Endeavour is a television crime drama series that revolves around Detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse, GM, who is active for the Oxford City Police CID. The show is set in the 1960's and 1970's, and follows the early career of DCI Morse, portrayed by English actor Shaun Evans, after he left Lonsdale College of Oxford University in his third year without a degree. Since the launch of its pilot episode in 2012, the series has been broadcast in several countries around the world to considerable success, including the United States, Australia, and the Netherlands. Endeavour is a prequel to the long-running series Inspector Morse, which was based on the series of novels of the same name by English crime writer Colin Dexter. Consistently ranked among the best British crime dramas of all time, Inspector Morse is a television success in Australia as well. Endeavour focuses on the young Endeavour Morse and his beginnings as a detective constable and later as a detective sergeant.