Dexter on Showtime

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Am I the only one who loved the first season of this show? I thought it was brilliant and definitely one of the best things that I watched last year. I watched the entire season these past two weeks and have been blown away, to the point that I am going to be sure to order Showtime before the season 2 premiere in September. Michael C. Hall is an incredibly talented actor; I actually had no idea that he also played David Fisher in "Six Feet Under" because the characters are so different both physically and emotionally.

youcangoyourownway, Monday, 2 July 2007 16:59 (thirteen years ago) link

I was a little put off by some plot contrivances, but mostly really enjoyed the show. I'll see what arrangebittorrentments I can make to see the second season, too.

Based on a series of books, right? Anyone read those?

Oilyrags, Monday, 2 July 2007 17:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, it basically followed the first book quite faithfully but from what I hear they are going to diverge quite a bit from the second book in the series in the second season.

youcangoyourownway, Monday, 2 July 2007 17:09 (thirteen years ago) link

I've been wondering what they're going to do with the second series - I haven't read the books, but


if icetruck is dead, and all the childhood/father exposition is out, the only real option they have is to have his girlfriend or coworkers slooowly figure out that he is actually a killer while he kills more. Hopefully they'll surprise me though

robertwolf8080, Monday, 2 July 2007 17:47 (thirteen years ago) link

They're starting this on TV in the UK. Perhaps I will watch it, to fill the empty hours till my real shows start again.

accentmonkey, Monday, 2 July 2007 18:43 (thirteen years ago) link

How he made himself increase so much in attractiveness between SFU and Dexter I will never know.

accentmonkey, you must watch it.

youcangoyourownway, Monday, 2 July 2007 19:06 (thirteen years ago) link

I started watching Dexter the day I finished watching SFU without knowing Michael C Hall was in both.

Dexter started off quite nicely but it let me down from the third episode onwards. It felt rather obvious who the icetruck killer was from quite early on and the whole backstory of Dexter + icetruck guy really was a bit too much over the top for my liking. Fancy that, the two of them becoming killers. Also, I kept wondering all throughout the series if the deaths of people Dexter killed were actually noticed by anyone. Not that that actually needed to be dealt with, but you know it had me wondering. All in all, Dexter was OK-ish but i probably wont watch the 2nd series unless im really bored.

Jibe, Monday, 2 July 2007 21:49 (thirteen years ago) link

It's pretty lifeless and stretched a quick read way too far.

I was hoping, initially, that the series would take the general idea and run with it, him killing bad guys in a monster-of-the-week-stylee instead of following one case.

milo z, Monday, 2 July 2007 22:00 (thirteen years ago) link

i loved all the characters in this show, except maybe for dex.

, Monday, 2 July 2007 22:34 (thirteen years ago) link

Really enjoyed this show; I'm sure there was another thread.

forksclovetofu, Monday, 2 July 2007 22:39 (thirteen years ago) link

i liked him a lot but all the supporting characters were so awful.

haha i just noticed what ? said.

s1ocki, Monday, 2 July 2007 23:02 (thirteen years ago) link

They are reshowing episodes on Showtime on Sundays as well as on FXUK for anyone interested.

youcangoyourownway, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:39 (thirteen years ago) link

I really liked the show, very Freudian.

Spencer Chow, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:49 (thirteen years ago) link

The first two episodes of the season 2 just leaked. Check your favorite torrent site.

youcangoyourownway, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 15:00 (thirteen years ago) link

i've been really enjoying this online - i'm about 5 eps in so far and contrary to the above spiler (dammit!) i have no idea who icetruck is yet. am i being a fuckwit?

CharlieNo4, Monday, 23 July 2007 16:32 (thirteen years ago) link

spOiler argh.

CharlieNo4, Monday, 23 July 2007 16:33 (thirteen years ago) link

oh well i never guessed *that*...

CharlieNo4, Saturday, 28 July 2007 14:43 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

accentmonkey, you must watch it.

And so I did. It just finished in the UK last week.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you look at it objectively, I suppose you could say that it seems obvious who the killer was, but the whole thing was so much fun and so kind of different that it didn't really matter.

accentmonkey, Thursday, 27 September 2007 07:17 (thirteen years ago) link

any news on series two?

