Dexter: Season 4 (2009)

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Season 4
Dexter

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The inherent comedy of Miami's favorite psychopath contending with domestic bliss and the unspeakable horror of John Lithgow's Trinity killer coalesce into one of Dexter's most sensational seasons.

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Critic Ratings: 32

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User Ratings: 820

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Episodes

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Air date: Sep 27, 2009
2
Air date: Oct 4, 2009
3
Air date: Oct 11, 2009
4
Air date: Oct 18, 2009
5
Air date: Oct 25, 2009
6
Air date: Nov 1, 2009
7
Air date: Nov 8, 2009
8
Air date: Nov 15, 2009
9
Air date: Nov 22, 2009
10
Air date: Nov 29, 2009
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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.

Critic Reviews for Dexter Season 4

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (15)

There's a rote quality to his kills at this point, as if we're just marking time until his path crosses with Trinity's.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Like all good drama, it uses heightened characters to magnify struggles we all have.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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

Sep 27, 2009 | Full Review…

Highly entertaining television.

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

The clever creative team at Showtime keeps us salivating for the next episode.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

This is a classic good-news-bad-news situation. The good news is that we get to see the excellent John Lithgow play a serial killer. The bad news is that so far he mostly does it naked.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Bravo to the cast and writers. Michael C. Hall always gets his deserved praise. And if John Lithgow doesn't walk away with next year's Emmy it'll be an honest to god upset.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

There's little to say at this point about Michael C. Hall's performance, but the brilliance lies in how viewers can never truly understand the man he portrays. That's the idea, of course.

Jan 8, 2019 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

A master class in dramatic TV, from beginning to end.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Dexter has to consistently deliver such a strong story that viewers will not stray during the long breaks between seasons... and deliver, it has.

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Based on what I've seen so far, we're looking at a killer season.

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Creepy stuff and excellently played out by Lithgow.

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Audience Reviews for Dexter: Season 4

  • 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 very sad moments but one of Dexter's greatest Arch nemesis's has some pretty cool kills to
  • 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
    I am a John Lithgow fan and was happy to see him make a season appearance in this one! I think the show really takes a dip after this season minus one other season. The search for the Trinity killer and how it all progresses keeps you on the edge of your seat. This season is probably one of the biggest nail biters and the ending killed me. It's so insane, that it's hard not to give a spoiler in this review but it is very unexpected and the show isn't the same after this season's ending. But definitely worth the watch as it's almost as good in my opinion as the first few seasons. Enjoy!!
  • Nov 12, 2019
    Season 4 of Dexter is one of the best out of the whole 8 season run. After finishing the last episode of season 4 I was left with many emotions mostly being shock and sorrow. This was an amazing season all the way through.
  • Aug 28, 2019
    Still hooked and enjoying it! On edge waiting for Dexter to kill the Trinity Killer! HA! I love Michael C Hall as Dexter, and all the character etc, and John Lithgow is an amazing actor! He is legit creepy! A totally believable serial killer LOL LOVE THIS!
  • Aug 06, 2019
    Making an immediate impression with John Lithgow arriving on the scene in horrific fashion, Season 4 of 'Dexter' escalated the series in several ways and ended on one of it's most dramatic and sad notes.
  • Jul 09, 2019
    this season rises above all others and finds its place as top tier the best season of the whole show with the greatest rivalry and the saddest tragedy
  • Apr 28, 2019
    The best season of Dexter!

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