The BEST episodes of Endeavour

Every episode of Endeavour ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Endeavour!

Set in the mid-Sixties, this Inspector Morse prequel centers around the early career of Endeavour Morse. After leaving his Oxford college without a degree, and spending a short time as a cipher clerk, Morse joins the police, working under veteran DI Fred Thursday.

Last Updated: 12/14/2023Network: ITV1Status: Ended
367 votes

#1 - Degüello

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/3/2019

When a librarian is gruesomely murdered at the Bodleian, Endeavour and Thursday have little to go on besides a set of muddy boot prints. With the two main suspects having their own motives for killing the librarian, Endeavour digs deeper into their backgrounds, tracking a trail that appears to connect to seemingly innocent college bequest.

Directors: Jamie Donoughue
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194 votes

#2 - Exeunt

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/12/2023

Endeavour's investigation into a number of untimely death notices in the Oxford Mail, each with a cryptic message, takes him to a series of funerals, then behind the curtain at a funeral directors', before forcing him to confront his own mortality. Thursday is facing more than one confrontation of his own, as his past closes in on him. There's trouble in the present to deal with first, and he resorts to desperate measures to protect those he loves most. At CID, as Strange looks set to transfer to Kidlington, and Bright eyes retirement; where will this leave Endeavour and Thursday?

Directors: Kate Saxon
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622 votes

#3 - Neverland

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/20/2014

A boy, with a brutal father, is reported missing from his home. The body of a journalist is found on a railway line and within days an escaped convict, with months of his sentence remaining, is found dead. The two men have connections with Blenheim Vale, a disused correctional facility for boys, soon to be redeveloped as a new police headquarters in a reorganization of the local forces. Thursday and Morse's investigation lead to a property developer and corruption in high places including missing police evidence in Morse's last three investigations.

Directors: Geoff Sax
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659 votes

#4 - Home

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/5/2013

A hit and run accident claims the life of an eminent Classics Professor forcing Endeavour and Thursday to each face their past. Not every story has a happy ending.

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566 votes

#5 - Coda

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/24/2016

Endeavour, recruited by his old college mentor Felix Lorimer to look into the safety of his estranged younger wife Nina, contemplates his police career as well as having to contend with unexpected strife in his personal life. Meanwhile, the murder of Cedric Clissold - a manager with a line in fashion - stirs up old gangland grudges as a notorious crime family appear to be in the frame as prime suspects.

Directors: Oliver Blackburn
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609 votes

#6 - Nocturne

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/6/2014

World Cup fever is gripping the country, as Argentina battle it out against England in the quarter finals. At an Oxford museum, some schoolgirls take a tour of the museum. In a closed-off enclave, Adrian Weiss, a specialist in heraldry and genealogy, is murdered, leading Morse to delve into the murders, 100 years previously, of a family who lived in the building the schoolgirls now occupy.

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604 votes

#7 - Trove

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/30/2014

Returning from sick leave, Morse investigates a suspicious suicide, a missing girl, and the theft of a Trove (ancient artifacts). A beauty pageant and local by-election draw Morse into disagreement with Inspector Thursday and Superintendent Bright when he believes they are connected to the crimes despite the evidence. A missing notebook and a Freemasonry lodge hamper the investigation.

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357 votes

#8 - Pylon

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/10/2019

The murder of a schoolgirl brings Endeavour back to Oxford. When he refuses to accept the main suspect's guilt, he has to uncover the truth before it's too late

Directors: Johnny Kenton
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664 votes

#9 - Fugue

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/21/2013

There is a new kind of killer haunting the Oxford twilight. Endeavour and Thursday find the city's dreaming spires giving way to waking nightmare.

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659 votes

#10 - Rocket

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/28/2013

HRH Princess Margaret is due to visit Oxford to unveil the British Imperial Electric Company’s latest weapon of mass destruction at a Cowley factory. Endeavour who is still stuck doing General Duties, is excluded from the event. After the ceremony comes to a close he finds himself deeply embroiled in the affairs of the factory and its owners, the dysfunctional Broom family. Percy Malleson, has been found murdered in a secluded area of the shop floor in the factory. One of his his colleagues, Lenny Frost, is the main suspect as there is bad blood between them resulting from an industrial accident.

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435 votes

#11 - Icarus

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/11/2018

After the mysterious disappearance of a teacher, Endeavour finds himself investigating the dark and secret world of a public school.

Directors: Gordon Anderson
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574 votes

#12 - Harvest

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/29/2017

When a body is found in a marshland outside of Oxford, everyone assumes they are the remains of an Oxford botanist who mysteriously disappeared near the site five years earlier.

Directors: Jim Loach
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867 votes

#13 - Girl

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/14/2013

After a young Secretarial student called Margaret Bell dies at home suddenly, Endeavour believes that there is more to the case than the initial medical verdict of 'heart attack'.

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445 votes

#14 - Quartet

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/4/2018

An assassination attempt at an international sporting event opens a new case for Endeavour and Thursday, but their investigation is quickly brought to an unexpected end.

