Dexter

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Based on Jeff Lindsay's novels Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter this crime thriller follows Dexter Morgan. Dexter is a forensic blood spatter expert for the Miami Dade Police Department. He is the main support for his sister. He has a steady girlfriend, with two kids who adore him. He also has an active "night life". Based on a code instilled in him by his foster father, Harry, he hunts down people who have escaped justice and makes sure they don't get away with a crime again.

Michael C. Hall

Michael C. Hall

Dexter Morgan

Jennifer Carpenter

Jennifer Carpenter

Debra Morgan

Julie Benz

Julie Benz

Rita Bennett

Lauren Velez

Lauren Velez

Lt. Maria LaGuerta/Capt. Maria LaGuerta

David Zayas

David Zayas

Angel Batista

James Remar

James Remar

Harry Morgan

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  • Disturbingly Awesome!

    8.5
    Dexter, a monster born in blood with little to no remorse for human life because he lacks the complexities of human emotion. What makes Dexter fascinating, creepy, and charming is that he is a serial killer with a conscious, a killer's code that allows him to punish evil do-ers to protect the innocent. We question our own morality (sanity?) by rooting for this deeply disturbed person. It is Michael C. Hall's ability to transform Dexter into a lovable and relate-able human being that keeps me watching.moreless
  • Dexter rocks!

    9.0
    I don't know if Hall is healthy enough, but they could bring back Dexter and Angel, throw in guest-villains as good as Smits and Lithgow, and I'd be riveted to the TV for another 8 seasons.
  • The Last Season drop the show from an 8 to a 6

    6.0
    Plenty of people will tell you that the show starting dropping after the 2nd or 3rd season. I will disagree and say that except for maybe a bad (but not awful) season the show remained in top form until the final season when it went off the rails so much that it nearly ruined the show for me. Despite what writers and show runners think being clever does not make for a good ending sometimes writing to a predictable end is a good way to end a series. This was a 8 bordering on a 9 until the final season which dropped it to a 6.moreless
  • All in All Great

    10
    Just finished watching it all, and I can say I am very satisfied with the way it ended.
  • Great at times, but uneven on the whole.

    7.0
    Well, where should I start from? I just finished the 7th season of Dexter and I' m waiting for the 8th and probably final season. Looking at the whole series from the beginning, I can say that I very much enjoyed the ride, despite the many inconsistencies along the way. For me, seasons 1 and 4 were the best of the series until now. Season 1 introduced us to the unique character of Dexter and we learned a lot about his past, his brother being the major antagonist, and season 4 had maybe the best antagonist of the whole series (the Trinity killer) and surely the best finale. That finale really was a major turn point for the series because until then, Dexter didn't suffer any loss of any kind and the death of Rita was a big blow for him. Until then, he was able to bypass ridiculous situations (season 2 anyone?) with hardly any damage. The show really needed to up the stakes and show that Dexter isn't invincible. Season 2 had its moments but the end was unbelievably convenient. Season 3 was really exciting for me at first, but from one point on, it was a bit boring. The episode where we led to believe that Dexter was kidnapped by the Skinner and it turned out that it was just a prank for his bachelor party was a big turn-off and the finale was even worse. Season 5 was a level lower than the usual Dexter standards until that time but it was solid. What upset me in the end was the departure of Lumen, which felt forced to me. Season 6 is a series low for me, I really didn't like it, I think that Travis Marshall was a lame bad guy and the faith theme wasn't very appropriate for a series like Dexter. Also, I REALLY didn't like the twist of Debra being in love with Dexter (we have Game of Thrones for that shit). The ending of Season 6 of course opened a lot of doors for the series' storyline and i think it should have happened sooner. Season 7 was the best delivery of Dexter since Season 4, the involvement of Debra in Dexter' s crimes was really captivating to watch and the character of Yvonne Strahovsky was a major plus. Another problem that I had with Dexter since the beginning was the side characters. Well to say it frankly, some of them are utterly boring: prime example is Masuka who is just there for comic relief and he doesn't succeed even in that (the series in general isn't so good when it comes to jokes, most of them being bad and making me uncomfortable). Quinn is another problematic character, especially in season 6, where the writers turned him into a man-whore for no reason at all. LaGuerta was also very unlikeable from the beginning but I guess that was the intention. Now that I said all the bad stuff, let me put a good word about Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter that really carry the series and had amazing scenes together in the last season. Well, looking forward now to Season 8, hoping it will conclude the series in the best (and maybe bloodiest?) way possible!



    EDIT:

    So, Season 8 huh? Firstly, I should say that when it comes to last seasons and especially finales, I don't think that they carry the significance that we give them and they shouldn't ruin the whole show for us, especially if that show had delivered excellent seasons until that point. That being said, Season 8 probably ruined Dexter for me and when I 'll look back at that show in the future, the bad memories will outweigh the good ones. It's like the writers took every drawback of the show (listed above), magnified it by a thousand and came up with Season 8. Stupid (and i mean really STUPID) plot points and plot holes (from Debra trying to kill Dexter and then immediately saving him, Hannah drugging Dexter and Debra for no reason AT ALL and then avoiding Dexter (!), Hannah killing her husband and NO ONE on the boat noticing anything weird, Hannah visiting a hospital with Harrison and checking in with her name and Debra's address (!) (not to mention her numerous public appearances) to Dexter submitting euthanasia to her sister and then leaving with the body (I mean, WTF?)), idiotic dialog (Batista's line about Dexter being like a 'pig in the shit' on his first day on the job was SO moving) and of course a story without focus that tried to put everything in the mix (Dexter and Debra, Dexter and Vogel, Dexter having an apprentice (again), Dexter and Hannah and so on), made this season so unbearable that in the end I didn't even care about Debra's annoyingly stupid death (A blood clot? Really?). So, goodbye Dexter and good riddance as far as I am concerned...moreless
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    • A different ending
      So like most of the viewers, i was way disapointed with the last season, they had so much potential to make it one of the greatest...
      12/31/13
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    • How Dexter Should Have Ended (season 8 recut)
      I know I am not the only fan who was furious over that final season, so I made a recut video for the fans. Hope this gives people ...
      12/31/13
      1
    • Dexter Prop Auction
      Can't believe how many great Dexter props are being auctioned off. Hopefully it's bigger than the Breaking Bad auction... http/...
      11/12/13
      1
    • the end
      omg the ending of dexter? what do everyone think, me well erm what a load of shit, i have watch dexter from the start and it start...
      11/04/13
      2
    • season 8 hmm!
      anyone else thinking that the final series is a load of tosh, the vogel character needs killing now! and dex wtf are you thinking ...
      09/24/13
      8
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    Categories

    Drama, Suspense

    Themes

    secrets and lies, Crime, ruthless killing, moral dilemmas, not for the faint of heart