By Lindsay Soll
Updated October 22, 2008 at 12:00 PM EDT

Sharpen your knives and rev up your powersaws, PopWatchers: Showtime announced yesterday that it has renewed its murderous thriller Dexter for a fourth and fifth season! The news comes as little surprise given its success: Since debuting in 2006, Dexter has been one of Showtime’s highest-rated series ever; this year, the show earned an Emmy nod for Outstanding Drama Series and star Michael C. Hall nabbed a nom for Best Actor; it won a prestigious Peabody Award earlier this year; and EW just gave the current season a whopping B+.

I recently avowed to my co-workers that it’s one of the best shows on TV, and I wholeheartedly stand by that statement. Given my penchant for shows that tend to skew on the girly side (see: The Hills and Privileged as examples), it might seem surprising that I’m so passionate about a show that follows a serial killer, but the seamless writing and captivating actors make it easy to see past the blood and gore and fall under the show’s emotional and psychological spell.

And…let’s be honest, Hall is not so hard to look at (see, there’s that girly side I was telling you about).

Are you guys as happy as I am to hear that Dexter won’t be deleted off your TiVo season passes anytime soon? And are there any females out there like me who also love this show but don’t think they should? Speak up below!