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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 13, 2009
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Starring: , ,
  • 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. 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.
  2. 80
    There is genuine drama in Dollhouse--or, at least, all-engaging narratives of action-adventure.
  3. Reviewed by: Misha Davenport
    63
    The first episode's biggest flaw is that it lacks humor, a hallmark of Whedon's writing. Thankfully, this is rectified in future episodes.
  4. Joss Whedon is one of television's most talented visionaries, but his latest series--the highly anticipated midseason drama Dollhouse--is a major disappointment.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    50
    The pilot is, in fact, baffling, and needlessly so.
  6. 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 157
  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. MathiasH
    May 11, 2009
    8
    Starting up slow the Dollhouse has gradually steeped into character. Peaking in the last two episodes in writing, visuals and acting it has Starting up slow the Dollhouse has gradually steeped into character. Peaking in the last two episodes in writing, visuals and acting it has now reached Fireflyish dimensions. Hopefully we will see a season 2 with more of Tim Minear who's episodes is great and of course more of Josh. 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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