Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis

Five years after the death of his mentor, Inspector Morse, Lewis is now an inspector himself and back at Oxford. He's teamed with a new sidekick, Detective Sergeant James Hathaway, and he's anxious to prove himself.
Clare HolmanKevin WhatelyLaurence Fox
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  1. 1. Whom the Gods Would Destroy
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    June 21, 2008
    1 h 24 min
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    DI Lewis and DS Hathaway investigate the murder of Dean Greely. As the investigation continues, they discover that three other men had formed a club during their Oxford student days, the Sons of the Twice Born.
  2. 2. Old School Ties
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    June 28, 2008
    1 h 24 min
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    Assigned to chaperone a celebrity criminal on his controversial visit to Oxford, Lewis things the assignment is a waste of time.
  3. 3. Expiation
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    July 5, 2008
    1 h 22 min
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    When an Oxford “soccer mom” is found hanged in her home following a visit from a mysterious stranger, Lewis and Hathaway uncover a web of family and sexual intrigue.

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Dan ReedMarc JobstSarah Harding
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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NonSponTaneReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Put the Pilot on Amazon Prime Video (Even to Rent) to Get My Five Star Rating
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I very much enjoy this show, but this version of Season 1 has something missing. Can you guess what? Have you ever wondered how Inspector Lewis and Detective Hathaway met, or wanted to see their first case together? I did. I came back to Season 1 a second time to see if I missed that episode, but it seemed from the listing that "Whom the Gods Would Destroy" was their first outing as the follow-up team to Morse and Lewis. Imagine my surprise to discover that there is a pilot episode (or movie), called "Reputation". Granted, it aired two years before Season 1, but Amazon Prime Video gives no indication that it even exists. It isn't even possible to rent or buy this first movie in which, yes, you actually get to see Lewis and Hathaway meet and work their first case together. This unforgivable omission is the reason I'm docking Season 1 by two stars.
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J. VarnerReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Laurence Fox was a perfect choice, in my opinion
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While I understand what some Morse faithful say while contrasting Inspector Morse with Inspector Lewis, I respectfully disagree. Morse was a memorable character, but I find Kevin Whately's portrayal of Lewis compelling. Whately does a superb job with Lewis, presenting a multidimensional character who is gruff, sensitive, independent, determined, and sensible. Laurence Fox was a perfect choice, in my opinion, for the erudite, caring detective who admires Lewis without subordinating his own real-world and academic credentials. The pairing of a dedicated and straightforward street-wise Inspector with a noble-minded and polished Cambridge-educated detective sergeant as portrayed by Whately and Fox provides great chemistry between two very attractive characters. In my opinion, Inspector Lewis stands on at least an equal plane with Inspector Morse.
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LinnReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gotta love Lewis and Hathaway!
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I saw this series when it was originally shown on PBS Masterpiece Mystery a few years ago. I loved Kevin Whately when he played Sargeant Lewis in the outstanding "Morse" series which ran so long on PBS until the death of John Thaw. I heard that when the "Morse" series ended, Kevin Whately announced that he was done playing the "Sargeant Lewis" character and would not consider ever playing him again. Whoever convinced him to reconsider his decision did us all a huge favor. Paring Whately with Laurence Fox, yet another member of the hugely talented British acting Fox family was a stoke of genius. Making Kevin Whately the lead as "Inspector" to Laurence Fox's :Sargeant" character was a touch of deja vu with Morse, but sort of in reverse. Now "Lewis" is the "Inspector" and giving the orders to his highly educated subordinate, "Sargeant Hathaway." Hathaway is the brooding, intelligent character much like Morse and I found their partnership utterly delightful, especially since there are occasional references to Morse in the dialogue. I also loved watching for those hard-to-spot cameo appearances by the author of the original "Morse" books, Colin Dexter...a la Alfred Hitchcock...:-). Even if you watched the series when it first came out on PBS, it's definitely worth watching again. "Lewis" and "Hathaway" are quite a team!
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Mary Ella FuquayReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another wonderful British detective series!
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This is a great, smart, entertaining detective series! We were missing Foyle since that series came to an end,, and Inspector Lewis is filling that gap! One real plus for us Yanks is that the dialogue is easier to understand than in many British shows; thanks for that! We've just gotten started with the first couple of seasons, and we're looking forward to being able to watch many more episodes! It's very refreshing to watch a detective series with no shooting, no foul language, no gore; just good, clean detective work.
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George BurnsReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dangerous Oxford
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It is impossible to believe there is as much crime in Oxford as portrayed in this handsomely produced series. Neverthess, the dreaming spires of Oxford provide an interesting backdrop for a police procedural that is sufficiently cerebral to make the viewer overlook how much murder and mayhem exist in this production. The plots are complicated and although the motivations are sometimes slight, the results are entertaining. Inspector Lewis is an intelligent, compassionate copper (his word) who lacks an university education and lacks patience with the pretentiousness of many denizens of Oxford. He is assisted by Sgt. Hathaway, a Cambridge graduate, who helps his boss navigate the strange byways of Oxford. Chief Super Innocent is a fairly interesting character. She has the usual defects of an ambitious bureaucrat, most notably an obsession with appearances and a wish to not make waves. Still, when the going gets tough (local VIPS are annoyed), her officers can count on her reluctant support. My advice: watch it.
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M. G. SmithReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's Not Morse, But It's Several Cuts Above the Average
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You probably have to be a bit long in the tooth to remember John Thaw's brilliant portrayal of Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse. But if you do, you'll probably enjoy this series. Kevin Whatley - who played Morse's "DS" (detective sergeant), Lewis, in the Morse series, reprises his character... some years on.

