Understanding Dexter

by Roy Hui Featured 1 Comments 9 Votes 1777 Views 12/06/2012 Back to Articles

Dexter has been airing since 2006 for a number of reasons. It's unique in the way that is explores the psychology and actions of Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a blood splatter analyst (and Miami Metro Police Department loyalist) by day and vigilante serial killer by night. James Manos, Jr., who adapted the literary text to television, specifically, from Jeff Lindsay's novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, should be commended on the series, which continues to impress.

The show is created out of an intersection, or concoction, of many genres, or generic elements. In many ways it employs elements of the psychological thriller, but manages to do so using aspects of the black comedy, a genre realm that Hall seems most comfortable with, probably due to successful casting experience outside of the show, such as on the set of Six Feet Under, a successful HBO black comedy of yesteryear. The series also belongs, in a number of ways, to crime, drama and mystery television genre traditions, which further reinforces the show's diverse form and content. Manos, Jr.'s portrayal of the Miami Metro Police Department in Dexter is highly intriguing; it is marked by events that happen on and under the surface of the department's bureaucracy.

Dexter is still, after years on the small screen, a strong, engaging television series. It is a credit to Hall; he was able to break typecasting as a reserved and restrained gay funeral parlour worker in Six Feet Under and reinvent himself in another equally successful series. His performance, as the show’s leading antihero, has seen nominations and wins for a string of television awards, ranging from the Screen Actors Guild to the Golden Globe award.

Dexter season 6 is now available on DVD & Bluray.

By Chris Traficante

Link to us http://tv.mmgn.com/Articles/Understanding-Dexter
Register or Login to vote for this article.
Alternatively, connect with Facebook or Twitter.
Facebook Connect Twitter Login

Understanding Dexter Comments

Leave a comment Log in with Facebook
A complex series that is successful because of the back story of its anti-hero.

Post a comment

Leave a comment Log in with Facebook

TV Content

How I Met Your Dad – Thoughts?
17/11/2013 Polls 13 28
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 shooting in Australia

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 shooting in Australia

Gryllis 1 hour News 0 2
Yoda encourages reading on Star Wars Reads Day

Yoda encourages reading on Star Wars Reads Day

Gryllis 2 hours News 0 2
The Simpsons S26 begins today with a death

The Simpsons S26 begins today with a death

Gryllis 3 days News 7 9
ZiNG Pop Culture Stores open around Australia

ZiNG Pop Culture Stores open around Australia

Leasha 18/09 News 13 11
Foxtel pricing overhaul - What you need to know

Foxtel pricing overhaul - What you need to know

Gryllis 04/09 Articles 11 9
Foxtel's massive overhaul makes it cheaper, more HD

Foxtel's massive overhaul makes it cheaper, more HD

Gryllis 04/09 News 1 7
PLUS7 catch-up TV app coming to Xbox One

PLUS7 catch-up TV app coming to Xbox One

Gryllis 01/09 News 1 2
UnoTelly SmartDNS review - Access US streaming services

UnoTelly SmartDNS review - Access US streaming services

Gryllis 20/08 Articles 1 16

Community Content

ZiNG Pop Culture Stores open around Australia

ZiNG Pop Culture Stores open around Australia

Leasha 18/09 News 13 11
Awesome Gaming Stuff Of Tomorrow, Today! Vol. 3

Awesome Gaming Stuff Of Tomorrow, Today! Vol. 3

02/09/2014 Blog 10 0

MMGN Updates

Status
Updating..
Username

HittinCrits, KezDaMuss, ICELAReap commented on didgio digital giveaway: Win 1 of 50 PC game codes

HittinCrits 11 mins ago
Username

zurczner, Blak commented on Blak's Massive Figurine Collection

zurczner 2 hours ago
Username

Kayel, DarkJibTEC commented on Blak's Massive Figurine Collection

Kayel 11 hours ago
Username

DarkJibTEC, K4ZMA commented on Second Season of Nisekoi is green-lit!

DarkJibTEC 14 hours ago
Username

Elraro, Tano, Leasha, Gryllis commented on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel hands-on preview

Elraro 20 hours ago
Username

K4ZMA, Blak commented on Blak's Massive Figurine Collection

K4ZMA 1 day ago
Username

Flyverson got inFAMOUS: First Light, Destiny

Flyverson 1 day ago