Review | Dexter

Credit: SHOWTIME/Jim Fiscus

AIR DATE: Sunday 10/18

Spoiler! A familiar character dies in the final moments of this spellbinding effort. But first: family guy Dexter (Michael C. Hall) secretly plots to kill a female cop (he thinks she murdered her husband and little girl), all while the Trinity Killer (John Lithgow at his creepiest) stalks potential victims. No wonder ratings are up: This show's masterful balance of cat-and-mouse tension and dark humor (Dex's boss asks him for relationship advice!) never lets up. (Showtime, 9 P.M.)