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Dexter: Season 4 (2009)

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Critic Consensus: While not as fresh or surprising as it once was, Dexter continues to pull viewers into its twisty plots, thanks to efficient storytelling and Michael C. Hall's performance.

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John Lithgow joins the cast as Arthur Mitchell in series 4, which centers around the search for the Trinity Killer. Along the way, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) mishandles crucial evidence in a case, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) takes the blame for an unforeseen event, and Rita (Julie Benz) discovers one of Dexter's secrets. Other familiar faces in the fourth season include Keith Carradine, Desmond Harrington, Lauren Velez and David Zayas.

Cast

Michael C. Hall
as Dexter Morgan
Julie Benz
as Rita Bennett
Jennifer Carpenter
as Debra Morgan
C.S. Lee
as Vince Masuka
Lauren Vélez
as Lt. Maria LaGuerta
David Zayas
as Angel Batista
James Remar
as Harry Morgan
John Lithgow
as Arthur Mitchell
Keith Carradine
as Special Agent Frank Lundy
David Ramsey
as Anton Briggs
Courtney Ford
as Christine Hill
Devon Graye
as Teenage Dexter
Colin Hanks
as Travis Marshall
Yasiin Bey
as Brother Sam
Edward James Olmos
as Prof. James Gellar
Jimmy Smits
as Miguel Prado
Tasia Sherel
as Francis
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Critic Reviews for Dexter: Season 4

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (10)

Thankfully, this season Dexter continues to play with our moral bearings, which is the show's best quality.

September 27, 2009 | Full Review…

Highly entertaining television.

September 27, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

These characters are so great that they can really just "exist" within the confines of their own procedural context. The fact that we get more from them is just gravy.

August 15, 2013 | Full Review…

There's a chance this could be the best season of "Dexter" to date.

September 27, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

This commentary on the emptiness of all-consuming family life might fare better were it not brimming with one suburban cliche after another. They're just boring.

September 27, 2009 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Dexter will probably never reach the dramatic, creative heights it did in season one, but with this new season the show's producers found a way to sustain the premise by concentrating on the show's characters

September 27, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dexter: Season 4

½

After a somewhat weaker season 3 and less focused season 2, Dexter comes out with potentially the best season to date. Time and time again Michael C Hall delivers as the thoroughly engaging Dexter Morgan. The supporting cast has always been fairly strong in this series with decently well-crafted dialogue and an eye to the little details that make a show great. In season 4, John Lithgow arrives with a titanic performance to engage viewers and provide a worthy foe. The trinity killer is the show's best villain and there a number of truly standout episodes this season. Any prolonged interactions between Lithgow and Hall are simply brilliant. The show continues a fairly frantic pace of twists and that might have started to grow old if it was not for Lithgow's amazing performance and dynamic with Hall. This central showdown thoroughly dominates this season and this is perfectly fine. There are still a number of interesting side story lines but the focus is on this new dynamic as Dexter tries to explore a man who could possibly teach him to raise a family despite his mental condition. This season defies expectations on such an odd premise and delivers another fine season. The one low point for me continues to be Dexter's dynamic with Rita and his new family. It is not because the characters themselves are poor, maybe it is a chemistry or believability problem but these sequences feel forced and awkward. The narrative purpose of this side normal life is compelling but not the execution. Dexter also continues to build on his interesting dynamic with Deborah.

ShaneS.

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Marc-AndréB.

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½

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