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Bloody Right: Primetime’s Serial Killing Vigilante and Extralegal Punishment

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Given their burgeoning popularity over the last several years, today’s television crime dramas have become increasingly inventive. One of the most innovative crime dramas airing in recent primetime lineups is the Dexter television series, marketed as a show about a serial killer who kills serial killers. The program’s innovation originates in Dexter’s dual role as a criminal investigator for the state by day and a killer by night, murdering “offenders” that have managed to evade “official” capture. As such, the series unifies the crime drama’s staple polarity between “good” (state officials) and “evil” (violent offenders) within the series’ title character. I consider Dexter’s ostensive role as “judge, jury, and executioner” in relation to several punitive themes underpinning the show’s representations, and reflect upon the success of the Dexter series in light of its dark undertones.
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Okita, Kiara. "Bloody Right: Primetime’s Serial Killing Vigilante and Extralegal Punishment" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 04, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372570_index.html>

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Okita, K. , 2009-11-04 "Bloody Right: Primetime’s Serial Killing Vigilante and Extralegal Punishment" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372570_index.html

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Abstract: Given their burgeoning popularity over the last several years, today’s television crime dramas have become increasingly inventive. One of the most innovative crime dramas airing in recent primetime lineups is the Dexter television series, marketed as a show about a serial killer who kills serial killers. The program’s innovation originates in Dexter’s dual role as a criminal investigator for the state by day and a killer by night, murdering “offenders” that have managed to evade “official” capture. As such, the series unifies the crime drama’s staple polarity between “good” (state officials) and “evil” (violent offenders) within the series’ title character. I consider Dexter’s ostensive role as “judge, jury, and executioner” in relation to several punitive themes underpinning the show’s representations, and reflect upon the success of the Dexter series in light of its dark undertones.


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