Dollhouse: Season 1 (2009)



Critic Consensus: Dollhouse contains moments of intriguing entertainment value but ends up confusing and pretentious.


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Air date: Feb 13, 2009
Air date: Feb 20, 2009
Air date: Feb 27, 2009
Air date: Mar 6, 2009
Air date: Mar 13, 2009
Air date: Mar 20, 2009
Air date: Mar 27, 2009
Air date: Apr 3, 2009
Air date: Apr 10, 2009
Air date: Apr 24, 2009
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Geek auteur Joss Whedon returned to television five years after the cancellation of his show "Angel" with this high-concept science-fiction series, which focuses on a secretive organization (the "Dollhouse" of the title) that uses futuristic technology to imprint operatives known as dolls with new memories and skills so they can complete assignments for wealthy clients. Eliza Dushku stars as a doll named Echo, whose missions include posing as a client's girlfriend, protecting a pop star and infiltrating a religious cult. Meanwhile, the staff of the Dollhouse attempt to capture an escaped doll with sociopathic tendencies, and an FBI agent (Tahmoh Penikett) works to blow the lid off their operation. The 13th and final episode of the season was originally released as a special feature on the DVD set, and jumps ahead 10 years into the future to show how the mind-altering technology brought about the collapse of human civilization.


Tahmoh Penikett
as Paul Ballard
Olivia Williams
as Adelle DeWitt
Harry Lennix
as Boyd Langton
Fran Kranz
as Topher Brink
Reed Diamond
as Laurence Dominic
Amy Acker
as Dr. Claire Saunders
Alan Tudyk
as Stephen Kepler
Philip Casnoff
as Clive Ambrose
Rhea Seehorn
as Jocelyn Bashford
Tim Chiou
as Nikoden
Josh Cooke
as Leo Carpenter
Brenda Bakke
as Margaret Bashford
Adair Tishler
as Iris Miller/Caroline Farrell
Octavia Spencer
as Professor Janack
Jordan Bridges
as Nicolas Bashford
Warren Sweeney
as Mr. Miller
Gregg Henry
as William Bashford
Ian Anthony Dale
as Jack Dunston
Matt Keeslar
as Richard O'Connell
Brian Bloom
as Jonas Sparrow
Jaime Lee Kirchner
as Rayna Russell
Kurt Caceres
as Gabriel Crestejo
Haley Alexis Pullos
as Davina Crestejo
Mark Totty
as Agent Lilly
David Doty
as Dir. Sam Zimmerman
Sam Hennings
as Senator Boxbaum
Patrick Stinson
as Brett Locano
Vincent Laresca
as Mr. Sunshine
Brad Hunt
as Jesse Dillard
Patton Oswalt
as Joel Mynor
Atalo Diakos
as Tony Amendola
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Critic Reviews for Dollhouse Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (16)

In a perfect world, "Dollhouse" would be a good show. It's not.

Feb 13, 2009 | Full Review…

As a drama, "Dollhouse" doesn't stand up to the broad interpretations it invites.

Feb 13, 2009 | Full Review…

Right now, it looks like a slate that keeps getting half-wiped as Whedon struggles to decide what to draw.

Feb 13, 2009 | Full Review…

The show is quick and exciting in its particulars, slick and captivating in its details.

Feb 13, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I've seen three episodes of this strange, mesmerizing show, and it has grown on me.

Feb 13, 2009 | Full Review…

The show has zero humor, and nothing in it resonates either cerebrally or emotionally. The show is inert, catatonic.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Dollhouse was no Firefly...

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Dollhouse however called for an actress of especially notable skills and extremely broad range, and Dushku is not that person.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a passable hour of entertainment that shows potential to improve but flails and confuses (and occasionally bores) from the start.

Feb 13, 2009 | Full Review…

It all starts slowly - but then again, so did Buffy, and on the evidence of the latter episodes here, the second season promises to be a belter.

Oct 24, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dollhouse: Season 1


From Joss Whedon comes the exciting sci-fi drama Dollhouse. In Season 1 FBI agent Paul Ballard searches for the elusive Dollhouse, a secret organization that programs people with new personalities and sends them out on missions ranging from sexual liaisons to criminal investigations to assassinations. Meanwhile, one of the Dolls begins to have composite issues; retaining various memory fragments from past personalities that she's been implanted with. Starring Eliza Dushku, Olivia Williams, Tahmoh Penikett, Fran Kranz, and Amy Acker, the show has a strong cast. And, the writers do a good job at exploring the possibilities of personality implants, along with the moral and ethical dilemmas. And while it's ostensibly a mission-of-the-week type show, each episode hints at a larger story-arc about the true mission of the Dollhouse and different factions. A victim of bad timing (the 08 Writer's Strike) the first season of Dollhouse was slated as a midseason replacement and only given 12-episodes (plus an exclusive DVD bonus episodes), but it's still especially strong and is full of mystery and intrigue.


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