The BEST Episodes of Midsomer Murders

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 26, 2021

Network: ITV

A veteran DCI and his young Sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer.

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Last Year's Model

#1 - Last Year's Model

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 3, 2006

Barnaby begins to think the damning evidence he helped provide to convict a murderess wasn't exactly as watertight as it first looked.

star 8.40
403 votes
Writers: David Hoskins
Hidden Depths

#2 - Hidden Depths

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 14, 2005

Troubled solicitor Nick Turner falls from the roof of his home. Is this suicide disguised as murder?

star 8.38
343 votes
Directors: Sarah Hellings
Writers: David Hoskins
Painted in Blood

#3 - Painted in Blood

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 17, 2003

Barnaby's wife finds a body on the Midsomer Florey village green while taking part in a watercolor class.

star 8.34
289 votes
Writers: Andrew Payne
Birds of Prey

#4 - Birds of Prey

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 31, 2003

Investment in a secret invention leads to an apparent suicide in Midsomer Magna, and a plan to steal valuable falcon eggs leads to another death.

star 8.33
261 votes
Writers: Michael Russell
Country Matters

#5 - Country Matters

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 19, 2006

Controversy about a proposed supermarket ruining the quality of life in a small village, marital infidelity, contaminated soil and kinky sex lead to murder.

star 8.33
318 votes
Writers: Andrew Payne
Garden of Death

#6 - Garden of Death

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 10, 2000

When an arrogant aristocratic family's decision to develop a memorial garden into a commercial tea shop has the villagers up in arms, murders past and present rear their heads.

star 8.31
295 votes
Directors: Peter Smith
Murder on St. Malley's Day

#7 - Murder on St. Malley's Day

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 22, 2002

Barnaby investigates the murder of a boy during a traditional annual race at an exclusive private school but is met with resentment.

star 8.30
326 votes
Directors: Peter Smith
Writers: Andrew Payne
Market for Murder

#8 - Market for Murder

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 16, 2002

An investigation of a car fire and a bludgeon murder lead Barnaby and Troy to investigate the members of a local reading club which has an agenda that goes beyond books.

star 8.28
347 votes
Directors: Sarah Hellings
Writers: Andrew Payne
The Green Man

#9 - The Green Man

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 2, 2003

Barnaby and Troy tackle two separate cases as Troy prepares to leave Midsomer after his promotion to DI.

star 8.25
339 votes
Writers: Michael Russell
The Maid in Splendour

#10 - The Maid in Splendour

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 25, 2004

Midsomer Worthy's beloved local pub figures in a case involving unrequited love, secret business deals and passionate affairs.

star 8.23
268 votes
Writers: Andrew Payne
Ring Out Your Dead

#11 - Ring Out Your Dead

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 15, 2002

Someone is killing off bell ringers of parish church in the week before a big bell-ringing competition takes place in the village of Midsomer Wellow.

star 8.23
330 votes
Directors: Sarah Hellings
Tainted Fruit

#12 - Tainted Fruit

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 23, 2001

When the body of a local beauty is discovered by the pool at her manor house, Barnaby and Troy uncover a seedy world of adultery and deceit within the affluent rural community.

star 8.20
307 votes
Directors: Peter Smith
Writers: David Hoskins
Sauce for the Goose

#13 - Sauce for the Goose

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 3, 2005

When a corporate giant tries to acquire a small but respected relish factory owned and run by a dysfunctional family, a naked body is found in the warehouse.

star 8.20
293 votes
Directors: Renny Rye
Writers: Andrew Payne
The Straw Woman

#14 - The Straw Woman

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 29, 2004

Midsomer comes closer and closer to its boiling point when a priest is burned to death inside the effigy of a straw woman and more people burst into flames spontaneously, as though by witchcraft.

star 8.18
251 votes
Directors: Sarah Hellings
Writers: Jeff Dodds
The Axeman Cometh

#15 - The Axeman Cometh

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 2, 2007

30 years past their prime, the band Hired Guns hopes to play at the Midsomer Rocks Music Festival. But their fans are disappointed when someone kills the band members one by one.

star 8.13
323 votes
Directors: Renny Rye
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Destroying Angel

#16 - Destroying Angel

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 26, 2001

When a hotel owner dies, the manager misses the reading of the will that names him part-owner.

star 8.13
386 votes
Directors: David Tucker
Writers: David Hoskins
Dead Letters

#17 - Dead Letters

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 26, 2006

When Sergeant Scott falls ill, Barnaby and PC Ben Jones (Jason Hughes, "Killing Me Softly") investigate a series of murders linked to the death of a beauty queen which occurred several years previously.

star 8.12
323 votes
Directors: Renny Rye
Writers: Peter J. Hammond
A Worm in the Bud

#18 - A Worm in the Bud

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 23, 2002

A woman is found dead in Setwale Wood, an apparent suicide, except that her suicide note is emailed after her body has already been sighted.

star 8.11
303 votes
Directors: David Tucker
Writers: Michael Russell
Judgment Day

#19 - Judgment Day

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 29, 2000

When a local thief and womanizer is killed with a pitchfork, the residents of Midsomer Mallow fear for their chances in the Perfect Village Competition.

star 8.10
339 votes
The Great and the Good

#20 - The Great and the Good

Season 12 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 14, 2010

A troubled schoolteacher, subject to sleepwalking and quasi-paranoia, feels that an intruder has been in her house, and doubters find dead bodies to confirm her fears.

star 8.09
265 votes
Writers: David Hoskins
The Made-to-Measure Murders

#21 - The Made-to-Measure Murders

Season 13 - Episode 2 - Aired May 12, 2010

A tailor dies of a heart attack. Two years later, his widow is murdered on her way to the vicarage. The vicar is also murdered after receiving a mysterious letter.

star 8.08
342 votes
Directors: Peter Smith
Writers: Andrew Payne, Caroline Graham
Death in a Chocolate Box

#22 - Death in a Chocolate Box

Season 10 - Episode 8 - Aired May 11, 2008

Barnaby and Jones investigate a murder of a former friend and colleague in Midsomer Holm, a small village inhabited by reformed ex-cons.

star 8.08
321 votes
Writers: Tony Etchells
The Animal Within

#23 - The Animal Within

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 19, 2007

When Faith Alexander arrives in Midsomer Deverell to meet her long-lost uncle Rex Masters, she is surprised to find he has disappeared and told everyone she was killed in a plane crash. Then Rex's body is found in the weir and his friends produce wills, each claiming to inherit his fortune.

star 8.08
374 votes
Directors: Renny Rye
Writers: David Hoskins
Bantling Boy

#24 - Bantling Boy

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 16, 2005

A four-member syndicate owns a racehorse that two of them are desperate to sell and two of them are determined to keep. When one of them is murdered, Barnaby is on the case.

star 8.07
327 votes
Directors: Sarah Hellings
Writers: Steve Trafford
Picture of Innocence

#25 - Picture of Innocence

Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 3, 2007

Barnaby is implicated in a murder when a photo of him in a passionate embrace with another woman is displayed shortly before the woman's estranged husband, photographer Lionel Bell, is strangled.

star 8.06
288 votes
Writers: Andrew Payne