Dexter (2006–2013)
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Dexter 

Dexter takes part in the investigation of a serial killer who drains his victims of blood. He also kills two criminals, and his romantic relationship may be going to the next level.

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(teleplay by), (based on the novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by)
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In Miami, the orphan Dexter is raised by detective Harry Morgan, who discovers that his foster son has the urge to kill. Harry directs the impulse of the boy to kill bad people, teaching him how to operate without leaving any trace. After Harry's death, Dexter works in the forensic department of the Miami Police Department, where his step sister, Debra, works in the Vice and Narcotics Unit. During his free nights, Dexter leads a double-life, chasing and killing murderers and collecting samples of their blood, or dating Rita Bennett. After executing a pedophile and a rapist (who have killed their victims), Dexter investigates an intriguing serial killer that drains the blood and freezes the severed bodies of his victims. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Michael Donovan, Dexter's first victim of the series, goes by Father Donovan in the novel. See more »

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In the pilot, Dexter's car is a silver Dodge Neon. However, in later episodes it is replaced by a silver Ford Taurus with no explanation or indication that he had purchased a new car. See more »

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Dexter Morgan: [first lines]
Dexter Morgan: Tonight's the night. It's going to happen again and again. Has to happen. Nice night. Miami is a great town. I love the Cuban food and pork sandwhiches, my favorite. But I'm hungry for something different, now.
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References Near Dark (1987) See more »

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El Cayuco
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Written by Mambo All Stars
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Vigilantism has never been this edgy
13 February 2016 | by (Johannesburg, South Africa) – See all my reviews

"Tonight's the night. It's going to happen again and again. Has to happen. Nice night. Miami is a great town. I love the Cuban food ... But I'm hungry for something different, now."

After discovering Dexter's hunger for blood, Miami Cop Harry Morgan decides to help his foster son to channel his urges for the greater good. Using a set of principles laid out by Harry to cover his tracks, Dexter stalks the night, killing the violent criminals of Miami who evade the justice system.

In the hands of an inexperienced writer, director or actor Dexter could very easily have been a dismissive flop which fed off the underbelly of B feature slasher films.

Producer Dennis Bishop, therefore, brought in the big guns. James Manos Jr. cut his teeth as the writer of the teleplay for season one of The Sopranos. Michael Cuesta directed five episodes of Six Feet Under before moving into the realm of cinema with the intense 12 and Holding. And Michael C Hall was also tied to Six Feet Under as David Fisher.

Manos expertly adapted the work of Jeff Lindsay, author of the books upon which the series is loosely based; delivering witty dialogue that is equal parts naively funny and spine-chillingly cold and calculated.

Hall takes full advantage of Mano's script; using it to endear the audience to his character. He gives us Dexter the Hero forcing the audience to admire what should be the sick criminal activities of a psychopathic serial killer.

Cuesta brings out the best in Hall, encouraging him to become Dexter. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast doesn't seem to have such deft direction yet. And it is here that the pilot falls short of the masterpiece debut it should be.

Otherwise, this pilot is a well-produced piece of work which is indicative of the award-winning eight season series which follows.


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