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The Best Episodes of Midsomer Murders

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DCI Tom Barnaby and his partner investigate mysterious deaths occurring in close knit communities in Midsomer Murders. Some great Midsomer Murders episodes are about crimes of passion while other good episodes find Barnaby investigating serial killers. A few good episodes of Midsomer Murders are about Baraby's personal life.

What are the best episodes of Midsomer Murders? “The Killings at Badger's Drift,” the series' pilot episode, is a fan favorite. This episode finds DCI Barnaby and DS Troy investigating the death of an elderly woman. “Death's Shadow” is also a compelling episode of the series, Midsomer Murders.

“Hidden Depths” is another good episode from Midsomer Murders as is “Ring Out Your Dead” in which members of the bellringers of Midsomer Wellow turn up dead.

Do you have a favorite episode of Midsomer Murders? Give the best episodes a vote up and vote down any episodes you may not have liked. Make sure to also check out the best British detective shows.

 

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    The Killings at Badger's Drift (Pilot)

    Midsomer Murders - Series 1

    Original AiringMar 23 1997

    Episode Number0

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    A gentle stroll in the woods for Miss Emily Simpson ends in tragedy. To the village doctor Miss Simpson's death looks natural, but her old friend, Lucy Berringer, is unconvinced. Lucy eventually...
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    Death's Shadow

    Midsomer Murders - Season 2

    Original AiringJan 20 1999

    Episode Number1

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    Barnaby and Troy are in Badger's Drift again, this time to investigate the murder of an unpopular property developer called Richard Bayly who had been suffering from a brain tumour. Bayly had...  more
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    Judgement Day

    Midsomer Murders - Series 3

    Original AiringJan 29 2000

    Episode Number3

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    A thief gets killed with a pitchfork, and the villagers of Midsomer Mallow worry that the killing may undermine their chances of a prize in this year's Perfect Village competition. Things clearly...
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    Hidden Depths

    Midsomer Murders - Season 8

    Original AiringMar 14 2005

    Episode Number6

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    Barnaby investigates several more murders in another Midsomer village, at least two of them very imaginitive ones (see list of victims)....  more
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    Ring Out Your Dead

    Midsomer Murders - Season 5

    Original AiringSep 15 2002

    Episode Number3

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    "Ring Out Your Dead" is the second episode of the fifth series of Midsomer Murders and the twentieth episode overall. It stars John Nettles as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby and Daniel Casey...  more
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    Written in Blood

    Midsomer Murders - Series 1

    Original AiringMar 22 1998

    Episode Number1

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    Gerald Hadleigh, secretary of a writers' circle, is found battered to death the morning after the group's meeting with best-selling novelist (and former psycho-therapist) Max Jennings. Gerald did not...
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    Dead Man's Eleven

    Midsomer Murders - Season 2

    Original AiringSep 12 1999

    Episode Number3

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    Troy is in the Midsomer Worthy cricket eleven for the annual match against Fletchers Cross, so he is on the spot when the wife of Robert Cavendish, the Team Captain and a big local landowner, is...
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    Strangler's Wood

    Midsomer Murders - Season 2

    Original AiringFeb 03 1999

    Episode Number2

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    Nine years after a series of unsolved murders at Midsomer Worthy, a new death which follows the same pattern (a girl is found strangled in the woods) leads to fears that the serial killer is back in...
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    Painted in Blood

    Midsomer Murders - Season 6

    Original AiringSep 15 2002

    Episode Number3

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    Barnaby's wife, Joyce, finds a dead body on the Midsomer Florey village green while taking part in a watercolour painting class, and she recognizes it as the elderly Miss Fairfax.Barnaby is given the...  more
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    Country Matters

    Midsomer Murders - Series 9

    Original AiringSep 10 2006

    Episode Number6

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    Frank Hopkirk, an environmental adviser on the proposed site of a controversial Goodfare supermarket in Elverton-cum-Latterly, is found stabbed to death in an old farm building on the site. Barnaby &...  more
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    The Maid in Splendour

    Midsomer Murders - Series 7

    Original AiringJan 25 2004

    Episode Number5

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    Jamie Cruickshank, a bartender at the Maid in Splendour public house, is keen on Bella Monday, a barmaid, and follows her to a tumbledown old cottage in the woods, only to be blasted with a...
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    Death of a Stranger

