“ Premiered: October 1, 2006. Based on Jeff Lindsay's novels Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter this crime thriller follows Dexter Morgan. Dexter is a forensic blood spatter expert for the Miami Dade Police Department. He is the main support for his sister. He has a steady girlfriend, with two kids who adore him. He also has an active "night life". Based on a code instilled in him by his foster father, Harry, he hunts down people who have escaped justice and makes sure they don't get away with a crime again. Channel: FX. „
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Based in Miami, 'Dexter' is an American television drama series starring Michael C. Hall as blood spatter analysis Dexter Morgan, who is also, unbeknownst to his colleagues, family and friends, a part time serial killer. Not just your average serial killer though, Dexter kills murderers who have managed to slip through the justice system.
By day Dexter is a quiet 'lab geek' who doesn't have many friends and keeps himself to himself, by night he brutally murders Miami's criminals and disposes of their bodies whilst following a 'code' created by his deceased adoptive father 'Harry' who taught him how to channel his inner darkness to use it for 'good'. Harry was a part of the police force, just as Dexter's sister 'Debra' is and adopted Dexter at the age of 3 after discovering him at the scene of a crime.
The series includes flashbacks and hallucinations which show the relationship between Dexter and his father and flashbacks of his childhood, showing and helping viewers to understand why Dexter is the way he is. The series features many twists and turns which reveal secrets about Dexter's past and have viewers on the edge of their seats wondering just how long Dexter can harbor this huge secret he holds from his family and colleagues and how long he can keep up his double life. I feel that the beauty of 'Dexter' is that he is an unconventional hero, giving the audience an option to root for the killer.
I started watching 'Dexter' as I had heard many good things about it and I had just finished watching Breaking Bad. Don't get me wrong, it's no Breaking Bad, but it helped fill the void and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching it. I would recommend it to anybody who enjoys crime dramas such as CSI, however for those of a faint heart it can get quite gruesome and gory in parts.
I think the characters are perfectly cast and the series as whole has received high critical acclaim and rightly so in my opinion.
This is my first review of a tv/film/music so don't judge me too harshly but construstive cristism would be much appreciated! :)
Dexter is my all time favourite series and I can't wait to see series 7 but unfortunately being in the UK I will have to keep up to date online! I really love this show because it's so different to all other crime shows, it's about serial killer who kills killers. (Oh, the irony!) I was quite late getting into Dexter and started watched the repeats on FX in the lead up to the Series 4 premiere. Each series focuses on a different theme or emotion and gives Dexter something new to deal with such as love, family, revenge, friendship and religion.
Dexter has to juggle his job, a blood spatter analyst as part of the Miami Homicide Police team and his killing needs. To make himself more normal he go on search for a woman as a partner as a sort of 'cover.' This relationship develops over series and always adds tension and often humor to the series as Dexter describes himself as being incapable of having real human emotions. The show explores all sorts of usual emotional aspects of life and this often ends up with Dexter questioning whether he is capable of being human and struggling with having to hide his 'dark passenger' as he calls it. This makes for an interesting, gripping watch that often causes you to question things about yourself and what you think of his actions. Dexter has conversations with his dead adoptive father, Harry, who has a 'code' for Dexter to follow so he does not get caught killing as Harry realised he carried this dark passenger from a young age. It's hard to describe these conversations as they are not really hallucinations or dreams but shows us what Dexter is thinking.
It is also one of the few TV series that has a consistent voice over from the main character which is usually only done in films or series that are aimed at teenagers. However it works really well with Dexters emotionless voice adding his thoughts which are often humorous to the viewer making him really likeable (even though he kills people!). Michael C Hall does an excellent job of playing Dexters character, I watched a few videos of him youtube performing on Broadway shows and it really shows what a great actor he is as it's so different to the Dexter character he is so well known for.
I think the writers of the show are incredible too as the tension build across each series is great and there are many twists that make you wonder how Dexter is going to get out of the many predicaments he gets into and add to his life to make his killing needs more difficult to do. The actors most of the time are very believable and I feel this really draws the audience in even further and you can really empathise with each characters, especially Dexter (even though he's a serial killer...). There is one particular actor in series four, who does such a good job that whenever I see him in another programme of film I literally shudder, god knows what I would do if I saw him in person!
