Fourth season of 'Dexter' earned a Golden Globe for Michael C. Hall

Michael C. Hall won a Golden Globe for his work on the fourth season of the Showtime series Dexter.

It seemed impossible that the series about a serial killer who works for the Miami police department as a crime-scene investigator who targets only serial killers could get any more tense, but the fact that he got married to innocent Rita (Julie Benz) and became a father only upped the stakes. Keith Carradine returned for the season as a special FBI agent on the hunt for a murderer known as the "Trinity Killer," played by John Lithgow.

Dexter eventually discovers the real identity of Trinity, and the season becomes a cat-and-mouse game between the two that revolves around weird family dynamics, as you'd expect.

Playing Dexter's tough, foul-mouthed sister is Louisville native Jennifer Carpenter, who is Hall's wife in real life.

The show, which will return for a fifth season in the fall, is something of an acquired taste. A bit twisted, for sure, but it is tautly drawn and interesting psychologically. Hall, who also starred in another series with a morbid side, Six Feet Under, is nominated for an Emmy, and he deserves his accolades. Shortly after season four of Dexter ended, it was revealed that Hall was battling Hodgkin's lymphoma and that the disease is in remission. He accepted his Golden Globe in January wearing a cap to cover his bald head, and he appeared at the recent Television Critics Association meeting. It will be good to see him back on the screen.

Dexter: The Fourth Season retails for $49.99 or $64.99 on Blu-ray.