Dexter is an American television crime drama mystery series that aired on Showtime from October 1, 2006, to September 22, 2013. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a forensic technician specializing in blood spatter pattern analysis for the fictional Miami Metro Police Department, who leads a secret parallel life as a vigilante serial killer, hunting down murderers who have slipped through the cracks of the justice system. The show's first season was derived from the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter (2004), the first of the Dexter series novels by Jeff Lindsay. It was adapted for television by screenwriter James Manos, Jr., who wrote the first episode. Subsequent seasons evolved independently of Lindsay's works.
In February 2008, reruns (edited down to a TV-14 rating) began to air on CBS, although the reruns on CBS ended after one run of the first season. The series has enjoyed mostly positive reviews throughout its run and popularity, including four consecutive Primetime Emmy nominations for Best Drama Series starting in season two. Season four aired its season finale on December 13, 2009, to a record-breaking audience of 2.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched original series episode ever on Showtime at that time.
- Lauren Vélez plays Lieutenant María LaGuerta on Dexter and played Dr. Gloria Nathan on Oz.
- David Zayas plays Homicide detective Angel Batissta on Dexter and plays Latino inmate Enrique Morales on Oz.
- Erik King plays Homicide Sergent James Doakes on Dexter and plays Death Row inmate Moses Deyell on Oz.
- Scott William Winters plays Detective McNamara on Dexter and played Irish Mentally Handicapped inmate Cyril O'Reily on Oz.