Mysteries on TV, your source for the most complete selection of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series now available or coming soon to DVD, is profiling two series that have season DVDs being released this week.
The second season of Dexter was actually released on DVD last summer. This week brings the Blu-ray release. Based on the characters created in the series of Dexter mysteries by Jeff Lindsay, Dexter stars Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, a man who leads a double life as an incredibly likeable forensics expert for the Miami Police Department and as an emotionless vigilante serial killer. Taught by his foster father to harness his lust for blood and killing, Dexter lives by his own strict moral code -- he only kills murderers who can't otherwise be brought to justice. The irony of Dexter's life is that he works closely as a blood splatter analyst with the very people who hunt his kind -- the homicide department.
In this second season, Dexter begins to doubt his murderous capabilities and continues to be haunted by his past. His difficulties multiply when evidence of his deadly after-hours activities begin to surface and the FBI is brought in to investigate the city's new serial killer dubbed the "Bay Harbor Butcher." The Dexter: Season Two (Blu-ray) DVD set of 3 discs contains all 12 episodes that aired during the fall of 2007 on Showtime. Extras include the the first two episodes of the series United States of Tara.
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Joe Penny starred as private investigator Jake Styles and William Conrad as Los Angeles district attorney J. L. "Fatman" McCabe in Jake and the Fatman, a crime drama series that aired on CBS from 1987 through 1992. McCabe first appeared as a character in an episode of Matlock during its first season.
Originally cancelled after its first season, the second season (actually a shortened spring airing due, in part, to a writer's strike) had the series moving to Hawaii, McCabe's home state. Magnum P.I. had completed its eight season run and CBS wanted another show with the same setting. (That they were still leasing the studio facilities in Honolulu undoubtedly influenced their decision as well.)
The Jake and the Fatman: Season Two DVD set of 3 discs contains all 10 episodes (including the 2-part opening episode) that aired from March through May, 1989.
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