Dexter (2006–2013)
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Dexter races against the clock to find Debra when she is abducted by Rudy, the Ice Truck Killer, which leads the two psychopathic killers to have a fateful showdown, and who finally reveals his connection to Dexter.

Director:

Michael Cuesta

Writers:

James Manos Jr. (developed for television by), Jeff Lindsay (based on the novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael C. Hall ... Dexter Morgan
Julie Benz ... Rita Bennett
Jennifer Carpenter ... Debra Morgan
Erik King ... Sgt. James Doakes
Luna Lauren Velez ... Det. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
David Zayas ... Det. Angel Batista
James Remar ... Harry Morgan
Geoff Pierson ... Capt. Tom Matthews
C.S. Lee ... Vince Masuka
Mark Pellegrino ... Paul Bennett
Christian Camargo ... Brian Moser
Judith Scott ... Lt. Esme Pascal
Scott Atkinson ... Bob Hicks
Christina Robinson ... Astor Bennett
Daniel Goldman Daniel Goldman ... Cody Bennett
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Storyline

Dexter frantically searches for clues for Debra's whereabouts when Rudy, finally revealing himself as the Ice Truck Killer, abducts her and forces Dexter into a series of mind games to find her where he finally reveals his connection to Dexter: "Rudy" is actually Brian Moser, Dexter's long-lost biological brother. Meanwhile, Lt. Laguerta locks horns against her replacement Lt. Esmee Pascal, who's even MORE officious and pompous than her or Captain Matthews, and who hampers the case by ignoring key evidence to further advance her own personal career. Sgt. Doakes finally comes to blows with Dexter over his denial with knowing the Ice Truck Killer, and Rita is contacted by the imprisoned Paul who tells her that Dexter framed him for his drug possession charge.

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Acton, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The sudden appearance and line of "Surprise, Mother F*cker" by Doakes inspired a popular series of internet memes. See more »

Goofs

When searching Rudy's apartment, Dexter goes over to look at the Barbie record player. The African-American police employee who is cataloging the items is clearly wearing a laminate with a photo of a bearded, white, middle-aged man on it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dexter Morgan: I've lived in darkness a long time. Over the years, my eyes adjusted until the dark became my world and I could see. But then Rudy turned on the light. He flooded my memory and now I'm blind.
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Connections

References Born Free (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Dexter Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by Rolfe Kent
Performed by Rolfe Kent
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Morally conflicted Dexter is forced to make difficult choices
10 January 2008 | by Xerces88See all my reviews

Firstly Dexter is an examination of the human condition using a morally disjointed protagonist.

The Sopranos deals with this theme in much greater depth and detail. Dexter doesn't hold a candle to it.

The ice-truck killer was everything I expected and more. I was somewhat disappointed in the unveiling of said individual, and the way the story unfolded after the revelation.

The way the ice-truck killer impacted and conflicted Dexter was excellent - just as any good villain should - but the episodes didn't examine these psychological conflicts the way I thought they should have.

Dexter took it's time revealing and unfolding the story of the ice-truck killer, but the moral conflicts of Dexter were dealt with quickly (that's not to say his moral conflicts are resolved) and could have used longer study time.

The show has somewhat worked as a plot-driven character study. But I want less plot and more character.

I have disliked the narration in Dexter except for a few comedic lines. So much of the narration is repeated information in the form of something much easier to understand.

Naturally the nature and plot of this show will generate fan-boy praise. I just hope people never see this show as something as good or better than The Sopranos. But, hey - it's only the first season.


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