Dexter: Season 2 (2007)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Air date: Sep 30, 2007
2
Air date: Oct 7, 2007
3
Air date: Oct 14, 2007
4
Air date: Oct 21, 2007
5
Air date: Oct 28, 2007
6
Air date: Nov 4, 2007
7
Air date: Nov 11, 2007
8
Air date: Nov 18, 2007
9
Air date: Nov 25, 2007
10
Air date: Dec 2, 2007
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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.

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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Dexter: Season 2

½

Season 2 of the Dexter lightens the mood of the previous season in exchange for more dramatic plot twists. Character tensions and issues from the last season are carried into Season 2 and new personal crises are layered on to the supporting cast. Dexter, Season 2, expands the universe the first season set out by better integrating the main supporting cast into the title character's dramatic nexus. Michael C Hall continues to give a powerhouse performance holding the audience's attention and tying together the greater universe of the show. The supporting characters gain more interesting back stories and carry more of the weight on the show. The banter and scripting between the main police station characters is still lively and engaging. These little details help keep an emotionally charged rollercoaster show more grounded and engaging. Plot twists and shocks are all well and good but they quickly lose their value when you stop caring about the characters. You do not care about characters simply because they are in danger, you care about them because they are recognizable and believable in some meaningful way. Dexter turns the car more down the shocking twists route of story telling. It does surprisingly still work very well. The added potential love interest for Dexter was generally weak, the lower point of the season. Deborah Morgan really begins to come into her own as one of the shows more interesting and variable characters.

ShaneS

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Marc-AndréB

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½

Season 2 took a different approach to the show, making it more about Dexter learning about his past and reconsidering if he wanted to continue being a serial killer. It was still good to watch but the subplots were unnecessary.

SylvesterK

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