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Endeavour is a Masterpiece Mystery! Drama, set in Oxford in the 1960s. It stars Shaun Evans as the serious and socially awkward Inspector Morse, who is talented and perseverant but also flawed. Morse's overconfidence sometimes leads him to make mistakes. He also has trouble viewing dead bodies and is liable to faint at the sight of blood. Nevertheless, he is good at puzzles and better than many of his colleagues at making sense of clues.

Morse is partnered with longtime detective Fred Thursday, played by Roger Allam. Thursday has a stronger stomach than Morse and is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He has been known to break the law if he believes he is on the side of right. Morse, on the other hand, believes in doing everything by the book and is alarmed when Thursday takes short cuts.

Morse grows throughout the series, becoming better at his job and more sure of himself. Thursday, meanwhile, acts as his mentor and plays a sort of father figure to the young Morse.

Endeavour exposes the seedier sides of Oxford in the 60s. Morse and Thursday investigate bars, underground sex clubs, and dark alleyways; however, they also investigate corruption in the upper classes. They expose corrupt officials, shady professors and academics, as well as corrupt members of the police department.

The show has an atmosphere very much like that of classic detective shows such as Adam 12, Dragnet and Perry Mason. The scenes play out almost as if they would in a detective novel. The sets, too, have a very classic appearance to them. Many of the buildings look as they would have in the 1950s and 1960s. The props, too, look as they would have in the 60s. Old books, telephones and even pipes are either vintage objects or high quality retro items. The clothing is also fitting for the 60s. Even the extras wear clothing from an older era.

Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on PBS
4 Seasons, 17 Episodes
July 1, 2013
Crime, Drama
8.6/10
Cast: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, James Bradshaw, Anton Lesser
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Endeavour Full Episode Guide

  • The discovery of a 2,000 year-old body reveals a new lead in a missing person case. Endeavour and Thursday must investigate the eerie village of Bramford where nature is pitted against man, and pagan rites hide nuclear mysteries.

  • When moral crusader Joy Pettybon receives a death threat, Endeavour must protect her at all costs. But the arrival of the rebellious band The Wildwood drags Endeavour into a bloody war of social attitudes that just had its first fatality.

  • The Season 4 premiere finds Endeavour, who's struggling with Joan Thursday's departure, throwing himself into the curious case of a "thinking machine" researcher whose death by drowning seems like a suicide until two additional victims are found drowned.

  • Recruited by an old college mentor into a private investigation, Endeavour finds himself occupied with unexpected strife in his personal life. With change in the air, and a shakeup in Oxford's criminal underworld signaling an uncertain future, the young detective is set on a path that will ultimately lead to heartbreak. As he considers his future on the force, Season 3 builds to its agonizing conclusion...

  • A suspected link between a new missing persons case and a similar cold case from years ago is unearthed. As the body count rises, Endeavour deduces that there may be darker forces at play, manipulating events from afar. So it is that Oxford City Police are drawn into a tangled web of lies and deceit which will imperil them all...

  • A horrendous house fire with no obvious cause and a mysterious stomach bug leave two citizens dead and the Oxford City Police baffled. As Endeavour unravels the clues, a dark design snaps into horrible focus. And when a surprising tragedy occurs, Endeavour must risk all in a breathless race across Oxford, and against time, to find those responsible for the killings.

  • A carnival turns sinister when a young bus conductress disappears. The case is brought to the attention of the Oxford City Police, where Endeavour is suspended from duty. But when the body tips up on their doorstep, the unexplained details prove too pressing to ignore, and Endeavour begins a covert investigation of his own.

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