CharlieNo4, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 13:44 (thirteen years ago) link

The first few episodes leaked online (probably from a critic's screener) a month or two ago. Looks like the focus has shifted to the cops looking for Dexter (although they don't know it). And Dex has lost his killing mojo... Plus the ex-Marine cop (the one who intuits something's up with him) is not letting him out of sight.

Girolamo Savonarola, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 14:17 (thirteen years ago) link

that leaves me STOKED. excellent news.

CharlieNo4, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 14:19 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Michael C. Hall of "Dexter"
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dally, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 16:13 (thirteen years ago) link

three months pass...

just started watching this and am not sure how I feel about it; it certainly isn't up to, say, SFU or Sopranos (or even Weeds) standards; and there is something distancing about it. I guess this is the result of having a sociopath as your main character; it's not so much a 'problem' as 'the point', I guess. But I'm more annoyed by the boss character and his sister who are both annoying as all hell.

akm, Tuesday, 29 January 2008 19:17 (twelve years ago) link

My god, this show is garbage.

DavidM, Tuesday, 29 January 2008 19:21 (twelve years ago) link

i likes it!

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Tuesday, 29 January 2008 19:24 (twelve years ago) link

I enjoy this way more than I enjoyed post-season 2 SFU. What a fucking endless parade of direness that was.

Simon H., Tuesday, 29 January 2008 19:26 (twelve years ago) link

Ya, i got bored of SFU pretty quickly - but think I enjoyed the 2nd season of Dexter even more than the 1st. It's no Wire or anything but still easy to like imho.

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Tuesday, 29 January 2008 19:42 (twelve years ago) link

I still REALLY enjoy this show.

Spencer Chow, Tuesday, 29 January 2008 19:55 (twelve years ago) link

What is SFU?

Mr. Goodman, Tuesday, 29 January 2008 20:20 (twelve years ago) link

Six Feet Under.

Simon H., Tuesday, 29 January 2008 20:25 (twelve years ago) link

its not as good as dexter's laboratory was on nick

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 29 January 2008 21:05 (twelve years ago) link

I wasted so much time trying to convince myself SFU was any good. FUSFU

wanko ergo sum, Tuesday, 29 January 2008 21:09 (twelve years ago) link

Dexter is great. Especially season two. I've never been as thrilled/stressed about an episode of TV as I was during season 2, episode... I think 9. Amazing, amazing episode of a great show.

Will M., Tuesday, 29 January 2008 21:18 (twelve years ago) link

*high fives*

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Tuesday, 29 January 2008 21:18 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, I like this show, too. Michael C. Hall is great, his sister is good, Angel is also really good. Matsuda is great, too. Nothing too heavy or "dire" like SFU...just a good, sometimes action-filled, hour of television. Occasionally, with tits!

Now, you want to talk about lame Showtime series, lets discuss "Brotherhood"...what a shitty, shitty show.

B.L.A.M., Tuesday, 29 January 2008 23:18 (twelve years ago) link

so will episodes have to be heavily edited for cbs?

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 29 January 2008 23:26 (twelve years ago) link

Prolly for some language, for some of the gore, and for some content.

Not terribly, but probably similar to how much A&E had to edit the Sopranos

B.L.A.M., Tuesday, 29 January 2008 23:34 (twelve years ago) link

I also like that the people who make Dexter have the taste in titties as I do.

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:12 (twelve years ago) link

I also like that the people who make Dexter have the taste in titties as I do.

Crazy as she was, she was hot as hell.

B.L.A.M., Wednesday, 30 January 2008 22:43 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

I just finished watching both seasons. I really like it. some of the actors are annoying but Michael C. Hall is awes and the sister's grown on me.

Also best opening credits sequence ever? It's so perfect for the show.

Roz, Sunday, 30 March 2008 13:04 (twelve years ago) link

six months pass...

Anyone else watching season 3?

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Wednesday, 8 October 2008 07:35 (twelve years ago) link

Well I watched season 2 this summer even though I didnt really like season 1. But I had nothing else to watch. Anyways, season 2 wasa a bit better than se1, but that's faint praise. I probably wont watch it as it airs and may give it a go next summer if I hear good stuff about it.

