The BEST Episodes of Sherlock Holmes (1984)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2019

Network: ITV1

Sherlock Holmes is one of the world’s most popular fictional detectives, famed for his legendary powers of observation and deduction. Adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original novels, this classic series by Granada Television starred Jeremy Brett as the definitive Holmes, with David Burke and later Edward Hardwicke as his able assistant Dr. Watson.

The Dying Detective

#1 - The Dying Detective

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 14, 1994

A man dies suddenly of a mysterious fever, and Holmes suspects murder.

star 9.13
153 votes
Directors: Sarah Hellings
Writers: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, T.R. Bowen
The Last Vampyre (1)

#2 - The Last Vampyre (1)

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 27, 1993

Holmes investigates a killing which has all the hallmarks of the worst kind of Ruritanian vampire. He is sceptical (to say the least) about the possibility that the undead are up to their mischief just a short train journey from his rooms in Baker Street. If a local resident really found his South American wife sucking blood from their young son, what might it signify?

star 9.00
58 votes
Writers: Jeremy Paul, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles

#3 - The Hound of the Baskervilles

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 31, 1988

Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on Dartmoor, with his face contorted in terror and the footprints of a huge dog near his body. On arrival in England, Sir Charles's American heir, now Sir Henry Baskerville, engages Holmes to come to Devon and get to the bottom of the age-old legend of the Hound of the Baskervilles - a phantom which kills.From the outset, Holmes is convinced there is a human murderer at work and he lays a deep plan to foil him.

star 8.70
119 votes
Directors: Brian Mills
Writers: John Hawkesworth, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Trevor Bowen
The Master Blackmailer (2)

#4 - The Master Blackmailer (2)

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 2, 1992

Concluding the case of Charles Augustus Milverton, king of blackmailers, who has given Holmes a good run for his money.

star 8.70
79 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Jeremy Paul, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Priory School

#5 - The Priory School

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 13, 1986

The Duke of Holdernesse needs Holmes's help when his son, Lord Arthur Saltire, is kidnapped from the Priory School. Holmes finds the connection between an old mystery and a teacher who has also gone missing.

star 8.67
144 votes
Directors: John Madden
Writers: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, T.R. Bowen
The Eligible Bachelor (1)

#6 - The Eligible Bachelor (1)

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 10, 1993

American heiress Henrietta Doran (known as Hatty) marries Lord St Simon, but she vanishes without trace on her wedding day, leaving London agog. Later, the police find her wedding dress in the Serpentine, a lake in a London park, with a note in the pocket of the dress. While investigating the case, Holmes suffers from nightmares, which he sees as a factor in the mystery.

star 8.56
48 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, T.R. Bowen
The Cardboard Box

#7 - The Cardboard Box

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 11, 1994

When Susan Cushing first consults Holmes about the disappearance of her sister Mary, he shows little interest in the case. But then, at Christmas, Susan receives an alarming present in a cardboard box, and Holmes is quickly on the trail of a dangerous criminal.

star 8.55
88 votes
Directors: Sarah Hellings
Writers: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, T.R. Bowen
The Man with the Twisted Lip

#8 - The Man with the Twisted Lip

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 6, 1986

Neville St Clair works in the City of London and is a man of very regular and respectable habits. One day, his wife goes into town for lunch and is shocked to see her husband in the window of an opium den. That evening, he fails to return home, and Mrs St Clair decides to consult Holmes.

star 8.53
112 votes
Directors: Patrick Lau
Writers: Alan Plater, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Golden Pince-Nez

#9 - The Golden Pince-Nez

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 21, 1994

The police are baffled by the murder of Willoughby Smith, and Inspector Hopkins looks to Holmes to solve the case.

star 8.50
90 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Gary Hopkins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Last Vampyre (2)

#10 - The Last Vampyre (2)

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 27, 1993

Concluding the case in which Holmes unmasks an ingenious vampire.

star 8.44
45 votes
Directors: Tim Sullivan
Writers: Jeremy Paul, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Boscombe Valley Mystery

#11 - The Boscombe Valley Mystery

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 14, 1991

Alice Turner sends for Holmes when her lifelong friend farmer William McCarthy is killed and police suspicion falls on his son, James. James McCarthy admits quarrelling with his father, but he will not explain what their argument was about.

star 8.44
123 votes
Directors: June Howson
Writers: John Hawkesworth, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Problem of Thor Bridge

#12 - The Problem of Thor Bridge

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 28, 1991

Maria Gibson, the wife of a gold-mining millionaire, is found shot dead at their country house. Gibson asks Holmes to find his wife's killer and thus to clear the name of his children's governess, Miss Dunbar, who has been charged with the crime. Is Gibson acting as a kindly employer, and what are the hidden depths of the case?

star 8.38
130 votes
Directors: Michael Simpson
Writers: Jeremy Paul, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Master Blackmailer (1)

#13 - The Master Blackmailer (1)

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 2, 1992

Holmes and Watson are called in to deal with a blackmailer. A dazzling young lady is about to be married, and Charles Augustus Milverton, the slithery king of all blackmailers, has letters she wrote to another man. Watson is astonished when Milverton calls at Baker Street at the invitation of Holmes, who has a plan to thwart him. As ever, things are not quite as they appear to be.

star 8.37
59 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Jeremy Paul, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Red-Headed League

#14 - The Red-Headed League

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 22, 1985

A notice in a newspaper seeks red-headed men, inviting them to join a league which will pay them well - and Jabez Wilson, a pawnbroker who responds, finds he is hired and paid generously for spending four hours a day copying an encyclopedia in long hand. When the league is suddenly dissolved, Holmes is asked to find out what has been going on, and he quickly suspects crime. Indeed, behind this curious arrangement lurks Holmes's arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty.