The opening sequence is one of the best I've seen, it is Dexters morning routine of getting dressed, shaving and preparing his breakfast. Each shot has connotations of killing or death such as blood running down Dexter throat as he shaves, suffocating when Dexter pulls his t shirt over his head, lacing up his shoes tightly like strangling or cutting up his meat when eating. The sequence is accompanied by a quirky instrumental theme song that sounds cheery with menacing undertones, many of the instruments used are actually from antique instruments made from human or animal bones (ew!). The entire soundtrack has this feeling as it a mix of spanish sounding music that is quite humorous when played at many points with a mix of ominous, tension building instrumentals that both set the moods perfecting.
I'd recommend Dexter to everyone! Mainly to those interested in crime shows as it offers such a different perspective or people interested in phsycogical/emotional behaviour as I'm sure Dexter and many of the other characters must be extremely interesting to study. The show is often quite gruesome (it's a 9oclock type show!) with lots of blood, as to be expected, and a lot of dead bodies or parts of bodies. There is also fairly graphic sex sometimes, not quite a bad as True Blood but sometimes close to it! Plus a heavy amount of swearing, especially from Dexters sister who can barely say one sentence without the word f*** but most of her dialogue is quite hilarious. The quality of set design and the fake body parts and blood are extremely good (not that I've seen any in person) but they look very realistic and gross.
I've recently found out that Dexter is going to finish on it's 8th series and I don't know how I'm going to cope when it's over! :(
The Dexter series of television shows started in America in October 2006 and is still going strong although Showtime who make the series has recently announced that series 8 is likely to be the last.
The show is based on a series of books by Jeff Lindsey and follows the career of Dexter Morgan (played by Michael C Hall) who to the outside world is an upstanding citizen and blood spatter analyst for the Miami Homicide Team. Outside of work however he is a serial killer albeit one with a conscience in that he generally only kills those he considers of sufficiently bad nature mainly various types of criminal.
Dexter also provides an occasional commentary on his actions and justifications i.e his actual thoughts in contrast to what his actions and conversations seem to reveal.
The other main characters in the series are his sister Deborah who is a quite foul mouthed detective again with Miami Homicide, his girlfriend Rita and her two children and various police colleagues whose importance in the action varies through the series. Also in the show is Dexters father who is actually dead but appears on screen at various points particularly in times of stress as Dexter is able to confide in him. It seems Dexters father was aware of his secret life while he was alive and it was he who guided him to killing only those who 'deserved' it.
The first series follows the career of 'The Ice Truck Killer' a new serial killer in Miami who leaves no tell tale blood behind for Dexter to examine.
I won't discuss the subsequent series plots as this would spoil the first series if you haven't seen it. I am currently watching series 5 and can highly recommend all the series so far, in my opinion the second has been the strongest and the third probably the weakest, all well worth a look though. My only reservation would be that it is not suitable for children or the squeemish! Some of the language is fruity and there are some graphic scenes.
The show was aired in the UK on FXUK only but the first 5 series are available to buy on Amazon starting at about £10.99 for the first series which is pretty good value.
In October 2006 Showtime aired the first of what will be many series of Dexter, a fictional character from the novels created by Jeff Lindsey.
Darkly Dreaming Dexter the first novel was publicised in 2004 then Dearly Devoted Dexter shortly followed in 2005. Following the production of these novels in 2006 the first TV series based on the first novel was released.
Michael C Hall plays Dexter, Michael was at the time most known for his role as David Fisher in Six Feet Under.
Dexter Morgan is a blood splatter analysis working for Miami Metro police. A very boring geeky job but this job plays a significant part in his extra curricular activity. Dexter is a 'Serial Killer' a very successful serial killer as far as great serial killers go there really is not many that hold a candle to Dexter.
But this is no ordinary serial killer that we all want to see caught; no no Dexter is a friendly, polite, respectful citizen of Miami who tracks down all those who have evaded police capture. Killers who got away don't escape Dexter's table.
Dexter has two lives, the one at night as a dangerous, methodical killer and by day friendly, helpful and caring Brother, Boyfriend and colleague. All of these make for a very intriguing and complicated character.
Michael C Hall narrates the thoughts of Dexter, which means as the series progresses we learn more of Dexter and we learn that Dexter is learning more and more about himself and his background. It is like we are coming along for the ride in Dexter's mind.
In series one Dexter is being tracked by a killer himself, but this does not stop him going about his own day to day business no he thinks it's a game. As things hot up we see Dexter delving deep into his past.
