Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Netflix Gems | Sherlock.

Notwithstanding the constantly growing catalog of available content on Netflix Instant, I know there are a lot of people out there who feel like they can’t find anything to watch.   With this periodic series – Netflix Gems – I aim to introduce you to movies, tv shows and documentaries you may not know are hiding in there.  While Netflix is still lagging behind where I think it should be on new releases and current seasons of television, there’s a whole bunch of awesome there as well, so let's talk about it right here.

The BBC's Sherlock is our current obsession.  We'd been meaning to catch-up on the series for about a year now, and finally hit play on New Year's Day.  Netflix has seasons 1 & 2 available instantly, and here's the easy part: each season is only three 90-minute episodes long.  We blazed through them all in less than a week, and are now ready for its third season premiere this coming Sunday, January 19, on PBS.

{How could you not love this face?!}

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, King of Everything with the Coolest Voice Ever (my opinion)) as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, U.K's The Office, Love Actually) as his put-upon partner, Dr. John Watson, this version takes place in present day London and updates many of the classic stories with modern twists and explanations; Watson even writes a blog as an extension of their detective business.  

I know my explanation of the series cannot do the show justice (the tumblr fandom surrounding this show is insane btw; jump in at your own risk!).  It's incredibly clever, tightly-scripted, well-acted (seriously though, Cumberbatch is le best), equal parts funny and suspenseful, and, frankly, easy to catch-up on.  So get to it!  And then watch the season 3 premiere this Sunday on PBS (right after Downton!).

xo. di.

*U.K. readers: I know you've had the new episodes since January 1, no need to rub it in ;) 

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thanks so much for the note! i love reading your comments. xo. di.

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