The BEST Episodes of Dexter

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2021

Network: Showtime

Dexter Morgan is a Miami-based blood spatter expert who doesn’t just solve murders; he commits them too. In fact, he’s a serial killer — but he only murders the guilty, so he feels justified with his lifestyle choices. His policewoman sister and his cop co-workers have no idea Dexter lives a double life; however, adoptive father Harry knows his secret, and does, in fact, help Dexter hone his “skills.” It’s a unique brand of justice for which charming Dexter feels a psychological hunger.

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The Getaway

#1 - The Getaway

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 13, 2009

Dexter and Arthur find themselves on a collision course, as Debra unearths a shocking long-hidden truth, Rita admits her marriage to Dexter is troubled, and Batista and LaGuerta face the consequences of an ethics breach.

star 8.73
8,297 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg, Scott Reynolds, Wendy West
This is the Way the World Ends

#2 - This is the Way the World Ends

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 18, 2011

In the season 6 finale, Dexter and Homicide race against a lunar eclipse to catch the Doomsday Killers before their final gruesome act; Debra struggles with a new emotional reality.

star 8.56
7,942 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Scott Buck, Wendy West
Are You...?

#3 - Are You...?

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 30, 2012

Deb tries to cover up involvement in Travis' murder; Detective Mike Anderson has an unfortunate run-in; Quinn and Batista make amends; LaGuerta rethinks the Bay Harbor Butcher case.

star 8.46
7,449 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Scott Buck
Born Free

#4 - Born Free

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 17, 2006

Dexter follows clues left for him by the Ice-Truck Killer in an attempt to find the hostage. Paul tries to convince Rita that she and the children are not safe around Dexter.

star 8.38
6,085 votes
Directors: Michael Cuesta
Writers: Daniel Cerone, Melissa Rosenberg
The British Invasion

#5 - The British Invasion

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 16, 2007

The Task force believes the Bay Harbor Butcher case is closed, but Dexter still has some trouble to deal with.

star 8.35
5,296 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Daniel Cerone, Melissa Rosenberg
Surprise, Motherfucker!

#6 - Surprise, Motherfucker!

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 16, 2012

Dexter must protect himself when LaGuerta closes in on his secret.

star 8.32
6,852 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Scott Buck, Wendy West
The Big One

#7 - The Big One

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 12, 2010

Dexter's situation grows desperate when he discovers that Lumen's been set up. Despite knowing he's being baited into a trap, Dexter risks everything to make sure he doesn't fall into the same mistake again. In the Barrel Girls case, Debra lets her personal feelings lead her instincts once she concludes that vigilantes are more than just a theory. Quinn finds himself in a troublesome situation, which only Dexter can help him out of.

star 8.32
8,660 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Chip Johannessen, Manny Coto
Hello, Dexter Morgan

#8 - Hello, Dexter Morgan

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 6, 2009

Miami Metro is just one step away from discovering the identity of the Trinity Killer. And Dexter can't let that happen. Dexter must take drastic action to buy himself time to deal with Trinity in his own fashion. Arthur, who still can't understand why Dexter didn't simply turn him in, begins his own bloody investigation into Kyle Butler.

star 8.26
7,950 votes
Directors: S.J. Clarkson
Writers: Lauren Gussis, Scott Buck
Hop a Freighter

#9 - Hop a Freighter

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 5, 2010

Dexter must do damage control; Debra's speculation begins to take shape; Quinn becomes involved in a homicide.

star 8.22
9,646 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Karen Campbell, Scott Buck, Tim Schlattmann
Resistance Is Futile

#10 - Resistance Is Futile

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 25, 2007

Dexter realizes it won't be easy to end things completely with Lila. Dexter tries to stay ahead of the investigations as the manhunt for the Bay Harbor Butcher intensifies. An enemy of Dexter figures out his secret.

star 8.17
5,762 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg
Truth Be Told

#11 - Truth Be Told

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 10, 2006

The Ice Truck Killer puts Dexter in a life changing position when he takes someone close to Dexter hostage. Doakes begins to suspect that Dexter's odd behavior is something darker than he originally thought.

star 8.17
6,234 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Drew Z. Greenberg, Tim Schlattmann
Do You Take Dexter Morgan?

#12 - Do You Take Dexter Morgan?

