• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 1, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    If brilliant, psychotic lunatics are your bag, by all means, climb aboard.
  2. 100
    Fantastic, fascinating, creepy, charming and gruesome.
  3. It's bold, different and exciting, with a central character and performance that take your breath away.
  4. 88
    "Dexter" is a proficiently produced crime drama. Its best feature is its star, Michael C. Hall, who applies just the right touch to playing the nice, polite serial killer who lives next door.
  5. 63
    A good drama but an average psychological study.
  6. 90
    To deny yourself the engrossing “Dexter” based on its subject matter would be to miss out on one of television’s most fiendishly intelligent new dramas.
  7. Sick, twisted and darkly funny, "Dexter" is easily the best drama in Showtime history.
  8. From the start, it's mostly on Hall to seduce us, and he's so artful with the material that he consistently elevates it.
  9. 80
    A perverse pleasure to watch.
  10. Violence, like deficit spending, is a very American vice. “Dexter” is yet another temptation that is almost impossible to resist.
  11. One of this season's best new series.
  12. The series quickly establishes itself as an elegant study in horror.
  13. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    80
    The morals of this provocative show are as intriguing as its cases.
  14. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    "Dexter" knows what it's doing, and savors its skill immensely.
  15. Reviewed by: Adam Sternbergh
    70
    Dexter treats extreme violence much in the same way that GoodFellas did: as something horrifying, intoxicating, seductive and thrilling, all at the same time.
  16. Hall... is brilliant at conveying the subtle complexity of Dexter.
  17. There are reasons not to like Dexter, but thanks to Hall's winning portrayal and the cool, creep-out idea, it's almost impossible not to.
  18. 50
    Dexter is too chilly to be chilling, too affected to be affecting.
  19. The grotesqueries of "Dexter" are not something that can easily be dismissed with the old "you don't have to watch" line. We don't have to watch. We do have to live among the viewers who will be desensitized, or aroused, by this show.
  20. I won't pretend "Dexter'' is for everybody. If you wince during scenes on "CSI,'' the series isn't for you.... But if you like the idea of a very good show that wrestles each week with moral dilemmas and the nature of good and evil, "Dexter'' is just the thing.
  21. 75
    Dexter is... one of the most compelling new characters on TV.
  22. 100
    If you want edge, here's Dexter. [9 Oct 2006, p.41]
  23. Reviewed by: Michael Endelman
    75
    Though his cliche hard-boiled voice-over doesn't work, much of this series... does. [29 Sep 2006, p.73]
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 1447 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 428
  1. MichaelD.
    Oct 9, 2007
    10
    A finely drawn character study masquerading as a blood-splashed procedural, Dexter explores what it means to feel human
  2. Oct 25, 2010
    10
    Buying Michael C. Hall as a serial killer of serial killers was hard to imagine, well that lasted all of one episode and I was sold. This well written series left me fiending for more through every season. Amazing plot twist and creativity throughout will leave you wondering will come next week as you anxiously await the next episode. My only criticism is of the casting of the sister Debra Morgan (Deb) played by Jennifer Carpenter who differs completely from the books and is simply put the worst actor of the regular cast which is outstanding. It's my only real negative check on this otherwise superb series. Full Review »
  3. May 21, 2013
    9
    A unique story about a serial killer who works with the Miami metro homicide, what more could want in a t.v show. It is just AWESOME. The direction is also very good. The writers have given a certain amount of depth to the characters which the writers do not focus on these days. Full Review »