Endeavour: Series 1 (2013)


Series 1

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A young secretarial student dies of an apparent heart attack, but Morse has a different theory as to how she died.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2013

Morse gets reassigned from his normal duties, and attempts to stop a suspected serial killer who appears to love opera.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2013

A fitter is murdered at a munitions factory during a royal visit.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2013

An Oxford don is killed in an apparent hit-and-run accident.

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Shaun Evans plays Detective Constable Endeavour Morse in this prequel to "Inspector Morse," the popular crime drama based on the novels by Colin Dexter. Set in Oxford in 1965, the first series of "Endeavour" sees the young Morse track an opera-loving serial killer, and investigate the apparent hit-and-run death of a classics professor.

Cast & Crew

Abigail Thaw
Dorothea Frazil
Roger Allam
DI Fred Thursday
Anton Lesser
Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright
James Bradshaw
Dr Max Debryn
Sean Rigby
Sgt Jim Strange
Shaun Evans
DS Endeavour Morse
Jack Laskey
DS Peter Jakes
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Critic Reviews for Endeavour Series 1

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (6)

This episode could have spent more time on character and made the story simpler. But the fact that it leaves us wanting more Morse is a good thing.

Jul 8, 2013 | Full Review…
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Even by 'Morse' standards, the solution is on the opaque side of tricksy, but seasoned Morse watchers will enjoy the careful integration of familiar elements.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…
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The unfussy approach that worked for Morse also works best for Endeavour.

Jul 8, 2013 | Full Review…

If you love English mysteries, and love the old Inspector Morse, you will love young inspector Morse more.

Jul 8, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

For Endeavour to work, Morse has to take his place among those titans of the detective genre who transcend the actors who play them.

Jul 7, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Given another opportunity to wallow, tastefully, in nostalgia for its predecessor, the new show doesn't miss a beat.

Jul 5, 2013 | Full Review…

This is perfect Sunday night viewing - there are bodies but no real gore, confrontations but no real violence.

Apr 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Endeavour: Series 1

  • May 08, 2020
    I loved this show! I am not sure why the critics scored it so low. I think sometimes the critics are trying hard to be contrary.
  • May 04, 2019
    Endeavor is The Best Mystery Series of all Time. The Morse prequel tops its venerable predecessors, Inspector Morse and Inspector Lewis. Madmen's retro-style and storytelling + Joan Hickson's Miss Marple's picturesque appeal and well crafted plots + Cumberbatch's Sherlock's modern production values. An indefensible Cupid's arrow to the heart of any bibliophile, anglophile, and mystery buff.
  • Feb 11, 2019
    11 out of 10! A must watch if you’re a Mose fan.
  • Nov 05, 2018
    Great cast Best of the best stories Thank you Shaun Evans great no the best so far actors
  • Sep 13, 2018
    Probably the best prequel series of all time.
  • Apr 12, 2018
    a brilliant murder mystery set in the 60s
  • Mar 30, 2018
    Hugely underrated series. Bravo Evans!
  • Oct 30, 2016
    The 3 out of 5 critics are out to lunch on this one- its a great series, well written and fine acting.
  • Apr 02, 2016
    Easily as good as the original Morse series. Captures the whole essence of the brilliant detective who's too "posh" for some.
  • Jan 26, 2016
    Brilliant. Evans is excellent as Morse.

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