I've been a Midsomer fan since they were first broadcast in the US; I've found the later seasons available only on video, however. The series in it's 12th season is pretty much what it was in the beginning--a smart, down-to-earth Detective Chief Inspector in a delightful (and fictional) English village setting, solving the myriad murders that dispel the serenity of this idyllic place. Even though the series is set in modern times, viewers will surely get a feel of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple (think Miss Marple with a cell-phone). The characters are engaging and likable; we get a continuing story arc of the leading character's family--a delightful wife, a charming aspiring actress daughter--who often become involved in the cases at hand. It's all very entertaining! So if you have enjoyed Inspector Lewis, Inspector Morse, Jane Marple, et al, Midsomer adds nicely to the genre.