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Sex & Nudity

  • Frequent nudity. Exposed breasts and buttocks. Graphic sex scenes throughout each season
  • Sometimes non sexual nudity can appear in the after maths of some killings. Slightly more frequent in season 4
  • Frequent female nudity exclusively.
  • Women's breasts are shown in a sex scene
  • Courtney Ford's breast are seen in three separate scenes. One where she is receiving oral sex, another where she exits, and the third where sits on top of a man topless with underwear on and massage his back.
  • Julie Benz has several sex scenes and in them her rear is shown twice, a silhouette of her breasts is seen, and in one scene there is a blink or you miss shot of her nipple
  • Jennifer Carpenter removes her blouse to analyze her gunshot wound and catches Masuka staring at her breasts. She says: "Jesus! Their just tits Masuka!"

Violence & Gore

  • Despite the plot of the series onscreen violence is not very common however there are grisly and brutal aftermaths of killings that can be very disturbing at times
  • This show is EXTREMELY bloody.
  • The theme of serial killing plus the aftermath of acts of violence which feature many mutilated bodies are disturbing.
  • The series also contains scenes of implied killings, and some viewers may find it disturbing that the protagonist attempts to seek justice through repeated murders, to a point of experiencing pleasure at his victims sufferings and even teaching the 'trade' to a friend.
  • Apart from the narrative, there are some scenes of stabbings and gore.


  • There are 996 uses of "fuck" and variations of it throughout the 8 season run.
  • Frequent use of "shit" throughout. Infrequent uses of "cunt" and "cocksucker"

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There are some topics of the show that have to do with narcotics.
  • Characters drink alcohol occasionally.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In Season 6 of the TV series, Dexter and the forensics team investigate a serial killer who believes that he has been chosen by God to rid the world of sinners.


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • (Season 1)Throughout this season, Dexter is taunted by a serial killer, named the Ice Truck killer, who seems to know his real identity. He later finds out that the Ice Truck killer is his long lost brother. He does not remember him because his memory is suppressed due to the trauma of witnessing his mother being murdered. His brother wants Dexter to kill their foster sister. Dexter refuses and kills his brother instead.
  • In Season 4, Dexter becomes obsessed with finding the trinity killer who has been committing murders in a fixed pattern in various states all over America in the past few years. Firstly, he kills a woman in a bathtub, then he forces a woman, who is a mother of two, to jump to her death, ending with the brutal beating of a man that leads to death. Dexter manages to trace the identity of the trinity killer and is surprised that he has a family and that he keeps up a good front. He decides to delay killing him as he thinks he can learn something from him. However, his delay in killing him costs him a great price.
  • In Season 5, Dexter, who is devastated after Rita's murder, manages to get a nanny to look after his baby son while his two step-children goes to live with their maternal grandparents. While on leave, he turns his attention to killing a serial killer, Boyd Fowler, but his act is witnessed by one of the victims of the serial killer, Lumen. Later, Dexter manages to convince her that he will not harm her and learns from Lumen that besides Boyd, there were other men who raped her too. They became partners in crime, tracking down the men and killing them. In the process, Dexter and Lumen fall in love, but she leaves him eventually once she had avenged the men who raped her.

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