The actor puts his time spent playing Sherlock Holmes to use in a skit with Murray-arty

By Erin Clements and Kiran Hefa
February 04, 2014 01:00 PM
Credit: Courtesy PBS

Unfortunately for Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of hit BBC series Sherlock, there’s no shortage of foes wanting to test his super sleuthing skills, and that includes the Muppets of Sesame Street.

In a new clip from the children’s show, Murray Monster, now known as Murray-arty, puts Cumberbatch on the spot, and asks him to deduce whether there are more apples or oranges. Much like his onscreen counterpart, the Brit turns to a good friend for help – no, not Dr. Watson – the Count.

The spot-on parody of the actor’s turn as Sherlock Holmes is the latest foray for the long-running series into pop culture. Check out five more fun ones below:


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