"Sherlock" is a British television series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. It is just one of the numerous adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes stories. The show, which first aired in 2010 and ended in 2017 after four seasons, follows the adventures of the detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr John Watson as they solve a series of complex and often dangerous cases in modern-day London.
The show was a commercial success, attracting millions of viewers in the UK and around the world. It received numerous awards and accolades, including multiple BAFTA awards and Primetime Emmy Awards. The lead actors' performances, Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson, were particularly well-received and helped to establish them as major stars.
One of the unique aspects of the show is that it has an overarching plot that carries through the entire series. In addition to the standalone cases featured in each episode, the show also has a larger narrative arc that involves the relationship between Sherlock and Watson and the various characters and organizations they encounter throughout the series. This approach to storytelling gives "Sherlock" a sense of continuity and depth that is not present in many other adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes stories, which are often more focused on standalone cases.
But, as with any artistic endeavor, opinions on Moffat's work on Sherlock vary. This video clearly outlines why some people are not the show's biggest fans. And while the show's devoted fanbase might not agree with this opinion, there are valid points on why some find Moffat's work on Sherlock lacking.
Ultimately the show focused on Sherlock, his evident genius and his character quirks, but the overall character development was weak, especially for everyone else in the cast. The plots were overly complex and relied heavily on twists and turns, constantly hooking viewers that some big reveal was coming and almost always pulling a bait and switch without anything new happening.
Moffat also seemed self-indulgent when running the show, prioritizing style over substance and producing convoluted storylines full of red herrings and leaps of the imagination. This was also evident when he took over the "Doctor Who" franchise, fixing the spotlight on the time-travelling alien more than any other show-runner.
Whether people agree with this or not, no show is perfect, and that entertainment is subjective. What one person may consider a good show may be different from another.
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