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Season one

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  Season one  

Premiere: September 27, 2012 — Finale: May 16, 2013 — # of Episodes: 24    
Summary: Sober companion Joan Watson finds her new charge Sherlock Holmes to be frustrating and self-centered but finds his profession fascinating.

New Holmes. New Watson. New York.
— Season One slogan

Season One premiered on September 27, 2012. Elementary presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes set in 21st century United States. Sherlock is a former consulting detective to Scotland Yard and a recovering drug addict. After travelling to New York City to escape those he disappointed, he's forced to check into a rehabilitation center by his father, Morland. Sherlock is forced by Morland to have Joan Watson as his live-in sober companion while he pursues his passion as a consulting detective with the NYPD. Watson accompanies Sherlock on his cases and develops an affinity for his work.

On October 23, 2012, CBS picked up Elementary for a full season. Shooting for the second episode started in late July.[1][2] On November 15, 2012, CBS ordered two additional episodes to its current season, bringing the total number of episodes to 24.[3] On March 27, 2013, CBS renewed Elementary for a second season.[4]

The first season was shot at Silvercup Studios in Queens, and other various locations in New York City.[5] The first season was released on DVD on August 27, 2013.[6][7]



Elementary intertitle.jpg Episode Cast
Main Cast

Also see The Detectives.


Robert Doherty, Craig Sweeny (6 episodes), Liz Friedman (5 episodes), Christopher Silber (4 episodes), Corinne Brinkerhoff, Jeffrey Paul King (3 episodes), Jason Tracey, Peter Blake (2 episodes).


Seith Mann, John Polson (3 episodes), Andrew Bernstein, John David Coles, Peter Werner (2 episodes).


S01E01-Holmes Watson Abreu Gregson.jpg    "Pilot" September 27, 2012
Directed by: Michael Cuesta - Written by: Robert Doherty

Sherlock Holmes, fresh out of rehab, is teamed with a sobriety partner, a former surgeon named Joan Watson. They have to learn to work together as they tackle their first case, the home invasion death of a doctor's wife.

S01E02-Accusing Rebecca.jpg    "While You Were Sleeping" October 4, 2012
Directed by: John David Coles - Written by: Robert Doherty

Holmes uses his powers of deduction to consult on the murder of a young man who is shot upon entering his apartment. Meanwhile, Watson has dinner with her ex-boyfriend, Ty Morstan.

S01E03-Holmes and Adam.jpg    "Child Predator" October 18, 2012
Directed by: Rod Holcomb - Written by: Peter Blake

Holmes 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.

S01E04-Holmes at gunpoint.jpg    "Rat Race" October 25, 2012
Directed by: Rosemary Rodriguez - Written by: Craig Sweeny

Even though he despises bankers, Holmes agrees to consult on a case involving the death of a Wall Street executive who appears to have overdosed on heroin. Meanwhile, with Holmes' encouragement, Watson tries to re-enter the dating scene.

S01E05-Holmes and Gura.jpg    "Lesser Evils" November 1, 2012
Directed by: Colin Bucksey - Written by: Liz Friedman

Holmes tries to determine who has been killing weak and terminal patients at a hospital, making it look like they died of natural causes. Meanwhile, Holmes learns more about Watson's decision to walk away from her surgical career.

002 Flight Risk episode still of Sherlock Holmes and Tommy Gregson.jpg    "Flight Risk" November 8, 2012
Directed by: David Platt - Written by: Corinne Brinkerhoff

Holmes tries to prove that one of people whose body was found in the wreckage of a small plane crash was actually killed before the plane went down. Meanwhile, Watson tries to convince Holmes to meet with his elusive father.

S01E07-Gregson Holmes murder scene.jpg    "One Way to Get Off" November 15, 2012
Directed by: Seith Mann - Written by: Christopher Silber

Holmes assists with a double homicide that has the same M.O. as a series of murders that took place 13 years ago. Meanwhile, after being frozen out by Holmes, Watson visits his old rehab center in order to learn more about the mysterious man in her care.

