TV's Bottom 10 of 2013 from The Fien Print
Which shows join 'Dads' and 'Dracula' in Dan Fienberg's Bottom 10
5. "Dexter" (Showtime)
Well. Shame on me. "Dexter" had a featured place in my Bottom 10 two years ago following the debacle of the Edward James Olmos/Colin Hanks season, but then the Showtime drama experienced a creative resurgence in its seventh season, prompting me and several others to praise "Dexter" for rediscovering its creative mojo in the home stretch. It honestly began to seem like "Dexter" had been rejuvenated by setting a tentative end date and aiming toward a conclusion. Yup. You fooled us all, "Dexter." After a tight and relatively well-considered seventh season, "Dexter" returned to being fundamentally untethered in its eighth run. A series of placeholder impediments were dropped in Dexter's way to prevent the writers from figuring out how the series should handle the end of Dexter Morgan's adventure, so the show criminally wasted Charlotte Rampling, criminally compromised everything that was important about Deb and criminally staged a low-rent "Key Largo" as the events of the finale played out against a hilarious hurricane. It's almost like the Showtime executives wanted a "Dexter" spinoff and the "Dexter" writers decided to end the show in such a way that nobody could possibly want to spend anymore time with anybody in this universe. He's a lumberjack, but he's far from OK.