Dexter: Season 3 (2008)

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Season 3
Dexter

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America's most amiable serial killer has lost some of his dramatic edge, but this third outing continues Dexter's streak of delivering deliriously twisted entertainment.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2008

Season 3 opens with Dexter tracking a killer who got away with murdering two college women, and winding up in a life-or-death struggle with a stranger who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Debra investigates a high-profile homicide and gets pressured by an Internal Affairs officer, who wants her to snitch on a fellow cop; Angel gets good news about his career; Rita startles Dexter with some news of her own.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2008

Something's gotta give when Debra and the homicide unit, ADA Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits) and Dexter all chase the same serial killer, who murdered Prado's younger brother. On the home front, Dexter's faced with a big family decision involving Rita and her two children.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2008

Dexter has a run-in with a pedophile; Freebo is accused of a murder he didn't commit, and Dexter knows the truth but can't say anything about it. Also, Dexter's friendship with Miguel begins to weigh on his mind.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2008

Ramon's obsession with finding Oscar's killer has him putting his career at risk, and Dexter does a masterful job manipulating Ramon and keeping him off balance; Internal Affairs leans harder on Deb to dig up some dirt on Quinn, but she "won't be a rat." Also, Rita and Dexter decide to tell the children about her "condition," and Angel's quest for companionship nearly gets him in hot water.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2008

Rita wants Dexter to move in with her and the kids before they wed, but he's confused about it; Miguel tips Dexter about a husband who's gotten away with murdering two wives for the financial windfall, and Dexter ends up tracking him to the Bahamas; Debra becomes attracted to a confidential informant who is helping her track down one of Freebo's partners in crime.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2008

Dexter suspects that Miguel is on to his dark-side job and decides to test him; Rita gets fired from her job and begins to question her career path; Debra thinks she somehow contributed to another homicide that's related to the case she's working.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2008

Miguel targets a new victim for Dexter, who's not so sure the new target lives up to (or down to) Harry's Code. Meanwhile, an elderly, deathly ill friend of Dexter's asks him to assist in her suicide; Rita learns that Miguel's wife thinks he's having an affair; Debra lets on to Anton that he's being used as a decoy to nab the Skinner.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2008

Miguel not only brings Dexter another potential target but wants in on the action; Rita's pregnancy causes her to fear that Dexter will lose interest in her; Debra's digging gets her closer to nabbing the Skinner, and upon discovering a secret about her new boyfriend, Anton, he disappears.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2008

Rita's intention to confront Miguel about his alleged infidelity has an impact on his friendship with Dexter; Debra pulls out all the stops to locate Anton after it is believed that he's been abducted by the Skinner.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2008

Dexter and Miguel engage in a series of manipulative moves in an attempt to gain the upper hand; Miguel ingratiates himself further into Rita's good graces by gifting her with an expensive wedding present; Debra questions whether her relationship with Anton is heading anywhere.

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Season 3 of the drama about the Miami forensic expert (Michael C. Hall) who moonlights as a vigilante serial killer features Jimmy Smits as ADA Miguel Prado, who does more than prosecute homicides---he engages in them. Miguel eventually ingratiates himself with Dexter and it appears the latter is on the verge of having something he's never had before---a best friend. On the home front, Rita (Julie Benz) startles Dexter with news that she is expecting, and he's faced with a big-time family decision involving her and her two children. And later, when everyone is on board with Rita's pregnancy, she decides it would be a good idea for Dexter to move in with her, Cody and Astor, but he's somewhat conflicted by this possible major upheaval in his very structured existence.

Critic Reviews for Dexter Season 3

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11)

There's a danger with a character as striking as Dexter that everyone else will become peripheral, to the detriment of the show, but that isn't happening here.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It's hard to fight the feeling that maybe "Dexter" is a concept that has reached its expiration date.

Sep 28, 2008 | Full Review…

Watching Dexter Morgan on Showtime's amazing "Dexter" has been like watching the unfolding back story of a Batman-like superhero.

Sep 28, 2008 | Full Review…

It's already feeling a bit like a reshuffle.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

I'm interested but not engrossed, though it offers the potential for a change-up in the Dexter storyline.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Season three is perfectly paced and incredibly satisfying.

Apr 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Smits tears into his character and gives us a look at an ethical chameleon that can match wits and will with Dexter.

Jan 8, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

All the archetypical characters seem to be horrendous call-backs to John Hughes or the like -- a feature that I have never found endearing about the series, even at its inception.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The most complexly inventive season of Dexter's three.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Michael C. Hall playing off Smits was quite electrifying... I think this could be the strongest Dexter season yet.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

After two excellent seasons, this is the first time that Dexter ever felt like it was on auto-pilot.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

[Michael C. Hall's] inner monologue and vermouth-dry narrative offer a pitch perfect "take my hand" trek into the mind of a serial killer, as his heart slowly grows three sizes too large.

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

Audience Reviews for Dexter: Season 3

  • Aug 15, 2020
    Dexter delivers another intense and thrilling season as the character continues his quest of self-discovery. In Season 3 Dexter meets a D.A. who shares his passion for unconventional justice and has the potential to be a partner in his vigilantism; meanwhile Debra is approached by Internal Affairs and is asked to inform on her new partner Quinn, who has a shady past. The show also makes a fundamental change to its format by switching from flashbacks to internal visions to depict Dexter's connection to Harry (his stepfather). The storytelling is especially strong, and enriches the series greatly. Additionally, season guest stars Jimmy Smits and Desmond Harrington are excellent additions to the cast, and they deliver compelling performances that make for really fascinating characters. Keeping the series fresh and exciting, Season 3 of Dexter takes the show in new and interesting directions.
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  • Sep 29, 2020
    This was a good season, but it felt a bit jumbled at times as well. I didn't really like Miguel's character mostly because his arc felt forced. Also, the Skinner felt pushed to the side and wasn't used to his full potential. But, all the acting was great, the rest of the characters were better explored, especially Rita. Watching Rita battle her hormones during pregnancy, from blowing up at the family over little things to losing it on a Karen at her job, was great to watch. So, bit messy at times, but still a good season.
  • Jun 10, 2020
    One of my favorite seasons, love the addition of Miguel and their friendship early on and the second half of the season is very exciting, never understood why people look down on this season so much.
  • 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 another betrayal only reason it's not a full fives stars Dexter gets his very first sidekick and has memorable......scenes in it good and bad also introduces a few new good characters and conflict
  • Mar 27, 2020
    The 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
    The Miguel Prado season 3 of Dexter is one of my favorites. I think the series takes a slight dip after this season. This season continues the insanity of the first two and I highly recommend it as well as the first two seasons. I couldn't get enough of this season and binge watched it by default. This season is the first time Dexter starts to get close and really let someone see the true him. That alone is interesting to watch and see how it really develops. I can't recommend the first three seasons enough!
  • Nov 12, 2019
    After the first two seasons of the show being so amazing I came into he third season with very high expectations. That being said this season definitely had me on edge but I didn't feel the excitement that I did with the other seasons.
  • Aug 28, 2019
    Couldn't stop watching this show, was hooked!

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