Jibe, Wednesday, 8 October 2008 08:07 (twelve years ago) link

yeah it's a fairly bodgy show, but I found the first two seasons engaging enough.

wilter, Wednesday, 8 October 2008 08:10 (twelve years ago) link

Some bits I do find engaging too. For one I really like Michael C. Hall. But it's the whole that kind of bugs me. Everything that happens always seems a bit obvious and you usually see plot twists coming a few episodes before they actually do. Also, seeing as they got rid of Doakes, it doesnt feel like there's too much counterweight to Dexter. Even though I'm sure they'll find something.

Jibe, Wednesday, 8 October 2008 08:16 (twelve years ago) link

like this show a lot - yes you do see plot twists coming a mile away but it's usually pretty funny and I really really like the Dexter character. Maybe that's a weakness though. I feel as if Dexter should be a bit more unlikeable than he is but he's not, not even when he was being a complete idiot last season with Lila and Doakes. mostly he just comes off as trying too hard.

the female characters on the other hand... ugh. They can't seem to write one who isn't irritating as fuck - Maria, Rita and Deb have grown on me but they still can be pretty annoying in their own ways. see also the IA chick who's currently hassling Deb.

Disco/Very (Roz), Wednesday, 8 October 2008 08:45 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

Nobody in this show has any friends. Deb has to tell Dex about her sex life because she doesn't have any friends. It's as though they all live in a great microcosm.

I'm Richard (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 24 November 2008 00:20 (eleven years ago) link

love this show immensely. esp opening sequence. puurffect.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Saturday, 6 December 2008 14:50 (eleven years ago) link

eight months pass...

Just caught up with the show this summer, tore through it pretty fast. Season 1 was probably the best, and season 2 was probably just a little bit less good, but Doakes' angle and, surprisingly, Lila, was pretty entertaining. Season 3 OTOH was just slightly above mediocre - I place the blame largely on Jimmy Smits for being so one-note, but even so, the writers didn't really come up with anything really compelling towards the end like they did for the first two seasons. I've definitely grown to like the cast a lot, though Hall and Benz were pretty excellent from the beginning.

Also, super lame DVD extra alert - on the last season 3 disc, instead of including cast interviews, they put on two episodes of The United States of Tara. They actually weren't bad, but you actually had to put the disc into a computer so it led you to a WEBSITE to watch a streaming flash clip of the interviews, lazily edited. Pff.

Definitely enjoy the show, but I almost can't believe they're managed to stretch the premise out to (now) a fourth season.

(and yes, it quite possibly is the best opening sequence ever)

Nhex, Saturday, 5 September 2009 01:46 (eleven years ago) link

I haven't seen Season 3 yet ... it should be out on DVD soon. I loved the first two seasons ... I think I even cried a couple times.

what happened? i am confused. (sarahel), Saturday, 5 September 2009 01:50 (eleven years ago) link

but then I also cried when Chris Keller fell off the balcony in the final episode of Oz, so I guess I have some weird sympathy for sociopaths.

what happened? i am confused. (sarahel), Saturday, 5 September 2009 02:42 (eleven years ago) link

just a few episodes into season 2. that CANNOT be British girl's real accent (even if she is British). Fucking irritating me.

owenf, Thursday, 2 February 2012 01:42 (eight years ago) link

also turning up the saturation way high is quite enjoyable

owenf, Friday, 3 February 2012 01:37 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Okay, still playing catch-up on this show. Haven't read this thread, wanting to avoid spoilers, but just finished Season 4 last night. Holy shit. Devastating.

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 5 March 2012 20:58 (eight years ago) link

One of my favourite shows ever. (Then again I have a ton of faves, so that's not saying much. lol)

Nathalie (stevienixed), Monday, 5 March 2012 22:09 (eight years ago) link

I was surprised how much I liked Lithgow as a creepy killer, but could've used less naked scenes.

Right now I think I'd rank the first four seasons as 1 > 4 > 2 > 3

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 5 March 2012 22:16 (eight years ago) link

Warning: it gets mildly shit then UNBELIEVABLY FUCKING TERRIBLE in the next two seasons. 1-4 are classic imo. I thought I'd have been all over this thread with my complete bewilderment at the direction this show took and the goodwill they spunked away, but I guess I vented elsewhere.

kinder, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 02:37 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...

