Dexter: Season 5 (2010)

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Michael C. Hall's remarkable performance invites viewers into Dexter's heart of darkness in a sorrowful fifth season that explores whether a hollow man can become a real boy.

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Critic Ratings: 24

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Air date: Sep 26, 2010

Dexter makes a drastic decision that will impact everyone around him. Meanwhile, a suspicious Quinn stirs up trouble. (HD) (DS) (W)

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Air date: Oct 3, 2010

On the heels of Rita's murder, Dexter tries to get the family back into a familiar routine, but a frightening discovery may lead to his next quarry. Meanwhile, a brutal murder in a Venezuelan neighborhood has the squad scrambling; and Debra, who's opened her home to Dexter and the children, finds herself without adequate accommodations, and turns to Quinn for help.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2010

Dexter hires a nanny to help free up time so he can focus more on stalking murder suspects. Meanwhile, Debra finds her rookie partner to be intolerable, and the newbie disagrees with her theories on a double homicide; and Quinn has a theory that Trinity is not responsible for Rita's murder.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2010

Dexter catches a mysterious woman who may have witnessed him in the act of killing a killer; Deb has a frightening run-in with a murder suspect in the Santa Muerte homicides; and Quinn uncovers more striking similarities between Kyle Butler and Dexter Morgan.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2010

Dexter must deal with his unwanted conspirator while wondering if Rita's death and Harrison's exposure to it may have had a subconscious impact on the infant. Meanwhile, Quinn's suspension leaves Deb to work the Santa Muerte homicides alone, but frees him up to look further into Dexter's background and possible involvement in the Trinity Killer case.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2010

Striving to bring some normalcy back into his shattered life, Dexter figures the answer lies in finding a new serial killer to bring down. His quest gets thrown off course, however, when his troubled new acquaintance requires his help. Meanwhile, Batista uncovers a revealing new lead in the Santa Muerta homicides, and Quinn gets a tip about Dexter but isn't sure he can trust his source.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2010

By aiding Lumen (Julia Stiles), Dexter puts himself on a collision course with Debra and the homicide division, and things get worse when he's brought in to work a horrific crime scene. Elsewhere, Debra's investigation into the Santa Muerte murders leads to a deadly confrontation with the killers.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2010

Dexter and Lumen (Julia Stiles) take the opportunity to track a vicious murderer while attending a self-help seminar. Meanwhile, fallout from the Santa Muerte homicides puts Debra in hot water and places Batista in a difficult situation.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2010

Dexter and Lumen (Julia Stiles) are on the hunt for a new victim but get sidetracked by the arrival of a surprise visitor. Meanwhile, as a result of fallout from the Santa Muerte case, Debra gets reassigned to the file room, where she is still able to dig up new evidence in the Barrel Girl investigation.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2010

While on the trail of Lumen's former attackers, Dexter stumbles onto a possible ally, but when the homicide unit finds evidence linked to one of Dexter and Lumen's earlier victims, they are forced to throttle back. Meanwhile, Debra identifies two more suspects in the Barrel Girls investigation.

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Julia Stiles is added to the cast as Lumen Pierce in the fifth series of this thrilling drama. Meanwhile, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) deals with the aftermath of a loved one's murder, and Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) has a frightening run-in with a murder suspect. Peter Weller plays Stan Liddy, while Desmond Harrington, Lauren Velez and David Zayas all return for series 5.

Critic Reviews for Dexter Season 5

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

Sunday's episode is a necessary decompression episode after last season's intense finale.

Sep 26, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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"Dexter'' continues to both frighten and amuse as it enters its fifth season.

Sep 26, 2010 | Full Review…

It would be offensively glib if they didn't treat the aftermath [of season four] seriously. But so far, they've been pulling it off masterfully.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

An entertaining, if inevitably disappointing follow up to last season. Still, I'll take Dexter over most current TV dramas any night.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It didn't have the menace that Mr. Lithgow brought to it, but it did have some memorable moments... The Dexter world has been reset once more, much like a scary amusement ride, ready for another set of willing screamers.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Lumen, as a whole, slowed this season down... An intriguing plot, but when executed, it was generally over-emphasized and drawn out.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Stopped being a character study a long time ago and settled in as a thrilling suspense drama. It's one I've still enjoyed immensely, but this season finale made me realize how the show doesn't really have many directions in which to go at this point.

Jan 8, 2019 | Rating: 3.6/5 | Full Review…

I have no idea where the season arc is headed. I haven't really, truly felt either of these things since season two, which belongs in the pantheon of high-tension TV.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

I like the humanizing of Dexter, in the sense that there's a limit to how much totally-inhuman-narration most of us want to hear.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Remember that really exciting episode in season five? Me neither.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

I actually liked Julia Stiles' Lumen... But where Season 5 faltered was in its endgame.

Aug 14, 2013 | Full Review…

A very self-contained, well-rounded season for the show.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dexter: Season 5

  • 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
    Dexter has gotten a brand new sidekick and is not your normal Dexter season it's one of my favorites when i can remember it that's the only problem you kinda forget about it a lot but it's not enough to take away a star
  • 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
    I think this season is super underrated as it's in my top 4 of Dexter seasons. I think it's right behind season 1 & 2 as the next best season. I like the character of Lumen a lot and it's interesting to see Dexter close to someone that doesn't understand him but also doesn't see him as a monster. The way he hunts down the main bad guys in this season keeps you entertained. I think a true Dexter fan has to give this season a lot of respect. After this season ends, be prepared for a substantial dip in my opinion. This season is worth every minute!
  • Nov 12, 2019
    With many emotions going into season 5 I feel like dexter got over Rita way to quickly, even for a serial killer who according to himself is empty and hollow on the inside. When deb let dexter and lumen getaway, I feel like that was the start of deb excepting who dexter is.
  • Oct 05, 2019
    Very good season just not as good as some of the previous
  • Aug 28, 2019
    Definitely on edge and rushing through to see more! Wasn't sure how it was going to remain amazing with out certain important characters. Well strangely enough it's starting to play out alright!
  • Jul 09, 2019
    this season is in my own opinion dull and fails to live up to the previous season which set the bar to new heights while still a good show this was it at its weakest
  • Feb 23, 2019
    the weakest season to this point, but still exciting and awesome (about 3 viewings)

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