"Endeavour" is a British television drama series set in Oxford, England. A prequel to the show "Inspector Morse," "Endeavour" follows a young Detective Morse in his early days as a police constable.
Set in the 1960s, the series stars Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse and Roger Allam as his mentor Fred Thursday. In the first season of the series, Detective Thursday takes an interest in young Morse and encourages him to take his Sergeant's exam while they concurrently solve a series of murders. Throughout this prequel series, Morse begins to display many of the personality quirks that the character is known for in the original "Inspector Morse" series. It is clear to the other officers that Morse has a gift for solving complicated cases, which makes some of his superior officers envious. Morse must navigate these sometimes treacherous inter-departmental conflicts in addition to solving homicides.
The show also features cast members Anton Lesser, Jack Laskey, James Bradshaw and Abigail Thaw. Masterpiece and Mammoth Screen produced the series for television network ITV. The pilot episode originally aired in 2012. Critical reviews of the series are mostly positive, with Los Angeles Times critic Robert Lloyd calling it a "suitably complicated and pictorially engaging work of period suburban mystery."