Anyone watched 1st episode of season 7 yet?

not_goodwin, Thursday, 4 October 2012 20:24 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

maybe speaking too soon but this show has somehow become decent again

balls, Monday, 29 October 2012 05:55 (eight years ago) link

I skipped last season, got back in when Deb finds out what's going on. So far so good, but I'm kinda burned out on psychotic Russian gangsters

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 29 October 2012 06:15 (eight years ago) link

yeah, I'm watching the deb stuff and skipping all the other guff

turn left onto bisexual woman (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 29 October 2012 06:47 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

deb vs. carrie on homeland for the crazy overacting title.

s.clover, Monday, 19 November 2012 06:00 (seven years ago) link

the russian gangsters are like characters from 24.

estela, Monday, 19 November 2012 09:40 (seven years ago) link

I'm an episode behind, but by the end of the season we're going to find out that Hannah really hasn't killed anyone since her time with Wayne and she's going to bail out Dexter by killing again, right?

mh, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 01:16 (seven years ago) link

catch up!

estela, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 01:25 (seven years ago) link

Watching the newest right now! Bodycount +1, but I'm still counting it as defending Dexter

mh, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 01:36 (seven years ago) link

"What's a booty call?"

aww Dexter

mh, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 02:00 (seven years ago) link

OK, caught up, that really threw all the monkeywrenches in the works

mh, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 02:29 (seven years ago) link

haha I just marathoned season 6 and am catching up on this season too. season 6 was absolutely terrible but this one has been surprisingly good so far. Love the killers this season - I always liked Yvonne Strahovski (who plays Hannah) when she was on Chuck, and the guy who plays Isaac is great.

Decided to catch up because someone told me Deb found out about Dexter, but looooool I hadn't realised they went for the whole incest angle (about two seasons too late imo but way to go, writers, for trolling all the Dex/Deb shippers). poor deb. still so very fucked up.

Roz, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 09:59 (seven years ago) link

He's adopted!

mh, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 13:01 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I can't friggin believe Dexter fell for this shit

mh, Monday, 10 December 2012 23:47 (seven years ago) link

this season started out decently, got pretty good halfway, then immediately went back to being shitty. :/

though it did accomplish something I never thought possible - I now love deb and hate dexter.

Roz, Monday, 17 December 2012 19:03 (seven years ago) link

Next season is going to be the last, is it not?
Kinda enjoyed this season, blonde girl may pop up again in the next one as i doubt she's finished with deb...

not_goodwin, Monday, 17 December 2012 22:41 (seven years ago) link

next season should be the last because everyone in miami should be dead already

johnathan lee riche$ (mayor jingleberries), Monday, 17 December 2012 23:25 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...

Anyone watching the last season? Was tempted to watch because of Charlotte Rampling, but really I can't be bothered.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 4 August 2013 19:38 (seven years ago) link

I'm still on board, gotta see the conclusion, but this season hasn't grabbed me yet. The Rampling character is interesting, she knew Dexter's father and counseled him about "what to do with the boy," so that aspect is good. This season's long arc killer hasn't developed into much yet.

nickn, Monday, 5 August 2013 05:43 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

just finished S7. Couldn't get worse than S6 and I liked the angle they took (not the gangsters or fire guy because what was that) although the last few eps were back to usual 'is this finished yet'. I like how they've abandoned the idea of anyone doing any actual police work ever.

kinder, Saturday, 31 August 2013 20:10 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Is anybody still watching this? I just read a review that called it the worst final season of TV ever.

I gave up awhile ago - but now I want to see it in a car crash kind of way.

brio, Friday, 20 September 2013 18:42 (seven years ago) link

Not me. Gave up early last season when I realized literally the ONLY thing I enjoyed about it was ogling Dexter's crazy killer gardener girlfriend. The season before that with the "doomsday" plot was also basically some of the worst TV I've ever intentionally watched.

