The Dexter Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

If killing is your hobby, death is your profession and mixing the two is your passionate approach to the human condition, your name might just be "Dexter," the serial killer with a moral code.

Dexter Morgan was played by what talented actor?

Dexter was played by Michael C. Hall. Hall almost passed on the role that would make him infamous, uh, famous, though. He was reluctant to commit to another television project so soon after completing the HBO series "Six Feet Under," especially one he characterized as also "... surrounded by dead bodies."

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In what year did "Dexter" premiere?

The original series "Dexter" premiered on October 1, 2006.

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What was the main ingredient in most of the gallons and gallons of pretend blood used on the show?

According to Dexter's prop manager, Joshua Meltzer, maple syrup was the main ingredient in all that fake blood. It wouldn't have made much of a snack, though. Dish soap was another ingredient in the specialty mixture.

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Jennifer Carpenter played Dexter's adopted sister Debra. What relationship did Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall share in real life?

They were married during part of the show's run (Dec. 2008 to Dec. 2011).

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What character on the show was loosely based on real-life BTK serial killer Dennis Rader?

That would be Arthur Mitchell, played by John Lithgow in the show's fourth season.

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Debra Morgan, Dexter's sister, has a colorful vocabulary. In fact, she's well known for dropping the F-bomb pretty regularly. About how many times did she use this particular word in the eight seasons of the show?

Diligent fans have made a tally, and the results are 996 instances where Debra should have had her mouth washed out with soap.

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What popular star was originally tapped to play Dexter and passed on the opportunity?

That would be none other than Hawkeye himself, Jeremy Renner.

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What insect appears in the opening credits of the show?

The introduction includes the appearance of a bloodthirsty mosquito.

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Although Dexter is a serial killer, he does live by a code. Who taught him to spare the innocent?

His adoptive father encouraged him to channel his murderous tendencies by killing the guilty and sparing the innocent.

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Dexter keeps trophies of his kills. What does he collect from his victims?

Dexter collects blood on tidy microscope slides which he keeps in a box.

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Dexter's sister Debra is on his case a lot, but that's to be expected. What does she do for a living?

Debra is a policewoman.

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"Dexter" premiered on what premium cable network?

The original "Dexter" broadcasts appeared on Showtime.

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Dexter has a preferred modus operandi. Where does he like to dispose of bodies?

Dexter's victims are destined for a watery grave.

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As far as Dexter is concerned, one category of human is definitely off the cutting table. Who would Dexter never hurt?

Dexter would never hurt a child.

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The runny, gooey, fake red blood on the show was a made-to-order liquid. Some of the stationary puddles and pools were made from another more solid substance, though. What was it?

Standing puddles, rivulets and pools of the red stuff were made of acetate. Once produced, they were reused. If you look closely, you may even begin to identify them. Think of them as Rorschach blobs with attitude.

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The show was set in which city and state?

Dexter Morgan worked for the Metro Police Department in Miami, Florida.

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What Parental TV rating did "Dexter" originally receive?

It received a rating of TV-MA, which distinguishes content not suitable for children under 17. A TV-MA rating can also carry additional warnings: L (Coarse language), S (Sexual content), V (Violence).

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How long did it typically take to film a kill room scene on "Dexter?"

You gotta love the industrial sheets of plastic, the tape, the power tools ... All that planning and creative execution was time consuming. A kill room scene took 8 to 9 hours to film and much longer to set up.

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Although the story takes place in Miami, Florida, most of the exterior shots were filmed, not in the Sunshine State, but where?

Exterior shots for the show were typically filmed in and around Long Beach, California, a city in Los Angeles County.

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What is Dexter's occupation at the end of the series?

Dexter ends his eight-year run as a Canadian lumberjack. This somewhat anticlimactic ending hit a sour note with many viewers. It's been speculated that not killing Dexter may have been intended to leave the door open for future projects.

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What style of shirt was Dexter fond of wearing?

He was often seen wearing a collarless shirt called a Henley. Partial to earth tones, Dexter's favorite Henley was grave dirt brown.

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Actor David Zayas played what character on the show?

He played Angel Batista, a role he sometimes shared with his look-alike son.

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What was Dexter's job?

A guru of gore, Dexter was a blood spatter analyst. Pretty neat -- if gruesome -- when you consider he keeps blood samples as trophies.

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Dexter and Rita (Julie Benz) had a baby boy. What was his name?

Their son was named Harrison. The role was actually played by two young actors, twins Luke Andrew and Evan George Kruntchev.

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The character of Dexter was originally the brainchild of what author?

The character of Dexter was the brainchild of author Jeff Lindsay, who explored his character and struggles in a series of novels that began with 1994's "Darkly Dreaming Dexter." Although similar initially, after the first season, the Showtime version began moving away from the storylines in the book series.

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Yvonne Strahovski was fresh off what network series when she took on the role of Hannah McKay in "Dexter?"

Strahovski played Sarah Walker on "Chuck."

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"Dexter" had a successful run on Showtime. How many seasons did it air original programming?

Dexter sliced and diced for eight seasons. Its final episode aired on September 22, 2013.

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Bloodthirsty inclinations run in Dexter's family, notably in his biological older brother. What was his brother's name?

Dexter's older brother was named Brian Moser, and used the alias Rudy Cooper. Brian and Dexter were both present during their mother's grisly murder. (Adult Brian was played by Christian Camargo, and Brandon Killham played Brian as a child.)

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Rita Bennett (played by Julie Benz) was Dexter's wife and the mother of his son. In which season finale was she murdered (not by Dexter)?

Rita is murdered by Arthur Mitchell, the Trinity Killer, in the fourth season finale.

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How old was Dexter when he witnessed his mother's murder?

Dexter was 3 years old, giving rise to that age old question of nature vs. nurture. Was that bloody baptism the reason for his later appetites and struggles? You decide.

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