Sherlock Holmes is wacky, smart, and socially unacceptable. Many TV detectives solve mysteries, but adding a character similar to Holmes makes it fun. Here are the top TV shows with characters based on Sherlock Holmes.
This handsome Sherlock, portrayed by UK’s Jonny Lee Miller (‘Dark Shadows’), works with a female Dr. Watson, Lucy Lui (‘Dirty Sexy Money’). Holmes entertains the audience by annoying Watson. He interrupts her during a theater production, drives her car into a suspect’s car, and predicts the end of an exciting baseball game. This is all in the first episode and it gets more fun.
Benedict Cumberbatch (‘Parade’s End’) plays the wackiest of the Holmes characters in this list. Just in the first episode, he pursues a taxi for blocks by foot, withholds evidence in a murder investigation, and tells a detective his face is distracting him. In one of his funniest moments he said, “Is it nice not being me? It must be so relaxing.” Martin Freeman (‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’) plays a wonderful Watson in ‘Sherlock’.
‘House M.D.’ is a brilliant, but insane version of Sherlock Holmes. UK actor and author Hugh Laurie (‘Black Adder’, ‘A Bit of Fry and Laurie’) is Dr. Gregory House. He entertains by shamelessly exposing secrets, outwitting his coworkers, and using witty cruel sarcasm. Convinced that everyone lies, especially patients, House says, “If we don’t talk to them (patients), they can’t lie to us.” House gets more outrageous in each of the eight seasons of this series based on Sherlock Holmes.
According to Wikia, “The name ‘House’ is a play on ‘Holmes’ (with English pronunciation, a homophone for ‘homes’). For more information about how ‘House M.D’ is based on Holmes, see Wikipedia. A few of his costars are Omar Epps (‘ER’) Robert Sean Leonard (‘My Best Friend is a Vampire’), Jesse Spencer (‘Chicago Fire’).
Australian actor, Simon Baker (‘The Guardian’), plays a determined and sneaky version of Holmes. Without his team’s permission, Jane breaks the law, asks outrageous questions, and sets traps for criminals. ‘The Mentalist’ also stars girl-next-door beauty Robin Tunney (‘Prison Break’), Tim Yang (‘Third Watch’), Amanda Righetti (‘The OC’), and Owain Yeoman (‘The Nine’).
Sherlock Holmes has been a wonderful part of entertainment since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created him in the late 1800s. The character tells us that it is okay to be more and less than the ideal human. That it is okay to be misunderstood and still be an absolutely incredible person.
Edited by Ren Buidhe