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The Best TV Series of All Time
on April 2, 2006
I just finished watching all 33 episodes (each as long as a movie), and collectively they comprise the best television series of all time, in my opinion. This excellence is attributable to a unique combination of factors--brilliant writing, the casting of an actor (John Thaw) who added great depth and complexity to the lead character, the Oxford setting (which provided rich atmosphere as well as compelling plotlines), wonderful music, talented directors, outstanding supporting actors and guest casts. The series got better and better over the years as the characters developed individually and in their relationships with each other, and as information about their pasts was gradually revealed. Kevin Whately, who plays Sergeant Lewis, does a remarkable job of creating a character who is, in his way, as interesting as Morse because of the way he subtly matures. My favorite episodes are "Dead on Time," "Cherubim and Seraphim," and "The Remorseful Day," but all of them are of high quality. Although expensive, the collection is worth every penny.