star 8.37
120 votes
Directors: John Bruce
Writers: John Hawkesworth, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Wisteria Lodge

#15 - Wisteria Lodge

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 20, 1988

On a visit to Wisteria Lodge, Scott Eccles gets a strange reception. A mysterious note arrives for his host, Garcia, and the next morning Garcia and his servants have vanished without trace. Eccles consults Holmes, who decides to treat the case as a murder investigation, but it appears that Holmes and Watson are on a wild goose chase.

star 8.32
136 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Jeremy Paul, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Crooked Man

#16 - The Crooked Man

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 22, 1984

An unhappy wife learns that her husband, Colonel Barclay, cheated her earlier fiance, leaving him disabled and in exile. After a fierce argument between them, the Colonel's dead body is found next to his unconscious wife in a locked room with no key, and with curious animal tracks outside the window. Nancy Barclay remains in a coma.Holmes investigates and finds a story of betrayal and a mystery worthy of his powers.

star 8.30
87 votes
Directors: Alan Grint
Writers: Alfred Shaughnessy, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Six Napoleons

#17 - The Six Napoleons

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 20, 1986

Holmes is curious about a series of attacks on figures of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte around London. One such incident leads to a violent death, and he investigates. Lestrade sees an Italian connection and proposes to focus Scotland Yard's attention on the Italian quarter of London, but Holmes is more interested in Chiswick.

star 8.24
139 votes
Directors: David Carson
Writers: John Kane, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Shoscombe Old Place

#18 - Shoscombe Old Place

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 7, 1991

Sir Robert Norberton stakes a huge amount (much of it borrrowed) on his horse Shoscombe Prince winning a race. His trainer thinks Sir Robert has gone mad and consults Holmes. Then one of the many creditors disappears and human bone is found in a furnace...

star 8.22
100 votes
Directors: Patrick Lau
Writers: Gary Hopkins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Illustrious Client

#19 - The Illustrious Client

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 21, 1991

Colonel James Damery calls on Holmes when the rich and beautiful Miss Violet Merville announces her engagement to Baron Gruner, a dangerous Austrian. Gruner has persuaded Violet that he is not a killer, and Holmes has to establish the truth and foil the powerful baron.

star 8.21
126 votes
Directors: Tim Sullivan
Writers: Robin Chapman, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Bruce Partington Plans

#20 - The Bruce Partington Plans

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 27, 1988

The body of one Cadogan West is found in an underground tunnel near Aldgate Station, with his skull smashed, and Holmes is puzzled by the interest his brother Mycroft is showing in the case. Mycroft explains that the top secret plans for a new submarine were in the dead man's pocket, but three of the ten pages were missing when the body was found. Mycroft, on behalf of the British Government, asks his brother to find the missing pages.

star 8.20
98 votes
Directors: John Gorrie
Writers: John Hawkesworth, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Sign of Four

#21 - The Sign of Four

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 29, 1987

For years after her father's disappearance, the beautiful Miss Mary Morstan receives anonymously every year one large and valuable pearl. When, finally, an invitation arrives to meet the mysterious pearl-giver, Mary Morstan seeks Holmes's advice, and he begins to unravel some remarkable clues, including a poison dart and a man with a wooden leg. What Holmes finds is an old soldier who is determined to punish those who betrayed him and his friends by stealing their oriental treasure.

star 8.19
163 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: John Hawkesworth, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Empty House

#22 - The Empty House

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 9, 1986

Three years on from Holmes's fatal fall into the Reichenbach Falls, Watson wrestles with a murder case under his own steam. But who is the enigmatic stranger in the Coroner's court, listening intently to all the evidence?Holmes returns home and explains how he escaped death at Reichenbach, while Moriarty lost his life. Holmes and Watson must now bring a partner of Moriarty's to justice, by proving he is a murderer.

star 8.18
128 votes
Directors: Howard Baker
Writers: John Hawkesworth, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax

#23 - The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 21, 1991

Watson, on holiday in the Lake District, meets the enigmatic Lady Frances Carfax, who is being haunted by the ghost of a horseman. Holmes decides to come up to join Watson, but by the time he arrives Lady Frances has vanished without trace. Holmes investigates and becomes very curious about the ghost.

star 8.18
96 votes
Directors: John Madden
Writers: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, T.R. Bowen
The Resident Patient

#24 - The Resident Patient

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 15, 1985

Dr Trevelyan calls on Holmes on behalf of his friend Blessington, after a Russian father and son vanish during a consultation. Blessington knows of no one who wishes him ill, but he is found hanged the next day. Holmes investigates, with advice from Watson.

star 8.17
121 votes
Directors: David Carson
Writers: Derek Marlowe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Musgrave Ritual

#25 - The Musgrave Ritual

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 23, 1986

Holmes and Watson are staying with Reginald Musgrave, the head of an ancient Sussex family, when his butler, Brunton, suddenly disappears. Brunton (something of a ladykiller and a highly educated man) had been taking an interest in an ancient family tradition called 'the Musgrave Ritual', which centres on a Carolingian riddle. And then a second member of the household vanishes, equally suddenly. The old riddle proves to be the key to tracing the butler's body and finding the treasure the dead man was after - the crown jewels lost in the English Civil War. And as so often, it's a case of 'cherchez la femme'.

star 8.16
114 votes
Directors: David Carson
Writers: Jeremy Paul, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle