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The Best Episodes of Sherlock

Every episode of Sherlock ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Sherlock!

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Network:BBC One

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The best episode of "Sherlock" is "The Reichenbach Fall", rated 9.6/10 from 40682 user votes. It was directed by Toby Haynes and written by Stephen Thompson. "The Reichenbach Fall" aired on 1/15/2012 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "A Scandal in Belgravia".

  • The Reichenbach Fall
    9.6/10 40,682 votes

    #1 - The Reichenbach Fall

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2012-01-15

    The return of Moriarty. The crime of the century. Can Sherlock possibly survive?

    Director: Toby Haynes

    Writer: Stephen Thompson

  • A Scandal in Belgravia
    9.4/10 41,673 votes

    #2 - A Scandal in Belgravia

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2012-01-01

    Blackmail threatens the monarchy and Sherlock is about to meet the woman who beats him.

    Director: Paul McGuigan

    Writer: Steven Moffat

  • His Last Vow
    9.2/10 31,948 votes

    #3 - His Last Vow

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2014-01-12

    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?

    Director: Nick Hurran

    Writer: Steven Moffat

  • The Lying Detective
    9.1/10 28,875 votes

    #4 - The Lying Detective

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 2017-01-08

    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.

    Director: Nick Hurran

    Writer: Steven Moffat

  • The Great Game
    9.0/10 29,509 votes

    #5 - The Great Game

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2010-08-08

    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...

    Director: Paul McGuigan

    Writer: Mark Gatiss

  • A Study in Pink
    8.9/10 33,488 votes

    #6 - A Study in Pink

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2010-07-25

    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.

    Director: Paul McGuigan

    Writer: Steven Moffat

  • The Sign of Three
    8.9/10 28,825 votes

    #7 - The Sign of Three

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2014-01-05

    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.

    Director: Colm McCarthy

    Writer: Stephen Thompson, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss

  • The Empty Hearse
    8.8/10 31,844 votes

    #8 - The Empty Hearse

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2014-01-01

    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.

    Director: Jeremy Lovering

    Writer: Mark Gatiss

  • The Hounds of Baskerville
    8.3/10 27,893 votes

    #9 - The Hounds of Baskerville

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2012-01-08

    A hound from hell. Sherlock's most famous case. But is a monster really stalking Dartmoor?

    Director: Paul McGuigan

    Writer: Mark Gatiss

  • The Final Problem
    8.2/10 29,137 votes

    #10 - The Final Problem

    Season 4 Episode 3 - Aired 2017-01-15

    Holmes and Watson travel to Europe to escape Moriarty's vengeance.

    Director: Benjamin Caron

    Writer: Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss

  • The Blind Banker
    7.9/10 28,945 votes

    #11 - The Blind Banker

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2010-08-01

    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.

    Director: Euros Lyn

    Writer: Stephen Thompson

  • The Six Thatchers
    7.6/10 25,879 votes

    #12 - The Six Thatchers

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2017-01-01

    Why is someone destroying images of Margaret Thatcher? Is there a madman on the loose? Or is there a much darker purpose at work?

    Director: Rachel Talalay

    Writer: Mark Gatiss