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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 13, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Eliza Dushku, Harry J. Lennix, Dichen Lachman
  • Summary: Echo (Eliza Dushku) and her fellow "actives" are implanted with temporary personalities and hired out by rich clients.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Suspense, Science Fiction
  • Creator: Joss Whedon
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Feb 13, 2009
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. 80
    Dushku plows into her role with gusto. I've seen three episodes of this strange, mesmerizing show, and it has grown on me.
  2. Dollhouse is less about the ninja kicks and witty banter than it is about instant transformations, and about making the audience care about a character who's likely to behave differently every time we see her. That Dushku mostly pulls this off is a happy surprise, as is Dollhouse, which has survived "Firefly"-like trials of its own to get this far.
  3. 75
    There are caveats, but they would trouble me more if the creator were someone other than Whedon.
  4. 63
    The result is a show that his most devoted fans will debate and embrace, and a mass audience just won't get.
  5. Joss Whedon is one of television's most talented visionaries, but his latest series--the highly anticipated midseason drama Dollhouse--is a major disappointment.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    50
    The pilot is, in fact, baffling, and needlessly so.
  7. 10
    To the extent this sounds interesting, it isn't: Half the dialogue seems to have been written for barking dogs, the other half for mewling kittens, and the cast performs accordingly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 156
  1. Jul 11, 2012
    10
    I loved this show! I can see why some people may not enjoy the intense suspense, the thrilling and complicated plot-lines, the mesmerizingI loved this show! I can see why some people may not enjoy the intense suspense, the thrilling and complicated plot-lines, the mesmerizing performances and the constantly outstanding level of action, the drama, the development and overall excitement of the show...but then again, I can see why some people prefer to lead simple lives. If you liked Buffy the Vampire slayer, you'll love dollhouse. Expand
  2. DustinM
    Apr 16, 2009
    10
    It was slow at first, but with every episode, I'm liking it more and more.
  3. JonC
    May 9, 2009
    10
    This show consistently keeps me glued to the screen. After each episode, my mouth is likely to be wide open with a loud gasp due to its This show consistently keeps me glued to the screen. After each episode, my mouth is likely to be wide open with a loud gasp due to its EXTREMELY entertaining story and character development. Expand
  4. GerardoB
    Mar 7, 2009
    9
    The first episode was kind of boring, but slowly I'm getting reeled in. After watching "Grey Hour" I think I'm getting ever closer The first episode was kind of boring, but slowly I'm getting reeled in. After watching "Grey Hour" I think I'm getting ever closer to becoming an addicted fan of this show. Expand
  5. JosephH
    May 16, 2009
    9
    I have to say that this show was a 'meh' until the last two episodes when it finally started the real story moving. I understand I have to say that this show was a 'meh' until the last two episodes when it finally started the real story moving. I understand that we had to see a number of 'building' episodes to establish the basis for the Dollhouse, but they really didn't excite me. Now that the real story is going, I'm sold. Can't wait for next season. Expand
  6. DavidC.
    Apr 11, 2009
    8
    Its difficult to judge, based solely on its own merit, because the bar has been raised so high by previous Whedon shows. Some thought it Its difficult to judge, based solely on its own merit, because the bar has been raised so high by previous Whedon shows. Some thought it would be this glorious, perfect show of messianic proportions that would take us by the hand and lead us to the television equivalent of the promise land. Its not. But that doesn't mean its a bad show. Its formula breaks away from Joss' previous endeavors, and even its humor, something for which Whedon is famous, feels different. Again, not bad, but different. The good news is that while I couldnt help feeling some disappointment with the first episode, the show has continued to improve with each coming week. Introducing interesting character arcs, unexpected twists, and a surprising level of depth in what first appeared a rather shallow concept. If people can get past what they think it should have been or hoped it would be, they'll find a compelling show that takes new directions none of us Whedonites saw coming. Please, for the love of God, don't let this be another Firefly. My heart can only take so much! Expand
  7. JonathanC.
    Feb 19, 2009
    0
    This show is awful. The premise is bad, the execution is bad, the writing is bad, the acting is bad. The character motivations make no sense; This show is awful. The premise is bad, the execution is bad, the writing is bad, the acting is bad. The character motivations make no sense; what the hell is some holier-than-thou cop doing working for a human trafficking/prostitution ring that brainwashes women and turns them into living sex dolls? Joss Whedon is overrated, and this is proof positive that he is, at best, a hit or miss idea guy. For ever Dr. Horrible, there will be a Dollhouse. Expand

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