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S3:E1 Our Father

Original Air Date: Sep 28, 2008

In the Season Three premiere, Dexter's life seems to be smoothly back on track, until he targets a dope dealer who is also in the sights of Assistant D.A. Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits); Internal Affairs pressures Debra to rat on her new partner.

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"Because Dexter is such a high-concept show - he's the serial killer who only kills bad people! - each new season has to have a Grand Unifying Theme."

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"When we last saw our darkly, dreaming Dexter, he had successfully untangled himself from a heap of trouble."

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8 Seasons, 96 Episodes

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  • Season 8

    Dexter learns more about his dark origins from Dr. Evelyn Vogel, an old family friend, and is reunited with Hannah; Deb suffers the consequences of loving her brother despite everything; Masuka learns he has a daughter.

    Season 8
  • Season 7

    Dexter comes clean to Deb and finds true love with a fellow serial killer; Deb learns the hard way how difficult it is to keep Dexter's secret; LaGuerta gets closer to pinning the Bay Harbor Butcher killings on Dexter.

    Season 7
  • Season 6

    Dexter stalks the Doomsday Killer, a vicious, deluded, religious fanatic who displays his victims in grisly, Biblical-themed tableaux; Deb reconsiders her relationship with Dexter; Quinn jeopardizes his partnership with Batista.

    Season 6
  • Season 5

    Dexter grieves his loss and tries to stay one step ahead of a suspicious Quinn and his own sister, while reluctantly guiding a near-victim (Julia Stiles) of a serial killer who sets out to get lethal revenge.

    Season 5
  • Season 4

    Dexter has become a husband and father, and finds a potential mentor in a macabre serial killer known as Trinity (Emmy winning guest star John Lithgow) who lives a familiar double life as a suburban family man.

    Season 4
  • Season 3

    Dexter befriends an assistant District Attorney (Jimmy Smits) who becomes increasingly and disturbingly helpful in Dexter's secret pastime; Debra gets a new partner, Joey Quinn (Desmond Harrington).

    Season 3
  • Season 2

    Dexter tries to sabotage his department's investigation into his killings and hooks up with an obsessed pyromaniac; traumatized Debra dates the FBI agent assigned to the case; Rita urges Dexter to join a treatment program for addicts.

    Season 2
  • Season 1

    Dexter hunts the Ice Truck Killer, whose gruesome crimes indicate knowledge of Dexter's true identity, triggering hidden memories; Dexter's sister Debra joins Homicide; Rita's ex-boyfriend is paroled.

    Season 1
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