The WORST Episodes of Dexter
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 20, 2021
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.
#1 - Remember the Monsters?
Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 22, 2013
With a hurricane threatening Miami, Dexter becomes determined to end things his way.
#2 - Road Kill
Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 15, 2009
Dexter has always known his father’s Code was meant to protect him from exposure. But after committing a serious mistake, he wonders if it could have been designed to protect him from something even more dangerous – human emotion. When he discovers that Trinity is planning an out-of-town trip, Dexter sees an opportunity to ride along and gain insight into the mind of a fellow monster.
#3 - Sí Se Puede
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 2, 2008
Miguel is put on test by Dexter. Meanwhile, Rita is forced to reconsider her choices. The Skinner strikes again, this time killing the young boy who worked as Freebo's doorman and Debra begins to feel like she had some part in it.
#4 - First Blood
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 24, 2010
Dexter is saddled with an unwanted conspirator; Dexter worries about how Rita's death will affect Harrison; Deb works alone; Quinn enlists an old friend's help.
#5 - Blinded by the Light
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 11, 2009
Dexter is hampered by his neighborhood's increased vigilance due to vandalism, his temporary inability to drive himself anywhere, and his admiration for the killing technique of the artful Trinity Killer.
#6 - Nebraska
Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 2011
Dexter finds himself teamed up with a fellow Dark Passenger when he takes a road trip to Nebraska to tie up some loose ends from the past; Debra deals with the complications of her promotion as she leads the Doomsday investigation.
#7 - Our Father
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 28, 2008
Dexter has put his life back together but things may fall apart soon. His new victim is also being targeted by Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado. Deb has to decide how to handle Internal Affairs, as they want her to turn on her new partner.
#8 - Crocodile
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 8, 2006
Being wrapped up in preparing for his next victim, Dexter, finds out that the Ice Truck Killer is aware of Dexter's dirty little secret.
#9 - Popping Cherry
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 15, 2006
Dexter's on the trail of a recently released murderer who plans to kill again when he's sidetracked by the Ice Truck Killer's latest crime - a cut-up hooker found in a hockey ice rink.
#10 - Living the Dream
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 2009
The pressures of fatherhood threaten to bring Dexter's world crashing down. In his carelessness, Dexter realizes that he's misplaced crucial evidence, something that could expose his dark side to the world. But his search will have to wait, as Miami Metro's two simultaneous murder cases continue to escalate. Their top priority is to solve 'The Vacation Murders', a series of robberies gone bad that threaten Miami's lucrative tourist industry. Lundy, however, remains convinced that the bigger problem is dealing with the Trinity Killer, who unbeknownst to them is already stalking his next victim. Dexter has to weave a web of lies to extract himself from his duties, hoping to bury his secret before someone else finds it first.
#11 - The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 12, 2008
Dexter and a pedophile have a run-in; Dexter is unable to restore Freebo's good name after he is accused of a murder he didn't commit. Also, Dexter's friendship with Miguel weighs on his mind.
#12 - Love American Style
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 29, 2006
While the rest of the police department are focused on finding the Ice Truck Killer, Dexter is busy gathering evidence for his next victim. It turns out he will also discover more about relationships, love and how to make a success of it all. In doing so he gets some hilarious advice from unlikely sources and we see the first time that he actually kills two people at one time.
#13 - Remains to Be Seen
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 4, 2009
Dexter misplaces evidence which could expose his secret. Meanwhile, Miami Metro must juggle two serial killers at the same time, as the Vacation Murders might bring the city's tourism industry to a grinding halt.
#14 - Turning Biminese
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 26, 2008
While Dexter struggles with how to handle Rita’s desire for them to move in together before they get married, Miguel tells Dexter about a husband who has gotten away with killing two of his wives for financial gain. Meanwhile, Debra works with Anton, her confidential informant, to track down one of Freebo’s criminal confidants.
#15 - See-Through
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 21, 2007
Rita's estranged mother visits and senses something is wrong with Dexter. Masuka thinks he's developed a lead in the Bay Harbor Butcher case, which has Dexter concerned. Angel's interrogation of a witness crosses a line.
#16 - Goodbye Miami
Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 8, 2013
Dexter enlists Dr. Vogel's help to lure the Brain Surgeon to a location in order to get him on the table. Later, an important person in Dexter's life is murdered before his eyes.
#17 - Return to Sender
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 5, 2006
Dexter is called to the scene of the crime at the Castillo junkyard. The Ice Truck Killer has returned Valerie Castillo's body putting Dexter in danger of being caught. A boy is found who witnessed the crime.
#18 - Hello, Bandit
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 3, 2010
Dexter tries to focus on the children and fight his dark urges; Debra ends up on Quinn's doorstep.
#19 - My Bad
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 2010
Dexter must make a choice; Quinn stirs up trouble for Dexter but supports Deb.
#20 - Slack Tide
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 8, 2009
Dexter finds himself enjoying a brief moment of tranquility. He's finally managed to strike a balance between work, family and other pursuits. But he's keenly aware that times like these aren't meant to last. When Miami Metro discovers a string of murders connected to a prominent photographer, Dexter sees an opportunity for a clean kill.
#21 - All in the Family
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 19, 2008
After a failed marriage proposal, Dexter attempts to convince Rita that he wants more than a financial merger and fatherhood. He wants a family with Rita. Deb lands a new case. Miguel's brother, Ramon, is dead set on finding Oscar's murderer, which worries Dexter and Miguel.
#22 - Every Silver Lining...
Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 7, 2013
Miami Metro continues their hunt for the Brain Surgeon, while Dr. Vogel enlists Dexter to do her bidding based on her own personal experience with her previous patients. Debra continues to track down her PI case and has to take matters into her own hands.
#23 - If I Had a Hammer
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 2009
Dexter knows it’s only a matter of time before Miami Metro discovers the Trinity Killer’s latest handiwork. Therefore, he has to work doubly hard to stay one step ahead of their investigation. Dexter has begun to realize that the closer he gets to Trinity, the more he stands to learn from this very different beast.
#24 - Finding Freebo
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 5, 2008
Dexter continues the hunt for Freebo, knowing he is still in town after finding Teegan's body. Dexter and Rita must make a decision about her pregnancy. Dexter isn't sure whether he can raise a child. Deb searches for the identity of her body, not knowing the link to the Freebo case. Dexter races to beat the rest of the police to Freebo.
#25 - Waiting to Exhale
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 7, 2007
Dexter is finding it hard to have closure on killing his brother. There is a new FBI agent to head the "Bay Harbor Butcher" case. Debra is finding it tough to put the past behind her.