- 8 Seasons
One of the most successful television detective drama's to be made in the U.K., Inspector Morse is a police procedural featuring John Thaw as the hero of the title, Chief Inspector Morse. Produced for the British network ITV from 1987 to 2000 the drama covers the working life of Morse through to the characters death in the final episode; John Thaw died of cancer just two years after the screening of the final episode making a return for Morse impossible. During its production 33 two hour episodes of the show were produced based on the 13 novels featuring the character written by Colin Dexter. Morse is often described as an unconventional detective as he does not have the usual interests of TV police officers and has no personal life to speak of. The interests of Morse are varied and often described as high brow, including painting, opera, classic British cars and real ale; often one of these interests becomes important in solving the case he is working on during an episode. Each mystery revolves around a murder usually committed at the start of the episode, which Morse is called in to investigate. Inspector Morse is known for the complex mysteries portrayed in the shows, with many red herrings fallen for by both the viewer and in some cases Morse himself. It is not uncommon for Morse to believe he has solved a case and arrest a suspect, only to later realize he is mistaken and finally arrest the real culprit. Throughout each investigation Morse is usually assisted by Sergeant Lewis, who fails to match his superior in terms of intelligence or knowledge of Morse's high brow interests. One of the great mysteries of Inspector Morse was the first name of the character, which was revealed towards the end of the series to be Endeavour. Following the end of the final episode the character of Inspector Lewis returned in his own spin off series consisting of seven seasons.