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The TV Show Dexter’s Eight Seasons: A Rollercoaster of Highs and Lows

A Still From TV Show Dexter (Photo: Dexter)

The American television series Dexter, which aired from 2006 to 2013, is a show that showcases a mix of impressive and unimpressive elements. The show’s main hook, a forensic technician turned serial killer, was charming to watch, despite the atrocious acts he commits. Each season had its own central focus, with some being more successful than others.

The eighth and final season, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 33%, is the lowest-rated, feeling unexciting and lacking the impact expected from a crime/drama TV show’s final season. The season revolves around another serial killer, guilt, and a mysterious psychiatrist, but it all builds sloppily and slowly to the disappointing series finale. This season’s lackluster performance is attributed to its failure to live up to the show’s previous standards.

Season 6, with a score of 38%, is also criticized for its poor character developments, a strange love story, and the way it handled religious undertones. However, the season does end with an effective cliffhanger, which may entice viewers to continue watching.

Season 3, with a score of 72%, is seen as a solid, yet unexceptional, season. It explores Dexter’s friendships and romantic life, but it also reuses some plot developments from previous seasons. The show’s ability to adapt the book series’ storylines is still evident in this season.

A Still From TV Show Dexter (Photo: Dexter)

Season 7, with a score of 79%, is a surprise hit, benefiting from the previous season’s cliffhanger and putting Dexter in precarious situations. The season has interesting antagonists and guest stars, making it an enjoyable watch. Season 1, with a score of 82%, is praised for its introduction to the show and its setting up of character dynamics. It also establishes the show’s unique ability to adapt the book series’ storylines.

Season 5, with a score of 84%, is near the top of the highest-rated seasons, with a strong beginning and a solid central narrative. However, it does feel familiar and less engaging than previous seasons. Season 4, with a score of 88%, is one of the best seasons, featuring an intense storyline and an excellent antagonist, John Lithgow.

Season 2, with a score of 96%, is considered one of the best seasons, with a monumental storyline that raises the stakes and sets the bar high for the rest of the show. Dexter’s eight seasons have varying levels of success, with some seasons being more enjoyable than others.

Joemar Dela Cruz
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Joemar is a film critic based in Manila, Philippines. He has a keen interest in analyzing the art of filmmaking and enjoys writing about both mainstream and arthouse cinema. Reach out to him at [email protected].

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