Adam B. Vary
October 09, 2006 AT 12:00 PM EDT

It’s official: Showtime’s Dexter is the best new show of the season that I absolutely will never be able to watch again. I was borderline after last week’s pilot episode, what with the lingering shots of blood splatter and bloodless body parts (I don’t do so good with the hemoglobin, be it there or conspicuously not there). But then I caught the debut of Dexter‘s opening credit sequence last night and, well, I just never knew a morning routine — shaving, frying ham, grinding coffee, tying shoelaces — could be so supremely creepy when shot in extreme close-up. (Actually, it really does prove the maxim: everything is at least a little creepy when shot in extreme close-up.) You can find the sequence on the show’s official site (see the ”Good Morning Dexter” link towards the bottom of the home page), though the playback can be herky jerky even on high speed connections.

Anyway, like I said, it’s a terrific show — I found Michael C. Hall an especially mesmerizing presence — but just totally not for me. But what about you? What do you think of those opening credits? Are there other shows that you’ve known were good but just pushed your shudder button a few times too often?

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