Sherlock & Watson, 'Sherlock'
This modern retelling of the famed pairing is especially potent with Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, who is seemingly high-functioning autistic and high-functioning a**hole. Martin Freeman counters the latter, at least, with fun, everyman insights and quips as Watson; his normalcy is a springboard for Holmes' profundity and for digs of his own. As flatmates, it's a shock (a slash? a burn?) they hadn't managed to kill each other, and the writing from the show acknowledges as much, to the delight of viewers. Their love-hate bromance allowed for some lightness during pretty heady criminal exercises so far, which is why we can't wait to rudely and uninvitedly meander into the crime scenes of season 3 this winter.
- Katie Hasty