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'Dexter' returning to Netflix instant streaming starting October 31st

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Dexter is coming back to Netflix. Seasons one through four of Showtime's hit series will be available for streaming beginning October 31st, a fitting release date for the serial-killer drama starring Michael C. Hall. Unfortunately, Netflix subscribers won't be able to binge watch the entire series — at least not this year. Seasons five through eight will be added to Netflix's instant catalog on January 1st.

This isn't the first time Dexter has been available for instant viewing; the show disappeared in 2011 after CBS and Netflix renegotiated their streaming contract, a move that also pulled Californication away from subscribers. But both sides seem pleased about the new agreement. “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,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement. (Dexter's final episode aired on Showtime late last month.) “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.”

'Dexter' returns after a two-year hiatus

For its part, CBS says bringing the show to Netflix will expand Dexter's "passionate fan base to a whole new online audience.” Netflix noted the importance of securing these deals during its most recent quarterly earnings, revealing that at least for now, cable shows are still drawing more eyes than its own original programming.