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Tuesday, January 11 2011

The Best TV Shows of 2010

Running the gamut from the ever-present to the new and novel, PopMatters' TV picks prove that, as a medium, the small screen challenges the big at every entertainment (and aesthetic) level.

Wednesday, January 5 2011

The Best DVDs of 2010

As the medium continues to struggle with significance in the steady "streaming" of the 21st Century, here are PopMatters' picks for the best the format(s) have to offer.

Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best TV of 2009

Aside from one or two new shows, this look at the Best of TV 2009 seems awfully familiar. A look at early '60s admen? A practically incomprehensible drama about an island of airplane crash castaways? The Americanization of a UK workplace comedy? That definitely rings a bell.


Wednesday, August 31 2011

Life, Murder and Companionship: Dexter's Quest for Friendship

Looking back over Dexter’s journey, the need for a trustworthy companion has never been greater. As the character has become more human, the desire for companionship and a normal life has overtaken the necessitation to kill. It has become—in fact always was—the driving force in his life.


Sunday, November 10 2013

The Monster's End

The last episode of Dexter tries to remind us of not only where the monsters come from, but also what can become of them and the people they try to love.

Sunday, October 2 2011

'Dexter' Is Still Trying to Balance a So-called Normal Life with Being a Serial Killer

Sometimes it's hard to tell whether Dexter is dumb, or simply thinks its audience is.

Sunday, September 26 2010

'Dexter' Season Five Premiere

Dexter ponders his lack of humanity and Rita's enormous capacity to love. All true, but nothing new.

Thursday, September 23 2010

Monster, Meet the Monster: 'Dexter: Season Four'

The Fourth season of the Showtime series forces Dexter, and his audience, to question their basic assumptions.

Saturday, September 26 2009

Dexter: Season Four Premiere

While Dexter’s criminal “hobby” is a potent metaphor for those aspects of manhood suppressed by domestication, he is rarely emasculated or empowered. He’s simply absent.

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Monday, November 19 2012

Tis the Season: Ranking 'Dexter'’s Seasons 1-6

As the seventh season of Dexter unfolds on Showtime, with an eighth and final season scheduled for late 2013, it seems like as good a time as any to look back at each season of the series.

Tuesday, December 15 2009

"Dexter" action figure

Dexter action figure - Entertainment [$17]


Monday, January 18 2010

Cable's conquest: Basic and pay channels dominate the midseason arena

Network shmetwork — we got cable! That's where the action is now — as in now, this midseason, with a dozen new dramas and comedies premiering in

Friday, January 15 2010

Globe predictions: Michael C. Hall, John Lithgow, Jane Lynch should have speeches ready

You may hate awards shows, but the participation of Ricky Gervais as host could make for a funny and unpredictable Golden Globes this Sunday. Gervais

Wednesday, May 6 2009

Antiheroes like Jack Bauer are TV's new heroes

British talk-show host and satirist David Frost once observed that television is "an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by

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