Michael C. Hall in Showtime’s Dexter

You know someone is an unlikable lead character when being a serial killer isn’t his main problem. At least Dexter is a fairly moral serial killer — a serial killer who goes after other serial killers.

Dexter’s problem is his prickly, uncomfortable energy in all aspects of life, and general lack of feeling. Remember when his wife, Rita, was murdered, and he just shuttered her kids off to their grandparents? That was good for the show — no one wanted to watch Dexter juggle murders with being a stepdad — but it was also just weird.

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