Directors: Geoffrey Sax
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622 votes

#15 - Ride

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/3/2016

Jeannie Hearne is spirited away in the middle of the night with no explanation. Her body is found the next day in the countryside, alerting the attention of the Oxford City Police. Endeavour may be suspended, but with the case being so close to his home, he begins an investigation of his own.

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293 votes

#16 - Zenana

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/23/2020

When Endeavour is called to investigate what at first appears to be a freak accident at Lady Matilda's College, he uncovers a potential link between a series of peculiar incidents across Oxford, and despite Thursday's skepticism, becomes convinced the accidents are the result of foul play. Lady Matilda's meanwhile, is in the midst of a referendum campaign which will decide whether or not the college should become co-educational, and when one of their own is attacked while walking alone on the towpath, the female students become more determined than ever to keep the wolf without the citadel.

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326 votes

#17 - Confection

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/24/2019

The murder of a chocolate factory owner during a local hunt leads Endeavour to the sleepy village of Chigton Green. When he learns of a vicious campaign of gossip and rumour, it seems likely that two murders are connected. One of the targets, a beautiful, single mother, captures Endeavour's attention, giving him food for thought about the future.

Directors: Leanne Welham
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602 votes

#18 - Sway

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/13/2014

Bonfire Night is just around the corner and housewife Vivienne Haldane is found strangled with a silk stocking in her own home is the third death in a month. All the women were married, alone and their wedding rings missing. Tracing the stockings to the sole supplier, Burridges department store, and a number of suspects and for Inspector Thursday a face from the past he thought was dead leading to complications in his family life and with Morse.

Directors: Andy Wilson
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627 votes

#19 - Game

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/8/2017

The ‘white heat' of technology takes centre stage in the first film, as Lovelace College is taken over by a team of research scientists who are developing a ‘thinking' machine to equal and even outstrip the capabilities of man's own mind. As a Russian academic prepares to do battle with the Joint Computing Nexus (JCN or Jason for short) in a game of chess, the Cold War is played out on a chequered field and Endeavour and Thursday are plunged into their most perilous, baffling and darkly terrifying case to date. Throwing himself into his work to mask the heartache of Joan's departure, Endeavour is quickly consumed by his duties when one of the research team is found drowned near Magdalen Bridge. Assuming it to be a suicide on first inspection, the circumstances become more suspicious when two more victims are also found drowned nearby in East Cowley Baths. Is there more to the deaths than meets the eye?

Directors: Ashley Pearce
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325 votes

#20 - Apollo

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/17/2019

As the highly-anticipated moon landings of Apollo 11 draw near, Endeavour finds himself investigating the death of a promising young astrophysicist and his girlfriend. Their deaths seeming to be a result of a tragic car accident on first inspection, with the clues pointing to foul play, Endeavour enlists the help of an injured Thursday to uncover the truth.

Directors: Shaun Evans
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539 votes

#21 - Lazaretto

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/22/2017

Whispers that Cowley General contains a cursed ward - and a seemingly innocuous death - set off a chain of events that lead Endeavour to investigate the dark depths of the hospital. While there, he is forced to confront his own ghosts as he discovers a chilling secret.

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203 votes

#22 - Prelude

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/26/2023

It's spring 1972 and Endeavour's return to Castle Gate coincides with another homecoming, that of the celebrated Oxford Concert Orchestra, led by illustrious composer Sir Alexander Lermontov. A gruesome discovery in a College garden leads Endeavour and Thursday to the orchestra's door, and when a second tragedy hits, they uncover a web of secrets. Meanwhile, grisly London business turns up in Oxford and a criminal from the Smoke is brutally murdered in a derelict warehouse. As the mystery unfolds, Endeavour and Thursday realise there are some unsettling ties to a case the pair had hoped was long since behind them.

Directors: Shaun Evans
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207 votes

#23 - Uniform

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/5/2023

Endeavour suspects a connection between a woman's disappearance and her past employer but another missing persons case demands his attention. This time, it's a notable artist, whose work adorns the covers of a series of paperback mysteries. Meanwhile, reports flood in of stolen cars and wanton criminal damage, as a debauched group of university undergraduates wreak havoc. A murder of a uniformed copper sees Bright command all hands on deck, while, much to Endeavour and Thursday's chagrin the cast of television detective series, Jolly For Short, are in town filming the final series.

Directors: Nirpal Bhogal
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327 votes

#24 - Oracle

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/9/2020

As Endeavour sees in the new year – 1970 – at an opera house in Venice, a murder on an Oxford towpath speaks to Thursday's intuition, and convinced he has the man responsible, he vows to bring him to justice. Returning home, Endeavour makes a new acquaintance, and old friendships show signs of strain. Later, when an exciting new educational television programme appeals for Academic presenters, a contentious college project develops into a fatal battle of the sexes. On investigating, Endeavour and Thursday discover a potential link between the department and a young woman's troubling premonitions.

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556 votes

#25 - Prey

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/17/2016

Early June 1967. A missing persons case - that of Danish au pair INGRID HJORT - proves far from routine, pulling ENDEAVOUR into the dueling worlds of Oxford scientific academia, the city's vast parks, Night School and the untamed wilderness of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Directors: Lawrence Gough
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