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Dexter: Season 1 (2006)




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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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.


Michael C. Hall
as Dexter Morgan
Jennifer Carpenter
as Debra Morgan
Lauren Vélez
as Maria LaGuerta
Erik King
as Sgt. Doakes
David Zayas
as Angel Batista
Julie Benz
as Rita Bennett
James Remar
as Harry Morgan
C.S. Lee
as Masuka
Geoffrey Pierson
as Capt. Matthews
Devon Graye
as Teenage Dexter
Dominic Janes
as Young Dexter
Cristos Pappas
as Norberto Cervantes
Rudolf Martin
as Carlos Guerrero
Scott William Winters
as Det. McNamara
Colin Hanks
as Travis Marshall
Yasiin Bey
as Brother Sam
Edward James Olmos
as Prof. James Gellar
Susie Taylor
as Det. Sue
as Norberto Cervantes
Marc Macaulay
as Detective
Roger Hewlett
as Mr. Pryce
Justin Kane
as Off. Simon
Neeona Neel
as Jane Saunders
Neeona Neal
as Jane Saunders
Alex Schemmer
as Alexander Pryce
Jeanne Tidwell
as Mrs. Donovan
Roy Rutland
as Desk Sergeant
Dakin Matthews
as Dr. Pitman
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Critic Reviews for Dexter: Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (15)

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.

January 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.

January 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.

October 1, 2006 | Full Review…

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

October 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).

January 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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

January 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dexter: Season 1


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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