Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

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Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Chief Inspector Morse (33 episodes, 1987-2000)
 Detective Sergeant Lewis (32 episodes, 1987-2000)
James Grout ...
 Chief Superintendent Strange (22 episodes, 1987-2000)


In this police series, situated in the stately area around Oxford, the mild mannered but nevertheless very thorough Chief Inspector Morse and his trusted colleague Detective Sergeant Lewis solve many murder mysteries. Every episode (of about 100 minutes) shows a complete story. Written by Peter Zweers <>

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Release Date:

4 February 1988 (USA)  »

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Inspecteur Morse  »

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(33 episodes)

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1.37 : 1
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Colin Dexter:  Morse's creator makes regular appearances, often as a drinker in a pub. See more »


Morse: Coded messages, murder - right up my street. It's not a bad way to start the day.
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Crazy Credits

The flute in the theme music spells Morse's name in Morse code. Also, it sometimes spells the name of the murderer(!) and sometimes the name of an innocent character, to throw knowledgeable listeners off the trail. See more »


Referenced in Shooting Stars: Episode #2.10 (1996) See more »

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Code Of Class
28 February 2001 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

John Thaw will never have a better part than that of the crusty copper , Morse. Fans of the crime genre will love this as it usually is a great whodunnit every time with no car chases or fights and as such is always refreshingly different from the usual cop show. Just add in that Morse is a total loser with the ladies, likes a drink, enjoys listening to recordings of tragic operas. Great way to solve murders, sitting in the pub downing a beer in the middle of the day. It beats chasing armed assailants up back alleys or staking out clubs hiding in garbage cans any day.The only criticism of the show is that Oxford is portrayed as the murder capital of Europe when in real life it is probably one of the least criminal places in the world with parking offences probably being its most common crime.

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