The BEST Episodes of Endeavour
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2021
Set in the mid-Sixties, this prequel centers around the early career of Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans). 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 (Roger Allam). This show was preceded by "Inspector Morse" (1987-2000) starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately.
#1 - Degüello
Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 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.
#2 - Home
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 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.
#3 - Neverland
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 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.
#4 - Coda
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 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.
#5 - Pylon
Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 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
#6 - Nocturne
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 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.
#7 - Trove
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 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.
#8 - Fugue
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 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.
#9 - Icarus
Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 11, 2018
After the mysterious disappearance of a teacher, Endeavour finds himself investigating the dark and secret world of a public school.
#10 - Rocket
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 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.
#11 - Harvest
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 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.
#12 - Girl
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 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'.
#13 - Quartet
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 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.
#14 - Ride
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 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 been so close to his home, he begins a investigation of his own.
#15 - Zenana
Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 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.
#16 - Confection
Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 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.
#17 - Sway
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 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.
#18 - Apollo
Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 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.
#19 - Game
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 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?
#20 - Prey
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 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.
#21 - Lazaretto
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 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.
#22 - Oracle
Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 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.
#23 - Arcadia
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 10, 2016
April 1967. As spring blooms, the death of artist Simon Hallward in a horrendous house-fire leaves Oxford City Police baffled as to the cause of the blaze. When a young housewife dies, seemingly of the same mysterious ’tummy bug’ that has seen half of Chief Superintendent Bright’s men go on Sick Leave, DC Endeavour Morse’s investigation leads him to an inner-city supermarket, Richardson’s, owned by a wealthy family of the same name, descended from a line of Quakers.
#24 - Canticle
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 15, 2017
The so called ‘permissive society' comes under the spotlight as Endeavour is tasked with protecting conservative social activist, Joy Pettybon, after she receives a death threat while visiting Oxford to promote her ‘Keep Britain Decent' campaign. Also staying near Oxford and recording their new album are a band called The Wildwood and their manager Ralph Spender, who is desperate to maintain their squeaky-clean image in the media spotlight. However, their harmony is disrupted when the body of local brickie, Barry Finch, is discovered in the middle of Oxford and it transpires that Finch was working at Maplewick Hall, where they band are staying, before he died. Delving into the social revolution of the time, Endeavour finds himself caught in the crossfire of bitter liberalising forces and deep reactionary conservatism both fighting for the consciences of the British people in 1967. And in this collision of two worlds, Endeavour must explore all avenues before more killings occur.
#25 - Raga
Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 16, 2020
As campaigning for the 1970 general election gets underway in Oxford, racial tensions escalate in the city and a clash between two young rival gangs results in tragedy. Initial investigations lead Endeavour and Thursday to the door of a familiar face, where they discover the influence of the British Movement, a right wing organisation hoping to win an Oxford seat. Elsewhere in the city, tragedy strikes a second time, this time an Indian restaurant, where a customer's mysterious disappearance and a shocking murder put even the strongest family loyalties to the test.