Midsomer Murders

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A veteran DC Inspector (John Nettles) and his young sergeant (Daniel Casey) investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County in this classic UK mystery series.
Starring
John NettlesDaniel CaseyJane Wymark
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. The Killings at Badger's Drift
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    May 23, 1997
    1 h 41 min
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    English
    An elderly woman is found dead in her own cottage and DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) is convinced the death is not a simple accident. Guest starring Emily Mortimer.
  2. 2. Written in Blood
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    March 22, 1998
    1 h 41 min
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    After a noted author speaks before a group of local Midsomer writers, the naked body of the event's host is found bludgeoned to death in his bedroom.
  3. 3. Death of a Hollow Man
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    March 29, 1998
    1 h 41 min
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    DCI Barnaby donates time to the local amateur dramatic society when his wife Joyce is cast in a revival of "Amadeus," but complications arise when the leading man is murdered onstage.
  4. 4. Faithful Unto Death
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    April 22, 1998
    1 h 41 min
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    When the wife of a wealthy local businessman disappears, Barnaby finds that Fawcett Green harbors a complex web of financial and romantic entanglements.
  5. 5. Death in Disguise
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    May 6, 1998
    1 h 40 min
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    DCI Barnaby needs all his wits about him as he investigates a string of deaths at a local New Age commune.

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Directors
Renny RyePeter SmithRichard HolthouseSarah Hellings
Supporting actors
Laura Howard
Producers
Brian True-MayBetty WillingaleJo WrightPhil Hunter
Season year
1998
Network
FilmRise
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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4.7 out of 5 stars

401 global ratings

  1. 85% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 9% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 3% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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Anne RiceReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Truly great British mystery series with incredible charm.
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Where do I begin? I've enjoyed so many hours of "Midsomer Murders," from the very first season and much of the very latest season, and cannot recommend it too highly. The series is beautifully photographed in rural England, exploring picturesque villages, churches, and graveyards, in episodes filled with magnificent greenery and beautiful flowers, crisp and brilliant British actors and actresses, and truly suspenseful stories that do keep you guessing until the last "reveal." John Nettles is superb as DCI Barnaby, Jane Wymark is lovely as his wife Joyce, and Laura Howard is delightful as their daughter Cully. Barnaby's sergeants over the years are always brilliantly cast, providing some time comic relief and romantic interest. ---- The whole series has the highest production values, and a reliable comfortable feeling that makes one feel a part of Midsomer County with its quirky and often murderous inhabitants and the gentlemen police who solve the bizarre and intricate crimes they commit. --- In later seasons, when a new Barnaby replaces Nettles, it is Neil Dudgeon who fills the bill ably with his own distinct personality and charm. Indeed, charm is a word one could overuse in a review of "Midsomer Murders" because charm the series has in abundance, and consistency. I rank it right up there with Miss Fisher, Morse, Lewis, Marple, Poirot, and Endeavor --- the finest entertainment -- sophisticated, intelligent, insightful and yet keeping the harsh real world at a great remove. You feel sort of safe watching "Midsomer Murders." It makes you want to move to the UK, or to live there forever in Midsomer country, in one's dreams.
89 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
good old-fashioned escapism
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This is your typical mystery series from rural England, with good story lines, with a great way of showing the way the detectives solve the mystery set in beautiful little English villages. The acting is not always that good and at times seems to border on farcical. However, you must understand my purpose for watching this series--utter escapism. I can't bear to watch TV anymore-too much politics and bad news. My psyche needs to find a place that is simpler and a fantasy. If you are looking for serious drama, this is not the show for you, but if you enjoy good old-fashioned mysteries you will most likely enjoy this series. I am up to series 4 and would say this about all of the seasons.
26 people found this helpful
もりみずめReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
5 stars only for seasons w/ John Nettles in them...
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Very very interesting. 5 stars are given to those seasons starring John Nettles, Daniel Casey, Jason Hughes and other crews. After season 13 where John Nettles left the show, the village misery show has declined in quality. Originally it is about the murders and investigation exclusively happening to the English village. Afterwards (with new main actor), it is just some kinds of crime that just happen to an English village. It has lost the eccentric quality. It is not about the acting of Neil Dudgeon. Indeed it is about losing a sense of uniqueness in the original series.
35 people found this helpful
Fred SmithReviewed in the United States on April 6, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic, well written, murder mysteries
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My wife and I have watched Midsomer Murders on PBS for several years, but the schedule wasn't always convenient and we were never able to go back to watch the early episodes (Season 1, 2,.....) that we had never seen. The series is exceptionally well written and requires your close attention to follow all of the twists and turns. Unlike most American murder mysteries, where you generally meet and can guess the guilty culprit in the first 10 minutes, I guarantee that you will not know "who did it" in most Midsomer Murders episodes until almost the end. They are great fun and we are happy that Amazon offers them for our enjoyment.
18 people found this helpful
MemaReviewed in the United States on May 6, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Must See
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This is an awesome series. Sprinkled with just the right amount of seriousness, humor and so entertaining. If murder could be considered entertainment. I like the familial treatments, these are people after all is said and done. John Nettles is perfect in the part of Detective Inspector Barnaby. His 2nd hand man who changes thrice through the series. Schedule a nice long binge for this one, more than a weekends worth of viewing here.
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A. DanzigReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Wow. The casual homophobia of the 1990s is still appalling.
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LGBT people played for jokes and zaniness or pure pathology -- this series is shockingly dated and unwatchable.
4 people found this helpful
K.StanfordReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
GREAT Series
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Need to be able to understand the English Language, some typical English terms and the accent.
GREAT twists, my other half is a retired detective and he LOVES trying to figure out 'who done it'
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Diana Faith AdairReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful Series Opening Year
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Of all the Nettles years (13), I consider year 1 to be the single best year. Some really bizarre stories, and such good character acting. In fact, "bad guys" of the pilot (Badgers Drift) were SO good that they were brought back as aunt/nephew in Dead Letters some 6 years later. Now, that's a compliment to good character acting. I've seen every single show, some multiple times as I enjoy studying HOW they create a character and a compelling show. Can't beat MSM's.
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