Dexter on Showtime

2006, TV Show


I just finished watching the ...

Question: I just finished watching the second season of Dexter on DVD, and I found it even more complex and compelling than the first. Despite this, I came away from the season feeling quite uneasy. With Dexter essentially rededicating himself to killing, evolving and developing new rituals at the season's end, it seems like an entire season's worth of growth and self-discovery is being put back on the shelf (or in this case back behind the air-conditioner). The second season saw Dexter's mask slipping. He found himself able to care about others and share real feelings as opposed to simply faking them. The fact that Dexter has this capacity and is not merely a sociopath or monster, makes his crimes even less forgivable and the end of the season more disheartening. While anti-heroes are nothing new to recent dramas (Tony Soprano, Vic Mackey, Don Draper, etc.) I don't know how long I can continue to follow the exploits of Dexter (a bad person doing bad things, to reframe the series' ... read more

Dexter Season 2 — Review

Dexter Season 2 by Jill Greenberg/Showtime

Dexter has problems — lots and lots of problems. The death of his brother, at his hands, has left Dexter without the ability to kill; quite the problem for a serial killer. His lust for blood is also complicated by Sgt. Doakes constantly following him around, and a discovery by some divers that brings the FBI in to investigate.The four-disc set includes all 12 episodes from the killer second season of Dexter, plus two bonus episodes from the second season of Brotherhood, biographies and a photo gallery. Showtime has also included a Michael C. Hall Podcast, Michael C. Hall interview, the first two episodes of The Tudors Season 2, and the first two episodes of Californication Season 1. Unfortunately those extras are only available to PC users with a DVD-ROM; Mac and Linux users are locked out of the content. — Gord LaceyBuy Dexter Season 2 on read more

For years, networks have ...

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Question: For years, networks have ruled the Emmys with such gripping dramas ranging from L.A. Law to St. Elsewhere and ER among many others. This year, three of the best drama nominees belong to cable with Damages, Mad Men and Dexter. That's great but at the same time infuriating. Please tell me what has happened to the networks?! It's driving me batty. That leads me to a second question: How did Boston Legal get nominated over Grey's Anatomy? I know you believe other overlooked dramas were more worthy than Grey's this year, but it baffles me how if any ABC drama had to get nominated, why the academy would not choose a show that at least still curries respect in the industry. I don't know anyone who would say that Boston Legal is superior to Grey's Anatomy. So what happened? Answer: Gee, thanks for opening that Boston Legal hornet's nest again. Let me take the big-picture question first by noting that since the ascension of HBO with shows like The Sopranos (drama) and Sex and the City ... read more

Even though the writer's ...

Question: Even though the writer's strike totally screwed up the TV season, one good thing came out of it for me. Since there was nothing much to watch there for a while, I decided to purchase Season 1 of Dexter on DVD. Wow, what a great decision! Not only do I have a new Top 3 favorite show, but I also have a new favorite actor. Both the show and Michael C. Hall are incredible. I never watched Six Feet Under, so I wasn't familiar with his past work. I'm almost embarrassed to say how quickly I watched the entire first season, but at least I watched most episodes at the gym while on the treadmill. Of course, after watching Season 1, I couldn't wait to watch Season 2, which I promptly purchased on iTunes, and I was literally on the edge of my chair during every episode. It was just as good, if not better, than the first season. Of course I was thrilled to see that both the show and Michael C. Hall received Emmy nominations. The critics seemed to be pretty confident about Hall's ... read more

Dexter Season 3 Sneak Peek

America's favorite serial killer is coming back after an unbelievable Season 2 – and the new season of Dexter promises to be even better than the first two. Jimmy Smits joins the cast as ADA Miguel Prado who comes to town after one of Dex's "soon-to-be blood slide" victims may or may not be one of the bad guys (remember Dexter only kills other killers). Check out the Season 3 trailer that just debuted at Comic Con! read more

CBS at Press Tour: Life After Grissom

If the season opener of CSI is any indication—CBS gave critics screeners of the episode this week—William Petersen is going to get quite the emotional workout in his final 10 episodes as a series regular. He gives one of his strongest performances to date as he grapples with the aftermath of the climactic shooting of Warrick (Gary Dourdan) in last season’s cliffhanger shocker. The episode also brings Jorja Fox’s Sara (looking softer and prettier) back into the picture, at least temporarily.CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler, kicking off CBS’s portion of the fall-season TCA press tour on Friday morning, spent much of her session explaining the new character who will be introduced to eventually take over the team. Described by Tassler as “an outsider coming into the CSI unit … not immediately as the boss,” he’s a doctor and scientist with “an interesting genetic profile that, in certain sort of medical contexts, they’ve noti... read more

