Dexter’s Crime Laboratory

Dexter is back for Season 3! (Showtime.)

This charming little series is about a serial killer working in a Miami police department, passing himself off as normal and getting by with the help of his adoptive father’s ethical code. That’s the twist: His father, recognizing him for what he is, inculcates a sense of who should and shouldn’t be killed both as a way of keeping him safe and keeping him controlled.

They cheat more than a little bit: Dexter is way too likable. They tend to take him to the brink of discovery and pull back at the last second. Very exciting but (I would think) limited in terms of how long they can drag it out. I thought both the first and second seasons could’ve been the last.

We’ll see. Jimmy Smits is making an appearance this season.

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