Netflix and CBS have announced a deal that will bring all eight seasons of Showtime drama Dexter to the streaming service. The first four seasons will be made available on Thursday, October 31st, while seasons five through eight are set to debut January 1st, 2014. Dexter has been on Netflix in the past, but this is the first time in two years that the drama will be on the streaming service.
“We’re thrilled to have Dexter, one of Showtime’s highest-rated shows on Netflix, and so quickly after it completed its record-breaking run,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. “This is one of the great serialized dramas of the past decade and we know our members will enjoy discovering or reliving the twisted world of Dexter Morgan anywhere and anytime they want.”
In its eight season run on the premium cable network, Dexter grew in the ratings every season and spent multiple seasons as Showtime’s top-rated drama. The series, which stars Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, a Miami forensics expert and serial killer, also earned several awards during its run, including four Emmys, two Golden Globes, seven Satellite Awards, six Saturn Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a TCA Award, and two AFI Awards, putting it in the top ten programs of its respective year.
Aside from Hall, Dexter starred the likes of Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, and Lauren Velez. Its series finale, which aired last month, was one of the more controversial drama endings in recent years, both in terms of what actually happened and what Showtime executives dictated the show could do for its final episode.
Will you be checking out Dexter when it hits Netflix? What other Showtime shows would you like to see released on the streaming service? Do you think that other premium cable networks like HBO and Starz will ever release their programming on Netflix?