The BEST Episodes of Sherlock

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 24, 2021

Network: BBC One

Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. John Watson solve crimes in 21st century London.

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The Reichenbach Fall

#1 - The Reichenbach Fall

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 15, 2012

James Moriarty possesses the greatest criminal mind that the world has ever seen. Sherlock and John knew he wouldn't stay hidden for long, but even they never guessed the sheer scale and audacity of the crime that would propel Moriarty back into the headlines. Sherlock must fight for his reputation, his sanity and his life. But is he all he claims to be?

star 8.70
10,965 votes
Directors: Toby Haynes
Writers: Stephen Thompson
His Last Vow

#2 - His Last Vow

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 12, 2014

A case of stolen letters leads Sherlock Holmes into a long conflict with Charles Augustus Magnussen, the Napoleon of blackmail, and the one man he truly hates. But how do you tackle a foe who knows the personal weakness of every person of importance in the Western world?

star 8.61
8,974 votes
Directors: Nick Hurran
Writers: Steven Moffat
The Lying Detective

#3 - The Lying Detective

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 8, 2017

Sherlock faces perhaps the most chilling enemy of his long career: the powerful and seemingly unassailable Culverton Smith — a man with a very dark secret indeed.

star 8.50
8,252 votes
Directors: Nick Hurran
Writers: Steven Moffat
A Scandal in Belgravia

#4 - A Scandal in Belgravia

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 1, 2012

A case of blackmail threatens to topple the monarchy itself, but soon Sherlock and John discover there is even more to it than that. They find themselves battling international terrorism, rogue CIA agents and a secret conspiracy involving the British government. But this case will cast a longer shadow on their lives than they could ever imagine, as the great detective begins a long duel of wits with an antagonist as cold and ruthless and brilliant as himself: Irene Adler.

star 8.48
12,008 votes
Directors: Paul McGuigan
Writers: Steven Moffat
A Study in Pink

#5 - A Study in Pink

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 25, 2010

A war hero, invalided home from Afghanistan, meets a strange but charismatic genius who is looking for a flatmate — it is London, 2010, and Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes are meeting for the first time. A string of impossible suicides has Scotland Yard baffled — and only one man can help.

star 8.44
15,082 votes
Directors: Paul McGuigan
Writers: Steven Moffat
The Empty Hearse

#6 - The Empty Hearse

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 1, 2014

Two years after the devastating events of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr. John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon. But with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. It's what his best friend wanted more than anything, but for John Watson it might well be a case of 'be careful what you wish for!' If Sherlock thinks everything will be just as he left it, though, he is in for a very big surprise...

star 8.38
9,984 votes
Directors: Jeremy Lovering
Writers: Mark Gatiss
The Great Game

#7 - The Great Game

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 8, 2010

A strange clue in an empty room, a blood-soaked car, a priceless Old Master, a deranged bomber. With the clock ticking, the curtain rises on a battle of wits between Sherlock, John and the shadowy stranger who seems to know all the answers...

star 8.33
11,879 votes
Directors: Paul McGuigan
Writers: Mark Gatiss
The Sign of Three

#8 - The Sign of Three

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 5, 2014

Sherlock faces his biggest challenge of all — delivering a Best Man's speech on John's wedding day. But all isn't quite as it seems. Mortal danger stalks the reception, and someone might not make it to the happy couple's first dance. Sherlock must thank the bridesmaids, solve the case and stop a killer!

star 8.32
9,022 votes
Directors: Colm McCarthy
Writers: Stephen Thompson
The Final Problem

#9 - The Final Problem

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 15, 2017

Long-buried secrets finally catch up with the Baker Street duo. Someone has been playing a very long game indeed and, alone and defenseless, Sherlock and John Watson face their greatest ever challenge. Is the game finally over?

star 8.18
7,595 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat
The Hounds of Baskerville

#10 - The Hounds of Baskerville

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 8, 2012

Something terrible has happened to Henry Knight — Sherlock and John investigate the truth about the monstrous creature which apparently killed their client's father. A hound from hell? What seems like fantasy in Baker Street is a very different prospect in the ultra-secret army base that looms over Dartmoor.

star 8.12
10,369 votes
Directors: Paul McGuigan
Writers: Mark Gatiss
The Blind Banker

#11 - The Blind Banker

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 1, 2010

A mysterious cipher is being scrawled on the walls around London. The first person to see the cipher is dead within hours of reading it. Sherlock plunges into a world of codes and symbols, consulting with London's best graffiti artists. He soon learns that the city is in the grip a gang of international smugglers, a secret society called the Black Lotus.

star 8.02
13,212 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Stephen Thompson
The Six Thatchers

#12 - The Six Thatchers

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 1, 2017

One mysterious case in particular baffles Scotland Yard, but Sherlock is more interested in a seemingly-trivial detail. Why is someone destroying images of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher? Is there a madman on the loose? Or is there a much darker purpose at work?

star 7.88
9,062 votes
Directors: Rachel Talalay
Writers: Mark Gatiss