Dexter Morgan is a Miami-based blood splatter expert who doesn't just solve murders; he commits them too. In fact, he's a serial killer -- but he only murders the guilty, so he feels justified with his lifestyle choices. His policewoman sister and his cop co-workers have no idea Dexter lives a double life; however, adoptive father Harry knows his secret, and does, in fact, help Dexter hone his "skills." It's a unique brand of justice for which charming Dexter feels a psychological hunger.
People are mortal, which is a point driven home by this series that follows people who are facing their imminent death. The ill people on "Time of Death" are supported by family, friends, health care professionals, and hospice workers. The stories told include those of a single mother with invasive breast cancer; a psychotherapist specializing in death and dying but who, herself, has pancreatic cancer; a veteran with a rare form of cancer; and a young woman who has metastatic melanoma.
This long-running Showtime series features intertwined stories about the lives and loves of a group of lesbians and bisexuals in Los Angeles. The characters date, get into committed relationships, consider having families, hook up, break up, question their sexuality, stay in the closet, come out or sleep around -- sometimes all of the above.
In this offshoot (sort of) of Showtime's drama series "The L Word," cameras follow lesbians in Los Angeles and New York as they go about their lives. These ladies juggle their highly successful careers, social lives, relationships and families -- under the watchful eyes of viewers.
Widowed suburbanite Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) starts growing and selling marijuana to make enough money to support her family after her husband's unexpected death leaves her in big debt. Nancy has associates in her pot-growing business, which include Andy, who is her brother-in-law, and pot-smoking City Councilman Doug Wilson. Then there's the business of trying to keep the whole thing secret from people like her neighbor Celia.
Hannah Baxter, a 27-year-old college graduate, has her parents believing she works as a legal secretary, but she actually entertains clients of an exclusive London escort service as her alter ego, Belle. Her job allows her to live in something close to luxury, but the strain of leading this double life occasionally catches up with her and keeps her from enjoying a more conventionally "normal" life with her family and friends.
Charming, fast-talking consultant Marty Kaan and his MBA-toting colleagues charm smug, unsuspecting corporate fat cats into closing deals while spending a fortune for their services. Kaan isn't above using any means -- or person -- necessary to get what he wants. Members of his team are razor-sharp Jeannie van der Hooven, an Ivy League alumna; lackadaisical Clyde Oberholt, who's a lady's man; and math guru Doug Guggenheim, who's awkward with women. Marty lives with his psychoanalyst father, son Roscoe and, as of Season 5, his baby daughter.
Veteran writer and comedian David Steinberg sits down with comics and other entertainers for one-on-one interviews in this series that delves into the stars' lives and careers. Steinberg's guests -- a list that includes such luminaries as Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Mel Brooks, Don Rickles and Jonathan Winters -- share career-defining moments, personal struggles and the idols who inspired them. These intimate interviews give viewers a glimpse into what makes legendary comedians who they are, both personally and professionally. The hard-working Steinberg not only hosts the show but also serves as an executive producer and directs each episode.
In the 21st century, most people use the Internet on a daily basis, but there is more to the worldwide network than what is at its surface. This documentary series explores that often-disturbing darker side of the Internet. The dark web, as it's known, was originally intended to be a hidden area where members of the intelligence community could privately meet, but it is increasingly being exploited by online predators and criminals. Each half-hour episode details a particular theme, which include cyberkidnapping, digital warfare, online cults and pornography addiction. "Dark Net" intends to raise thought-provoking conversations about technology and privacy.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock does a modern interpretation of an ancient topic in this documentary series. Spurlock unfurls the seven deadly sins -- lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride -- with stories that prove that fact is stranger than fiction. Each episode has a story about a sin that depicts people in a rare way. One report spotlights gluttony at a Las Vegas restaurant known as Heart Attack Grill. Spurlock, who hosts and produces, says that it is "as depraved as any scripted program," and he labels it nonfiction "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."
