It is no secret that the Sherlock fandom is officially known as the ‘fandom that waits’. With years between seasons that are only 3 episodes long and teasers thrown out by the show’s writers adding fuel to the fire, it comes as no surprise when fans begins to suffer from Sherlock withdrawal halfway through the waiting period. The only way to assuage the pain is to find something to distract your attention in the meanwhile. While nothing can replace the phenomenon that has become Sherlock, it is worth digging through a similar or distinctly different TV series to pass the time more quickly.

To begin your ultimate Sherlock-less binge-fest, we recommend you begin with Luther. Fans captivated by the morbid relationship between Jim Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes will appreciate the cat-and-mouse game between John Luther, the policeman with loose morals and a bad-temper, and Alice Morgan, a psychopath. For fans who have been utterly courted by the dark side Peaky Blinders might be right up your alley with the anti-hero/villain, Tommy Shelby who is a gang leader, taking center stage in this period crime series.

A more in-depth look into the lives of detectives and a rare, accurate portrayal of a crime scene unit can be seen in the Danish series Dicte. For a milder look into the world of detective work and mystery, the Poirot series poses a more sophisticated approach, with less running around and more brain work. A more feminine approach to murder is pulled off in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, where Phryne Fisher finds herself swept away in homicidal adventures in the most stylish ways. While the series is entirely out of tune to anything remotely related to Sherlock, perhaps a good mystery with a chic woman is what people need. With the 2017 release of Sherlock still months away from broadcast, it would do the fandom some good to relax before once again facing the emotional roller coaster ride that has become Sherlock.

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