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Dollhouse is an American science fiction television series created by writer-director Joss Whedon under Mutant Enemy Productions. The show premiered on February 13, 2009, on the Fox network.

The first season ran from February to May 2009. Fourteen episodes were filmed, but only twelve episodes were aired in the United States. The final episode, "Epitaph One," was not aired there due to contractual reasons, but was released on DVD after a premiere at the 2009 Comic-Con in San Diego. The first episode, "Echo," was pulled from the lineup but was released on the first season DVD. The Region 1 DVD was released on July 28, 2009, and the Region 2 DVD was released on September 7, 2009.

The second season premiered on September 25, 2009. After four episodes, the show was put on hiatus in the United States in November 2009, but was scheduled to return in December with back-to-back double episodes. Fox officially cancelled the series on November 11, 2009 during production of the 11th episode but will air all thirteen episodes that were ordered.


The story follows Echo, a "doll" or "Active" for the "Dollhouse", a facility that is run by an organization that hires out human beings to wealthy clients who use them for a range of purposes, such as sexual encounters and high-risk illegal activities. These people's memories have been wiped using sophisticated technology, and new memories and personalities are programmed into them for each of their jobs. Echo, like her fellow dolls Victor and Sierra (all of the dolls are referred to by codenames based on the NATO phonetic alphabet), exists in a child-like blank state, until a programmer uploads her with the skills and memories to make her a completely new and unique person. Actives such as Echo are ostensibly volunteers who have surrendered their minds and bodies to the organisation for five year stints, during which their original personalities are saved on hard drives, in exchange for vast amounts of money and a solution to any other problematic circumstances in their lives. In reality, however, it appears that heavy coercion or brute force has been used in a number of cases. Echo is unique in that she remembers small amounts even after personality "wipes", and gradually develops an increasingly cognizant self-awareness and personality. This emerging personality is even distinct in some ways from that of her original identity, college student Caroline Farrell. This concept allows the series to examine the notions of identity and personhood.

As Echo continues to evolve and learn to work beyond the limits of each temporary personality imprint or default "tabula rasa" programming, she runs the risk of being sent to "the Attic", a place for "broken" dolls. She is an object of fascination for the escaped doll Alpha (a genius and serial killer who has been driven mad by being implanted with the memories of dozens of people, who sees Echo as a potential mate) and FBI Agent Paul Ballard, whose obsession with the unsubstantiated rumors of the Dollhouse costs him his career. Ultimately, he comes to work for the organisation as Echo's bodyguard or "handler". Ballard sees the Dollhouse's activities as immoral and illegal, but becomes increasingly complicit in the business that he equates with murder and sex trafficking. Within the house, opinions are divided; director Adelle DeWitt sees her role as honourable, programmer Topher Brink's view is entirely scientific and amoral, and handler-turned-head of security Boyd Langton, like Ballard, is more concerned with the ethical and theological implications of the Dollhouse's technology.

After the airing of Epitaph One, however, the show's focus shifted to the dangers of the abuse of the mind-wiping technology. During the second season, each character in the Los Angeles Dollhouse is forced to confront their own moral complicity in an increasingly downward slide from a moral "gray area" to the realization that at its core what the Dollhouse is doing is ultimately immoral and wrong.


The series stars Eliza Dushku, who worked with Whedon on the cult television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain are the showrunners, while Tim Minear and Steven DeKnight serve as consulting producers. In addition to Joss Whedon, the writing staff includes Tim Minear, Jed Whedon (Joss's brother), Maurissa Tancharoen (Jed's wife), Andrew Chambliss, Tracy Bellomo, Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain. Whedon will direct a number of his own episodes, as he has done in past shows. Tim Minear and Buffy producer David Solomon are also set to direct. A viral marketing campaign promoting Dollhouse was started on May 26, 2008.

Dollhouse was produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Whedon's Mutant Enemy Productions and Dushku's Boston Diva Productions, was granted an initial thirteen-episode production commitment by Fox, with a reported license fee in the range of $1.5 to 2 million per episode.Fox decided to forgo the usual practice of ordering a pilot episode of the series, opting to instead put funds towards the construction of the elaborate set and cultural context of the television series. The set was described as a "life-size Dollhouse". On July 22, 2008, Joss Whedon announced that the first episode shot, "Echo", would be pushed to be the second, while a new episode would become first, saying that this "idea to do a new first episode wasn’t the network's. It was mine." Despite several reshoots, "Echo" was later pulled from the run entirely; the staff of the show has since noted, during a panel on the series at the Paley Festival, a television festival held at the Paley Center for Media in New York City, that portions of the episode were used in subsequent episodes throughout the series' first season.

Dollhouse, as well as J. J. Abrams' Fringe, aired during its first season with half the commercials and promo spots of most current network dramas, adding about 6 minutes to the shows' run times, as part of a new Fox initiative called "Remote-Free TV". Fox charged a premium price for this advertising space, but did not completely recoup the money that they were spending. Fox later cancelled Remote-Free TV.

In July 2008 Whedon announced he was planning to shoot a separate webisode for every Dollhouse episode produced. The webisodes did not materialize for the first season, however.