The Emmys: A Dramatic Shift Toward Cable

Jon Hamm courtesy AMC

If you heard someone momentarily flatlining in the audience at the reading of the Emmy nominations Thursday morning, that was me. They were announcing the best drama series candidates and I was mostly on board as I checked my list in the back of the TV Academy theater. Damages. Yay! House. OK. Boston Legal. I don’t approve, but I’m no longer surprised. Lost. OMG! Dexter. OM-Freaking-G! Wait. That’s five. Surely they didn’t leave out . . . And they didn’t. AMC’s dazzling Mad Men, the last to be announced, not only made the cut, it made history. With 16, it’s the most nominated drama of the year, and with FX’s Damages (seven nominations total), represents basic cable’s first-ever breakthrough into the top tier of Emmy accolades for best series. Mad Men also has to be seen as the odds-on favorite for best drama at this point.While we’re on this category—and let’s face it, this is the golden age of TV drama, so this really is t... read more

Ring in the Fourth with Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits, host of A Capitol Fourth

 New Dexter costar Jimmy Smits serves as host of A Capitol Fourth (tonight at 8 pm/ET, PBS), the annual holiday bash from Washington, D.C. The fireworks are provided by Jerry Lee Lewis, Huey Lewis and the News, Taylor Hicks and, of course, the fireworks.TV Guide: Sounds like a pretty sweet way to watch fireworks….Jimmy Smits: You've got to experience the fireworks on the lawn with the backdrop of all those monuments and the "1812 Overture!" It gives you goose bumps. TV Guide: What does the 4th of July mean to you?Smits: It's joyous, but kind of reflective too considering we're in the midst of conflict. TV Guide: You've just joined Dexter. Details! Smits: There's not a lot I can say because I just hopped on. I play an assistant ADA read more

Mega Buzz on Grey's, Smallville, CSI: Miami & More

Ellen Pompeo by Mitch Haddad/ABC, Allison Mack by The CW, David Caruso by Cliff Lipson/CBS

Senior editors Matt Mitovich and Mickey O'Connor field your burning questions!Can you give me some info on Grey's? Maybe a little hope for my favorite couple, Alex and Izzie? — DanielleMatt: The ink is barely dry on the production draft of the season opener, and while I have no tasty bone to throw Alex-Izzie fans, I can share this: This year's Grey's premiere is two hours of goodness, written by (of course) series creator Shonda Rhimes herself.I am stumped as to why there has been nothing said about the CSI: Miami finale. Is Horatio dead? Scoop please! — AimeeMatt: H is dead — "in a TV kind of way," a CBS insider tells me with a wink.Now that Smallville's Lex is gone, please tell me Chloe will get her job back at the "Daily Planet." She was fired so unfairly. — twistedlynMatt: I want Allison Mack's plucky newshound back at work as much as you. Alas, Chloe will have some serious 'splaining to do before the government loosens the cuffs and lets her return to the ke... read more

Dexter: Season 3 Will "Change His Life Forever"

Michael C. Hall in Dexter by Peter Iovino/ Showtime

Wondering whats up with your favorite blood-spatter analyst Wonder no more At the Saturn Awards executive producer Clyde Phillips filled us in when we asked about Season 3 and just how long Dexter Morgan can stay under the radar Previewing whats to come he said Dexter inadvertently sets in motion a chain of events that will change his life not only for this year but change his life forever and that doesnt mean a manhunt Were done with that says Phillips But that doesnt mean hes not in great jeopardy For Season 3 we had to basically start it all over We really had to cut [the storyline] from whole clothAs Jimmy Smits joins the cast it may be surprising to hear that its not as an adversary to Dexter He plays an assistant district attorney who is a rising star in the city of Miami shares Phillips His brother dies in the first episode and he and Dexter form an alliance Thats basically all I can tell you other than the fact that Jimmy Smits is read more

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Premiered: October 01, 2006, on Showtime
Rating: TV-MA
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Premise: A forensic expert lives a double life as a vigilante-serial killer who murders wrongdoers who've escaped justice.



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