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The best episodes of Sherlock

Explore the comprehensive ranking of Sherlock episodes, meticulously evaluated through thousands of fan votes. Uncover the top-rated moments that define the brilliance of Sherlock!

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The Reichenbach Fall
8.7

#1 - The Reichenbach Fall

Season 2, Episode 3, 1/15/2012
The return of Moriarty. The crime of the century. Can Sherlock possibly survive?
A Scandal in Belgravia
8.4

#2 - A Scandal in Belgravia

Season 2, Episode 1, 1/1/2012
Blackmail threatens the monarchy and Sherlock is about to meet the woman who beats him.
The Lying Detective
8.3

#3 - The Lying Detective

Season 4, Episode 2, 1/8/2017
Sherlock faces perhaps the most chilling enemy of his long career: the powerful and seemingly unassailable Culverton Smith – a man with a very dark secret indeed.
A Study in Pink
8.2

#4 - A Study in Pink

Season 1, Episode 1, 7/25/2010
A war hero, invalided home from Afghanistan, meets a strange but charismatic genius who is looking for a flatmate; it is London, 2010, and Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes are meeting for the first time. A string of impossible suicides has Scotland Yard baffled - and only one man can help.
The Great Game
8.2

#5 - The Great Game

Season 1, Episode 3, 8/8/2010
A strange clue in an empty room, a blood-soaked car, a priceless Old Master, a deranged bomber. With the clock ticking, the curtain rises on a battle of wits between Sherlock, John and the shadowy stranger who seems to know all the answers...
His Last Vow
8.2

#6 - His Last Vow

Season 3, Episode 3, 1/12/2014
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?
The Hounds of Baskerville
7.8

#7 - The Hounds of Baskerville

Season 2, Episode 2, 1/8/2012
A hound from hell. Sherlock's most famous case. But is a monster really stalking Dartmoor?
The Sign of Three
7.8

#8 - The Sign of Three

Season 3, Episode 2, 1/5/2014
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.
The Final Problem
7.7

#9 - The Final Problem

Season 4, Episode 3, 1/15/2017
Holmes and Watson travel to Europe to escape Moriarty's vengeance.
The Empty Hearse
7.6

#10 - The Empty Hearse

Season 3, Episode 1, 1/1/2014
Two years on from reports of his Reichenbach Fall demise, Sherlock resurfaces as London comes under threat of a huge terrorist attack. John, though, has mixed feelings – he's delighted by the return of his best friend, but harbours worries that the consulting detective's reappearance will have an adverse affect on his settled domestic life, in particular his romance with Mary Morstan.
The Blind Banker
7.3

#11 - The Blind Banker

Season 1, Episode 2, 8/1/2010
A mysterious cipher is being scrawled on the walls around London. The first person to see the cipher is dead within hours of reading it. Sherlock plunges into a world of codes and symbols, consulting with London's best graffiti artists. He soon learns that the city is in the grip a gang of international smugglers, a secret society called the Black Lotus.
The Six Thatchers
6.8

#12 - The Six Thatchers

Season 4, Episode 1, 1/1/2017
Why is someone destroying images of Margaret Thatcher? Is there a madman on the loose? Or is there a much darker purpose at work?

Summary

The best rated episodes are:
S2E3 - The Reichenbach Fall - 8.7
S2E1 - A Scandal in Belgravia - 8.4
S4E2 - The Lying Detective - 8.3
S1E1 - A Study in Pink - 8.2
S1E3 - The Great Game - 8.2
S3E3 - His Last Vow - 8.2
S2E2 - The Hounds of Baskerville - 7.8
S3E2 - The Sign of Three - 7.8
S4E3 - The Final Problem - 7.7
S3E1 - The Empty Hearse - 7.6

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