Why Is Dexter So Popular?
January 27, 2007 6:05am CST
I think it is popular because people are fascinated with serial killers. Just think about it. John Wayne Gacy. Jeffrey Dahmer. Too many for me to name or remember. These killers always get major publicity and more than fifteen minutes of fame. Their fame seemingly lasts forever. However, they are always seen as monsters and are not people you could ever really like. Now, we have Dexter. A guy who is a serial killer but is likable. Why? He only kills the bad guys. When the majority of Americans feel that the death penalty is right it is no wonder they can really get behind a likable guy that likes to kill scum that might otherwise get away with their evil deeds. Yeah, you just gotta love Dexter. He is the man.
27 Jan 07
I found the books far more entertaining and "creepy" (in a good way) as it concentrates (obviously) on Dexter's inner voice... the real inside psyche of a sociopath. I agree that people ARE fascinated with serial killers... but then the question is "why?"... Is it fear? Possibly... I think, for me, it's because MOST of us DO have the capability (if not almost the desire) of being sociopathic on some level... to "not care" and be able to do things that are moralistically and ethically horrendous... NOW, this is NOT to say we all have our "inner Dahmers" as such... but to be able to "release" any pent-up agression and NOT CARE about ramifications... or at least, be prepared to dodge the ramifications... ...when was the last time YOU wanted to off the guy that cut you off in traffic... or your boss... or that ONE teacher in school... ...but we don't. Dexter allows the PURE escape... not only is he a sociopath that DOES follow-through on his own "needs" (although they are violent and terrible) but has "Harry's Code" which gives his terror a redeeming quality... "Taking out the trash". Also, you have to note the whole concept of "using a mask/acting" to fit into "normal society"... something that MOST of us feel is what we're doing... just not to such an extent. It's the above that made "The Matrix" so popular for many... Now, take all these high-and-low level psychological tweaks and add comedy, drama, and a little bit of blood and WHAMMO!
• United States
27 Jan 07
One thing is for certain. If Dexter could kill his own brother there is no doubt that even though he now knows why he is damaged goods he is not going to stop killing those that deserve to die. I think he will have to do less acting in the future because I am pretty sure that now he will be able to feel the things that normal people feel.
• United States
20 Dec 09
Quite frankly the reason that so many people are fascinated by dexter and other serial killers is quite simple. Inside all of us there is a sociopathic seed waiting to blossom, but for most of us that seed is never watered. From simply wanting to punch your boss in the mouth to wanting to strangle bad drivers, we all have urges to do things that would not be accepted by society. However most of us suffer from the burden of a conscience and complicated emotions. Many people would embark on such endeavors if they believed they could get away with it, but most don't because they fear what that would do to their loved ones, or they fear losing their freedom. Infact most sociopaths are perfectly sane, but in most cases they cannot feel emotions, or fear. The fact that these individuals act out on what some people dream of makes them interesting. I believe Americas fascination with serial killers to be a way of living vicariously through those individuals. So naturally dexter is a favorite choice, because although some will still claim he is wrong for what he does, if he were to be captured, it would be unlike anything ever seen before. Serial killers often have groups of followers or women who wed them after incarceration, but that is usually restricted to emotionally damaged individuals or people who believe they can relate to that killer. Now imagine a scenario in which a vast majority, possibly 80-90% of the population related with the killer. Familys of victims who have finally received retribution, women who feel a little bit safer walking to their car at night, parents who appreciate the fact that this vigilanted is taking predators off of the street. A man who delivers justice that the law sometimes fails to do and in turn, also feeds his need to kill but not at the cost of innocent lives. This man would be idolized and loved by the masses. And would they be wrong? Right now, there is someone out there doing just that.... And if that individual is ever captured, history will be made. Yours truly, .........
• United States
16 Feb 07
I think in addition to the public's fascination with serial killers, "Dexter" is popular because it has a unique premise (the "hero" is a serial killer who works for the cops and only kills serial killers) and it's extremely well written. That's a combination of factors you rarely find in American television. In a sea of deadly dull network crime procedural shows (just how many CSIs and Law & Orders does one need??) and boring medical-romance series, "Dexter" is a welcome breath of fresh air. The fact that it's on cable also figures heavily into success. You just can't have the level of excellent writing on network TV because of censors and network interference. I can't wait Fall and the return of "Dexter."
27 Mar 10
Well I think it was originally a great idea about a serial killer who kills other killers, having a relationship with his dad who taught him all he knew, the twists and choices he's faced with and all the tension (but I am quick realize how things would unfold). Plus Michael C. Hall is an outstanding actor, just like some dude said: "He's EVIL MATT DAEMON" *lol*
14 Feb 07
I guess because the show has quite a spin on it. This time, it's not good cops against serial killers. it's a serial killer agains another one. Where would you find a serial killer who's actions are justified because his victims deserve it? Only dexter can get aways with his crimes with a clean conscience.