Showtime Releases 'Dexter' Season 6 Premiere Episode For Free On YouTube

To be honest, I suspect most of you who follow Dexter but don't subscribe to Showtime have already downloaded an illegal copy of Sunday night's Season 6 premiere. But on the off chance you haven't gotten around to that just yet — or that you're one of those rare law-abiding types — the network is providing you with an opportunity to watch it legally and for free, in hopes that you'll consider shelling out the extra $12 or so a month to just subscribe to the channel already.

After the jump, watch the full-length episode via YouTube. A message at the start of the show states that "the following program has been edited from its original form" (read: slightly less blood and blurred-out boobies), but unless you're a real completist about premium cable-approved nudity, I'm thinking the video below is good enough. Watch it after the jump.

This week's premiere doesn't seem to rank among the series' strongest episodes, but it's worth seeing just for the scene when Dexter (Michael C. Hall) gets adorably tripped up at his class reunion by his inability to understand MC Hammer. Plus, Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks make their first appearance as a pair of deeply creepy religious nutjobs, and Heroes' Brea Grant shows up for a scene or two.

Season synopsis:

The explosively popular DEXTER® is back with a vengeance for a sixth season of startling suspense and unexpected twists. It's been a year since last season's shocking and heartbreaking conclusion, and mild mannered criminologist-cum-grisly serial killer Dexter Morgan has come to terms with who he is. But his existence is shattered when he crosses paths with an enemy unlike any he's faced before. A delusional religious zealot with unflinching convictions, this new adversary soon draws Dexter into a dangerous game that could well end in disaster.

Discuss: What did you think of the sixth season premiere of Dexter?