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The Holmesian Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes Master Post

Master post containing most of the major Holmes adaptations as well as where to watch them. This will be updated continually as new movies/shows come out and links stop working. If you notice that a link isn’t working, send me an ask and I’ll do my best to find a replacement post-haste. Over 150 episode links!

BBC Sherlock:

This show really needs no introduction, this is the innovative, intelligently-written TV show that re-kindled the nation’s (and the world’s) passion for the famous detective. A brilliant show starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson. (This series is in progress(sort of) and will be updated when more episodes are aired.)

S1E0: Unaired PilotS1E1: A Study in Pink | S1E2: The Blind Banker | S1E3 The Great Game | S2E1: A Scandal in Belgravia | S2E2: The Hound of the Baskervilles | S2E3: The Reichenbach Fall


Controversial, modern and just a bit unusual, much like the great detective himself, this modernized version of Sherlock Holmes is set in New York where Holmes, a recovering drug addict, meets Watson(his sober companion). Starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Joan Watson. (This series is in progress and will be updated as more episodes are aired.)

S1E1: Pilot | S1E2: While You Were Sleeping | S1E3: Child Predator | S1E4: Rat Race | S1E5: Lesser Evils | S1E6: Flight Risk | S1E7: One Way to Get Off | S1E8: The Long Fuse | S1E9: You Do It Yourself | S1E10: The Leviathan | S1E11: Dirty Laundry | S1E12: M. | S1E13: The Red Team | S1E14: The Deductionist | S1E15: A Giant Gun, Filled With Drugs | S1E16:Details | S1E17: Possibly Two | S1E18: Deja Vu All Over Again | S1E19: Snow Angels | S1E20: Dead Man’s Switch | S1E21: A Landmark Story | S1E22: Risk Management | S1E23: The Woman | S1E24: Heroin

Sherlock Holmes (2009):

An eccentric and slightly grubby portrayal of Holmes in this blockbuster, along with (possibly) the most long-suffering Watson ever seen on film. Starring Robert Downey Junior as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. John Watson. 

Sherlock Holmes (2009) 

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows:

The sequel to the 2009 movie, prepare for even more misadventures. Starring Robert Downey Junior as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. John Watson.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Granada’s Sherlock Holmes

For many, this is the Sherlock Holmes adaptation. When one mentions Sherlock Holmes, there’s one name that really comes to mind, and that name is Jeremy Brett. Starring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and David Burke as Dr. John Watson (for the first two series) and later starring Edward Hardwicke as Dr. John Watson.

S1E1: A Scandal in Bohemia | S1E2: The Dancing Men | S1E3: The Naval Treaty | S1E4: The Solitary Cyclist | S1E5: The Crooked Man | S1E6: The Speckled Band | S1E7: The Blue Carbuncle

S2E1: The Copper Beeches | S2E2: The Greek Interpreter | S2E3: The Norwood Builder | S2E4: The Resident Patient | S2E5: The Red Headed League | S2E6: The Final Problem

S3E1: The Empty House | S3E2: The Abbey Grange | S3E2: The Musgrave Ritual | S3E4: The Second Stain | S3E5: The Man with the Twisted Lip | S3E6: The Priory School | S3E7: The Six Napoleons

S4E1: The Sign of Four | S4E2: The Devil’s Foot | S4E3: Silver Blaze | S4E4: Wisteria Lodge | S4E5: The Bruce Partington Plans | S4E6: The Hound of The Baskervilles

S5E1: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax | S5E2: The Problem of Thor Bridge | S5E3: Shoscombe Old Place |S5E4: The Boscombe Valley MysteryS5E5: The Illustrious Client | S5E6: The Creeping Man

S6E1: The Master Blackmailer | S6E2: The Last Vampyre | S6E3: The Eligible Bachelor

S7E1: The Three Gables | S7E2: The Dying Detective | S7E3: The Golden Pince-Nez | S7E4: The Red Circle | S7E5: The Marazin Stone | S7E6: The Cardboard Box 

Russian Sherlock Holmes:

Another firm favourite among Holmesians, this Russian adaptation of the classic is often regarded to be the most accurate depiction of Holmes ever created. English subtitles. Starring Vasily Livanov as Sherlock Holmes and Vitaly Solomin as Dr. John Watson. (All credit for finding the links goes to SongofAges)

The Acquaintance & The Bloody Inscription | The Master Blackmailer | The Deadly Fight | Hunt for the Tiger | The Hound of The Baskervilles Part 1 & Part 2 | Treasures of Agra | The Twentieth Century Begins

Sherlock Holmes(1954):

The first ever American adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, this black and white series boasts 39 half-hour episodes containing mostly original stories. Ronald Howard and Howard Marion Crawford bring a real sense of life to the characters of Holmes and Watson and the whole series is curiously fast-paced for a series as old as it is.

The Cunningham Heritage | Lady Beryl | The Pennsylvania Gun | The Texas Cowgirl | The Belligerent Ghost | The Shy Ballerina | The Winthrop Legend | The Blind Man’s Bluff | Harry Crocker | The Mother Hubbard Case | The Red-Headed League | The Shoeless Engineer | The Split Ticket | The French Interpreter | The Singing Violin | The Greystone Inscription | The Laughing Mummy | The Thistle Killer | The Vanished Detective | The Careless Suffragette | The Reluctant Carpenter | The Deadly Prophecy | The Christmas Pudding | The Night Train Riddle | The Baker Street Nursemaids | The Perfect Husband | The Jolly Hangman | The Impostor Mystery | The Eiffel Tower | The Exhumed Client | The Impromptu Performance | The Baker Street Bachelors | The Royal Murder | The Haunted Gainsborough | The Neurotic Detective | The Unlucky Gambler | The Diamond Tooth |The Tyrant’s Daughter

Basil Rathbone’s Sherlock Holmes:

If the name Jeremy Brett doesn’t spring to mind when you say Sherlock Holmes, then Basil Rathbone most certainly will. Basil Rathbone is regarded by many to be the ultimate Sherlock Holmes, and while Nigel Bruce’s portrayal of Watson does make the character a little bumbling, this early adaptation is still a favourite of many.

The Hound of the Baskervilles | The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 | Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon | Sherlock Holmes in Washington & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 | Sherlock Holmes Faces Death & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 | The Spider Woman | The Scarlet Claw & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6| The Pearl of Death 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 | The House of Fear & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 | The Woman in Green | Pursuit to Algiers & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 | Terror by Night & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5| Dressed to Kill

The Great Mouse Detective:

And what list could be complete without Disney’s own take on the classic? Based of of the children’s book by Eve Titus. If not the best-know adaptation, it is certainly the best-loved. Here we have Basil of Baker Street and Dr. Dawson battling the evil Ratigan.

The Great Mouse Detective