Hunky leading man, adorable sidekick, and murder – Sherlock on BBC is the trifecta.  This television show is an updated nod to the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; brought to life by the minds of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

As Moffat puts it…

“Conan Doyle’s stories were never about frock coats and gas light; they’re about brilliant detection, dreadful villains and blood-curdling crimes – and frankly, to hell with the crinoline. Other detectives have cases, Sherlock Holmes has adventures, and that’s what matters.”

The titular role is portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, a man who’s voice as been described as a jaguar in a cello.  Making listening to his deductions all the more stimulating.  The supporting, yet equally important, role of John Watson is played by Martin Freeman.

The show has gained a very enthusiastic following, so when BBC asked fans to Tweet or post on Facebook what their favorite moments were, they gladly complied.  Below are the ten most popular scenes from Seasons 1 through 3, as voted by the adoring viewers.  Overall, “A Scandal in Begravia” from Season 2 seemed to be a hit.  And it wasn’t just because of the captivating Ms. Adler.

Keep reading to find out which scenes the came out on top. As Sherlock loves to say, “The game is afoot!”

10 – Bored!

Season 1, Episode 3 – “The Great Game”

John comes home to find his flatmate shooting a happy little face into the wall.  Why, you ask?  Because he is BORED!  Apparently the wall had it coming.  Poor Mrs Hudson, her home’s resale value just went out the window (or would it be through the wall?).
10 - Bored

9 – Staying Alive

Season 2, Episode 1 – “A Scandal in Belgravia”

A tense standoff at a seemingly empty pool is interrupted by a cell phone ringing.  The kicker?  The ringtone is “Staying Alive” by The BeeGees.

“Mind if I take this?”  Moriarty is so polite when he’s homicidal.

9 - Staying Alive

8 – Sherlock the Waiter

Season 3, Episode 1 – “The Empty Hearse”

You’ve faked your death and have been gone for two years.  What better way to surprise your best friend than pretending to be a pushy sommelier and interrupt his proposal to his girlfriend.  What could go wrong?

8 - Restaurant

7 – Drunk Sherlock

Season 3, Episode 2 – “The Sign of Three”

“He’s cluing for looks”

As the equally intoxicated John tries to explain the erratic detective’s actions, we watch Sherlock slowly but surely succumb to the evening’s festivities.

7 - Clueing for Looks

6 – The Side of Angels

Season 2, Episode 3 – “The Reichenbach Fall”

He has cheekbones that could only come from heaven, but don’t mistake his true nature…

“I may be on the side of the angels, but don’t think for one second that I am one of them.”  Chilling.

6 - Side of Angels

5 – “And exactly how many times did he fall out the window?”

Season 2, Episode 1 – “A Scandal in Belgravia”

Sherlock’s nonchalant answer of “It’s all a bit of a blur.  I lost count.” doesn’t even seen to faze the good Detective Inspector.

No one messes with Mrs. Hudson.

5 - Lost Count

4 – Punch Me

Season 2, Episode 1 – “A Scandal in Belgravia”

After months of living together, John finally hears the words he’s been longing to hear… “Punch me.  In the face!”  John was a soldier, after all.

4 - Punch me

3 – Shock Blanket

Season 1, Episode 1 – “A Study in Pink”

He’s in shock.  He even has a blanket, Lestrade.  Respect the blanket.

3 - Shock Blanket

2 – The Best Man Speech

Season 3, Episode 2 – “The Sign of Three”

“Today we honor the deathwatch beetle that is the doom of our society and – in time, one feels certain – our entire species. But, anyway, let’s talk about John.”

2 - Best Man Speech

1 – SHERlocked

Season 2, Episode 1 – “A Scandal in Belgravia”

“Everything I said, it’s not real.  I was just playing the game.”

“I know.  This is just losing.”


To check out the list in its entirety watch the video below:

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Added Bonus:

A scene I love that wasn’t mentioned is one where Sherlock and Mycroft are discussing their childhood.  Could you imagine the two of them as children?  Mycroft sitting on a bench, sipping tea, silently judging all the little neanderthals.  Sherlock making them cry by deducing that daddy is having an affair with the nanny.  What were their parents thinking?