Sherlock: Each Main Character Ranked From Worst To Best

From Baker Street to Scotland Yard, which characters rank the highest?


The residents - and friends - of 221b Baker Street are an incredibly diverse and well-written set of characters, and they were a significant part of what made the 2010-17 run of Sherlock utterly engaging. This modernised adaptation of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle novels surprised many as it grew to extreme heights of popularity, becoming a British TV staple.

The reimagining of this Victorian-era consulting detective presented the character in such a unique light and brought a tonne of new directions for the iconic role. However, it wasn't just the eponymous hero who got a massive revamp, as the majority of the novel's recurring characters also featured similar attention.

Each member of the primary cast had an enormous part to play in the narrative and the show's tone. Although some certainly weren't given as much attention as others, they were all at least treated with the right amount of dignity and given plenty to do.

By ranking these leading roles form worst to best, there is a chance to look back on this great show and examine how Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat reinvented some of literatures most iconic heroes, villains and landladies.

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