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The Best Seasons of 'Dexter'

Updated May 8, 2020 6.2k votes 1.7k voters 70.1k views8 items

List RulesVote up the best seasons of Dexter.

This list of the best seasons of Dexter is ranked from best to worst, thanks to your votes. Some of the greatest episodes of Dexter come from different seasons, so determining what the best Dexter season is can be challenging. Although the last season ranks number one on worst series finales, Dexter has inspired many fans to get tattoos. If you're wondering, "How many seasons is Dexter?" "What is the best Dexter season?" and "Which season of Dexter is the best?" then this list will answer your questions. Maybe your favorite season is the one where Dexter kills Lila, or the one where Dexter gets Rita pregnant. After you've made your decision, be sure to also check out more shows like Dexter. 

The best seasons of Dexter are thrilling, dark, gritty, and full of near misses. Dexter is probably the only show on television where fans are rooting for the serial killer to succeed! Although Dexter almost gets caught by the police multiple times throughout this series, he almost always manages to keep his sociopathic tendencies a secret. Which season of Dexter is your favorite?  

Is it Season 1, where we're first introduced to Dexter Morgan? Or Season 2, when divers accidentally uncover Dexter's underwater burial ground? Or maybe you love Season 3, when Dexter's romantic life gets a little more complicated with a wedding and a baby on the way. Every season of Dexter is great, and the show definitely has some seriously passionate fans. It's no surprise that there are often arguments over which is the best season of DexterVote up the best seasons of Dexter below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.  

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  • Dexter - Season 4 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Seasons of 'Dexter'
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    The fourth season of Dexter premiered on September 27, 2009, and contains 12 episodes. This season finds the Miami Police Department and Dexter hunting down the Trinity Killer (guest star, John Lithgow).

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Hungry Man," "Hello, Dexter Morgan," and "The Getaway."

    Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

    • An awkward Thanksgiving dinner at the Mitchell home.
    • Deb and Lundy get shot.
    • Dexter kills Trinity, but it's too late for poor Rita.
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  • Dexter - Season 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Seasons of 'Dexter'
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    The second season of Dexter premiered on September 30, 2007, and contains 12 episodes. This season finds the Miami Police Department searching for the Bay Harbor Butcher.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "That Night, A Forest Grew," "There's Something About Harry" and "The British Invasion."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Rita breaks up with Dexter.
    • Dexter kidnaps Doakes to protect himself from getting arrested.
    • Dexter kills Lila for threatening Rita's children.
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  • Dexter - Season 1 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seasons of 'Dexter'
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    The first season of Dexter premiered on October 1, 2006, and contains 12 episodes. This series is inspired by the Dexter book series by Jeff Lindsay, which follows a police blood expert who kills murderers.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Let's Give the Boy a Hand," "Circle of Friends," and "Born Free."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Deb is captured by the Ice Truck Killer.
    • Dexter kills his brother.
    • Dexter frames Rita's abusive ex-husband.
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  • Dexter - Season 7 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Seasons of 'Dexter'
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    The seventh season of Dexter premiered on September 30, 2012, and contains 12 episodes. This season, Dexter and Deb's relationship evolves as she now knows the truth about her brother.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Are You...?," "Helter Skelter," and "Do You See What I See?."

    Memorable moments from Season 7 include:

    • Dexter finds a kindred spirit in Hannah.
    • Hannah poisons Deb.
    • Deb protects Dexter's secret by killing LaGuerta.
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