After eight seasons of watching “Dexter,” fans were sad to see the Showtime series go. While “Dexter” isn’t replaceable, there are plenty of other twisted television shows to fill viewers’ serial killer void. After all, to some, serial killers are fascinating. “Dexter” devotees may be hoping for a spin off. However, in the meantime, check out one of these three shows about serial killers.
This FX drama features two detectives: Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir). The two meet when a serial killer puts an American judge’s body directly on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. In an environment that is already riddled with illegal immigration, drug trafficking and violence, a serial killer on the loose simply makes the plot more compelling. Fans will enjoy the killer’s meticulous nature. In addition, the stark contrast between Cross and Ruiz is a characteristic that will keep fans coming back. Like “Dexter,” there is plenty of loss, family tension and “thoughtful” murders. “The Bridge” has finished season one and season two is expected out in summer of 2014. Viewers can find the first season on iTunes and some episodes on Hulu.
“The Fall” is a slower moving BBC drama about a serial killer in Belfast. It focuses more on the psychological aspect of a serial killer who stalks and torments his victims before killing them. “Dexter” fans will notice that Paul Spector, the serial killer, is a man living a double life. Like Dexter, on the outside, Spector appears to be a somewhat normal person. He has a job as a bereavement counselor. In addition, he has a family, including two children, but also the need to kill. Gillian Anderson (“X-Files”) plays Stella Gibson, the Detective Superintendent who is investigating the murders. Season one is over. However, it is being streamed on Netflix so viewers have plenty of time to catch up before season two.
The A&E prequel series to the movie “Psycho” is set in modern times. After his father’s death, Norman and his mother Norma, Vera Farmiga, move to White Pine Bay for a fresh start. While technically Norman (Freddie Highmore) isn’t a serial killer yet, “Bates Motel” shows his downward spiral into one. Although Norman’s relationship with his mother is obviously not normal, the 17-year-old is likeable and smart. In fact, female classmate, Emma Decody, has a crush on him. Dexter fans will appreciate Norman’s battle with his inner dark side. Season one has already wrapped up but can be found on iTunes. Season two is set to return in 2014.
These shows can’t replace “Dexter.” However, they may sustain some viewers’ fascination with serial killers.