There is no shortage of adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved mysteries. Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed as everything from mild-mannered bachelor to a vagrant. However, the BBC's quirky sleeper-hit simply titled "Sherlock" brings new life to the character. Fans of British humor will love this version set in modern-day London. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock as a high functioning sociopath with little regard for others' feelings or general manners. His ability to deduce your life's story based on the most minute clues make him indispensable to the local authorities and hilarious situations ensue as they must put up with his antics. Most entertaining are the moments when Sherlock is making a deduction and the clues he notices are captioned to give the audience a glimpse of what is going on in his mind.
Cumberbatch shines in the series, but John Watson holds his own, played by Hobbit star Martin Freeman. Watson is a veteran doctor back from the war in Afghanistan, still struggling to cope with civilian life. The unlikely pair makes a perfect team as consultant detectives along with a colorful cast of minor characters and, of course, the mysterious criminal mastermind Moriarty always one step behind. Each series is a mere three episodes, but each episode runs about an hour and a half. Series two was recently added to the libraries' collection. You may want to check both series out simultaneously; once you begin, you won't want to stop.
Recommended by Caroline Barlow