Sherlock is a TV adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's novels about the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. However, these adaptations are modern, so the creators find new and ingenious ways for the detective to solve the case. Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his partner, John Watson (Martin Freeman) work to solve 'impossible' cases in exciting new ways.
The biggest issue with Sherlock is that we get three new episodes every 2-3 years. Each episode is an hour and a half long, but that's still a very small dose of a very addictive show. The show comes in such small doses because of the availability of the actors and producer/writer Steven Moffat. However, that doesn't provide any consolation for us fans.
The show certainly is interesting and unique, though. Each episode is a mind-bending puzzle, until the end, when you ask yourself "Why didn't I see that coming?". The characters are very realistic and well-developed, providing good dialogue and interesting scenes. Sherlock in particular stands out as such a unique character for his cold and sociopathic behaviour. Cumberbatch plays the character perfectly, and his relationship with Freeman gives the characters a unique chemistry.
Each episode is brilliantly written and planned, almost like a short movie. A lot of the stories and plots of episodes follow popular works of Doyle's, such as "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and "The Reichenback Fall". Although they followed the basic outline of the books, they were recreated in a way unique and faithful to the source material, whilst also being being interesting if you haven't read the books.
This interesting spin on a modern version of a classic is certainly very popular. With a wide audience, it's become a family show that can keep both younger and older audiences interested. Children love it for the action and the comedy, whilst older audiences can appreciate this and the complexity and intricacy of the cases they solve.
My personal favourites are the brilliantly planned Reichenback Fall and The Hound of the Baskervilles, which was the first one I watched. Regardless, each episode has great moments and lots of funny banter.
Sherlock is just a great show. Whether you see it from the perspective of an adaptation, or a stand-alone show, it works. Although we may be annoyed that we have to wait a few of years for three new episodes, it seems as though the show isn't losing too many fans over it; it's definitely worth the wait.