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Dexter: Season 3 (2008)


Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 8
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 332


Season Info

Season 3 of the drama about the Miami forensic expert (Michael C. Hall) who moonlights as a vigilante serial killer features Jimmy Smits as ADA Miguel Prado, who does more than prosecute homicides---he engages in them. While getting ready to make his move on Freebo, an abusive, drug-dealing lowlife who got away with murdering two college women, Dexter interrupts a two-man skirmish and winds up dispatching one as the other, Freebo, escapes. The victim, Dexter later discovers, is Oscar Prado, the … More



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Air date: Sep 28, 2008

Season 3 opens with Dexter tracking a killer who got away with murdering two college women, and winding up in a life-or-death struggle with a stranger who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Debra investigates a high-profile homicide and gets pressured by an Internal Affairs officer, who wants her to snitch on a fellow cop; Angel gets good news about his career; Rita startles Dexter with some news of her own.

Air date: Oct 5, 2008

Something's gotta give when Debra and the homicide unit, ADA Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits) and Dexter all chase the same serial killer, who murdered Prado's younger brother. On the home front, Dexter's faced with a big family decision involving Rita and her two children.

Air date: Oct 12, 2008

Dexter has a run-in with a pedophile; Freebo is accused of a murder he didn't commit, and Dexter knows the truth but can't say anything about it. Also, Dexter's friendship with Miguel begins to weigh on his mind.

Air date: Oct 19, 2008

Ramon's obsession with finding Oscar's killer has him putting his career at risk, and Dexter does a masterful job manipulating Ramon and keeping him off balance; Internal Affairs leans harder on Deb to dig up some dirt on Quinn, but she "won't be a rat." Also, Rita and Dexter decide to tell the children about her "condition," and Angel's quest for companionship nearly gets him in hot water.

Air date: Oct 26, 2008

Rita wants Dexter to move in with her and the kids before they wed, but he's confused about it; Miguel tips Dexter about a husband who's gotten away with murdering two wives for the financial windfall, and Dexter ends up tracking him to the Bahamas; Debra becomes attracted to a confidential informant who is helping her track down one of Freebo's partners in crime.

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (2)

You can feel the crackling creative current running through the new, third season of "Dexter."

Full Review… | September 28, 2008
Entertainment Weekly

Watching Dexter Morgan on Showtime's amazing "Dexter" has been like watching the unfolding back story of a Batman-like superhero.

Full Review… | September 28, 2008
Boston Globe

It's an unexpected rush, the urgency of brilliance. Let's hope "Dexter" keeps it up.

Full Review… | September 28, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle

Few of Showtime's series have managed to be this fully realized and consistently entertaining.

Full Review… | September 28, 2008

What a disappointment to find that the third season of "Dexter" is all over the map and lacks the crackling tension the drama had supplied in previous years.

Full Review… | September 28, 2008
Chicago Tribune

Everything in season three seems designed to evolve Dexter in a multitude of ways that are both intriguing and disturbing.

Full Review… | September 28, 2008
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's hard to fight the feeling that maybe "Dexter" is a concept that has reached its expiration date.

Full Review… | September 28, 2008
Newark Star-Ledger

"Dexter" begins its third season reminding us just how ingeniously it punctuates the violence of everyday life.

Full Review… | September 28, 2008
New York Times

Season Three is off and running nicely.

Full Review… | September 28, 2008
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