Before Inspector Morse, there was the rookie Constable Morse, fed up with police work and ready to nip his career in the bud by handing in his resignation.
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  1. 1. Girl
    July 8, 2013
    1 h 28 min
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    From PBS and Masterpiece: Learn if Morse's future on the force is in jeopardy.
  2. 2. Fugue
    July 15, 2013
    1 h 28 min
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    From PBS and Masterpiece: See how Morse's love of opera may be the key to stopping a string of killings.
  3. 3. Rocket
    July 22, 2013
    1 h 28 min
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    From PBS and Masterpiece: Follow Morse as he delves into the murky past of a family that owns a munitions factory.
  4. 4. Home
    July 29, 2013
    1 h 32 min
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    From PBS and Masterpiece: See why Morse must choose between his job responsibilities and loyalty to his mentor.

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Jay DeeReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
The young Morse is just as intriguing as the older
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I have to admit, the story lines are not what kept me watching the original Morse or now, Endeavour. The magical ambience that is woven around the classic British countryside and its great edifices, accompanied by the thrilling musical scores, create an atmosphere of escape. It is truly like stepping into another world for a time, alas, a world that does not exist, as I found on my trip to England this year. The acting is superb, of course, and the characters beautifully developed. Shaun Evans and John Thaw also share one compelling characteristic, that indefinable "charisma." Both men were born with it in abundance. The older Morse shone out of his crotchety character. No personality fault or self-pity party of his role could dampen his irresistible attractiveness. And now the young Endeavour is just as attractive and intriguing. The cause the seems to be a combination of intelligence, superior acting, and well, that indefinable something that separates the two Morses from duller men like Kevin Whateley. Now, I always thought Whately did a very fine job in his role as Morse's sidekick. He is a pretty good actor himself. But, no fault of his own (it's just an accident of birth), his person (and his series) are a definite second to both the young Morse and older Morse series. I cried when Morse and then John Thaw died. I felt foolish but I did cry. And I expect to become just as attached to Shaun Evans.
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FrancescaReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent writing, Outstanding Acting and polished production. Don't miss it
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Absolutely first class entertainment whether you measure by TV or Film standards. Such a pleasure to watch a series where the writing is excellent, the acting is outstanding and the production spot on.

I do remember watching some of the original Morse with John Thaw and they were wonderful but if anything, I think I might even prefer Endeavour. Shaun Evans is quite brilliant as the young Morse (yes, I agree he doesn't really look like a young John Thaw, but it doesn't matter) and Roger Allam.. well he's one of the most accomplished and outstanding Shakespearean actors on the British stage today and his performance in this is, as one would expect, the same.

I have to comment that this, as with most British TV detective shows is far more authentic than the gun toting, cgi ridden, flash flash flash of the American cop shows where it seems the police rely on guns and forensic evidence and not much on their wits. I'm sure that in the US, where I live, real detectives rely on their wits more than is ever shown on cop shows. Authenticity is so much more appreciated, at least by me, than action just for the sake of it.

I just finished watching "Fugue". the second episode and it was compelling, fantastic entertainment. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series and am so glad it's here to watch. Don't miss it if you enjoy British shows or just excellent film and theatre.
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Marilyn GReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Boxing a Trifecta
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Endeavor is a must see. I love the concept of “the man before the man.” However, you don’t need to be a devotee of Inspector Morse or Inspector Lewis to be captivated by Endeavor. Shaun Evans is masterful as Morse. (I love learning how Morse earned his limp.) Roger Allam as DI Thursday is exceptional. Anton Lesser's Chief Superintendent Bright is brilliant. Endeavor must do Colin Dexter (original novels) proud. Although publicly stating he would not appear in Endeavor as he did in Inspector Morse and Inspector Lewis, there is at least one “Dexter Spotting.” Also I have to give a nod to the absolutely beautiful cars. Morse's (John Thaw’s) 1960 burgundy Jaguar Mk II is very much his signature in the original series. Very appropriately DI Thursday has a 1959 black Jaguar Mk I. Also there are appearances by an Alvis TD21, a Hillman Minx, several Rover saloons, among many others. Endeavor is a magnificent series.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
LOVE Endeavour. To me
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I hesitate a little bit to admit this but...I'm not the biggest fan of Sherlock. There. It's out! I did, however, LOVE Endeavour. To me, it is everything that Sherlock should have been. Personally, I find Sherlock to be all smoke and games and incredibly predictable. Several of these episodes had me guessing until the very end and even those that didn't weren't so obnoxious as Sherlock often is. It is extremely well cast and acted, has a pleasant soundtrack, and seems to be very true-to-the-times.