    Midsomer Murders - Series 3

    Original AiringDec 31 1999

    Episode Number1

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    A tramp is found murdered in the woods near Marshwood. Superintendent Ron Pringle (who is on the point of retirement) has a local poacher arrested and charged, and he is later convicted of the crime....
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    Orchis Fatalis

    Midsomer Murders - Season 8

    Original AiringJan 09 2005

    Episode Number3

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    The world of orchids is hotly competitive - but are the Midsomer orchid growers really killing each other?One of the world's rarest orchids is smuggled into Midsomer Malham from Borneo at a cost of...  more
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    Market for Murder

    Midsomer Murders - Season 5

    Original AiringJun 16 2002

    Episode Number1

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    "Market For Murder" is the fourth episode of the fifth series of Midsomer Murders and the twenty second episode overall. It stars John Nettles as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby and Daniel...  more
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    Blood Wedding

    Midsomer Murders - Season 11

    Original AiringJul 06 2008

    Episode Number2

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    An upper class wedding results in an evil and sudden death, which becomes another challenge for Barnaby. These people are not used to having the police around asking a lot of silly questions....
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    A Worm in the Bud

    Midsomer Murders - Season 5

    Original AiringJun 23 2002

    Episode Number2

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    Susan Bartlett, who was depressed about her infertility, is found dead in a wood - with the appearance that she killed herself. But then Barnaby finds that Susan's emailed suicide note was sent after...  more
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    A Talent for Life

    Midsomer Murders - Season 6

    Original AiringJan 03 2003

    Episode Number1

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    Accusations of unsportsmanlike conduct on the river are bedevilling the Midsomer game fishermen, and Barnaby has to interview elegant widow Isobel Hewitt, a spendthrift, fast-living, Jaguar-driving...  more
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    Murder on St Malley's Day

    Midsomer Murders - Season 5

    Original AiringSep 22 2002

    Episode Number4

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    The village of Midsomer Parva is dominated by the imposing Devington School - as a seat of learning, Devington may be undistinguished in the great world, but it is socially well-connected and it has...
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    Down Among the Dead Men

    Midsomer Murders - Series 9

    Original AiringMar 12 2006

    Episode Number4

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    Barnaby and Jones investigate the shooting of a blackmailer, Martin Barrett. But he had so many victims, they are spoiled for choice for a suspect. Then one of his victims, Sir John Waverley, gets...  more
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    Electric Vendetta

    Midsomer Murders - Series 4

    Original AiringSep 02 2001

    Episode Number3

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    A man's naked body is found in a crop circle, then another dead man electrocuted at the wheel of his vehicle, and then yet another dead man in another crop circle. Barnaby is not impressed by rumours...  more
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    Destroying Angel

    Midsomer Murders - Series 4

    Original AiringAug 26 2001

    Episode Number2

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    Barnaby attends the funeral of the owner of the Easterly Grange Hotel and hears that the hotel manager has gone missing. The will is read, and it seems the hotel has been divided between the missing...  more
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    Dark Secrets

    Midsomer Murders - Season 14

    Original AiringMar 30 2011

    Episode Number2

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    The reclusive lives of elderly eccentrics William and Mary Bingham comes under police scrutiny when a social services investigator is murdered. Barnaby and Jones must unearth generations of family...  more
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    Shot at Dawn

    Midsomer Murders - Season 11

    Original AiringJan 01 2008

    Episode Number1

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    Although it's 90 years since the end of WW1, the feud between the Hammond and Hicks families still festers. Much to the disgust of Colonel Henry Hammond, Private Tommy Hicks condemned for cowardice...
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    Birds of Prey

    Midsomer Murders - Season 6

    Original AiringJan 31 2003

    Episode Number5

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    Julian Shepherd, who has most of his money invested in Charles Edmonton's new invention, is found drowned, and there is every appearance that he killed himself due to money problems. Then a villager...
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    Sauce For The Goose

    Midsomer Murders - Season 8

    Original AiringApr 03 2005

    Episode Number7

    SeriesMidsomer Murders

    A tour of Plummer's famous relish factory ends in tragedy when one of the visitors is crushed against towers of relish bottles and dumped naked into a 200-degree sterilizer. When the dead man is...