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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.

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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 8.18 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 8.08 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 8.05 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 7.97 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 7.95 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 7.91 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 7.88 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 7.85 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 7.82 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 7.82 from 65 votes.

Inspector Morse - S7E1
#11 - Deadly Slumber
Season 7 - Episode 1

The owner of a private hospital is found murdered in his car, after a series of anonymous threatening letters. Suspicion falls on a retired book-maker whose daughter suffered severe brain damage as a result of negligence during an operation some years before. Morse spends a lot of effort in investigating the possibility that the dead man was criminally negligent, and concludes that he was. While he does his best to bring the killer to justice, Morse does not seem very troubled that at the end of the day he is unable to nail him.

The episode was rated from 67 votes.
Inspector Morse - S5E5
#12 - Promised Land
Season 5 - Episode 5

The search for a retired 'supergrass' takes Morse and Lewis from Oxford to the Australian outback. Strangely, Lewis is less at home down under than Morse himself is.

The episode was rated from 65 votes.
Inspector Morse - S3E4
#13 - The Secret of Bay 5B
Season 3 - Episode 4

Playboy architect Michael Gifford is found strangled in his car, and the only clues are a car-park ticket and his diary. Morse and Lewis uncover a love triangle involving the murdered man, and the list of suspects grows. Meanwhile, Morse considers asking Grayling Russell for a date.

The episode was rated from 69 votes.
Inspector Morse - S4E1
#14 - The Infernal Serpent
Season 4 - Episode 1

Morse investigates a tangled web of university intrigue which surrounds the baffling murder of Dr Julian Dear, a college don and famous environmentalist who was killed just minutes before he was due to give a controversial lecture. It seems that the most respectable of academic families can have skeletons in the cupboard, and Morse has to put his job on the line to get at the truth.

The episode was rated from 70 votes.
Inspector Morse - S3E1
#15 - The Ghost in the Machine
Season 3 - Episode 1

Morse investigates the reported theft of erotic paintings belonging to Sir Julius Hanbury, a local baronet who is one of those standing for election as the new Master of Courtney College, Oxford. As well as the pictures, Sir Julius himself has also disappeared. Morse finds Sir Julius's dead body, and at first it looks like murder, but the new police pathologist, Dr Grayling Russell, believes he killed himself. Then there is another death which is undoubtedly a murder - but how is it connected with the late Sir Julius Hanbury?

The episode was rated from 82 votes.
Inspector Morse - S5E2
#16 - Fat Chance
Season 5 - Episode 2

Morse finds himself attracted to a female cleric when he is called upon to investigate the suspicious death of a woman deacon. St Saviour's College is about to appoint Oxford's first ever female chaplain, and emotions are running high among the more conservative clerics, but Morse & Lewis find it hard to believe such feelings could lead to murder.

The episode was rated from 66 votes.
Inspector Morse - S1E2
#17 - The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn
Season 1 - Episode 2

Someone at Oxford's Foreign Examination Syndicate is selling exam secrets. Nicholas Quinn, a member of the board, overhears something he shouldn't know about and is soon found dead at his cottage, poisoned with cyanide - but Nicholas was deaf. Then crossword compiler Philip Ogleby has his skull smashed in. During his investigations, Morse is attracted to Monica Height. She works for the Syndicate and may be mixed up in the corruption which led to Quinn's murder, and perhaps to Ogleby's as well.

The episode was rated from 136 votes.
Inspector Morse - S6E1
#18 - Dead on Time
Season 6 - Episode 1

Morse investigates the apparent suicide of a terminally ill Oxford don and finds he has a personal connection with the family. As the case develops, Lewis worries that Morse's professionalism is being undermined.

The episode was rated from 69 votes.
Inspector Morse - S6E5
#19 - Cherubim and Seraphim
Season 6 - Episode 5

Morse's step-niece commits suicide, and he takes compassionate leave. He starts to research her past to find the reason for it, and this confronts him with the generation gap. His investigation into the young girl's death leads him into an alien world of teenage hedonism: house parties, raves and designer drugs.

The episode was rated from 60 votes.
Inspector Morse - S7E3
#20 - Twilight of the Gods
Season 7 - Episode 3

A nasty but very rich business man and a world-famous opera singer are in Oxford to receive honorary degrees from the Chancellor of the University. However, the ceremony has to be abandoned when a sniper opens fire on the procession of dignitaries. The singer is seriously wounded, but was she the intended target?

The episode was rated from 67 votes.

Last updated: jun 10, 2022



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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