Dexter: Season 1 (2006)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 32


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1070
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Air date: Oct 1, 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…

Serial killers are a familiar subject in fiction, but Dexter Morgan already has a spot right at the top of the most memorable.

Jan 8, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Starts with a juicily sick premise, and Michael C. Hall wrings out every viscous, unwholesome drop from it.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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

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Top Critic

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

  • Oct 05, 2019
    In my opinion this was the best season of the full show
  • Aug 28, 2019
    Was excited to see the next season, not one boring moment!
  • Jul 22, 2019
    Darkly humorous and consistently shocking, 'Dexter' leaves a great impression to kick off an eventual long running series.
  • Jul 09, 2019
    this show has one of the best antiheroes in television history it somehow managers to make you feel a connection to a serial killer and root for him in this dark show no moment is wasted and it is well worth the watch
  • May 15, 2019
    I don't really write reviews but the first season of Dexter is my favorite season of any show ever. The story is amazing and never dull. The characters, even the side characters, are likeable and it's always fun to watch them. It's hard to put into words why it's so good so just give it a try. Season One - 99%
  • May 06, 2019
    Love the show's trill and the dark side of dexter. But, deb cries a lot
  • Apr 13, 2019
    It has you on the edge of your seat the entire time. It never fails to keep its juxtaposition between Dexter and Rudy's dark minds and the vibrant Miami lifestyle interesting.
  • Feb 23, 2019
    cheesy, one of the cheesiest, forensic, psychology everything is cartoonish and cheesy
  • Feb 08, 2019
    wow what an awesome story. this season is a text-book example of how to have a season jam-packed full of excitement. there is no action in this show, yet it is so exciting, riveting, suspenseful, and fun. very funny as well. very dark as well. very awesome as well. so many conflicting emotions. such an intriguing character. such a great villain. fantastic on all fronts (about 3 viewings)
  • Feb 05, 2019
    One of the greatest opening seasons for a television series ever. The writing is dark & twisted but incredibly witty and clever. Michael C. Hall is pitch perfect as anti-hero Dexter Morgan and Jennifer Carpenter is fantastic as his foul-mouthed adoptive sister. Erik King who plays Sgt Doakes is also a real standout. The performance that truly blows the season wide open though is that of the brilliant Christian Camargo. His performance is positively riveting and the heartbreaking season finale was one of the most emotional moments I've ever had watching television.

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