Although significantly based on the first novel there is a un comprisable difference to the end. From the end onwards all TV series are no longer based on the novels and are completely different storyline. I personally think this was a great idea, as a reader of the novels and avid TV follower to have lots of different stories going on adds to the excitement.
I think without any question at all Michael C Hall is truly a superb actor and his portrayal of Dexter could not be better. He alone has made it great.
This series production of a novel is excellent in every single way, I accidently stumbled on the program flicking through Sky one night and by shear coincidence I got a repeat of the very first episode about 3 minutes in "very lucky" and since then I have not missed a single episode.
I hate the last episode as it means waiting almost a year for the new series. I tell all my friends about this program. I have never been this way about any TV program I do believe it is my favourite.
Great acting, thrilling stories, twists and turns, action, sex, violence and a great sense of humour.
Dexter Morgan is a really funny man in his dry humorous way. He speaks his mind and is always surprised at others reactions to his thoughts. His unique methods add to the humour.
This program must be watched by everyone, I dare anyone to dislike Dexter. I attend a training session once at work and the trainer even spoke of Dexter.
I have not mentioned a great on the storyline as I don't want to be a spoiler, but I assure you all this program will not disappoint it has something for everyone. Everyone can relate to at least one of the characters.
I hope you find this review interesting and helpful. The only negative is possible Deborah Morgan's (Dexter's sister) use of language. I am not silver tongues but even Debs gets on my nerves. But she is just the same in the novels.
Thank you all for reading, Dexter catch ups are available online. (NOT FOR KIDS)
If you dont like pitch-black humor and find the idea of a heroic serial killer disturbing, you will probably find this show a bit disturbing. If the idea of such a violent vigilante is tasteless to you, but you enjoyed watching The Dark Knight, then youre a hypocrite. Now that thats out of the way Dexter is a breath of fresh air in the doldrums of stagnating television. The subject matter is dark at its lightest, but the characters are so masterfully created that I found myself even caring about the ones that no one else in the setting liked. Dokes was a good example of this: jerk that openly insults everyone, but at the same time he cares deeply about his job and about doing the right thing for the right people. People are real in this show, flawed, and the acting is some of the best Ive seen in television. Michael C. Hall is simply perfect for this roll, I never thought I would see him as anyone other than David from 6ft Under . . . However now I could never see him as that person again. Dexter is addictive, Dark and funny, check it out any chance you get.
I was dubious when my friend brought this to me one day I was suffering a whopping hangover. The first few episodes did nothing to pique my interest and I was well into the second disc before I realised I was hooked.
Based on the book series which began with "Darkly Dreaming Dexter", Dexter Morgan is a blood splatter analyst working for Miami metro homicide. Dexter paints a cheery grin and a chirpy demeanour on his monkey-faced mug, but underneath the surface Dexter is very different. Very effective at disguising his true passion and wonderful at imitating emotion, Dexter is actually a serial killer. But due to his adoptive father's acceptance of his "Darkness" and resulting tutelage, Dexter only murders killers. He lives within a strict "code" set out by his father. They must deserve it. They must have gotten away with it. And don't get caught. The important people in his life, his sister Debra and his girlfriend Rita and her 2 kids, are completely in the dark about the real Dexter. Occasionally he gets accused of being emotionless but overall he is an amazing actor who hides his secrets well.
Its an unlikely scenario, a serial killer being the hero, but Dexter is more than a little unusual. It's funny, it's sad, it's a thriller, it's a crime show, it's basically awesome, complex and genuinely hard to predict.
Dexter is twisted, darkly comic, and beautifully written. I have yet to see any other TV show so intricately written. The plot has more twists than anything else I've seen and the twists are genuinely shocking and hard to predict. Very few other shows have genuinely made my jaw drop. The very premise of a serial killer becoming a likeable character, whether or not he only kills bad people, sounds unlikely, but sandy-haired Dexter is a completely loveable character. He has intelligence, wit, and flair and some of his stark observations about the human race he feels like such an outsider to will have you laughing in agreement. Despite his limited capacity for emotion he is touchingly devoted to his two ladies (sister and girlfriend) and would quite literally do anything to protect them, and the children in his life. For a serial killer, he seems more moral than most people! Dexter has to be the most quotable serial killer on TV!