Lewis remains the home-grown, practical character from the original series. Now a full-fledged DI (detective inspector), he's aided by DS Hathaway - an Oxbridge-educated policeman. (The Hathaway character presumably fills some of the esoteric gaps left by Morse's death.

Dexter's brilliant writing is obviously missing here... but the series does reasonable homage to the detective-fiction master. And, for those of us who sorely felt Thaw's early departure from the stage, "Inspector Lewis" is a reasonably satisfying return to Morse's world.

For fans of British detective fiction, this should be a reasonably satisfying experience. And Whatley's familiar presence underlines the fact that even mediocre British detective fiction is several cuts above the average.
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S. S.Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Inspector Lewis
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I thoroughly enjoy this series, especially the "dishy Sergeant Hathaway," as Dr. Hobson has referred to him.

A few notes: I recently discovered that Laurence Fox (Hathaway) is the son of James Fox ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" - Veruca Salt's father). The resemblance between them is very strong and I don't know how I didn't see it immediately.

If you enjoy this series, you will definitely want to watch "Morse", from which Inspector Lewis was spun off. Morse was Lewis's mentor and it's hard to believe that Robbie Lewis was ever that young. (And if you're already a Morse fan, be sure to see "Endeavour" the recent Morse prequel.)

You will also want to watch the "Inspector Lewis" pilot which is included on the DVDs but not on the streaming video seasons.

Truly great television.
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Vennie AndersonReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent TV in its own right and perfect for those who love "Inspector Morse".
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If you have never watched the "Inspector Morse" series. I suggest you watch the entire series before embarking on "Inspector Lewis". If you have watched the "Morse" series, then by all means dive into this sequel series, which is set a few years in the future after the end of the "Morse" series, and fits seamlessly into the extended storylines. Inspector Lewis (formerly patient and long-suffering Sargent Lewis) has been promoted. He experienced tragedy, but came out the other side with his basic good nature intact. His expertise at crime detection has developed--after all he had the best mentor a young Sargent could possibly ask for--and his understanding of human nature (which was always better than Morse's) enables him to relate to victims and suspects in an entirely different way from Morse, the eternal curmudgeon.. In addition, he continues his education in the classics and general knowledge, yet never losing sight of his "northern origins". He is more polished, but still our "Robbie". Hathaway, Sargent partner to Lewis's Detective Inspector, is a well educated former seminary student with a somewhat mysterious past and a dry sense of humor. It took me a couple of episodes to warm up to Hathaway, but I realized he was the perfect partner for Lewis, similar in many ways to the DI's mentor. Their partnership grounds the series as did that of Lewis and Morse in the past. This series can stand on its own as very good television; however, watching it after "binge-watching" the prequel is proving to be a delightful experience.
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