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Inspector Morse

Inspector Morse

ITV 1987

Inspector Morse is a detective drama based on Colin Dexter's series of Chief Inspector Morse novels. The series starred John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse and Kevin Whately as Sergeant Lewis, as well as a large cast of notable actors and actresses.

British Crime & Drama UK BBC ITV 1900 Titles Top TV Series (1970-2013) 4 RM-Mystery, crime, suspense Mystery & Crime series_following * BBC TV Drama UK Detective/Crime Series

The 10 Best Episodes of Inspector Morse

Inspector Morse - S5E1

#1 - Second Time Around


Season 5 - Episode 1

The mysterious death of a former deputy police commissioner brings Morse into reluctant contact with an old rival, Ch Insp Dawson. Morse and Lewis, in uneasy tandem with Dawson, spot a link with the unsolved murder of a young girl 18 years earlier. To find the latest killer they have to unravel the first case again.

The episode was rated from 74 votes.

Inspector Morse - S4E4

#2 - Masonic Mysteries


Season 4 - Episode 4

Morse finds himself at the top of the suspect list when his lady friend, Beryl Newsome, is stabbed at a dress rehearsal for the local amateur dramatic society's production of The Magic Flute. Then Lewis starts uncovering more incriminating evidence, and Morse becomes the target of direct attacks. Who is it that wants to get at Morse so badly?

The episode was rated from 71 votes.

Inspector Morse - S7E2

#3 - The Day of the Devil


Season 7 - Episode 2

Morse and Lewis hunt a violent rapist who has escaped from prison. They find themselves drawn into an under-world of satanists, and some of them seem more respectable than others.

The episode was rated from 62 votes.

Inspector Morse - S6E3

#4 - The Death of the Self


Season 6 - Episode 3

The strange death of an Englishwoman abroad takes Morse and Lewis to the city of Verona in northern Italy. Morse takes delight in open-air opera in the Roman amphitheatre and falls under the spell of Nicole Burgess, a glamorous opera singer. But Lewis is home-sick.

The episode was rated from 66 votes.

Inspector Morse - S4E3

#5 - Driven to Distraction


Season 4 - Episode 3

The apparently motiveless murder of two young women points to a psychotic killer. Morse's speculations on what they might have in common leads him to a local garage owner, Jeremy Boynton, who knew them both, and who arouses his suspicions and dislike. Convinced that Boynton holds the key to the crime, Morse begins to hound him, despite having no firm evidence. Morse is also faced with the possible oss of his beloved red Mk II Jaguar.

The episode was rated from 76 votes.

Inspector Morse - S2E2
#6 - Last Seen Wearing
Season 2 - Episode 2

The schoolgirl daughter of rich parents has been missing for six months. Morse believes she has been killed, and his investigations show curious goings on at the missing girl's school. But before Morse can unravel the mystery, he finds another.

The episode was rated from 93 votes.
Inspector Morse - S3E3
#7 - Deceived by Flight
Season 3 - Episode 3

Morse investigates when the annual match of the Claret's old boys' cricket eleven is brought to an abrupt end by the sudden death of a team member - and it seems that cricket was the last thing on their minds.

The episode was rated from 75 votes.
Inspector Morse - S2E4
#8 - Last Bus to Woodstock
Season 2 - Episode 4

A young secretary is found dead in a pub car park. Morse suspects murder and uncovers a complex web of relationships - passion and corruption, lies and unhappiness.

The episode was rated from 78 votes.
Inspector Morse - S6E2
#9 - Happy Families
Season 6 - Episode 2

Business tycoon Sir John Balcombe is found murdered at his country house, Balcombe Castle, with no signs of a break-in. As a result, the dead man's wife and sons come under suspicion. Morse finds that the family is strangely untroubled, and several of his prime suspects have flawed characters and dark secrets - and then the Balcombe family suffers another killing. Meanwhile, Morse has to cope with journalists who try to turn his own personality into a story - and he also suffers from an unhelpful Chief Superintendant, covering for the station's usual boss, who puts pressure on him to crack the case in a hurry. In the end, though, Morse is vindicated and his various tormentors get their comeuppance.

The episode was rated from 61 votes.
Inspector Morse - S6E4
#10 - Absolute Conviction
Season 6 - Episode 4

Morse and Lewis investigate the affairs of three people in prison for fraud, when one of them is murdered, and they are surprised by what they find at HMP Farnleigh, an open prison. Then someone tries to kill one of the two surviving fraudsters.

The episode was rated from 65 votes.

Last updated: nov 08, 2021



I would like to say on the case of Morse that it is one of my favorite shows of all time. It rivals Sherlock Holmes for me in the genre. The thing with Morse is they had some low points but it had some very high points as well. Lewis so far (I'm on season 6) has been steadily good but hasn't quite reached the heights Morse did. Morse for me has a unique quality of being a time capsule that captures the change in technology and society from the 80's through to the early 00's. It shows that not all change is good and how a person can be passed by in a changing world. I see a lot of myself in Morse in the way I look at upcoming technologies or changes and I just hope I'm dead and gone by the time they kick off. I have rose tinted glasses for a simpler time. To me Morse captures this pang of nostalgia with a delicacy not found elsewhere.


Not to bad although I like the follow-on series Lewis much better. The pace of this series is much much slower cause me to get bored at times.


So just finished the first episode and it was very slow paced. Hope that is just because it was the first.

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