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  • TV-MA
  • 2006
  • 8 Seasons
  • 8.7  (760,240)

Dexter is a Showtime original drama series that tracks the life of Dexter Morgan, a character adapted from the 2004 Jeff Lindsay novel Dexter Dreaming Darkly. Lindsay has continued the book series, while the Dexter portrayed on television has evolved in a separate timeline. Running for eight seasons, Dexter deals with a strange and uncomfortable scenario; the titular character is a serial killer.

Rather than tracking down innocent victims, Dexter Morgan uses his job as a blood spatter analyst with the fictional Miami Metro Police Department to track and kill criminals that the justice system has failed to capture or punish. Over the course of the series, he hunts other serial killers as well as gang members and drug dealers responsible for innocent deaths. However, he is not portrayed as a superhero. Morgan's own emotions and twisted interpersonal relationships cause him to make interesting decisions at many junctures in the show.

Dexter was adopted by a police officer named Harry after he was found crying in a pool of his own mother's blood when he was just a toddler. This experience led Dexter to develop what he refers to throughout the series as a Dark Passenger, otherwise described as a deep-seated need to kill. Should he try not to hunt or kill for a period of time, his sleep becomes disrupted and his temper becomes quite short.

On the other side of Dexter lies his softer emotions. In the beginning of the series, Dexter narrates that he has always felt cold and doesn't think he is capable of love. This is challenged when he becomes attached to a woman named Rita, accidentally starts a family with her and then goes on to marry her. Dexter also feels great affection for his sister, Deb, who is a police office for Miami Metro. Although she is the biological child of Harry and is not related to Dexter through blood, his loyalty to her is obvious and prolonged throughout the series. As the story progresses, Deb finds out about Dexter's activities.

Rather than chasing down criminals on a whim, Dexter selects his victims using a code taught to him by Harry. Harry, as a police officer, knew Dexter had murderous tendencies as a child and taught him the code to both keep Dexter out of prison and to teach Dexter an acceptable way to select victims. Even after Harry died, Dexter kept to the code.

Dexter's code is comprised of two simple rules. The first rule is to never get caught, as this would lead to imprisonment and, possibly, the death penalty. The second rule is to never kill an innocent. Dexter frequently references his code while making decisions about whom to kill and when. If he is conflicted about specific circumstances, Harry will sometimes appear to him in spirit form or flashbacks and help guide him through his thought process.

Dexter is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (97 episodes). The series first aired on October 1, 2006.

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Remember the Monsters?
12. Remember the Monsters?
September 22, 2013
In the series finale, Dexter is faced with impossible odds. With a hurricane looming in Miami, Dexter decides to take matters into his own hands.
Monkey In A Box
11. Monkey In A Box
September 15, 2013
Dexter is faced with a major dilemma.
Goodbye Miami
10. Goodbye Miami
September 8, 2013
Dexter recruits Dr. Vogel to help him lure the Brain Surgeon to a location in order to get him on the table. Later, Dexter witnesses the murder of an important person in his life.
Make Your Own Kind Of Music
9. Make Your Own Kind Of Music
August 25, 2013
Dexter investigates a murder that seems all-too familiar. Meanwhile, Vogel is shocked when someone from her past shows up.
Are We There Yet?
8. Are We There Yet?
August 18, 2013
Dexter believes his protégé murdered an innocent person. Meanwhile, Dexter tries to help Hannah escape.
Dress Code
7. Dress Code
August 11, 2013
Dexter searches for Hannah to determine why she is back in Miami. He also takes on a protégé and begins educating him about the Code.
A Little Reflection
6. A Little Reflection
August 4, 2013
Dexter could possibly use a psychopath as a candidate for his work. Meanwhile, Debra and he get back to basics before being interrupted.
This Little Piggy
5. This Little Piggy
July 28, 2013
Dr. Vogel comes contacts the Brain Surgeon, and Dexter and Debra attempt to preserve her safety. Meanwhile, Masuka learns that he has a daughter.
Scar Tissue
4. Scar Tissue
July 21, 2013
Dexter hunts for another potential serial killer from Dr. Vogel's list. Quinn celebrates his passing of the Sergeant's exam by defending Debra's honor in a fight. Dr. Vogel begins treating Debra for her PTSD.
What's Eating Dexter Morgan?
3. What's Eating Dexter Morgan?
July 14, 2013
Dexter continues his search for the Brain Surgeon. Dr. Vogel tries to prove his point to Dexter. Debra suffers from a PTSD episode and she makes a desperate plea to confess to LaGuerta's murder.
Every Silver Lining
2. Every Silver Lining
July 7, 2013
Miami Metro searches for the Brain Surgeon, while Dr. Vogel recruits Dexter to do her bidding. Debra continues to investigate her PI case and takes matters into her own hands.
A Beautiful Day
1. A Beautiful Day
June 30, 2013
In the eighth season premiere, Dexter is still managing life as a dad, brother, and serial killer. Debra is working as a PI for a private firm and Batista assumed Debra's old position. Meanwhile, Miami Metro investigates the murder of a man who has had pieces of his brain removed.
Where to Watch Dexter
Dexter is available for streaming on the Showtime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Dexter on demand at Showtime, Apple TV Channels, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and Showtime Anytime.
  • Premiere Date
    October 1, 2006
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (760,240)