Fans of British television and murder mysteries, in general, will be delighted to hear Midsomer Murders Series 20 is now available on not one, but two incredible streaming services in the U.S.
For a show to last that long, you know it has to be good, and I can attest Midsomer Murders is well worth watching.
If you haven't started watching yet, now is the perfect time to start, especially for completionists like me because every episode is now available to watch from start to finish.
Called “Phenomenally enjoyable… this show has only gotten better and better through the years” (Paper magazine) and easily one of the world’s most popular detective series, Midsomer Murders has entertained audiences for more than two decades after premiering in 1997.
Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the ongoing series stars Neil Dudgeon as Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby. Homicide, blackmail, greed, and betrayal are just a taste of what goes on behind the well-trimmed hedges of Midsomer County.
While it may look like a picturesque and peaceful place on the outside, Barnaby is astutely aware it is filled with amoral and snobbish eccentrics with all kinds of vices.
The 20th Season of the smash hit series features six brand-new feature-length mysteries: "The Ghost of Causton Abbey," "Death of the Small Coppers," "Drawing Dead," "The Lions of Causton," "‘Til Death Do Us Part," and "Send in the Clowns."
So where can you find the latest series (and all 19 that came before)?
Incredibly, you have two choices, and we're big fans of both services here at TV Fanatic.
While Acorn has had series available for some time, Britbox has just added it.
“Fans have been asking for months when new episodes of Midsomer Murders will be coming to BritBox and we are thrilled to tell them the wait is over,” said Soumya Sriraman, President of BritBox.
Midsomer Murders Series 20 will be premiering on ITV in the UK on May 13, so for the first time in history (maybe, maybe not) a traditional British murder mystery can be seen by all U.S. fans before the Brits themselves.
Be sure to call your friends and dangle over their heads all of the exciting plot points to come! Surely, I jest.
All you need to do is subscribe to one of the services. And if you're a fan of foreign television, I cannot for the life of me figure out why you haven't done that by now.
I've done an in-depth analysis of both of the streaming networks and they are both incredible values and, while there is some crossover, have enough unique content that you can easily make a case for adding both.
Get started this weekend and let us know what you choose!
I look forward to hearing about your Midsomer experience.
Are you excited to see the new series before it appears on ITV??
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