Dexter: Season 2 (2007)

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Season 2
Dexter

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The Bay Harbor Butcher secures his nefarious spot among the great television anti-heroes in a taut second season that is both painfully suspenseful and darkly hilarious.

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Critic Ratings: 23

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Air date: Sep 30, 2007

In the aftermath of the death of the Ice Truck Killer, Debra makes an uneasy return to work and Dexter finds that he's off his game and distracted and unable to kill; divers make a gruesome discovery; Rita's ex asks for her help in getting out of jail.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2007

Little Chino strikes again, so Dexter works up another plan to nail him; the FBI sends a special agent (Keith Carradine) to work on the Bay Harbor Butcher case; and Debra freaks out on the job. Also, Rita confronts Dexter about his erratic and suspicious behavior.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2007

Dexter deals with a smooth-talking, despicable used-car salesman who's dying to do business with him; Rita suspects Dexter has a drug problem and insists that he get into a program, which throws him into the path of a mysterious and attractive woman (Jaime Murray).

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Air date: Oct 21, 2007

Rita's estranged mother (JoBeth Williams) visits and senses something is wrong with Dexter; Masuka thinks he's developed a lead in the Bay Harbor Butcher case, which has Dexter concerned; Doakes heads a murder investigation involving a military special-ops ranger; Dexter's sponsor has some unconventional ideas about helping him; Angel's interrogation of a witness crosses a line.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2007

Dexter learns that his mother's killer is still alive. Dexter's NA sponsor, Lila, encourages him to confront the man as one of the "steps" to his recovery.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2007

Dexter discovers he has some competition, a copycat killer who claims to be inspired by the Bay Harbor Butcher's dirty work; Dexter becomes romantically drawn to Lila.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2007

In an attempt to shake the task force off his trail, Dexter sends a manifesto to the newspaper detailing previously unreleased information and he also sets up Doakes in an effort to get him off his case. Also, Deb's relationship with Special Agent Lundy takes a surprising turn; and Rita confronts her intrusive mother.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2007

Special Agent Lundy decides to take the investigation "where the chase leads them," pointing in the direction of the police force; a nosy neighbor (Bruce Weitz) supplies Deb and Batista with a lead in the case; Dexter is attacked by an assailant he recognizes as the "rededicated serial killer" who murdered his mother.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2007

Dexter tries to stay one step ahead of Lundy's manhunt for the Bay Harbor Butcher, while also trying to distance himself from Lila, which she is determined not to allow.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2007

The ever-persistent Doakes tracks down Dexter to the scene of his latest killing, where he devastates Dexter with a surprising revelation about Harry; Lundy's task force zeroes in on the Bay Harbor Butcher.

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The Bay Harbor Butcher is hunted in the second season of this addictive drama. Meanwhile, Rita (Julie Benz) suspects Dexter (Michael C. Hall) has a drug problem, Doakes (Erik King) heads a murder investigation involving a military special-ops ranger, and a copycat killer emerges. Keith Carradine joins the cast as Special Agent Lundy, while Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez and David Zayas return in series 2.

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Critic Reviews for Dexter Season 2

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (12)

I'll state it plainly: Showtime's Dexter is the best series on television. Period... The show's producers this season have had the courage to write themselves into the tightest of corners, giving darkly cunning psychopath Dexter Morgan no easy way out.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The shiny tropical production design, the evocative use of film and light, the resonant flashbacks and nightmares, the flavor of Miami's ethnic melange, the nimble orchestral score -- all of Dexter's details are cannily observed and revealed.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…
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If there's a series on television right now that deserves to be mentioned as a successor to the ambition and dark brilliance of "The Sopranos," it's "Dexter."

Sep 30, 2007 | Full Review…

"Dexter" secures a position near the top of another year's best list.

Sep 30, 2007 | Full Review…

It's the television equivalent of getting high and eating an entire box of Lucky Charms: It's awesome in the moment, but you may regret your decision the next morning, when your head hurts.

Jan 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Bolder and stronger than almost any other drama on the dial, a bloody rampage through the things that oh-so-tenuously connect us to our own humanity, and a terrific chiller where the monster under the bed is our very own protagonist.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

In terms of what came before, I think Dexter's second outing tops the first. I just hope it isn't one of those instances where in retrospect it might have been better to end on a high.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The elements are certainly here for another great season of this very unique show.

Jan 8, 2019 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

The final few episodes of this season are some of the best in the show.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The "FBI Hunt for the Bay Harbor Butcher" was appropriately nerve-wracking and engrossing. Now... just imagine if that story hadn't happened as early as the show's second season!

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

[Created] a pressure that is rare to achieve on television or within any text.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

"Dexter" is a great show.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dexter: Season 2

  • Aug 14, 2020
    One of the most exciting and compelling seasons of the series, Season 2 finds Dexter assigned to the biggest serial killer case of his career…his own. Dexter's dumping ground is discovered, leading the Miami PD to call in an FBI profiler to help capture this new unknown serial killer who they call "The Bay Harbor Butcher;" meanwhile Dexter enters into a 12-step program for addiction where he meets Lila, a mysterious woman who seems to see through him and connect with his "Dark Passenger." It's an amazing journey in which the Dexter character is explored exceptionally well. Additionally, the subplots and supporting characters are very tightly written, and do an impressive job at supporting the overall arc of the season. The performances by the cast are also very good, and guest stars Jaime Murray and Keith Carradine bring a lot of charisma to their characters; which adds new and interesting dynamics to the show. Intense and thrilling, Dexter: Season 2 does an excellent job at developing the series into one of the best shows on Showtime.
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  • 5d ago
    Once again, another great season. Watching dexter Morgan, played excellently once again by Michael C Hall, fall into a whirlpool of emotions with himself, Lila and Dokes was great to watch. It was also a super suspenseful season, even more so than the first season.
  • Jun 10, 2020
    One of the best seasons of the show.
  • Jun 01, 2020
    A new classic on the TV series scene
  • May 17, 2020
    The one villain-hero we love to root for
  • Apr 24, 2020
    Has a great main antagonist for the season and we get to see Dexter's relationship with Rita grow it's lovely and has a few moments that will make you scream WHAT THE F@CK out loud in a good way
  • Apr 20, 2020
    Although its greatly successful ambition is slightly squandered within its admittedly weaker final few acts, Dexter season two remains 'the thing' right now with a weirdly intriguing follow-up.
  • Mar 27, 2020
    The TV series for excellence, unbeatable, simply the one that comes closest to perfection. Plot development, sublime script, brings the viewer closer to appreciating or despising certain characters.
  • Feb 23, 2020
    Ahh yes, the ole' Bay Harbour Butcher season. This season is packed with all kinds of twists and features a lot of one of my favorite characters, Sgt. Doakes. This season is a great sequel to season 2 and keeps the show moving right along. Every episode keeps you interested and it's hard not to keep watching. Another season of Dexter that was well written, well acted and keeps you coming back for more. A must watch in my opinion!
  • Dec 24, 2019
    The way this was filmed is extraordinary. Going back to watch makes me appreciate the Golden Age of Showtime

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