TV Roundup: Dexter, #18
Here's the short list thus far:
21. Kids In The Hall
19. How I Met Your Mother
With the 18th pick, I have to say I wrestled with this choice. The show is Dexter -- and I have to say this here and now: I SAY THIS WITHOUT HAVING WATCHED THE MOST RECENT (4TH) SEASON. I don't want to hear about how great John Lithgow was -- those discs will be available on Netflix soon enough.
It takes place in Miami, where Dexter Morgan works as a blood specialist for the police department - a subject he knows all too well. We learn in the pilot episode - so I don't feel as if I'm giving too much away -- that early on, his adoptive father recognizes what's inside Dexter, and teaches him to use it to rid the world of bad, evil people - instead of innocent prey like most serial killers.
Meanwhile, Dexter tries to live a life he recognizes as normal - despite being a definitive sociopath, he finds himself in a relationship with a single mom. His sister (who, somewhat creepily, is placed by Michael C. Hall's real-life wife, Jennifer Carpenter, is also on the police force - and has her own, much more mundane issues.
Like I said, I haven't seen the most recent season, and season five will start up this fall, so there's plenty of room for this show to soar higher (and the word about the fourth season was that it was a great one). Michael C. Hall is simply phenomenal, and when you combine this with his role as David Fisher in Six Feet Under (which we'll be talking about later), it's pretty clear he's a special actor.
He's the main reason why Dexter is my 18th favorite show of all-time.