10 of Our Favorite TV Serial Killers
Michael C. Hall in Showtime's Dexter
Serial killers are as common as wacky sitcom neighbors these days on TV. Are they a reflection of a growing cultural anxiety, or just a reflection of the more mature environment that cable has created? Who cares? We like them and networks are happy to provide them. Here are some of our favorite TV slashers, past and present:
Dexter Morgan ("Dexter")
The daddy of them all. Others had come before, but nobody has had as big an impact on the TV landscape as Michael C. Hall's killer with a conscience. His previous role as undertaker David Fisher on "Six Feet Under" makes us wonder if maybe David didn't live a double life. Wait: a serial killer who keeps his funeral home business booming in tough economic times with a steady stream of new clients? Somebody get Hollywood on the phone — we've got a script for them!
Scalpel? Naw, chainsaw!
Hannibal Lecter ("Hannibal")
If Dexter's the daddy, Hannibal "the Cannibal" is granddaddy. What started out as a terrible idea (bringing a beloved cinema classic to TV) turned into a guilty pleasure, which turned into a not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity pleasure.
"Jaws" made us afraid of the water; Hannibal made us afraid of haute cuisine.