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 14, 2008

It is the day before Dexter's wedding and Dexter must deal with two people targeting him, while preparing for his special occasion. Meanwhile, Angel tells Deb he's put her in for a promotion, but after he finds out some information her shield may be gone before she gets it.

star 8.15
6,316 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Scott Buck
Get Gellar

#13 - Get Gellar

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 27, 2011

Dexter receives help from an unexpected source while hunting the Doomsday Killers and staying one step ahead of Homicide; Debra discovers something new about herself in therapy.

star 8.15
8,081 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Karen Campbell
Go Your Own Way

#14 - Go Your Own Way

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 30, 2008

A series of chess-like moves ensues when Dexter and Miguel vie for the upper hand, with Miguel winning Rita's affection by presenting her with a lavish wedding gift. Elsewhere, Debra wonders if her relationship with Anton is worth the trouble.

star 8.14
6,194 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Tim Schlattmann
A Horse of a Different Color

#15 - A Horse of a Different Color

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 2011

Much to his own surprise, an emergency with Harrison and a new tableau from Gellar and Travis has Dexter leaning on Brother Sam and an unexpected winged messenger for support as he questions the idea of faith; with proof of a religiously motivated killer, Homicide hunts for a zealot, with Debra giving her first official press conference.

star 8.14
8,374 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Lauren Gussis
Teenage Wasteland

#16 - Teenage Wasteland

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 21, 2010

Dexter and Lumen hunt for their next victim; Debra uncovers new evidence in the Barrel Girl case

star 8.13
9,487 votes
Writers: Lauren Gussis
In the Beginning

#17 - In the Beginning

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 28, 2010

Homicide uncovers some key evidence linked to one of Dexter's and Lumen's prior victims; Debra identifies two more suspects in the case.

star 8.13
9,324 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Scott Reynolds
Take It!

#18 - Take It!

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 14, 2010

Dexter and Lumen vet and stalk a violent killer; Debra gets into some unexpected trouble from the fallout of the Santa Muerte case

star 8.12
9,288 votes
Directors: Romeo Tirone
Writers: Manny Coto, Wendy West

#19 - Argentina

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 18, 2012

Fresh out of jail, Isaak renews his pursuit of Dexter while Quinn continues his power struggle with the Koshkas. Dexter tries to keep Debra in the dark about his relationship with Hannah, but a surprise visit from Astor, Cody and Harrison throws a wrench into his plans.

star 8.09
6,580 votes
Directors: Romeo Tirone
Writers: Arika Lisanne Mittman
Left Turn Ahead

#20 - Left Turn Ahead

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 9, 2007

Dexter must make a massive decision that will have an effect on all those he holds close. Lila meanwhile is back with a secret to blackmail Dexter.

star 8.07
5,792 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Scott Buck, Tim Schlattmann
Morning Comes

#21 - Morning Comes

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 18, 2007

Dexter is attacked by the man who murdered his mother. Meanwhile, Lila wants to get closer to Dex, and Debra and Lundy close in on the Bay Harbor Butcher.

star 8.07
5,693 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Scott Buck
Do You See What I See?

#22 - Do You See What I See?

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 9, 2012

It's Christmas time, and Debra learns it may be better to receive when she gets a tip from Hannah's father... one that could lead to incriminating Dexter in a crime. Meanwhile, Dexter discovers that the man behind his mother's death has been released from prison.

star 8.06
6,845 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Manny Coto, Wendy West

#23 - Run

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 21, 2012

After capturing a deadly killer, things go awry for Miami Metro, sending Debra into a tailspin. In an effort to help his sister, Dexter enters into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, while the Ukrainian mob continues to seek revenge.

star 8.06
6,963 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: James Manos Jr., Jeff Lindsay
Sunshine and Frosty Swirl

#24 - Sunshine and Frosty Swirl

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 7, 2012

Miami Metro sets out to unearth new evidence on a claim from a local convict that he has new information regarding a 15-year-old crime spree; Debra tries to cure Dexter of his killer tendencies.

star 8.06
6,901 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Manny Coto
There's Something About Harry

#25 - There's Something About Harry

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 2, 2007

Doakes follows Dexter to his next crime scene and shocks him with a revelation about Harry. The Bay Harbor Butcher task force feels they are zeroing in on their man.

star 8.06
5,927 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Scott Reynolds