Dexter: Season 1 (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Its dark but novel premise may be too grotesque for some, but Dexter is a compelling, elegantly crafted horror-drama.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2006
2
Air date: Oct 8, 2006
3
Air date: Oct 15, 2006
4
Air date: Oct 22, 2006
5
Air date: Oct 29, 2006
6
Air date: Nov 5, 2006
7
Air date: Nov 12, 2006
8
Air date: Nov 19, 2006
9
Air date: Nov 26, 2006
10
Air date: Dec 3, 2006
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The first series of this drama follows Dexter (Michael C. Hall), a Miami forensic expert who moonlights as a vigilante, as he searches for a murderer known as the Ice Truck Killer. Along the way, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) is reprimanded for violating the chain of command, Doakes (Erik King) has a brush with Internal Affairs, and a dismembered body is left at a Christmas display. Lauren Velez, David Zayas and Julie Benz also star in series 1.

Critic Reviews for Dexter Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (18)

Dexter, as superbly played by Hall, is such a compelling character that attempts to beef up the supporting cast with their own subplots just felt like a distraction.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Every element expertly draws you into its protagonist's sordid world. The narration, a carryover from the novels, is indispensable and haunting.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 1, 2006 | Full Review…

This fiendishly excellent new Showtime series turns blood spatter into a pop art form.

Oct 1, 2006 | Full Review…

Unlike many series, Dexter began pretty much fully-formed, with a clear sense of what a season feels like and of how it would approach characterization (cartoonish) and narrative (TENSE).

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Hooked in its audience perfectly with some clever writing and excellent plot twists.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Remains a wonderful gift, containing all the initial elements of Dexter that hooked us while also, strangely, still remaining wonderfully sealed off.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The interminable voiceover shoehorns in plenty of tiresome exposition in language as awkward as the novel's.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Everything is so heavily stylised, the emphasis is on irony rather than realism... Well it made me laugh.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…
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It's a bit like watching an episode of Scooby-Doo in which the lighthouse keeper who's disguised himself as a sea monster in order to scare people away from his gold spends half his screen time mulling over the philosophical meaning of masks.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dexter: Season 1

½

The show is a clever reversal of the monster of the week formula of popular major networks with a more robustly developed central narrative and characters. Dexter is a great thrilling ride with a surprisingly deep layer of emotional investment packaged around a very thrilling central premise. The show might have faltered under a weaker actor but the central character is presented with such gravitas the ambitious layers of the show really work. The show is certainly marketed as a horror-drama but consistently keeps its feet more firmly in the dramatic. The dark elements are, however, brooding and hefty enough to create a really captivating piece of programming.There is a bit of a formal to each episode that makes the unique premise of watching a serial killer carry out his work more digestible and engaging for a wide audience. The cast of this show is generally uniformly excellent, which is no small feat with such a large ensemble of individuals. There is a solid mix of interesting characters who largely track the usual cop stereotypes but with brilliant execution and a strong believable humanity. The major villain of the season is also well cast and executed. There are some interesting musical choices and the opening montage to each episode is very interesting and well tailored to the show. The production design is also well funded and the directorial work is tastefully done although not really standout.

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