Warning - Even though it is better than Sherlock, there are still a few scenes/scenarios that are completely preposterous. The most egregious of these scenes is, unfortunately, a season-ending so I won't spoil it for you here but just be warned. :) Also, there is some language, sex references, etc. that might not be appropriate for younger viewers so make sure to preview before sharing with your family. :)
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J. MarriottReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Endeavour!
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The ABC's of Endeavour are, on one end, young Morse's idealism and his mind, with, in the middle, Thursday's ability to allow that idealism while also allowing Morse to run with his brilliance (because Thursday is a Renaissance man at heart). On the other end, the entitled pretentiousness and priggishness of Bright provides teeth-grinding tension. What the ABC's don't tell you is that this series is exquisitely filmed, written, and acted. The music, whether from the original score or from the operas Morse so loves, is beautiful, and in some episodes actually defines the crime(s), especially in Fugue, the second episode. Probably sacrilege, but I've never watched the original Inspector Morse, and given how deep the production values and stories are in Endeavour, I might not ever watch them, for fear of being let down. While Shaun Evans is superb as Morse, the man to watch, imho, is Roger Allam as Thursday. He perfectly shows us the subtle mockery and disdain he feels toward Bright, he's as smart as Morse, he's the consummate gentleman, and not to put too fine a point on it, he's a serious badass. I have to give accolades also to Sean Rigby, who plays Jim Strange, a police constable who becomes Morse's unlikely friend, and is superb in his dedication to Morse. All in all, a wonderful series, I think anyone who appreciates the amazing talent coming out of the U.K. these days will thoroughly enjoy it. It's an excellent entry in Masterpiece's stable of superlatives.
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D. EckhartReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun if you're an Inspector Morse fan, perhaps slow if you're not familiar with Morse
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I watched these streaming via the web application, though I saw them for the first time on PBS television. I had no technical troubles watching them streaming and I really liked the x-ray function of the web app that would show you a list of actors that were on the screen if you moused over it.

The Endeavor series is the prequel to the Inspector Morse series and is made with that in mind. Much of what happens is to show how the psyche of Inspector Morse, as seen in the famous series that bears his name, is molded early in his career. Many claim it is too slow. It'd say the pacing is similar to the Inspector Morse series, but slower than Inspector Lewis (which is something of a sequel). In my opinion, since it is a prequel made after the Inspector series, I would watch that one first to gain more appreciation for what this is about. Endeavor can be viewed alone, but be prepared for long sequences of over literary cynicism and intellectual elitism that I assume are the stereotype of Oxford mixed in with the class politics that one usually finds in British shows (the Police Superintendent, Bright, is the main representative of class politics in this one).

As mentioned, a lot of the show is to establish the starting point of the Inspector Morse series (which is when he much older), especially episode 4 of season 1.

I enjoyed it, but I can see how some were not impressed. It's best approached after watching and enjoying the Inspector Morse series. If these are too slow, I'd advise skipping to Inspector Lewis' series. It's faster paced and in the same story sequence.
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RavenReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fans of British Mysteries will Enjoy Immensely
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British quaint scripts and characters are some of my favorite viewing and Endeavor (Morse) doesn't disappoint. Production, directing, acting above parr, luxurious scenes even. Being American, I really enjoy the British style of dialogue, self-expression; the half-spoken cliches you surprisingly discover you grasp. I so enjoyed the 5 seasons I watched them slowly, savored like fine wine, only one episode an evening and was disappointed when the last episode of season 5 played out. Look forward to a Season 6 if there will be one. By the looks of the high ratings more than one fan will tune in. Thanks staff and actors for a job well-done.
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alabasterchambersReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
PURE GENIUS - A Must for British Mystery Fans
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Whoever came up with the idea of going back in fictional time to show us what the fabled Inspector Morse was like as a young policeman is a GENIUS! I ADORE THIS PILOT! It was love at first sight for Shaun Evans and Roger Allam! I watched the show several times on American TV and just had to have it on DVD but didn't realize the UK Edition contains about 20 minutes MORE than what was aired on this side of the Atlantic - what a treat!!! What writing! What casting! What a great mystery, filmed in HD! Bravo, Endeavour! And Inspector Thursday, of course, and all the cast including beloved dearly departed John Thaw's delightful daughter in a memorable cameo - brilliant in every detail, brought back my college days which were fraught with unexpected terrors, and showed me far too late in life that professors as well as community leaders of various stripes are as capable of vile behavior as any of the worst riffraff in among the general public - how they can and do break idealistic, trusting young hearts. The film glows with period touches - interiors, autos, old-time car showrooms, clothing, LPs, portable radios and record players, saggy old rooming houses just off campus, sarcastic supervisors, bumpy bus rides, schoolgirl crushes, bouffant hairdos, Capri pants, tricky crosswords, Old School college classrooms complete with plaster casts of classical sculpture - it's all here, to the strains of Madame Butterfly. Not to be missed.
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