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on 16 April 2009
I had heard of Dexter when it was shown on FX on Sky and was wondering if they would have it on normal tv which they did on ITV 1. But due to really late times at night, I fell asleep during many of the epsodies which really annoyed me. So on my birthday, I went to get it and had finally finished it last night savouring every single one. Dexter is a serial killer with a heart, caring for his foul-mouthed but sweet foster sister and being the boyfriend of a beaten woman with two kids that he really adores. But behind the scenes, he kills only the bad people and tries to be semi normal around Doakes who is very suspious of him. With a shocking serial killer called The Ice Truck Killer, Dexter dosent' realise that this person is going to be hugely involved in his life and everything that he holds dear could be in total danger. It's excellent, twisted, shocking at times, gory, sexy and just good fun. Every epsoide has some dark laughs and brilliant pefomances from the stars inculding Michael C Hall who was outstanding in Six Feet Under. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a series with twists and turns only to be warned that it's qutie gory and you may eat a lot because he surely does! A perfect buy.
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on 28 August 2014
If I describe this excellent series it will sound worse than it is so please do not be put off from trying it.

Dexter, a forensic `blood splatter analyst' for the Miami Police, is a secret `controlled sociopath'.

A sociopath is a person with a currently untreatable mental condition whereby they have no conscience, remorse or sympathy to restrain selfish, destructive or violent impulses.

It is of course easy for someone like that to become a criminal and many do.

However, many others, the controlled sociopaths like Dexter, while realising they are different, learn to live mostly unnoticed among us, mimicking our behaviour so as not to stand out. Such people are restrained in their conduct not by any solid sense of morality or sympathy for others, but by learning that life is easier if they work within society's laws and morality; or at least, to seem to do so enough not to be caught.

In Dexter's case his adoptive father, a policeman, recognised early on that Dexter was a sociopath, but instead of disowning him taught him to direct his more violent and destructive impulses in a way that is, arguably, better both for Dexter and for society than if he had become a straight criminal. By night he secretly tracks down and eliminates murderers, rapists and such like he encounters in his day job as a scientist with the Miami Police Department who are clearly guilty but who cannot be convicted under the law with all its procedural safeguards.

I know that probably sounds terrible, but, as I have said, it will sound worse than it is so please do not be put off from trying Dexter. You may well find you like him; indeed while you might not expect to like a serial killer, Dexter is actually easier to like than the hero of `Breaking Bad' with which this series is often compared.

Particularly good among the cast are Julie Benz as Dexter's shy and vulnerable girlfriend (here playing a very different character from her other best known role as Darla the vampire in Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel) and Jennifer Carpenter as Dexter's policewoman sister Debra [wrong spelling of the name in my opinion but let that pass]. Both are attached to Dexter but neither knows about his darker, secret life. Like many sociopaths, knowing most people could not take the truth about him, hiding in plain sight has become second nature to Dexter.

Anyone who becomes interested in the subject of controlled sociopaths may want to check out Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding In Plain Sight by ME Thomas (a pseudonym) and her blog She is a former assistant professor of law who is a diagnosed controlled sociopath herself. She said that this first Season of Dexter while not quite 100% accurate is was so close she suspected there was a sociopath among the script writers (she suggested if one of the writers had a CV that looked 'too perfect' it would probably be them). She thought later Seasons became somewhat less accurate as a portrayal of a sociopath but that it was still a good programme.

The novel on which this series is based, Jeff Lindsay's 'Darkly Dreaming Dexter' is also really good.
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on 2 July 2010
This series is highly addictive. The cinematography is excellent. I've only reached programme 6 - and I can't wait to see the rest ... AND I've got two other series to look forward to. Its been a salvation for the World Cup.
It does not fail to leave me with an uneasy feeling for the whole day afterwards. Even the introduction gets me feeling all queasy. This is not an advertisement for the Miami tourist board.

If your fed up of the same-old crime series' on TV, give this a try. Its certainly different ! You wont be disappointed. NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED.
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on 23 April 2013
Dexter is a fantastic show. The cast does a fantastic job of portraying several main characters. Character development is very important and it's definitely where the story shines through strongest.

The main character Dexter Morgan is a serial killer that targets bad criminals that have escaped justice. He also leads a double life by working as a Blood Spatter Analyst for the Miami-Metro Police Department. There are several major characters including Debra Morgan (Dexter's sister who works for the police), James Doakes (a tough uncompromising officer who has a lot of anger within), Vince Masuka (a forensic expert), Maria LaGuerta (Dexter's boss for most of the series) and Angel Batista (a noble officer who tries to do the right thing).

Dexter is trying to come to terms with who he is. He is an introverted individual who has a clinical view on life. He was taught by his adopted father Harry Morgan who trained him to be normal and to only take out his frustration on those who are guilty. Many of these lessons are shown in flashbacks and these are often in moments when Dexter suddenly gets a reminder of his past.

While Dexter is an anti-hero, he is an interesting individual who often goes overlooked by the general public. Each episode enhances the story and creates a believable world. The vistas of Miami are very atmospheric and definitely conjure imagery of nice sunny holidays, the complete opposite of some of the more brutal and extreme crime scenes.

The series has many twists and turns and constantly surprises the viewer. Definitely a highlight, particularly in the genre of Detective Television shows.
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on 4 September 2008
Here we go again. Another CSI clone. Haven't we seen this all before? Well actually, not quite. There is nothing quite like Dexter.