Michael C Hall is absolutely astounding as Dexter, pulling off the chameleonic role perfectly. He is equally convincing when playing with Rita's son, swiping evidence for his next kill or plunging a knife into someone's chest. It's amazing watching his facial expressions, its like a switch is flicked and Dearly Devoted Dexter twists and contorts into Dangerous Dexter. He has to be TV's most likeable serial killer (ok admittedly there aren't many options for "Friendliest Serial Killer" award) and they could not have chosen a better actor for the part, neither in looks nor ability. His deadpan tone rarely changes in his narrative or dialogue and he is incredibly at playing a man who is himself playing a role. If they gave Oscars for TV roles he would win one!
The supporting cast of Dexter is adequate although it has to be said Michael C Hall pretty much outshines all of them. Jennifer Carpenter who plays Debra is initially annoying and pretty rubbish at her role but by the time series 3 comes around she has gained her stride and is performing much better than the earlier seasons. C.S Lee is suitably disgusting and sarcastic as pervy lab ratVince Masuka, and David Zayas is positively teddy-bear like as big-hearted (and hollow-legged) Angel. James Remar is suitably wise and beneficent as Harry Morgan, Dexters deceased daddy who shows up here and there in flashbacks and as a disembodied spirit guiding Dexter. Julie Benz provides the other really notable performance in Dexter, as Rita, Dexter's girlfriend. Previously beaten up and raped by her junkie ex, she starts out as totally fragile and becomes confident and stronger as the episodes pass by...woe betide anyone who threatens her kids!
Barring the first few episodes when Dexter was first finding its feet, it is never boring. Several plots are intricately laced together as just enough tidbits are dropped about the season serial killer to keep you titillated, and Dexter usually has own personal storyline going on as well. The many times when Dexter gets close to being found out or spotted by someone are literally edge-of-the-seat moments. Although the show generally has a serial killer every season, a big part of the show is Dexter escaping detection, and it brings about one of his finest qualities. He is slipperier than a wet ferret and the jams he manages to get out of are incredible. When he is with one of his victims there's always a claustrophobic feel that someone might walk in that very second.
You ever watch a TV show and find yourself thinking "that was stupid, they should have done this..."? Well, with Dexter, he's already thought of it!
If you like dark and twisted subject matter and amazing writing, I thoroughly recommend Dexter. It is one of the few shows I've seen that keeps raising the bar itself and getting better and better (bar season 3), usually its the other way around! Season 1 is great, season 2 is incredible, season 4 is phenomenal! Season 3 was pretty damned good but not as good as 2 I thought. It's very different in the best way possible. TV needs more shows like this!
When I first saw the adverts for Dexter I thought it was quite a novel and original idea for a crime thriller. I have watched many programmes that are related to crime but this one has quite a few twists and turns and is perhaps more interesting than most. The show started in 2006 and is still going now and is pretty popular by all accounts. I certainly watch it regularly myself. Dexter Morgan is a forensic blood splatter expert for the Miami Police Department but is also a serial killer in his spare time!
Dexter Morgan is played by Michael C Hall who also helps produce the show. The story follows the day to day events of this complex man who is both a serial killer but also works for the Miami Police department in forensics, so two pretty contradicting lifestyles there! He was brought up his adoptive father when he was younger to only kill those who deserved to be killed and have wronged themselves somewhere along the line. The series shows the fine balancing act between his secret identity and his day job and pretending everything is normal.
The opening sequence of the show normally follows the same format and shows Dexter going about normal daily activities such as shaving, dressing and eating breakfast and then the sinister side to his nature is revealed.
What I like about this show is that it combines a real mix of drama and horror and leaves the audience guessing throughout with the twists and turns around every corner. You just don't know what Dexter will do next and also how he will continue to keep his activities a secret considering the job he does. I guess though to be honest if you're going to cover up evidence there's no better job to be in.
Michael C Hall is a big plus and plays his character extremely well and is perfect for the role. He really brings out the complex nature of this character and the two sides and it's amazing how the character keeps his cool most of the time. I have always found this series riveting and full of suspense as you almost wait for him to be caught out at any moment. Fantastic viewing for all except younger viewers.
Dexter is a forensics expert at the Miami police department and is an expert in blood splatter analysis. He has a sister who's a cop and a lovely girlfriend Rita who has two charming children. And oh yeh, he's a serial killer.
