'DEXTER' (Showtime) Season 5

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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