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Season 4 of “Sherlock,” the British television series that has had a total of nine episodes in the past three seasons, isn’t set to air until next year.
The show gives a modern portrayal of the cases of Sherlock Holmes.
Of course, British television is different from American television in many ways. The most significant is the way in which the shows are broadcast.
Each episode of “Sherlock” is about 90 minutes long.
They are like movies, rather than a show one would find in America — most Stateside shows are between 20 and 40 minutes long.
The more distressing way the two countries differ is the amount of time between “seasons.” The first season of Sherlock aired in 2010.
Fans had to wait two years between Season 1 and Season 2, and another two years between Season 2 and Season 3.
It will have been three years between Season 3 and the upcoming season when it finally airs.
At the end of each season, there always is a cliffhanger that keeps fans near the edge of insanity until the long-awaited debut of the next season.
Despite that drawback, “Sherlock” still is one of the best shows I’ve seen in quite some time.
The episodes are well constructed, the characters are strong, the actors seem to embody those characters perfectly … and who doesn’t love a British accent?
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are phenomenal together.
Cumberbatch, with his well-tailored coat and aloof demeanor, is the perfect modernization of Sherlock Holmes.
While the more gritty aspects of Holmes’ personality and addictions seem to be glossed over, the instances of drug abuse become more apparent and easier to see with additional viewings. However, no active drug abuse is seen on screen.
Freeman’s portrayal of Watson provides us with a character who seemingly is drawn irresistibly to Holmes, despite his frustrations with the self-proclaimed high-functioning sociopath.
This series is rated a 9.2 by IMDB and 100 percent by Rotten Tomatoes — marks that I would mirror.
The hardest thing to decide is whether to watch all nine episodes in a short amount of time or savor each one as slowly as possible.