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.