The Best Episodes Of 'Sherlock'

There are so many good episodes of Sherlock, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "The Great Game" the best, or is "A Scandal in Belgravia" your favorite episode of Sherlock? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Sherlock are, let's rank every Sherlock episode from best to worst.

Sherlock premiered on the BBC on July 25, 2010, with "A Study in Pink." Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson, Sherlock is a modern telling of the detective stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock has been both a critical and popular hit from the start. Its first big award was won for season 1 at the BAFTA Awards, where it was named "Best Drama Series".


Vote up your favorite episodes of Sherlock, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Sherlock episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

  • The Reichenbach Fall
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    The Reichenbach Fall

    Season 2, Episode 3

    The Tower of London, Pentonville Prison, the Bank of England. All broken into on the same day! Only James Moriarty could do it. But why didn't he steal anything? Soon a darker purpose unfolds. The final battle between the masterminds. And neither can hope to walk away from it.

    • Original Airing: January 15, 2012
    43 votes
  • The Great Game
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    The Great Game

    Season 1, Episode 3

    Despairing of the ingenuity of London's criminals, Sherlock is invited to take on what looks to be a very ordinary case - a young civil servant found on a railway line with his head smashed in. It seems to be open and shut - or so he thinks. The curtain is about to rise on a terrifying game of cat and mouse as a crazed bomber pits his wits against Sherlock. A 20-year-old murder, a blood-soaked car, a rediscovered Old Master worth millions - it's just the kind of adventure Sherlock and John relish, but who is behind these deadly puzzles? London is set to become a battle ground as Sherlock confronts the one person capable of beating him.

    • Original Airing: August 8, 2010
    40 votes
  • A Scandal in Belgravia
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    47 VOTES

    A Scandal in Belgravia

    Season 2, Episode 1

    A Royal scandal, a dazzling game of cat and mouse. The seductive Irene Adler is cold, calculating, brilliant. Has Sherlock finally met his match?

    • Original Airing: January 1, 2012
    47 votes
  • A Study in Pink
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    A Study in Pink

    Season 1, Episode 1

    A woman in pink lies dead in a derelict house. She is the fourth in a series of seemingly impossible suicides. DI Lestrade is the best Scotland Yard has got, but even he knows that there's only one man who can help. Elsewhere in London, a war hero, invalided home from Afghanistan, meets a strange but charismatic genius who is looking for a flatmate; Dr John Watson and Sherlock Holmes are meeting for the first time.

    • Original Airing: July 25, 2010
    43 votes
  • The Sign of Three
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    The Sign of Three

    Season 3, Episode 2

    Sherlock faces his biggest challenge of all - delivering a Best Man's speech on John's wedding day! But all isn't quite as it seems. Mortal danger stalks the reception - and someone might not make it to the happy couple's first dance. Sherlock must thank the bridesmaids, solve the case and stop a killer!

    • Original Airing: January 5, 2014
    44 votes
  • His Last Vow
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    36 VOTES

    His Last Vow

    Season 3, Episode 3

    A case of stolen letters leads Sherlock Holmes into a long conflict with Charles Augustus Magnussen, the Napoleon of blackmail, and the one man he truly hates. But how do you tackle a foe who knows the personal weakness of every person of importance in the Western world?

    • Original Airing: January 12, 2014
    36 votes