The BEST Episodes of Elementary

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 5, 2019

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

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 8.49
1,169 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Craig Sweeny, Robert Doherty
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 8.43
1,975 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Robert Doherty, Craig Sweeny
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 8.25
2,017 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Liz Friedman
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
1,929 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Robert Doherty
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 8.20
1,396 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Robert Doherty
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 8.17
2,006 votes
Directors: Peter Werner
Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff
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 8.13
1,921 votes
Directors: Lucy Liu
Writers: Robert Hewitt Wolfe
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 8.10
2,070 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Robert Doherty, Craig Sweeny
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 8.09
2,059 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Jason Tracey
Art in the Blood

#10 - 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 8.06
1,896 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Bob Goodman
Deja Vu All Over Again

#11 - 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
1,894 votes
Directors: Jerry Levine
Writers: Brian Rodenbeck
Their Last Bow

#12 - Their Last Bow

Season 7 - Episode 13

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 8.06
880 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Robert Doherty
The One That Got Away (2)

#13 - 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 8.05
1,429 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Robert Doherty
The Grand Experiment

#14 - 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 8.05
1,895 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Robert Doherty, Craig Sweeny
Snow Angels

#15 - 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 8.02
1,981 votes
Writers: Jason Tracey
Blood Is Thicker

#16 - 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 7.99
2,062 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Bob Goodman
Tremors

#17 - 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 7.98
2,088 votes
Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Liz Friedman
Details

#18 - 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
1,822 votes
Directors: Sanaa Hamri
Writers: Robert Doherty, Jeffrey Paul King, Jason Tracey
Step Nine

#19 - 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 7.96
2,365 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Robert Doherty, Craig Sweeny
Reichenbach Falls

#20 - Reichenbach Falls

Season 7 - Episode 12

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

star 7.96
903 votes
Directors: Ron Fortunato
Writers: Jason Tracey
The Leviathan

#21 - 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
1,889 votes
Directors: Peter Werner
Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff, Craig Sweeny
Child Predator

#22 - 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
2,149 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Peter Blake
All in the Family

#23 - 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
2,017 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Jason Tracey
Unfriended

#24 - Unfriended

Season 7 - Episode 11

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

star 7.95
927 votes
Directors: Lucy Liu
Writers: Bob Goodman
The Man With the Twisted Lip

#25 - 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
1,931 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Craig Sweeny, Steve Gottfried