The Best Episodes of Lewis

Last Updated: Nov 25, 2018

A spin-off of the popular series Inspector Morse, a special two-hour drama picked up five years after the series ended. It is now continuing in its own series, with Lewis and Hathaway investigating in Morse's old stomping ground of Oxford.

What Lies Tangled (2)

#1 - What Lies Tangled (2)

Season 9 - Episode 6

With his six-month trip to New Zealand with Hobson on the horizon, Lewis is in a race against time to save not just his career but his relationship too.

star 8.23
111 votes
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Expiation

#2 - Expiation

Season 1 - Episode 4

All is not what it seems between two married couples who are old friends, as Lewis and Hathaway start to discover when one wife is found hanged.

star 8.18
60 votes
Directors: Dan Reed
Writers: Colin Dexter, Guy Andrews
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Generation of Vipers

#3 - Generation of Vipers

Season 6 - Episode 2

Lewis and Hathaway are drawn into a world of virtual bullying, but very real murder, when Professor Miranda Thornton is found dead after her dating video is leaked onto a vicious website. Miranda's death initially looks like suicide but, as the detectives dig deeper, they realise that it is actually the final revenge of an old enemy.

star 8.14
73 votes
Writers: Patrick Harbinson
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Beyond Good and Evil (1)

#4 - Beyond Good and Evil (1)

Season 8 - Episode 5

Lewis' reputation is jeopardized when the very first case that he solved as a DI is reopened for appeal and new murders are committed with the original weapon.

star 8.12
94 votes
Directors: David Drury
Writers: Noel Farragher, Colin Dexter
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The Ramblin' Boy (2)

#5 - The Ramblin' Boy (2)

Season 7 - Episode 4

Liam Jay is in intensive care and Lewis and Alex believe that he has information about the death of Matt Whiby and the mysterious cremation. It is revealed by Emma Barnes that Johnny Jay, Liam’s father, was at the fateful supper party and he is missing as well.

star 8.08
61 votes
Directors: Dan Reed
Writers:
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Intelligent Design (2)

#6 - Intelligent Design (2)

Season 7 - Episode 6

Lewis, Hathaway and Hobson look around the new crime scene as Carl Drew, Stella Drew, Martha Seager, Adam Tibbit, Graham Yardley and Adam’s girlfriend Rachel Cliff wait anxiously. The body is revealed to be that of Soo-Min Chong, a Korean student who vanished 15 years ago. Seager was the last person to see her alive, Carl Drew was her boyfriend, and she was Martha’s organ scholar at the chapel. Hathaway is later shocked to discover Adam’s body at the school, with a simple suicide note. Carl, Adam’s former teacher believes that he must have pushed the boy too hard. Forensics end up revealing a close relative of Adam’s had been in Seager’s car. After Martha is found stabbed to death, Lewis and Hathaway start to close in on the killer who is becoming more desperate to cover their tracks.

star 8.07
67 votes
Directors: Tim Fywell
Writers: Stephen Churchett (Story), Helen Jenkins (Screenplay)
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Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things

#7 - Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things

Season 5 - Episode 1

Oxford's last all-female college is holding a reunion party to say goodbye to one of its most popular professors. After a guest is found murdered, Lewis believes the killing is connected to an attack that happened at the same building 10 years ago. He turns to his former DS, Alison McLennan, to help him with the case but it ends up taking a new twist after two more bodies turn up.

star 8.07
72 votes
Directors: Nicolas Renton
Writers: Russell Lewis
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The Soul of Genius

#8 - The Soul of Genius

Season 6 - Episode 1

When botanist Li Nash digs up the body of recently buried English Professor, Murray Hawes, Lewis and Hathaway find themselves involved in an impossible quest. Murray was a man who was possessed with solving the riddle of Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark". They soon find out that Murray had a rivalry with his brother, who is a lecturer in Theology and Moral Philosophy. They also have to deal with interference from Michelle Marber who is an amateur detective, who believes that that the killer is local medical researcher Alex Falconer.

