Dexter: Season 5 (2010)


Season 5

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 24


Audience Score

User Ratings: 721
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Air date: Sep 26, 2010
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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…
Top Critic

"Dexter'' continues to both frighten and amuse as it enters its fifth season.

Sep 26, 2010 | 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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Dexter: Season 5

  • Jul 26, 2016
    Season 4 was a tough act to follow but Season 5 of Dexter continues to shine as an immersing and interesting show. Jordan Chase is a surprisingly strong new nemesis even if he is not as stand out as the Trinity Killer. The finale was thrilling and clever. After five seasons it gets harder and harder to keep up the frantic pace of twisting dramatic turns but Dexter seems to have gas left in the tank. Julia Styles works great with Michael C Hall and continues to explore the nature of his potential relationships with others. Ultimately Lumen's dark passenger is a totally different sort and Dexter loses yet another avenue to humanity. The increasing window into Angel's life is a highlight of this season. He has been a strong recurring character that is pleasantly more and more watchable. Masuka has also really rounded out as an excellent comedic relief piece. He seemed an odd character at the start but has really grown into the role. I ranked this season a little lower than previous seasons. Despite generally being fairly strong, you cannot help but be surprised it kept being good. The premise and structure of the show are intense. Michael C Hall does continue to shine but the show is growing more aged and the simple interactions of past seasons are beginning to break way to increasing dramatic turns. The showrunners seem to be upping the twists and the show has lost some of its more somber and slow building roots. The side characters are no longer as successful as a grounding element as they develop their own increasingly intricate problems.
    Shane S Super Reviewer
  • 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)
  • Mar 06, 2018
    This was one of my least favourite seasons. After the highs of the previous seasons this season felt a bit used up. The ideas are just not as fresh this time round and the introduction of a love interest/sidekick was a mis-step. Julia Stiles holds this season back and when the full arc of her character is discovered it is a big letdown. Not the best season but better than most on TV.
  • Jan 28, 2018
    This season starts off slow and first but it gets better 8/10
  • Sep 25, 2017
    The deja vu bath scene w. Stills was DISTURBING. Benz was SO Beautiful...Stills is simply a character actress. Love the Irish Nanny.
  • Sep 12, 2017
    The fifth season is kinda where it goes a bit *fart* and sadly from here on out it's a train wreck.
  • May 09, 2017
    With huge leaps in logic and a horribly flawed final episode, this is the season that makes me wonder if I want to continue. Lazy writing...but it's still Dexter
  • Feb 26, 2017
    The barrel girls... tik-tak, kind of lame, but still a doable season.

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