I enjoy Castle on ABC Mondays at ten because it is about a writer who tags along with the NYPD (my favorite city for fiction & in life) and there's a love interest which develops. Nearly every episode follows a predictable pattern, although lately the writing has stepped up every week. In the past they would interview a number of suspects until around 10:50PM when they arrest the right one. I became hooked on the characters or I woudln't watch all the time. However, they sometimes have a unique plot spanning more than one episode.And most episodes start with an unusual and thought provoking scene. I see the writers using a formulaic approach.
Elementary is a different matter all together. Of course the crime has to be solved in the end, but each episode takes a more creative path. Not only are the complexities and subtleties of both Doctor Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) and Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) incredible, their arcs, romantic or not, are difficult to pin down and enjoyable to see unfold. Part of solving the mystery for me is how they develop with each other. Their relationship is changing, with many pitfalls, but they're heading in the right direction.
If you are a fan of the famous detective team, the mysteries, the methods used in problem solving, you won't be disappointed. You'll be amazed.
Okay, about the male point of view. If the whole show were about Lucy Liu sipping tea in short shorts, I'd still watch. Perhaps you feel the same about Jonny Lee Miller?
Here's a approx 3 min. statement of the show's double intent by its producers. Included on the video are promotional shorts from the show.
I dropped this in for my own record, because I enjoy the way Lucy handles this interview.
I highly recommend catching the episode presented on 2/14/2103 because it really focuses on change in Watson's and Holmes' relationship, which is what we romance writers are definitely into. This can be done on the internet by visiting CBS using Bing: "Elementary CBS."