Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century

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Name: Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
Abbreviation(s): SH22
Creator: DIC Entertainment, Scottish Television, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (original)
Date(s): 1999-2001
Medium: TV, animation
Country of Origin: USA, UK
External Links: DeadDetective (LJ) (fan page)
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Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century is an animated TV series in which the original Sherlock Holmes character is preserved and reanimated in the early 22nd century. It first aired in the US in 1999-2001; it has also aired at various times in the UK, in Canada, and elsewhere in the world. It developed a small online fandom.


In the early 22nd century, a criminal named Martin Fenwick finds the frozen remains of Professor James Moriarty and uses cells from the body to clone the Napoleon of Crime. When Moriarty escapes Fenwick's control and resumes his career of crime, Inspector Beth Lestrade of New Scotland Yard (a descendant of the original Lestrade) revives Sherlock Holmes from cryogenic suspension in hopes that Holmes can again defeat his arch-nemesis. Accompanied by an android with the appearance and personality of the original Dr. John Watson, Holmes reoccupies his Baker Street rooms and takes on a series of new cases, many of which involve Moriarty's new criminal schemes.

Each of the 26 episodes is based on one of the original canon stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


The series has generated a modest amount of fan fiction. Much of this focuses on the Holmes/Lestrade het pairing (aided in significant part by the show's portrayal of Holmes as a relatively young man). Other stories explore the lives and personalities of the new generation of "Baker Street Irregulars" introduced in the series—Wiggins, Deirdre, and the paraplegic Tennyson.