Dexter: Season 4 (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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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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 (14)

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.

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

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…

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.

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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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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.

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Audience Reviews for Dexter: Season 4


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.


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