2,487 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Robert Doherty
On the Line

#14 - On the Line

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 21, 2013

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

star 7.94
4,309 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Jason Tracey
The Invisible Hand

#15 - The Invisible Hand

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired May 1, 2016

When Holmes and Watson discover the perpetrator behind the attempt made on Morland’s life, they find a shocking connection to themselves.

star 7.93
2,918 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Jason Tracey, Robert Doherty
Hurt Me, Hurt You

#16 - Hurt Me, Hurt You

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired May 21, 2017

Holmes and Watson pursue an elusive criminal as a gang war erupts in New York City. While the NYPD works to contain the violence, the two investigate the murder that appears to have ignited the city-wide conflict, and discover that a familiar face is pulling the strings.

star 7.91
3,031 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Jeffrey Paul King, Robert Doherty
The Diabolical Kind

#17 - The Diabolical Kind

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 2, 2014

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 7.91
4,011 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Craig Sweeny, Robert Doherty
Blood Is Thicker

#18 - Blood Is Thicker

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 14, 2013

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 7.89
4,525 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Bob Goodman
Tremors

#19 - Tremors

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 5, 2013

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 7.89
4,251 votes
Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Liz Friedman
Unfriended

#20 - Unfriended

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 1, 2019

Sherlock and Joan join forces with Holmes’ father, Morland to enlist his vast criminal network to help disassemble Reichenbach’s crime prevention system.

star 7.89
1,268 votes
Directors: Lucy Liu
Writers: Bob Goodman
Snow Angels

#21 - Snow Angels

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 4, 2013

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 7.89
4,971 votes
Writers: Jason Tracey
Uncanny Valley of the Dolls

#22 - Uncanny Valley of the Dolls

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Aug 13, 2018

Holmes and Watson discover that the murder of a robotics engineer may be connected to his groundbreaking secret research in the area of real-life teleportation. Also, when Detective Bell is shut out of a required class he needs in order to complete his master's degree and join the U.S. Marshal Service, he is shocked to discover the course instructor has personal reasons for denying him access.

star 7.88
1,629 votes
Writers: Kelly Wheeler, Tamara Jaron
Internal Audit

#23 - Internal Audit

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 12, 2013

When a hedge fund manager who was also running a Ponzi scheme is murdered, Holmes and Watson must determine which of his clients is guilty. Also, Sherlock contemplates sponsoring a fellow recovering addict.

star 7.88
4,199 votes
Directors: Jerry Levine
Writers: Bob Goodman
Step Nine

#24 - Step Nine

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 2013

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 7.88
4,819 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Craig Sweeny, Robert Doherty
All in the Family

#25 - All in the Family

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 9, 2014

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 7.88
3,991 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Jason Tracey