The WORST 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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Remember the Monsters?

#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.

star 6.81
7,172 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Manny Coto, Scott Buck
Road Kill

#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.

star 7.58
7,350 votes
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg, Scott Reynolds
Sí Se Puede

#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.

star 7.60
5,924 votes
Writers: Charles H. Eglee
First Blood

#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.

star 7.64
9,042 votes
Directors: Romeo Tirone
Writers: Tim Schlattmann
Blinded by the Light

#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.

star 7.66
7,076 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Scott Buck
Nebraska

#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.

star 7.66
8,161 votes
Directors: Romeo Tirone
Writers: Wendy West
Our Father

#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.

star 7.67
6,509 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Clyde Phillips
Crocodile

#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.

star 7.67
7,797 votes
Directors: Michael Cuesta
Writers: Clyde Phillips
Popping Cherry

#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.

star 7.67
7,067 votes
Directors: Michael Cuesta
Writers: Daniel Cerone
Living the Dream

#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.

star 7.67
7,553 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Clyde Phillips
The Lion Sleeps Tonight

#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.

star 7.68
6,075 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Scott Buck
Love American Style

#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.

star 7.69
6,589 votes
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg
Remains to Be Seen

#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.

star 7.69
7,037 votes
Directors: Brian Kirk
Writers: Charles H. Eglee
Turning Biminese

#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.

star 7.70
5,727 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Tim Schlattmann
See-Through

#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.

star 7.72
5,891 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Scott Buck
Goodbye Miami

#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.

star 7.72
6,094 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Jace Richdale, Scott Reynolds
Return to Sender

#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.

star 7.73
6,534 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: Tim Schlattmann
Hello, Bandit

#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.

star 7.73
9,364 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Scott Buck
My Bad

#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.

star 7.75
10,620 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Chip Johannessen
Slack Tide

#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.

star 7.76
7,149 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
Writers: Scott Buck
All in the Family

#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.

star 7.76
5,950 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Adam Fierro
Every Silver Lining...

#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.

star 7.77
6,333 votes
Directors: Michael C. Hall
Writers: Manny Coto
If I Had a Hammer

#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.

star 7.77
7,346 votes
Directors: Romeo Tirone
Writers: Lauren Gussis
Finding Freebo

#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.

star 7.77
6,162 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg
Waiting to Exhale

#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.

star 7.78
5,671 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Clyde Phillips