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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 13, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • 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
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
    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
    I 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. Jun 2, 2013
    This show shoulda never aired on FOX. I mean Whedon shouda trieded a get it on Fx, HBO, Showtime or hell even Sy-Fi. Channels like those really would have aloud to manifest the complexity of the concept Insted we got a bucketfull of episodes where Echo acts like a Prosti. Meddling producers. Still it has some great momentes and awesome characters. Epitaph One is one the finest moments of television (even though it never aired). And thoughs who complain about the humor, I don t know what your talking about, I laugh out loud all the time. Expand
  3. Jul 16, 2013
    I think dollhouse is an amazing programme. The series starts as being a little dull, no major plt and confusing themes but as it goes on the characters develop and reveal their true personalities. The ending is truly emotional and i have to say i cried ALOT. Overall, Whedon does it again. Expand
  4. Oct 13, 2010
    An interesting if not original premise but none the less succeeds thanks to Joss Whedon's quirky characters and dialogue. Season 1 is slow to start granted, however it does pick up the pace and shows itself to have more substance than you might expect. Great to see some old familiar faces from the Joss Whedon universe and whilst Dollhouse may not be his greatest work, give it some time and it can be great. Expand
  5. Feb 25, 2013
    This show had so much potential. However, for reasons I understand, the ethical concerns were not fully exploited. The result is an half action/psychological show were both side are just ok. Expand
  6. Feb 24, 2013
    This show definitely had its moments but never hit full on excitement. All of the actors were excellent. Stories were hit or miss, usually focusing on the technology of mind swapping. By the end of season 2 the entire plot and characterization becomes broken, almost like they were trying to destroy the show. Attempts at adding drama just ruined things, just like what happened to some seasons of Buffy. While technically this show looks better than than Whedon's previous attempts, its not as fun. Its obvious that Whedon can't tell a long arcing story with multiple characters. Since it was kind of fun I'd say check it out, but beware that the show was cancelled for a reason. Expand
  7. Feb 25, 2014
    I've been a fan of Joss Whedon since before my age even hit double digits but I missed out on seeing this show when it was released so I was thrilled to find it on Netflix. Then came the crushing disappointment. This show is awful.
    One of the things I love about Whedon is that he brings together a collection of characters with distinct personalities and different personal strengths and weakness and we see them interact and bounce off each other as they develop. But due to the nature of this show, half the main cast (Echo, Sierra, Victor & November) don't have any personality of their own, they change to a different character from episode to episode. It is impressive on the part of the actors to show such a range of talent but it makes it difficult to relate to the character. We don't steadily build up a relationship with a character throughout the series, we have forty minutes to briefly get to know a character we're told we should care about.
    As for the other characters, the non-doll characters, they don't make much sense either. Paul Ballard and Boyd Langton are basically the same guy on different sides of the fence. Paul Ballard is a tough guy working for the police who doesn't like what the Dollhouse are doing and spends every episode (literally every episode) obsessing over how to find them but never makes any progress until the last three episodes. Boyd is a tough guy who used to work for the police who also makes it clear he doesn't like what the Dollhouse are doing, which begs the question of why the hell he's working for them but that never gets answered.
    Topher Brink can have his funny moments but his character remains undeveloped throughout. Adelle DeWitt is the only one who has any kind of depth to her which is somewhat explored in small segments between the large chunks of time spent focusing on the Drones...sorry, Dolls.
    The premise of the show is an interesting concept but there just enough here to keep it afloat. A huge let down.

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