But Dexter is also a serial killer with his own strange moral code. He plays by a certain set of rules and regulations.
This show is certainly unlike any other, it somehow makes the murderous side of Dexter more of a sidenote that fits into his life, but it soon becomes apparent that this life has been very carefully crafted to hide and facilitate his darker needs.
You slowly begin to develop a strange affection for this character and perhaps even try to understand his justification for killing. His mysterious background and the reasons for his sinister personality are very slowly revealed series by series as his past catches up to and threatens to unravel his code and his existence.
Michael Hall is exceptional as Dexter. He manages to convey the darker side of this character with perfect little intonations when Dexter is playing his 'normal' role and the more sinister monologues which only the audience can hear. He gives Dexter a wry and appealing sense of humour, making the audience truly confused as to whether or not they are supposed to sympathise with or even like the character.
The majority of the supporting cast play a fine role in being oblivious to Dexter's true nature, they often hinder his shady projects but occasionally accidentally offer him insights into what it would be like to be a truly normal suburban human.
I stumbled across Dexter after watching a very dark and ominous trailer which was screened on ITV. Ever since that moment I have been completely hooked on this programme.
As a baby Dexter is adopted by a cop called Harry and his wife. Harry already has a daughter called Debra and beyond the typical sibling rivalry which develops, Dexter is a very different kind of child. These suspicions are brought to the fore and confirmed when Harry finds that their pet dog has been killed. However it is not even the fact it's been killed but in the manner in which it has been. Harry realises that Dexter simply does not know any better, that is programmed with a compulsion to kill. However Dexter is still Harry's son and as a result, decided that he should teach Dexter everything he knows, in order to become the perfect killer i.e. teach him how to kill silently, swiftly, leaving no evidence to connect him to the crime.
The proviso though is that Dexter must channel these energy's into targeting those who deserve to die. This is elaborated upon when he explains to him that some murderers get off the hook, escape justice due to their connections or technicalities. So Dexter lived by a code, Harry's code.
So a very gifted, intelligent, sharp and insightful Dexter grows up and becomes a blood spatter analyst. This way he is able to identify the killers who have escaped justice and exact his own form of justice. After all, who would suspect a cop was a serial killer.
Firstly this film would be nothing without the wonderful acting from Michael C Hall. He is such a captivating character, because he knows he is a monster but in realising this, knows that he must do everything he can to blend in and just seem like a typical guy. The problem is Dexter lacks any compassion and is unable to form emotional bonds with people therefore everything he does is a complete act. He is a sociopath who knows no right or wrongs beyond what his father has instilled into him, but knows that should he place the wrong foot forward, questions will be asked and suspicions will raise their ugly head.
His performance in this role is nothing short of scintillating, cold blooded and ruthless one moment, to happy smiles, hugs and jokes the next. In fact we often joke that he plays this role a little bit too well to have simply only been acting out this role!
The other main characters include of course Dexter's sister, a young, driven insecure woman who has a real passion for justice and is desperate to be respected by her fellow peers. You take a liking to her because on some levels she is very naive of the world around her but on others, she is anything but the quiet shy type whose verbal outbursts are very funny. To say she has a foul mouth on her is an understatement but she is fiercely loyal to Dexter and creates a great on screen chemistry between the two of them.
Rita is the woman who has become Dexter's girlfriend. She is the perfect foil for Dexter's secret world as she is quiet and shy. A single mother of 2 children, she was the victim of a very violent husband and sees Dexter as her prince who has come to rescue her from the horror which once inhabited her world. However she grows in stature and confidence as her relationship with Dexter blooms.
Sergeant Doakes - While everyone else seems incapable of seeing through the facade which Dexter exhibits on a daily basis, Doakes being quite an outcast himself, is the only person who is deeply suspicious of Dexter. He sees him as being a freak and it is the inability of Dexter to hoodwink him which sparks a very internalised cat and mouse game between the two of them. Doakes as mentioned is something of a loner but is also very brave, uncompromising and tough. You could picture that there is at least one person of a similar demeanour sitting in every police station.
The other characters in this show while not playing a pivotal role, or at least not at first, are also fascinating as you get to know the personal lives of each of them and realise that while on the surface we see them as being being x, often they are anything but you perceived them to be.
