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PBS’s “Masterpiece Mystery” Delivers T.V. Gold From U.K. With “Sherlock”

When I dressed up as Serlock Holmes on Halloween this year, I had no idea it would lead me to one of the best TV miniseries I’ve ever seen.

"Sherlock" on PBS
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The second my good friend Kate walked into my living room and saw my Holmes garb, she told me I absolutely HAD to check out Masterpiece Mystery’s “Sherlock” on PBS.  I must admit, I was hesitant at first.  I’ve seen the made-in-the-1960′s Sherlock Holmes adventures that PBS usually airs, and they’ve never kept my interest.  But Kate insisted that this “Sherlock” was different, so I agreed to give it a view.  What I saw was not only the best show I’ve seen on PBS, but was one of the best things I’ve seen aired on television PERIOD.

This particular version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary canon is still set in London, but in the 21st century.  Sherlock carries a cell phone and a miniature collapsable magnifying glass, and Dr. John Watson is a blogging veteran, just returned from serving in Afghanistan.  The writing brings Holmes into the modern age with incredible accuracy and precision, as if he belonged here all along.  Add an excellent musical score, perfect casting and incredible directing, and you have a series that will have you hooked within the first ten minutes, just like I was!  Season 1 (or “Series” 1, as they say in the U.K.) consists of three installments, each of which is roughly 90 minutes long.  All three are available to watch COMMERCIAL-FREE at pbs.com, but only until December 7th (so hurry)!  It is also available on DVD and Blu-Ray.  In order, the episodes are “A Study in Pink,” “The Blind Banker,” and “The Great Game.”

Seriously, WATCH THIS SHOW!  Then come back and tell me what you think!

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