star 8.07
74 votes
Directors: Brian Kelly
Writers: Rachel Bennette
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And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea

#9 - And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea

Season 2 - Episode 1

A body is found in the Bodleian Library and further intrigue arises when stolen books are found in the victim's home.

star 8.03
97 votes
Directors: Dan Reed
Writers: Alan Plater
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Dark Matter

#10 - Dark Matter

Season 4 - Episode 2

When Andrew Crompton, amateur astronomer and Master of Gresham College, is found dead at the foot of the University Observatory stairs, Lewis and Hathaway find that the finger of suspicion points at all the staff - from tutors right down to the head porter and the college scouts. Lewis uncovers a college-wide blackmail plot and is confused by a mysterious astronomical conundrum. Hobson is unexpectedly drawn into the case while rehearsing for a performance with a local orchestra at the college.

star 8.02
73 votes
Writers: Colin Dexter
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The Gift of Promise

#11 - The Gift of Promise

Season 5 - Episode 4

When a local businesswoman is bludgeoned to death, it appears to be a blackmail plot gone wrong. As the body count rises, Lewis and Hathaway realize there is a decades-old secret at the heart of the case, which they must uncover to bring the present-day murders to a halt.

star 8.01
73 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Colin Dexter
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Your Sudden Death Question

#12 - Your Sudden Death Question

Season 4 - Episode 3

Over an August Bank Holiday, an empty Oxford college is the venue for a weekend attended by professional quiz contestants. Lewis and Hathaway are called in when outstanding competitor Ethan Croft is found floating dead in the college fountain. They learn that Croft was an outrageous flirt with a number of secrets, and the pair race to uncover the killer before the gathering breaks up. Meanwhile, Hathaway discovers that Lewis was planning a romantic weekend at Glyndebourne with a mystery date.

star 8.00
72 votes
Directors: Dan Reed
Writers: Colin Dexter
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Beyond Good and Evil (2)

#13 - Beyond Good and Evil (2)

Season 8 - Episode 6

Hathaway and Maddox continue to investigate the murder of Travis as the trail leads back to Lewis’s original case. The two detectives attempt to prevent another murder and Lewis sees himself isolated and alone with his reputation in jeopardy.

star 7.99
87 votes
Directors: David Drury
Writers: Noel Farragher, Colin Dexter
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The Mind Has Mountains

#14 - The Mind Has Mountains

Season 5 - Episode 3

When a student is found dead during a college-based clinical trial for a new anti-depressant, Lewis and Hathaway struggle to determine whether the incident was murder or suicide, and receive little assistance from the institution's evasive psychiatric professor. A second student's death then leads to the revelation that the trial's participants are all operating under the influence of mind-altering drug ketamine, and that the lines between love, obsession and madness have become dangerously blurred.

star 7.98
69 votes
Directors: Charles Palmer
Writers: Colin Dexter
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The Lions of Nemea (2)

#15 - The Lions of Nemea (2)

Season 8 - Episode 4

After a difficult start, Lewis and Hathaway's partnership seems to have gained some semblance of normality. DS Maddox has become a part of the team. Her abilities will be put to the test when an investigation begins on the brutal murder of an American classics student Rose Anderson Her body is hauled from the canal with a stand wound to the neck and abdomen. Suspicious soon fall on astrophysics professor, Felix Garwood who had recently broken off an affair with Rose. However, Felix was married to Rose's supervisor, Philippa Garwood. Could the jealous wife have committed such a murder?

star 7.98
80 votes
Writers: Noel Farragher, Tahsin Guner, Colin Dexter
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Wild Justice

#16 - Wild Justice

Season 5 - Episode 2

A female bishop visiting St Gerard's College is found dead after drinking poisoned wine, and when another two killings occur, both mirroring macabre murders from Jacobean revenge tragedy, it appears the culprit is targeting candidates in the election to become vice-regent. However, when Innocent learns one of the suspects is hiding a dark secret, Lewis and Hathaway realise the motive is much more twisted.

