Set in the 1960s, the show follows Endeavour Morse in his early years as a police constable. Working alongside his senior partner DI Fred Thursday, Morse engages in a number of investigations around Oxford.
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 DC Endeavour Morse (14 episodes, 2012-2017)
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 DI Fred Thursday (14 episodes, 2012-2017)
James Bradshaw ...
 Dr. Max DeBryn (14 episodes, 2012-2017)
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 Chief Superintendent Bright / ... (13 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 PC Jim Strange / ... (13 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 DS Peter Jakes (10 episodes, 2013-2016)
Caroline O'Neill ...
 Win Thursday (10 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Dorothea Frazil (9 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Joan Thursday (8 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Sam Thursday (8 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Monica Hicks (6 episodes, 2014-2016)
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Series 1 follows the early police career of young Endeavour Morse, who upon leaving his Oxford College without a degree, spending time in the Royal Signal Corps., and eventually joining the Oxfordshire Police, is transferred to CID, attaining the rank of Detective Constable. Originally starting out his career at Carshall-Newtown Police, Morse transfers to the Oxford City Police in 1965 following a murder investigation during the pilot episode. While with the Oxford City Police, Morse is taken under the wing of veteran Detective Inspector Fred Thursday. Inspector Thursday names Morse his designated "bag man" and shows him the ropes as Morse begins to solve a string of complex murders, much to the envy and annoyance of some of his superiors, particularly Detective Sergeant Jakes and Chief Superintendent Bright. Thursday and Morse's fellow officer, Police Constable Strange, try to steer the young Endeavour into taking his Sergeant's exam, so that he may be relieved of "General Duties" ... Written by harrycallahan18

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Abigail Thaw, daughter of John Thaw who played Inspector Morse, appears in several episodes of Endeavour as Dorothea Frazil. Frazil is a type of ice; when combined with the character's first initial the name could be read as De-ice, which in turn could be interpreted as to "thaw." See more »

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The difficult first of the 'real' series is an amazing success
15 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After the surprisingly well handled one-off prequel, Shaun Evans is back as the young detective Endeavour Morse. Just like the original series with John Thaw, its success hinges on the charisma and personality of the lead character. Here Evans excels and carries the whole thing off handsomely. His performance portrays obvious knowledge and classical moral values but also an eager curiosity, drive and a naive humility which reminds us throughout this episode that he is a new recruit of sorts. The only issue I could find to quibble with is the almost Sherlockian mythology that has been added. In the original he was a knowledgeable and sharp police detective whereas here he is very much the deductive crime-fighter. As a Conan Doyle fan I do approve a little of the mythologizing but it needs to keep its roots with the original and down to earth.


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