The Best Episodes of Dexter

Last Updated: Apr 18, 2019

Dexter Morgan is a Miami-based blood splatter 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.

The Getaway

#1 - The Getaway

Season 4 - Episode 12

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 8.89
1,436 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Wendy West, Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg
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This is the Way the World Ends

#2 - This is the Way the World Ends

Season 6 - Episode 12

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 8.80
1,544 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Scott Buck, Wendy West
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Are You...?

#3 - Are You...?

Season 7 - Episode 1

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 8.65
1,952 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Scott Buck
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Surprise, Motherfucker!

#4 - Surprise, Motherfucker!

Season 7 - Episode 12

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

star 8.64
1,797 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Scott Buck, Wendy West
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Born Free

#5 - Born Free

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 8.58
1,499 votes
Directors: Michael Cuesta
Writers: Daniel Cerone, Melissa Rosenberg
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The British Invasion

#6 - The British Invasion

Season 2 - Episode 12

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

star 8.52
1,278 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Daniel Cerone, Melissa Rosenberg
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Hello, Dexter Morgan

#7 - Hello, Dexter Morgan

Season 4 - Episode 11

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 8.50
1,316 votes
Directors: SJ Clarkson
Writers: Scott Buck, Lauren Gussis
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The Big One

#8 - The Big One

Season 5 - Episode 12

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 8.43
1,354 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Chip Johannessen, Manny Coto
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Hungry Man

#9 - Hungry Man

Season 4 - Episode 9

For most people, Thanksgiving is a time for traditions and family. But for Dexter, it’s an opportunity to get closer to his most dangerous adversary yet. As Dexter gains insight into Arthur’s psychology by studying those closest to him, he finds himself drawn into a bizarre and twisted world.

star 8.38
1,284 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Wendy West
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Resistance Is Futile

#10 - Resistance Is Futile

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 8.38
1,325 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg
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Get Gellar

#11 - Get Gellar

Season 6 - Episode 9

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 8.38
1,461 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Karen Campbell
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Hop a Freighter

#12 - Hop a Freighter

Season 5 - Episode 11

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

star 8.37
1,350 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Scott Buck, Tim Schlattmann, Karen Campbell
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Truth Be Told

#13 - Truth Be Told

Season 1 - Episode 11

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 8.36
1,510 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Drew Z. Greenberg, Tim Schlattmann
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Do You Take Dexter Morgan?

#14 - Do You Take Dexter Morgan?

Season 3 - Episode 12

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 8.36
1,218 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Scott Buck
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A Horse of a Different Color

#15 - A Horse of a Different Color

Season 6 - Episode 4

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 8.34
1,427 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Lauren Gussis
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Argentina

#16 - Argentina

Season 7 - Episode 8

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 8.33
1,654 votes
Directors: Romeo Tirone
Writers: Arika Lisanne Mittman
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Teenage Wasteland

#17 - Teenage Wasteland

Season 5 - Episode 9

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

star 8.33
1,348 votes
Writers: Lauren Gussis
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Go Your Own Way

#18 - Go Your Own Way

Season 3 - Episode 10

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 8.32
1,219 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Tim Schlattmann
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Left Turn Ahead

#19 - Left Turn Ahead

Season 2 - Episode 11

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 8.30
1,281 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Scott Buck, Tim Schlattmann
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Lost Boys

#20 - Lost Boys

Season 4 - Episode 10

Dexter finally believes he understands the beast known as Trinity. But when a ten-year old boy goes missing, Dexter is forced to question everything he’s learned up to this point.

star 8.30
1,217 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Charles H. Eglee, Tim Schlattmann
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In the Beginning

#21 - In the Beginning

Season 5 - Episode 10

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 8.29
1,349 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Scott Reynolds
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Dex Takes a Holiday

#22 - Dex Takes a Holiday

Season 4 - Episode 4

Dexter gets some much-needed R&R time with Rita and the kids out of town, leading to his stalking of a new victim until he unexpectedly begins to empathize with his target, a cop that murdered her family.

star 8.28
1,254 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg, Wendy West
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Run

#23 - Run

Season 7 - Episode 4

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 8.27
1,624 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: James Manos Jr., Jeff Lindsay
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Morning Comes

#24 - Morning Comes

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 8.27
1,318 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Scott Buck
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Sunshine and Frosty Swirl

#25 - Sunshine and Frosty Swirl

Season 7 - Episode 2

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 8.27
1,622 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Manny Coto
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