As the series moves on we get to understand the pivotal role that Harry has played in the lives of Debra and Dexter courtesy of many flash backs. The flash backs are always done with extreme care and attention to detail so that we can fully relate to their childhood experiences
The direction that the script writers have taken with Dexter is to attempt to make it as unique as possible from any other crime dramas. We see this in that we often get to hear from Dexter's thoughts in first person this is done in sometimes a very innocent almost childish way but other times done in a very dark, thought provoking and deeply poetic sense. It is this connection we get with the character that underlines that he isn't a typical monster, he is a monster but an extremely intelligent individual.
Therefore we have a fantastic paradox in this film. On the one hand we are presented with a man who wants to murder, must murder, who has no regrets about this and who revels in taking life. When he takes life it gives him a sense of release. While most of us can imagine ourselves on a tropical beach to be our paradise, he basks in the spilling of blood. It is the only thing he truly understands.
So with that being said, we should simply see him as a being a villain a cruel evil man, but we don't, he is so much more than the sum of his parts. Instead we identify with him as an anti hero because he is not targeting the innocent. The people whose lives he takes, are unremorseful to the bitter end. In addition to this, his character and others can be extremely funny at times and this injection of dark humour really lightens the tone at times. This leaves us with a splendid contrast, of the deep and the dark, the sick and the twisted, mixed with the light and dark humour.
The longer you watch this show, the more you feel yourself being pulled into Dexter's world. It doesn't stop there either, we get a chilling sense of atmosphere due to the ominous and chilling piano and violin which is introduced at opportune moments. These are introduced during those very moments which are either circulating in Dexter's head at that moment or signal death is close by.
I have read from many accounts of this show that as well executed as this series might be, it is outdone by the original books written by Jeff Lindsay. If that is true, then this makes them an absolute must read because this television show is one of those precious gems which despite endless mining are only discovered very occasionally.
It is simply the most spectacular show I have ever witnessed. The stunning performances of the acting, is matched by the deeply thought provoking wonderful fusion of dark and light elements of the plot, providing the perfect stage for the best crime drama I have ever seen.
The only downside is that some people might find some of it's dark depths a little bit too dark to stomach. It makes no apologies for it's portrayal and execution (no pun intended) of the story but at the same time there is no obvious attempt to glorify any of the actions.
He knows it's wrong, you know it's wrong but it's so good, you can't help but be transfixed by it. The only disappointment that I feel is when the end credits come up.
Television at it's finest!!!
I watch a lot of american dramas and was recommended to start watching this when it first aired on ITV2 a few years ago. 3 seasons down the line nd the 4th season about to start, i am still finding this tv series getting better and better as each episode gazes into my eyes.
Its based on the books by Jeff Lindsay and they dont dissapoint him, the stories follow a blood splatter anaylst who is also a serial killer by night. He is however a different kind of serial killer in which he only kills the local bad guys.
Throughout the series, Dexter meets some rivals and people who suspect him, he deals with this in various ways, i wont spoil it for you, but there are some tremendous scenes.
Dexter is following harrys code, this is his step dad who trained him up frm an early age into the creation that he is now.
Dexters step sister, Deborah, is also a big character on the series, she works with dexter at the FBI and is trying to work her way up the ladder.
The series follows the book quite a bit, however there are some different things in there and some of the characters who dont survive the books, do survive in the tv series, i dont mind this as these characters are very good anyway, and it still makes for a gripping tv series.
Season 1 shows Dexter against the ice truck killer, someone who knows what dexter is all about and is killing and leaing Dexter clues along the way.
I wont give hints about the other seasons as i dont want to spoil them but they are gripping, i can assure that!
The acting is superb in this show, Michael Hall plays Dexter very well and is emotionless much of the time, just like Dexter is.
If you like crime dramas then this is worth a watch.
Why the idea for this show had not been done sooner I don't know. Dexter is a blood splatter expert for the police and also a serial killer.
From a young age his father (Harry) spotted that Dexter wasn't like other people and in an attempt to keep him from ending up in prison, Harry (a police man) taught Dexter how to kill without leaving any evidence.
Dexter lives by what he was taught by Harry, and often refers to Harry's code, a set of rules that when followed ensure that not only is Dexter not caught for his crimes but also that the victim deserved to die. For according to Harry's code you have to be a killer for Dexter to kill you, there has to be evidence to prove you're a killer.
So Dexter spends the early episodes correcting miscarriages of justice, and his job provides the perfect cover and also perfect access (via his police office sister) to all the tools for find his victims.
