Dexter (2006–2013)

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A Miami police forensics expert moonlights as a serial killer of criminals whom he believes have escaped justice.


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Series cast summary:
 Dexter Morgan (96 episodes, 2006-2013)
 Debra Morgan (96 episodes, 2006-2013)
 Sgt. Angel Batista / ... (96 episodes, 2006-2013)
 Harry Morgan (96 episodes, 2006-2013)
 Vince Masuka (95 episodes, 2006-2013)
 Lt. Maria LaGuerta / ... (85 episodes, 2006-2013)
 Det. Joseph 'Joey' Quinn (72 episodes, 2008-2013)
 Rita Bennett / ... (49 episodes, 2006-2010)
 Astor Bennett (48 episodes, 2006-2012)
Geoff Pierson ...
 Deputy Chief Tom Matthews / ... (43 episodes, 2006-2013)


Dexter Morgan, Miami Metro Police Department blood spatter analyst, has a double life. When he's not helping the Homicide division solving murders, he spends his time hunting and killing bad guys that slip through the justice system. He spends his sun-drenched days solving crimes - and moonlit nights committing them. But not to worry, our cool-blooded Dexter doesn't kill just anyone. He reserves his homicidal hobbies to taking only the lives of other killers. Written by Enrique Tovar from Delano, CA.

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The name of the main character, "Dexter," is also a Latin word meaning "right hand." The implied complement is the Latin for "left hand," "sinister," reflecting his hidden dark side. In 2010, author Jeff Lindsay confirmed at a book signing in Edinburgh that he chose the name Dexter because it was the opposite of "sinister", reflecting the character's surface normality. See more »


Most cars are shown with front Florida license plates. Florida vehicles do not have front license plates, only rear ones. See more »


Debra Morgan: Bathroom's all yours.
Dexter Morgan: Eh, kind of always was.
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The Best Show on TV
23 October 2006 | by (Watertown, Mass.) – See all my reviews

After four episodes, I'm ready to proclaim this the best show currently on TV, one that may someday rank with the likes of _The Sopranos_ and the first season of _Twin Peaks_ as a contender for the second best TV show ever (after the incomparable _Buffy the Vampire Slayer_; one of the show's producers and writers is former Buffy writer Drew Z. Greenberg, and the cast includes Buffy / Angel mainstay Julie Benz).

Dexter is a sociopath, someone with no human feelings and hence no natural, inner moral compass, and he has an unquenchable blood lust that drives him to kill. But he had the great grace to have been the adopted child of a police officer, who (as we see in terrific flashbacks) successfully instilled in him a complete moral code, which he adheres to on a strictly intellectual level. This is an utterly brilliant concept (which I assume derives from the novels it's based on), one that allows the writers to explore the nature of moral behavior and of what it means to be human (Dexter is, in a sense, an alien).

Another thing the show is doing brilliantly is moving at different speeds in parallel. There is a primary apparent season-long story arc (concerning a cat-and-mouse game between Dexter and a serial killer), and a a secondary arc involving Dexter's sister's police career. The first handful of episodes include a very powerful completed arc concerning one of Dexter's police colleagues and a local crime lord, while two of the four episodes so far have also included a self-contained story spliced among (and playing off) the ongoing ones. I've seen the future of TV season structuring, and this is it.

While the writing isn't quite up to the brilliance of the best of _House_, it's been excellent. The cast and production are terrific. The only reason you wouldn't want to watch this utterly brilliant show is the frequent use of extremely graphic images: there have probably been more severed body parts shown in these first four episodes than in the first four episodes of every other TV show on the air combined. If you can stomach that, tune it for a mesmerizing look at what makes us human -- or inhuman.

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