There are many old time radio shows that are fun to listen to, but nothing beats a good mystery with the ever impressive Sherlock Holmes and his faithful side kick Dr. Watson.

Two of the most popular actors to ever play these roles were Sir Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. They played these characters in 14 Hollywood films before they took up the roles on radio.

“The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” radio show started in 1939 and Rathbone continued in the part until 1946. There were a total of 219 episodes with Rathbone playing the part of Holmes. In 1946 Tom Conway took over the role.

Nigel Bruce played the Dr. Watson role as a somewhat foolish, or bumbling sort of character. This helps to give the partnership somewhat of a balance with Holmes being the genius and mystery solver. But clever as he was, Holmes needed the ever faithful Watson to help him out of more than one troubling situation.

Some of the most popular episodes of the Holmes radio series were:

“Sweeny Todd, Demon Barber”
“The Notorious Canary Strangler”
“Murder at the Opera”
“The Limping Ghost”
“April Fool’s Adventure”
“Murder Under the Big Top”
“The Hound of the Baskervilles”

These tales were loosely based on the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

Though there have been many actors to portray the Holmes and Watson duo, none have been more popular than the pairing of Rathbone and Bruce.

For years it was nearly impossible to track down episodes of these beloved radio shows. But thanks to the power of the internet, and a few dedicated websites, you can now listen to a wide variety of old time radio shows.

When you’ve had a long day of staring at the computer screen it’s nice to have another option besides going home and staring at the television screen. You can lean back in your recliner, shut your eyes, relax, and listen to the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. See if you can figure out “whodunit” before he does.

These are also great to listen to on your commute home from work. If you’re tired of listening to more bad news on the radio, or trying to skim through multiple Hip Hop stations to find some real music, maybe a radio show mystery is just what you need for a pleasant change of pace.

There’s nothing more effective at making the troubles of the day fade away than stepping back in time and listening to an old time radio show.

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