Without giving too much away, nothing is ever as simple as the code makes it out to be, and with a love interest making their way into Dexter's life things get a lot more complicated. Couple this with the entire police force looking for a serial killer who is Dexter and it makes for a brilliant first season, and continues to get better right up to season 3.
This isn't light hearted entertainment, but it's rarely gory or bloody and Dexter is a charming character that means well, in his own special way.
Dexter is a T.V show about serial killer Dexter Morgan (brilliantly played by Michael C Hall) who ironically works for the Miami police as a blood expert who often gets to visit the scene of violent crime and murders, unbeknown to the rest of his team he has often been involved in the crimes himself.
He sees himself as a kind of vigilantly as he only murders people who have committed serious crimes themselves and got away with them.
We have followed the show since season one and are now up to season 3 episode 11 on FX a great channel. We thought that the show was losing its appeal last season but we are now hooked again as the plots seem to get better and better with some very clever twists.
Although it is about a serial killer who cuts his victims up it also has an element of humour and we don't find it too gory making it good all round viewing for adults.
Hope this is of use
Up to now I have followed the first two series of Dexter that have been played in the UK so far. The second series was even better than the first. It was the closest Dexter the main character has come to getting caught.
The bags of bodies which Dexter dumps throughout series 1 and 2 are found and divers retrieve more and more hidden body bags. When confronted by another officer and tail gated he confesses to an addiction of heroin. He attends a course to solve this addiction and solve the problems with his partner. Instead he meets a monstrous mentor who sets her sights on him and goes to any lengths for him. Again he splits with his current partner.
The other police officer becomes obsessed that Dexter has a hidden secret. After constant following he discovers Dexter's true identity. This extreme behaviour displayed by the officer is recognised within this force and puts him under suspicion.
When trying to get Dexter to confess the police office James puts himself in danger. Dexter is faced with the decision of what to do with him and temporarily locks him away in a secure place.
The outcome was a little expected but in a unexpected way. It was al little obvious that he was not going to be arrested and labelled the Bay Harbour Butcher as series 3 was been played in America around the same time.
After been hooked on the first two series I have recently bought series three on DVD to watch before it comes out on TV again.
An amazing TV series. I was slow to catch on to this until a few friends started talking about it at work. I watched an episode mid-season on FX and was so impressed with the characters and the dark, dark humour that I downloaded the episodes that I had missed and spent a happy weekend catching up.
Dexter, the eponymous 'hero' of the show works in forensics as a blood-spatter expert. On the face of it he's a charming, witty and popular member of his police department. He also happens to be a psychopath and emotionless serial killer! However, Dexter chooses his victims very carefully. He targets those individuals that have committed gross crimes themselves and, for whatever reason, have evaded justice. He uses a code of conduct carefully and deliberately ingrained in him by his now departed father to select kills. If you don't fit the code you're quite safe.
Although Dexter doesn't feel emotion like the rest of us "more-balanced" individuals, he observes human beviour keenly and acts as he believes one should. Much of the humour of the show stems from Dexter's inner dialogue with himself and his wry observations concerning 'normal people'.
Dexter is unlike anything you will have seen before. The idea od a loveable serial killer seems unlikely but you can't fail to be taken in by his charms. On so many levels this is excellent television.
Dexter is a fantastic US TV series based around Jeff Lindsay's novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter".
The show follows Dexter Morgan (brilliantly played by Michael C Hall), by day he's a blood splatter analyst for the Miami Dade Police Department. But by night, Dexter plays the role of judge, jury and executioner - ridding Miami of its parasites by chopping them up and feeding them to the fish.
Dexter only kills people who deserve to be killed - rapists, murderers and drug dealers from whom the state has been unable to secure a conviction. Why does he do this? It's all down to his childhood. Dexter is an orphan, raised by a police officer after his mother's brutal murder. But Dexter's past has left something inside of him - a desire to kill that must be fulfilled. And so, with the guidance of his now deceased foster father, Dexter rids the world of the evil that he sees.
Dexter's kills are a ritual to him - he creates his own 'kill room', complete with pictures of his victim's victims and plastic sheets to cover the mess he's about to make. The kill scenes themselves are somewhat gory without being too distasteful.
Dexter himself is a lovable character and Dexter as a show is often edge-of-your-seat drama. Brilliant stuff.