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By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.

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Series cast summary:
Michael C. Hall ...  Dexter Morgan 96 episodes, 2006-2013
Jennifer Carpenter ...  Debra Morgan 96 episodes, 2006-2013
David Zayas ...  Sgt. Angel Batista / ... 96 episodes, 2006-2013
James Remar ...  Harry Morgan 96 episodes, 2006-2013
C.S. Lee ...  Vince Masuka 95 episodes, 2006-2013
Luna Lauren Velez ...  Lt. Maria LaGuerta / ... 85 episodes, 2006-2013
Desmond Harrington ...  Det. Joseph 'Joey' Quinn 72 episodes, 2008-2013
Julie Benz ...  Rita Bennett / ... 49 episodes, 2006-2010
Christina Robinson ...  Astor Bennett 47 episodes, 2006-2012
Geoff Pierson ...  Deputy Chief Tom Matthews / ... 43 episodes, 2006-2013
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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 ahmetkozan

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Dexter takes lives. Seriously. See more »


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Country:

USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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The names Dexter Morgan and Debra Morgan refer to the two laws of De Morgan--valid rules of inference in propositional logic. Informally, the laws are "not (A and B) is the same as (not A) or (not B)" and "not (A or B) is the same as (not A) and (not B)". They describe their mentality towards the existence of each other: Neither Debra nor Dexter can live without the other. Both characters express that several times throughout the series. See more »

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In Season 2 Rita absolutely insists that Dexter work a recovery program and remain clean and sober as a condition to them remaining together. In Seasons 3 and 4 this does not come up at all plus they are in multiple drinking situations and Rita says nothing about Dexter drinking. See more »

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Dexter Morgan: So what's up, hot shot?
Debra Morgan: Alright, get this. Lieutenant's looking for that refrigerated truck in every swamp, glade and chop shop from here to the Keys. The way I see it, that whack-job truck driver threw a severed head at your car. It's not as if he's shy.
Dexter Morgan: You think he's hiding the truck in plain sight, wanting it to be found?
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The Best Show on TV
23 October 2006 | by emvanSee 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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