'DEXTER' (Showtime) Season 5

<b>The series:</b> This dark, offbeat procedural about a serial killer who's also a forensics cop is a perennial Globe favorite &#8212; lead <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002176" title="Michael C. Hall" href="/topic/entertainment/michael-c.-hall-PECLB002176.topic">Michael C. Hall</a> and supporting actor <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003029" title="John Lithgow" href="/topic/entertainment/john-lithgow-PECLB003029.topic">John Lithgow</a> won trophies last year, and the series was nominated. Season 5 introduced a new love interest, played by <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0000007010" title="Julia Stiles" href="/topic/entertainment/julia-stiles-PECLB0000007010.topic">Julia Stiles</a>, who, along with Hall, is nominated for acting.<br>
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<b>The critical take:</b> "Last season's finale had raised some interesting issues &#8212; in that Dexter had broken his own code and inadvertently caused the death of an innocent [his wife]. I thought the new season would deal with that, but it went a whole different way and ignored the elephant in the room. It's a pretty amazing show, but can you really give it a best series Globe? I think not."
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The series: This dark, offbeat procedural about a serial killer who's also a forensics cop is a perennial Globe favorite — lead Michael C. Hall and supporting actor John Lithgow won trophies last year, and the series was nominated. Season 5 introduced a new love interest, played by Julia Stiles, who, along with Hall, is nominated for acting.

The critical take: "Last season's finale had raised some interesting issues — in that Dexter had broken his own code and inadvertently caused the death of an innocent [his wife]. I thought the new season would deal with that, but it went a whole different way and ignored the elephant in the room. It's a pretty amazing show, but can you really give it a best series Globe? I think not."

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