• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 13, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 1 out of 19

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  1. Nov 19, 2010
    4
    As a huge fan of Joss Whedon, I have to say that Dollhouse was his worst creation to date. Why was this so bad when Firefly, Buffy, and Angel were so unbelievably good? Well, for starters it lacked Whedon's trademark HUMOR. The premise was so dark that there was no room for the kind of witty banter and hilarious references within the dialogue that we've come to expect from Joss' shows. InAs a huge fan of Joss Whedon, I have to say that Dollhouse was his worst creation to date. Why was this so bad when Firefly, Buffy, and Angel were so unbelievably good? Well, for starters it lacked Whedon's trademark HUMOR. The premise was so dark that there was no room for the kind of witty banter and hilarious references within the dialogue that we've come to expect from Joss' shows. In addition, Dollhouse had another major problem: the cast just wasn't as good. Dushku is simply not a lead actress. No matter how hard they try to make her seem sweet, it just never works. Call it the 'Faith syndrome' if you want, but she just appears totally awkward and fake whenever she tries to act the 'good guy'. Furthermore, the other cast members were only adequate at best, and annoying at worst. I hate to criticize Joss' work so much - and part of me is pained even typing this - but this show just didn't stand a chance. Expand
  2. Mar 25, 2012
    9
    I have to disagree on what was written before. I think Dollhouse was a very good show and that Eliza Dushku makes a wonderful lead actress. For one, I don't think she's supposed to be sweet and all, so the "Faith syndrome" works well with the character Caroline. And it's true, it lacks the humor we grew accustomed to with Buffy and Firefly. Still, Dollhouse isn't supposed to be as humorousI have to disagree on what was written before. I think Dollhouse was a very good show and that Eliza Dushku makes a wonderful lead actress. For one, I don't think she's supposed to be sweet and all, so the "Faith syndrome" works well with the character Caroline. And it's true, it lacks the humor we grew accustomed to with Buffy and Firefly. Still, Dollhouse isn't supposed to be as humorous and also: it's there, just more subtle. As for the cast apart from Dushku, I think they were all chosen very well. I particularly loved Fran Kranz as Topher and Olivia Williams as Adelle. I'm very sorry that the show got cancelled. In my humble opinion it got a lot of potential... Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2013
    4
    I quite enjoyed season 1 from what I recall. Either I misremember or season 2 has degenerated into a TV-show where every episode seems to resolve about prostituting Echo while the only person who remotely cares for her is constantly having a hard time and everyone else just pretends that what they're doing is perfectly normal and even humorous. Basically, everyone the director wants us toI quite enjoyed season 1 from what I recall. Either I misremember or season 2 has degenerated into a TV-show where every episode seems to resolve about prostituting Echo while the only person who remotely cares for her is constantly having a hard time and everyone else just pretends that what they're doing is perfectly normal and even humorous. Basically, everyone the director wants us to root for is either a sociopath or a zombie. Everyone inbetween a sex-starved middle-aged man with too much money and a low self-esteem. Episode after episode. Someone on IMDB described it as "exhausting" and I agree, this show seems to be a constant attack on your ethics. Still, the acting is alright and I'm hoping for some closure this season as it's the last.There's worse TV out there. Collapse

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