Dexter Any fears you had that marriage and a baby would dull the sharp edge of Dexter — I admit it, I was worried — have… Dexter Any fears you had that marriage and a baby would dull the sharp edge of Dexter — I admit it, I was worried — have… 2009-09-27 Crime Drama Thriller Michael C. Hall Showtime Networks Inc.
TV Review

Dexter (2009)

Michael C. Hall, Dexter | Killer Dad: Michael C. Hall and Julie Benz
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Killer Dad: Michael C. Hall and Julie Benz
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Start Date: Sep 27, 2009; Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller; With: Michael C. Hall; Network: Showtime Networks Inc.

Any fears you had that marriage and a baby would dull the sharp edge of Dexter — I admit it, I was worried — have been thoroughly allayed by season 4's wonderfully swift, witty, and violent start. That sweet little pumpkin-head Harrison is indeed complicating Dexter's life. Now, like Michael C. Hall's character, I jump more often when his cell phone rings and it's Julie Benz's Rita asking him to come home than when Dexter is actually slaying someone.

The show has a superb new villain in John Lithgow's Trinity Killer; Lithgow has played bad before, but he's not copycatting his earlier scoundrels. He uses eerie calm, even when murdering, to give you chills. Also welcome: Keith Carradine's sly FBI profiler, guaranteed to keep Trinity, Dexter, and former girlfriend Deb all on their toes.

''Wanna know a secret? Daddy kills people,'' was Dexter's heart-slicing line to his newborn in the premiere. For the rest of us, that just makes Dexter more heartwarming. A–

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Originally posted Sep 23, 2009 Published in issue #1068 Oct 02, 2009 Order article reprints
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