Dexter: Season 6 (2011)

Season 6

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Heavy-handed symbolism, an unimpressive villain, and a redundant arc for America's favorite serial killer all conspire to make Dexter's sixth season its worst yet.



Critic Ratings: 25


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User Ratings: 753

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Air date: Oct 2, 2011

Dexter attends his high school reunion to hunt for his new victim, a former prom king with a dark past, and asks big questions about his son's legacy. (HD) (DS) (W)

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Air date: Oct 9, 2011

Brother Sam, a minister with a criminal history, is brought in by the homicide department to help solve a macabre murder, but Dexter sees him for what he really is—and it's definitely not a man of God. Elsewhere, Debra's sudden hero status elicits a pair of surprising proposals.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2011

A serial killer from Dexter's past makes a shocking reappearance; Debra has problems settling into her new job; and Travis and Gellar contemplate their next move.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2011

To his surprise, an emergency with Harrison has Dexter leaning on Brother Sam for support as he questions the idea of faith.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2011

With the help of his newfound friend Brother Sam, Dexter wonders if there is light within him to counter the darkness. Elsewhere, the search for the Doomsday Killers takes Dexter in a new direction.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2011

Dexter is caught up in a very personal case that awakens the needs of his Dark Passenger. Meanwhile, Debra feels overwhelmed by her new lieutenant duties.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2011

Dexter finds himself teamed up with a fellow Dark Passenger when he takes a road trip to Nebraska to tie up some loose ends from the past.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2011

Dexter uses lessons he learned from Brother Sam to follow up on new leads in the Doomsday investigation. Debra butts heads with Captain LaGuerta.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2011

Dexter finds help from an unexpected avenue while on the hunt for the Doomsday Killers, all the while trying to stay one step ahead of the Homicide Division.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2011

Dexter tries to figure out the Doomsday Killers' next victim before it's too late. Meanwhile, Debra has a strong reaction to a crime scene.

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The Doomsday Killers are sought in series 6. Along the way, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) receives spiritual guidance, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) struggles to settle into a new job, and a serial killer makes a surprising reappearance. Mos Def and Colin Hanks join the cast as Brother Sam and Travis Marshall, while Desmond Harrington, Lauren Velez and David Zayas all return for the sixth series.

Cast & Crew

Michael C. Hall
Dexter Morgan
Jennifer Carpenter
Debra Morgan
C.S. Lee
Vince Masuka
Lauren Vélez
Lt. Maria Laguerta
David Zayas
Angel Batista
James Remar
Harry Morgan
Colin Hanks
Travis Marshall
Edward James Olmos
Professor James Gellar
Yasiin Bey
Brother Sam
Geoff Pierson
Captain Tom Matthews
Aimee Garcia
Jamie Batista
Molly Parker
Lisa Marshall
Mariana Klaveno
Carissa Porter
Billy Brown
Det. Mike Anderson
Josh Cooke
Louis Greene
Brea Grant
Ryan Chambers
Kyle Davis
Steve Dorsey
Rya Kihlstedt
Dr. Michelle Ross
John Goldwyn
Executive Producer
Sara Colleton
Executive Producer
Clyde Phillips
Executive Producer
John Dahl
Scott Reynolds
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Critic Reviews for Dexter Season 6

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (14)

It almost feels too light.

Oct 2, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A not-bad start that promises to take Dex (and "Dexter") in a slightly new and fresh direction.

Oct 2, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Dexter remains in solid shape. It's always been a series unlike any other.

Oct 2, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Uneven, overloaded, even peculiar.

Nov 28, 2011 | Full Review…

The writers are treading water, waiting for the green light to send this story where we all know it eventually is going.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Wherein a series that once deftly balanced dry wit and pulp opera becomes paralyzed by chatter, and the most memorable scene involves a floater's gut leaking CGI snakes.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

After a slow start, the season hits its stride. The end of episode three... is a spectacular moment of morbid art, characteristic of the series, that easily makes up for its seemingly leisurely narrative set-up.

Apr 3, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This was the first year that Dexter really and truly acted just plain dumb, as we watched him be painfully two steps behind a big "twist" that most everyone figured out right out of the gate.

Oct 2, 2011 | Full Review…

Dexter focused too intently on pulling a fast one on its audience, and unfortunately sacrificed much of the season in the process.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

A season that doesn't yet feel as compelling as the one dominated by John Lithgow but allows Dexter to remain the way his fans most want him -- alive and killing.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Colin Hanks has been received quite negatively by many of the Dexter faithful, but I found him to be a thoroughly enjoyable antagonist.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The guests (an inert Colin Hanks and a sleepwalking Edward James Olmos) didn't bring much to the table, except a jawdroppingly predictable twist.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dexter: Season 6

  • Feb 01, 2021
    "Questionable" is a word that best summarizes this season.
  • Nov 09, 2020
    A lot of mistakes were made this season
  • Oct 12, 2020
    This is the weakest season thus far. Travis Marshall was the worst villain up to this point; I thought his plan was just dumb and uninteresting. Despite this, I thought Colin Hanks did a great job, as well as Edward James Olmos, who we thought was the main villain, but was just Marshall's dark passenger, much like Harry's is Dexter's. Speaking of Dexter, his arc felt too familiar, and it feels like we tread no new ground. That is, until the ending of the finale. So, weakest season thus far for me.
  • Sep 06, 2020
    I really don't get all the hate for this season! Actually had quite a cool villain! Some good twists as well!
  • Aug 31, 2020
    Story was wishy-washy. Last act made the first acts irrelevant. Nebraska was totally cartoonish and unnecessary.
  • Jun 01, 2020
    Way too much religion, and young Hanks is not as believable as a serial killer...
  • May 17, 2020
    Not half as bad as the critics make it out to be, with one hell of a cliffhanger at the last scene of the season
  • Apr 24, 2020
    i dont care what the others say this season Has a great villain he isn't the BEST but he is still so cool and the kills are so amazingly creative my all time favorite season hands down
  • 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
    As expected, this season got bad ratings and I feel the same way. I love this show but this season wasn't exciting and the whole doomsday killer thing didn't do it for me. I could have lived with this season being removed from the series. Just didn't enjoy it. Although, watching Michael C Hall play Dexter is worth watching every season and the dark humor mixed in each season is still worth watching it throughout. Still highly recommend the series!!!

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