001 The Long Fuse episode still of Tommy Gregson, Joan Watson and Heather Vanowen.jpg    "The Long Fuse" November 29, 2012
Directed by: Andrew Bernstein - Written by: Jeffrey Paul King

While investigating an explosion that kills two people, Holmes discovers a crime that's been lying dormant for years. Meanwhile, Watson encourages Holmes to finally pick a sponsor.

S01E09-Watson Holmes Bell gambling den.jpg    "You Do It to Yourself" December 6, 2012
Directed by: Phil Abraham - Written by: Peter Blake

Holmes uses his trademark deductive reasoning skills to find the killer of a college professor. Meanwhile, Watson gets a call from a former lover who needs her help.

001 The Leviathan episode still of Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson.jpg    "The Leviathan" December 13, 2012
Directed by: Peter Werner - Written by: Corinne Brinkerhoff & Craig Sweeny

Holmes is called in to investigate when a supposedly uncrackable bank vault called "The Leviathan" is breached. Meanwhile, Watson is pleasantly surprised when Holmes meets her family and defends her choice to become a sober companion.

S01E11-Silver arrested.jpg    "Dirty Laundry" January 3, 2013
Directed by: John David Coles - Written by: Liz Friedman & Christopher Silber

Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of the general manager of a high-end Manhattan hotel whose body is found inside an industrial laundry machine. Meanwhile, since Watson's time with Holmes is almost up, he offers her an apprenticeship.

S01E12-Holmes tortures Moran.jpg    "M." January 10, 2013
Directed by: John Polson - Written by: Robert Doherty

Holmes is reunited with "M.", a British criminal who appears to have followed him to New York. Meanwhile, Watson has reservations about leaving Holmes and taking on a new client.

S01E13-Dresden and Holmes.jpg    "The Red Team" January 31, 2013
Directed by: Christine Moore - Written by: Jeffrey Paul King & Craig Sweeny

While on suspension from the NYPD, Holmes investigates a suspicious hit-and-run accident involving a conspiracy theorist. Meanwhile, Watson tries to broker peace between Holmes and Captain Gregson.

S01E14-Holmes challenges Ennis.jpg    "The Deductionist" February 3, 2013
Directed by: John Polson - Written by: Craig Sweeny & Robert Doherty

Holmes pursues Howard Ennis, an unpredictable criminal, before he strikes again. During the investigation, Holmes is forced to work alongside Kathryn Drummond, the FBI profiler who literally wrote the book on Ennis. Meanwhile, Watson faces eviction from her apartment.

S01E15-Rhys Holmes Watson.jpg    "A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs" February 3, 2013
Directed by: Guy Ferland - Written by: Christopher Silber

Holmes tries to find out who kidnapped the adult daughter of his ex-drug dealer, Rhys Kinlan. Watson worries about Holmes' sobriety when Rhys suggests Holmes was a better detective when he was using drugs.

S01E16-Marcus and Andre.jpg    "Details" February 14, 2013
Directed by: Sanaa Hamri - Written by: Robert Doherty

Holmes 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, Holmes encourages Watson to learn self-defense.

S01E17-Watson Bell first case.jpg    "Possibility Two" February 21, 2013
Directed by: Seith Mann - Written by: Mark Goffman

Holmes investigates a case involving a wealthy philanthropist who believes his incurable illness was given to him on purpose. Meanwhile, Holmes tries to teach Watson his deductive skills by sending her to a suspicious dry cleaning establishment.

S01E18-Watson caught.jpg    "Déjà Vu All Over Again" March 14, 2013
Directed by: Jerry Levine - Written by: Brian Rodenbeck

Watson takes her first solo case, the disappearance of a woman who left her husband a tearful break-up video that mentioned a murder on a subway platform. Meanwhile, Holmes is intrigued by the subway murder and decides to investigate.

S01E19-Watson Holmes Pam.jpg    "Snow Angels" April 4, 2013
Directed by: Andrew Bernstein - Written by: Jason Tracey

Holmes and Watson try to prevent a robbery from one of the largest cash vaults in the country during the middle of a Nor'easter. Meanwhile, Holmes tries to help a transgender woman who is recovering from her latest break-up.

