Season One

DVD - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Echo is an "Active," an unwitting participant in the Dollhouse, an illegal underground organization that provides its elite clients with programmable human beings for various missions. Actives receive temporary personality imprints to suit the client's needs. But now Echo is facing the FBI, her own shadowy past, and a rogue Active who wants to bring the Dollhouse down.

Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2009]
Branch Call Number: DVD SciFi DOLLHOUS1
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (641 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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Morally questionable scientists implant human 'dolls' with different personalities for various missions.

You can knock out the first season of this engrossing Joss Whedon tale of imprintable human "dolls" loaned out by an underground organization, in one all-day marathon viewing.

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Nov 16, 2012
  • unbalancedbutfair rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I was hesitant to start watching this series. I am a fan of Firefly (and to a lesser extent Buffy and Angel) but I didn't find the premise to be that intriguing. What is so interesting about hi-tech call girls (and boys)? I am pleased to say that I was wrong. Not only are the actives used for far more than mere companionship but there is a compelling complexity to the series without it being unfathomable. Plenty of plot twists and dives, lots of snarky humor, but the series doesn't over extend itself. I don't know what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it. The acting is excellent and at points amazingly subtle. Season 1 kept my wife and I glued to the screen from start to finish.

Jul 20, 2012

Another excellent piece of work from the creator of "Buffy", "Angel", & "Firefly". Fine cast & a premise that is actually EXAMINED through the course of the series. Definitely deserved more than 2 seasons but probably a little complex for the average TV exec, Ah well, the visigoths win again!

Jul 11, 2012
  • docjnsuss rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A secret underground research and technology company uses humans programmed as "actives" to act out fantasies for wealthy clients. During season one of Dollhouse a female active named Echo as well as other male and female actives are programmed for various assignments. A lone FBI agent is convinced that the underground operation exists even though it is considered an urban legend. The FBI agent pursues leads to expose the company and their clandestine business even after being taken off the investigation for unprofessional conduct.

Apr 15, 2011
  • abiery rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a really fun show, although it gets off to a slow start. Lots of surprising twists amidst the action, emotion and laughs. Very thought-provoking on questions of technology, morality, and even what it means to be "a person."

Mar 28, 2011
  • sheilamr rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I thought this series was terrible: badly acted, constant American commercial "cliffhangers"; garbled storyline. Miss it.

Mar 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this show, and was very upset when it got cancelled. I am still hopeful some cable channel will pick it up, this series has so much potential! And Eliza Dushku is just wonderful in this.

Dec 16, 2010
  • nicoleelaine8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another great show of Joss Whedon's. Everything he does is amazing. Too bad it got cancelled after the 2nd season. But you should definitely watch it anyway. It is well worth it. Dollhouse is original and to some people probably a little out there. But it's not the same boring stuff you've seen many times before. You'll love it.


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Jul 30, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Jul 30, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.


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Jul 30, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 30, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A futuristic laboratory assigns different tasks to its various residents, who then have their memories erased upon the completion of their assignments.


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Jul 30, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Topher Brink: Hello, Echo. How are you feeling?
Echo: Did I fall asleep?
Topher Brink: For a little while.
Echo: Shall I go now?
Topher Brink: If you like.

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