Øystein, Friday, 20 September 2013 18:58 (seven years ago) link

halfway through doomsday was where i checked out, it was bad even before that but holy shit

brio, Friday, 20 September 2013 19:51 (seven years ago) link

I think much of the love that Michael Hall gained from 6 Feet Under has evaporated after 8 seasons of this garbage. How it has lasted this long I do not know.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Friday, 20 September 2013 23:00 (seven years ago) link

Anybody watch the the last episode? They should have left it when hannah and harrison went for ice-cream...

not_goodwin, Monday, 23 September 2013 14:20 (seven years ago) link

wow people were not kidding about how bad that finale was. Holy shit, was it bad.

Roz, Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:26 (seven years ago) link

It didn’t help that I just watched a couple of episodes from season 1 on TV the other day, and it was already depressing to see how much the tone of the entire show had changed. Earlier seasons were a lot funnier, a lot darker and more cynical. Dexter felt like a proper anti-hero, as terrifying as the psychopaths he killed. What the actual fuck.

Anyway, anyone seriously considering taking on this show, stop at season 4. Really.

Roz, Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:34 (seven years ago) link


obi wankin' obi (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:39 (seven years ago) link

the av club's reviewer went so far as to vow to not even recommend the first two years to anyone, in case they keep watching

obi wankin' obi (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:41 (seven years ago) link

i saw it out but it was completely terrible by the end.

estela, Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:43 (seven years ago) link

Also, poor Deb. Fucked up til the end.

Roz, Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:43 (seven years ago) link

my curiosity remained (despite everything) until i heard she fell in love with her brother. that sent me on my way quicksticks.

obi wankin' obi (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:46 (seven years ago) link

i took it with a pinch of nacl and foolishly persisted.

estela, Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:49 (seven years ago) link

Sadly, there wasn't even much car crash quality to this season until the finale, it was very by-the-numbers before that. The first episode was promising but it got bad quickly. I liked Charlotte Rampling's character until the writers couldn't decide if she was supposed to show Dexter that he's good or that he's not good. The finale is where it gets ridiculous but only near the end. Watch just that if you want a laugh.

my curiosity remained (despite everything) until i heard she fell in love with her brother

I skipped the doomsday season but I read about this in a review and it was what got me intrigued in the show again! But they didn't do anything with it. This show needed to be more over-the-top if anything.

Vinnie, Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:16 (seven years ago) link

From reddit, but I'm been laughing about this since last night (SPOILERS I guess):

1. Denial
2. Anger
3. Bargaining
4. Depression
5. Acceptance
6. Lumberjack

Vinnie, Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:19 (seven years ago) link


Roz, Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:04 (seven years ago) link

but he's ok

beautifully, unapologetically plastic (mh), Wednesday, 25 September 2013 16:17 (seven years ago) link

*removes bookmark from thread*

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 26 September 2013 22:03 (seven years ago) link

Dexter Producer: Showtime Wouldn’t Let Us Kill Dexter

The Dexter series finale enraged many fans for many reasons; chief among them was the fact that Dexter lived — and became a logger? — despite having driven his boat into a hurricane. "How about that finale?" said Dexter producer John Goldwyn at the NYFF premiere of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty this weekend, when we asked how the writers decided on that ending. "They won't let us kill him," he told us. "Showtime was very clear about that. When we told them the arc for the last season, they just said, 'Just to be clear, he's going to live.' There were a lot of endings discussed because it was a very interesting problem to solve, to bring it to a close. People have a relationship with Dexter, even if it doesn't have the size and the ferocity of the fan base for Breaking Bad. But it has a very core loyal following." Yes, and a mostly disappointed one.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 8 October 2013 08:29 (seven years ago) link

seven years pass...

Inevitable. The IP must be fed

‘Dexter’: Showtime Revives Serial Killer Drama As Limited Series, Michael C. Hall & Clyde Phillips Return

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 15 October 2020 07:53 (two weeks ago) link

I guess that's why Showtime wouldn't let them kill him. Can't imagine a revival not sucking

Vinnie, Thursday, 15 October 2020 10:43 (two weeks ago) link

Boooooooooo. Why

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Thursday, 15 October 2020 10:52 (two weeks ago) link

Maybe they got tired of seeing the show reduced to a footnote for one of the worst series finales of all time.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 15 October 2020 13:58 (two weeks ago) link

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