Picks and Pans Review: Mystery!: the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

UPDATED 03/18/1985 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/18/1985 at 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Thursday, March 14, 9 p.m. ET)

Some acts are so hard to follow, it's hardly worth bothering—like Basil Rathbone's enigmatic Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce's bumbling Dr. Watson. No one has bettered them, including this latest entry in the disappointing PBS Mystery! series, which casts Jeremy (My Fair Lady) Brett as Holmes and David Burke as Watson. This Holmes lacks that certain egomaniacal twinkle in his eyes—thanks, evidentally, to drugs. "What is it tonight," Watson asks Brett's bug-eyed Holmes, "morphine or cocaine?"

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