Let me start first by saying, I did not want to like this show. I was already rather attached to other iterations of Sherlock Holmes: the books, Jeremy Brett, Guy Ritchie. And the idea of making it set in modern times was off putting since I so clearly love the Victorian and Edwardian aesthetics.

But, I decided I would buy the first season and give episode one a try one evening around 10 o’clock.

I ended up staying up til the wee hours watching the entire season one. Addicted! Immediately and completely. As soon as Watson showed up, and Sherlock opened his mouth.

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I was also ready to beg, borrow, or steal to watch season 2.

There is an, well..fandom, surrounding this series which makes it extremely easy to get a Sherlock fix of whatever kind. I oscillate between thinking, “oh, what a lovely, creative thing to share” and “holy god, what is wrong with you?” when it comes to fan generated submissions. And there’s the joke that you can see Sherlock entirely in gif format by visiting tumblr (this, in my experience, is pretty accurate)

(see the rest and many other gifs via bbc sherlock gifs)

At any rate, it’s an excellent show and I highly recommend it. The actors are amazing, the writing extremely clever, the art direction thoughtful. And my favorite–it’s all done very respectfully, but not in a stuffy way, from the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Aesthetic resources you should absolutely explore:
Sherlockology – a fansite.
Wear Sherlock – a look at the fashion and art direction of the show.
Sherlock on the Fiddle – by the lovely Eos, who consulted on Holmes’ violin playing
Sherlock props – an article giving a look at production designer Arwel Wyn Jones’ work on Sherlock.