star 7.97
73 votes
Writers: Stephen Churchett
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Old School Ties

#17 - Old School Ties

Season 1 - Episode 3

An ambitious Oxford student is found dead in her hotel room after inviting a reformed computer hacker to speak at the union. Lewis and Hathaway investigate.

star 7.97
89 votes
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The Dead of Winter

#18 - The Dead of Winter

Season 4 - Episode 1

After the body of Dr Stephen Black is found on an Oxford tour bus, DI Lewis and DS Hathaway are lead to Crevecoeur Hall, a sprawling Oxford estate where Hathaway spent much of his childhood. Lewis begins to worry that a previous case involving the murder of a ten-year-old girl has begun to affect Hathaway's state of mind, while Hathaway himself seems more interested in the glamorous Scarlett Mortmaigne, the daughter of the owner of Crevecoeur. When another body is discovered on the estate, Hathaway's refusal to believe that the family are involved threatens to tests his relationship with Lewis to breaking point.

star 7.96
79 votes
Directors: Bill Anderson
Writers: Colin Dexter
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Fearful Symmetry

#19 - Fearful Symmetry

Season 6 - Episode 3

Lewis and Hathaway investigate the murder of a baby-sitter, and uncover a swingers' network. The detectives must establish whether the girl's fate is connected to her time spent in a children's home, or whether she was an unintended victim.

star 7.96
78 votes
Writers: Rachel Bennette, Simon Block, Russell Lewis
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Allegory of Love

#20 - Allegory of Love

Season 3 - Episode 1

A young woman, Marina Hartner, is killed with an antique Persian mirror. With the body a bloody piece of paper is found with the strange word 'Uqbara'. Further investigations lead Lewis to a dating site.

star 7.95
79 votes
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Falling Darkness

#21 - Falling Darkness

Season 4 - Episode 4

On Halloween night, a university friend of pathologist Laura Hobson is found staked through the heart. During their investigation, Lewis and Hathaway are approached by a medium who claims that they are in grave danger. The following day a student is murdered in the house that Hobson shared with her university friends, and a clue at the crime scene leads Lewis and Hathaway to a third victim. As the body count rises Lewis and Hathaway are forced to acknowledge that Hobson might know more about the deaths than she is letting on.

star 7.95
78 votes
Writers: Colin Dexter
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Counter Culture Blues

#22 - Counter Culture Blues

Season 3 - Episode 4

Lewis, called out to deal with a noise complaint, is shocked to meet a rock singer he had once admired, and who was believed to have drowned. The body of a teenage boy, who has been repeatedly run over by a vehicle, points to a connection with members of the band.

star 7.95
60 votes
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Down Among the Fearful (2)

#23 - Down Among the Fearful (2)

Season 7 - Episode 2

Lewis and Hobson are examining the body of murdered Vicki Walmsley when a theft of etorphine is reported by the Garsington Equine Centre. The drug was last used a year earlier on a horse that injured its teenage rider, Joshua Grace – the brother-in-law of Reuben Beatty, the first murder victim.

star 7.94
69 votes
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Entry Wounds (2)

#24 - Entry Wounds (2)

Season 8 - Episode 2

It soon becomes obvious that the case has everything to do with Alastair’s failure to save the life of a badly hurt teenager, Nabeel Sira, during surgery. The hospital staff have closed ranks and the boy’s parents are considering their options. A second murder then happens.

star 7.94
70 votes
Writers: Helen Jenkins, Colin Dexter
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The Quality of Mercy

#25 - The Quality of Mercy

Season 3 - Episode 2

Lewis and Hathaway have to investigate the murder of Richard Scott, a rising star in the Oxford student theatre. Scott was killed with a prop dagger during a play. It turns out he was not that popular.

star 7.93
75 votes
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