Dexter Morgan (played by the outstanding Michael C. Hall) is a blood splatter analyst. Dexter is also a serial killer, or occasional killer, who kills the criminals who escape justic by administering some of his own.

Dexter was a troubled boy, adopted as a toddler and gaining a sister, (played by the fiery Jennifer Carpenter) with whom he now works along side, and brought up by an honest cop, who realised that Dexter was no ordinary thinking boy. Using knowledge and techniques shown to him by his father, Dexter has forged a 'career' as a very tidy and neat monster, as well as being a brilliant forensic analyst.

When attending a crime scene in sunny Miami, Dexter is shocked to be told that there is no blood for him to examine here. With surgical precision, a body has been dismembered and almost presented perfectly, waiting to be discovered. Neatly wrapped body parts leave Dexter with a challenge - to improve his own killing technique and to find the one who becomes known as 'The Ice Truck Killer'.

There are many more twists and turns as the story unfolds and we discover much more about Dexter, and that he is an emotionless character much of the time, and very quiet, almost to the point of becoming an outcast and occasionally exploding in a crescendo of violence. Despite the madness and murder, Dexter has gained respect from most of his collegues whilst hiding the fact that he has a murderous evening and weekend job. Of course there is dark humour to lift the mood slightly, only before letting the viewer plunge back into the hellish psyche of the Miami serial killer division.

Dexter is a meticulously crafted modern television masterpiece, eclipsing our very own 'Waking The Dead' and leaving a bitter sweet taste in the mouth that leaves you wanting so much more.
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on 13 January 2011
So I was channel surfing one Sunday evening when I came across this, At first I thought it was going to be another rubbish generic American crime drama. After watching the first 2 episodes though this swiftly changed to one of the best programs I have watched in years. The main plot is about a forensic blood spatter analysis working for Miami Metro named Dexter (hence the program name). However all is not as it seems as he is also a serial killer who hunts those who kill without reason. He soon realizes he is not alone as mysterious frozen dismembered bodies begin turning up around Miami which kickstarts a rollercoaster of a plot with one of the best finales I've seen!

This is one of the only American programs that know not only what subtlety and pacing is but how to use it effectively in order to build up a tense atmoshphere whick kept me on the edge of my seat but at the same time can make everything seem peaceful. The plot twists, whilst being ludicrous at points (won't ruin any here), are all place at perfect time which helps build said atmostphere even more.

As far as the acting goes it's at the top of it's game with all characters being well rounded and somewhat relateable. The chemistry between Michael C Hall and Jennifer Carpenter is superb The comedy in it can be rather dark bu also a little dry but this isn't a comedy series.

Overall I would happily recommend this to anyone as it will provide 12 hours of quality TV
1 word of warning: this is 18 for a reason it get rather graphic and is not for those who have a fear of blood
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on 13 May 2012
Myself and my husband were completely gripped by this, from the word go! It's unlike anything else on TV at the moment, and I know some people compare it to CSI, but I personally think it's a million times better than that due to it's unique characters and storylines. Ordered Season 2, can't wait to see what happens next!
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on 27 February 2009
Read the book before watching the series and for once, the T.V. version is much better.Dexter is a complicated character played with great panache by Michael C Hall who really brings the character to life on the screen. - The fact that he's "easy on the eye" is an added bonus! While the viewer knows that Dexter is basically a murdering vigilante and what he does is against the law one can't but help liking him and even empathising with his way of thinking and actions.The use of voiceover from Dexter gives the viewer further insights into his character and way of thinking. The cast of secondary characters are also interesting and several story lines weave their way through this excellent series.From the extremely imaginative opening credits - totally in keeping with the flavour of the show - I was completely hooked on this series from the very first episode and can't wait to see how Dexter develops in series 2, currently being shown on T.V. here in the U.K.
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on 19 January 2012
Im not normally a fan of following long running tv series and usually stay away from them on DVD, however I was drawn to this one because of its interesting premise. No need to go into too much detail on that front as the myriad of glowing reviews prior to this will delve into it in more detail. However suffice to say this was a brilliant, engrossing and compelling programme which presented a truly fantastic central character who, although a villain in disguise, is easy to follow and makes you cheer him on in his pursuit of justice. His antics intertwined with that of the serial killer the police are after is brilliantly played throughout and when the twist comes it really hits hard. The small character ticks are what really stands this apart from most. You have Dexter who has no access to his emotions but is trying so hard to appear to be normal. He constantly sees the Ice Truck Killer as competition rather than someone breaking the law in the most heinous of ways. Michael C Hall brilliantly plays this character down and lets the story carry you to the next twist and turn. The gore is not gratuitous and violence is limited as it is more suggested than outright shown, but it still packs a punch. This really is one of the most cleverly written and watchable tv shows I have seen in a long time. Highly recommended and highly entertaining.
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on 30 December 2008
And you thought santa had his list...

Okay so you've got your CSI, NCIS and even Midsomer Murders. Now meet Dexter. Okay so its based on the novels by Jeff Lindsay, but this is orignal programming that is frighteningly addictive (and this is from somone who is sqeemish!). Even on missing the pilot episode and watching from episode 2 I still found myself drawn so far into this. At that time I still had'nt got much of a clue what was going on but still, it was erelvent! I was lucky enough to see Season 2 on FX before its realease on to terrestrial tv and it did not disapoint one bit. Im waiting in anticipation at the release of season 3 here in the UK. Untill them do yourself a favour, by this along with the equally good season 2 and have some faith restored in modern day tv writers!
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