By Ken Tucker
Updated October 03, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT
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type
  • TV Show
network
  • Showtime Networks Inc.

You can feel the crackling creative current running through the new, third season ? of Dexter. Having abandoned all plotlines from Jeff Lindsay’s source novels and dispatched the tediously glowering Sergeant Doakes at the end of last season, the ? producers and murderous Miami police blood-spatter reader Dexter (a twinkly-eyed Michael C. Hall) slither into fresh territory. The results are exhilarating: In the premiere, our serial killer kills accidentally for the first time, which throws him into a moral tizzy. Meanwhile, his sister Debra (the enthusiastically profane Jennifer Carpenter) has temporarily forsworn booze and is bent on a promotion, which only increases her intensity. Add the pregnancy of Dex’s girlfriend (the glowing Julie Benz), and Jimmy Smits’ guest run as a sly relative of the deceased, and things are set up nicely for a season ?of Dexter at loose ends, pushed to extremes he never thought he’d reach. B+

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Dexter

Michael C. Hall plays a serial killer who only murders evildoers in this gruesome drama

type
  • TV Show
seasons
  • 8
rating
status
  • On Hiatus
network
  • Showtime Networks Inc.

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