S01E20-Holmes Llamosa Watson w phone.jpg    "Dead Man's Switch" April 25, 2013
Directed by: Larry Teng - Written by: Christopher Silber

Holmes and Watson hunt for the accomplice of a murdered blackmailer who targeted families of rape victims. Meanwhile, Holmes resists celebrating his first year of sobriety.

S01E21-Moran and Holmes.jpg    "A Landmark Story" May 2, 2013
Directed by: Peter Werner - Written by: Corinne Brinkerhoff

Holmes 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.

S01E22-Holmes Watson find Irene.jpg    "Risk Management" May 9, 2013
Directed by: Adam Davidson - Written by: Liz Friedman & Robert Doherty

Holmes agrees to take a case from a man claiming to be Moriarty, hoping it will bring him closer to finding his nemesis. Meanwhile, Captain Gregson encourages Watson to give up the dangerous line of work she has chosen and go back to being a sober companion.

S01E23-Holmes finds Irene.jpg    "The Woman" May 16, 2013
Directed by: Seith Mann - Written by: Robert Doherty & Craig Sweeny

As Holmes 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. Meanwhile, he and Watson once again find themselves in the crosshairs of the enigmatic Moriarty.

S01E24-Moriarty Holmes let me win.jpg    "Heroine" May 16, 2013
Directed by: John Polson - Written by: Craig Sweeny & Robert Doherty

As Holmes 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. Meanwhile, he and Watson once again find themselves in the crosshairs of the enigmatic Moriarty.

International Distribution

In addition to doing well in the USA, Elementary is also an international hit. Elementary is the #1 show on Sky Living in the UK, a top five series on Global in Canada, the #1 drama on Network Ten in Australia, the #1 U.S. series in Spain, and a top five U.S. series in Germany and Italy.[8]

Country Channel Premiere date Timeslot
Australia Channel Ten February 3, 2013 Sundays 8:30pm[9]
Canada Global[8] 2012[10]
Finland Nelonen January 22, 2013 Tuesdays, 7:00pm[11]
France Series + 2013[12]
Germany Sat 1 January 10, 2013 Thursdays, 9:15pm (Episodes 1-12)[13]
Mondays, 9:15pm (Episodes 13-22)[14]
Thursdays, 10:15pm (Episodes 23-24)[15]
Greece Fox 2012[10]
Hong Kong RTL CBS Entertainment September 2013[16]
Hungary TV 2 January 26, 2013[17] Wednesdays, 9:30pm[18]
Indonesia RTL CBS Entertainment September 2013[16]
Italy Rai 2 Sundays, 9:45pm[19]
Malaysia RTL CBS Entertainment September 2013[16]
Netherlands SBS6 2013[10]
New Zealand Prime 2013[10]
Norway TV 2 November 28, 2012 Wednesdays, 10:40pm[20]
Philippines RTL CBS Entertainment September 2013[16]
Poland AXN November 12, 2012 Mondays, 10:00pm[21]
Portugal Universal Channel Thursdays, 10:00pm[22]
Romania AXN 2012[10]
Russia Channel One 2012[10]
Singapore RTL CBS Entertainment September 2013[16]
Spain Cuatro Tuesdays[23]
Sweden TV 4 April 1, 2013 Mondays, 9:00pm[24]
Taiwan RTL CBS Entertainment September 2013[16]
United Kingdom Sky Living October 23, 2012[25]
Vietnam RTL CBS Entertainment September 2013[16]

Home Media Release

The first season was released on DVD on August 27, 2013.[6] The DVD includes all episodes, plus extras that include a photo montage, cast biographies, the feature "Elementary Super-Sized,"[7] a gag reel, deleted scenes, interviews with both the cast and crew (including interviews with the executive producers),[26] and other features.[27]


Behind the Scenes


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  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 August 13, 2013. "RTL GROUP AND CBS STUDIOS INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR NEW VENTURE TO LAUNCH TWO NEW TELEVISION CHANNELS IN ASIA". CBS Corporation. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
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  26. Elementary Writers (@ELEMENTARStaff). "A crew was just here last week interviewing our EPs for the season 1 DVD!" February 15, 2013.
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