This documentary series takes an in-depth look at eight mass shootings in the U.S., from the Aurora, Colo., theater incident to the church shooting in Charleston, S.C., and the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando. Each episode focuses on one event, explores how it unfolded and examines the lasting impact on the community and the country at large. Interviews with survivors, families of the victims, and first responders capture the terror, sorrow, courage and determination born from the life-changing tragedies.
Darwyn Al-Sayeed -- a 30-year-old undercover FBI agent who is also a practicing Muslim -- finds his way (under an assumed name) to an Islamic extremist named Farik, who recruits him to join a terrorist sleeper cell planning an attack in Los Angeles. Darwyn is supervised by Ray Fuller, a close friend who worries for Darwyn's safety.
The Stanley Cup is one of the most recognizable trophies in the world, and it's one that all professional hockey players strive to win. "All Access: Quest for the Stanley Cup" chronicles the last four NHL teams vying for the Cup as they work their way through the back half of the NHL playoffs with conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final. The docuseries takes viewers onto the ice, into the locker rooms, and inside the minds of the players and coaches as they do whatever is needed to achieve the ultimate goal. It's hard work, but it's worth it for the team whose players get to hoist the Stanley Cup into the air in victory.
Comic Paul Provenza assembles a panel of his fellow comedians to talk about a wide variety of provocative subjects. Using a roundtable setting and filmed before a studio audience, Provenza's panel includes some of the biggest names in comedy, including Drew Carey, Robert Klein, Sandra Bernhard, Roseanne Barr, Jonathan Winters, Eddie Izzard and others. No subject is taboo, and no comments are censored.
In a town where you can never be too young or too thin, can an overweight woman of a certain age find success? That's the question "Fat Actress" explores as thespian Kirstie Alley (best known for playing Rebecca on popular sitcom "Cheers") plays a fictionalized version of herself, looking for love and that next big roll -- er, role. Much of the show is based on experiences from Alley's life. A number of well-known actors and actresses appear in cameos as themselves, adding a bit more realism to the semibiographical comedy series.
Before the internet and viral videos made it easy for aspiring comics to get their material seen, they had to travel and perform at comedy clubs to rise through the ranks of stand-up comedy and make a name for themselves. This drama series explores the famed Los Angeles stand-up scene of the 1970s as the comedy hopefuls stand alone on stage, "dying" for fame, fortune and -- if they're lucky -- a shot on Johnny Carson's show. Oscar winner Melissa Leo leads the ensemble cast as Goldie, a comedy-club owner who mentors a competitive but close-knit group of comics. She leads her business with an iron fist but nurtures the comics with tough love because she knows that there's no such thing as an easy laugh in their chosen profession.
National Public Radio's long-running documentary series makes the leap to TV, telling stories culled from all across the nation. Host Ira Glass (who's pulling double-duty on the TV show as he's also the host on radio) and a team of filmmakers spend months on the road finding stories they think would be interesting to viewers -- stories involving Iowa pig farms, an Illinois hot-dog stand and a man who spends several hours a day in his family's mausoleum, among other tales. Many of the stories featured on the show were originally told on the radio show, with video added for the TV audience.
Matt LeBlanc stars in this comedy series as ... Matt LeBlanc. The former "Friends" actor stars as an actor who is cast in an American version of a couple's British sitcom that is popular overseas. But, as the star, LeBlanc reworks the show into what turns out to be a terrible cliche, causing tension in the couple's marriage.
It's a generational clash when 40-something ad exec Thom Payne gets a new wunderkind boss, who is in his mid-20s. When his boss starts using words like digital, social and viral, Thom realizes he may need to rebrand himself to compete in a technology-driven world. His pursuit of happiness is going well to this point -- he has a beautiful house in the woods, a loving family, a roster of big-name clients and a trophy shelf filled with awards for his work -- but being slow to adapt compromises his quest. His immediate supervisor, 50-something Jonathan, has begun to embrace the changing environment and encourages Thom to do the same. Otherwise, Thom may be stuck being just "happyish" for the rest of his life.