Dexter’s Pilot Review: The Perfect Introduction to America’s Favorite Serial Killer.

Kendall Rivers
4 min readSep 30, 2023
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan-Image Sources:
The Colleton Company, John Goldwyn Productions, Clyde Philip Productions, 801 Productions & Devilina Production.

Dexter Morgan was America’s favorite serial killer. Every Sunday night from 2006 to 2013 on Showtime people watched Dexter juggle his day job, his “night job”, and his romantic and familial relationships. The show was adapted from the novels written by Jeff Lindsay.

It all started when we meet Dexter for the first time aka “The Dark Passenger” in the creepy but riveting opening scene:

From those first eery moments we learn a lot about Dexter Morgan and what he’s all about. The stone cold killer side of him is on full display and surprisingly we don’t even hate the guy because his “victim” happens to be a sick and depraved child molester and killer. These first scenes establish the gray area in Dexter’s world very well and we as an audience are already questioning ourselves and our own values as we somehow root for a serial killer. But even stranger is that throughout the episode we not just learn to root for Dexter but even like him.

Jennifer Carpenter as Deb-Image Sources: The Colleton Company, John Goldwyn Productions, Clyde Philip Productions, 801 Productions & Devilina Production.

It’s through the people in his life that we get to explore Dexter’s full range as a human being: His tight knit bond with his adopted sister Deb, his camraderie with members of Miami PD, his cat and mouse dynamic with Detective Doakes, his mentorship with his adopted father Harry and his romantic relationship with girlfriend Rita all reveal the different sides of this serial killer.

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Kendall Rivers

Kendall is a screenwriter who’s a huge fan of classic tv and movies. He enjoys creating good stories and characters. https://www.facebook.com/kendall.rivers.3