On February 10, 2009, Dushku told reporters in a conference call that Whedon had a 5-year plan for the show, and decided how his characters would evolve through that point.


Cast members Dichen Lachman, Eliza Dushku and Fran Kranz with creator Joss Whedon.
Anya Colloff and Amy McIntyre Britt, who previously worked with Joss Whedon on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Serenity, are the show's casting directors.

On March 26, 2008, it was officially announced that Tahmoh Penikett, Dichen Lachman, Fran Kranz, and Enver Gjokaj had been cast in four principal roles for the show. On April 3, 2008, it was announced that Olivia Williams would be playing the role of Adelle DeWitt. Two weeks later, it was announced that Harry J. Lennix had also joined the cast. On the same day, Joss Whedon announced on that Miracle Laurie and Amy Acker were to complete the cast.

Brennan Elliott and Michael Muhney auditioned for the part of Paul Ballard but lost out to Penikett. Ian Anthony Dale and Paul Campbell auditioned for Victor, but Gjokaj got the part.


Episode length

During the first season of Dollhouse, each episode was about six minutes longer than standard network one-hour dramas on Fox television, and the show aired with half as many commercial advertising slots that season. This was a network experiment to decrease viewers from tuning out of their programming during long commercial breaks. The experiment was discontinued after the first season.

Season 1's 13th episode

On April 9, 2009, actress Felicia Day posted on Twitter that she had received word the 13th episode of the first season of Dollhouse, in which she guest-stared, would not air. Whedon rebutted speculation that Fox was set to cancel the show however, and producer Tim Minear explained that the "missing" 13th episode (entitled "Epitaph One") would be on the DVD release of the season. The reason Minear gave for that episode being dropped from the broadcast run was that the Fox network was counting the original first episode ("Echo"), which went unaired, as part of the original 13-episode order; in contrast, the Fox production company was required by contract to have a minimum of 13 completed episodes for international and DVD releases. According to both Minear and Whedon, the producers felt that the original first episode, having been subsequently scrapped entirely and having had its footage reused for other episodes throughout the season, should not be counted as a completed episode as part of their own 13-episode orders for international and DVD distribution but rather as a DVD extra, and thus Whedon produced a new 13th episode on a lower budget to fulfill the contractual requirements for the international broadcasts. The episode was screened at Comic-Con on July 24, 2009."Epitaph One" had its world premiere in Singapore on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, through Season Pass, an on-demand service offered by SingTel mio TV. The first general broadcast was in Swedenmarker on Channel TV400, Sunday July 26, 2009. In the United Kingdommarker the episode aired on the UK Sci Fi Channel on August 11, 2009, in Australia it aired on September 1, 2009 and in Brazilmarker it aired on November 5, 2009 on FX Brasil.

Season 2

Despite low ratings in its first season, Dollhouse was renewed for a second season of thirteen episodes. Among other factors, fan response to the show was seen as a reason for the renewal; Fox's president of entertainment stated that "if we'd canceled Joss's show I'd probably have 110 million e-mails this morning from the fans." As part of the deal, there was a cut in the show's budget, though Whedon has stated that this will not affect the second season. The series will continue in its 9–10 pm Friday timeslot, with the season premiere on September 25, 2009. Season 2 of Dollhouse began filming on July 22, 2009, so Fox pushed back Dollhouse's return to the 25th to afford Whedon & Co. sufficient time to produce enough hours to kick off the season with at least three or four consecutive episodes.{{cite news | author=Matt Mitovich | title=Dollhouse's Season 2 Premiere: Good News, Disappointing News | url= | | date=08 July 2009 | accessdate=2009-09-24}} Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters (creators of ''[[Reaper (TV series)|Reaper]]'') joined the writing staff for season 2 as replacements for former showrunners [[Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain]] (who left ''Dollhouse'' to join the writing staff of ''[[Lie to Me]]'').{{cite news | title = Joss Whedon: Dollhouse & Thoughts On The New Buffy Project | date = June 14, 2009 | work = Screen Rant | publisher = [[Screen Rant]] | url =}} [[Miracle Laurie]] announced that she would be returning in the second season.{{cite news | title = Miracle Laurie Returns | date = August 19, 2009 | work = Tweet | publisher = [[Twitter]] | url =}} [[Alexis Denisof]] joined the cast as Senator Daniel Perrin,{{cite news | title = Alexis Denisof starts shooting "Dollhouse" | date = August 5, 2009 | work = | publisher = [[Entertainment Weekly]] | url =}} and [[Summer Glau]] was originally scheduled to appear in at least two episodes as Bennett, a character who is working inside a Dollhouse, but it has been announced that she will stay on Dollhouse as a recurring character for longer than her original two episode order.{{cite news | title = Summer Glau staying on Dollhouse, ... | date = August 26, 2009 | work = | publisher = Dollverse/Fox | url =}} [[Michael Hogan (Canadian actor)|Michael Hogan]] and [[Jamie Bamber]] will both have roles as guest stars.[] On October 21, 2009, Fox announced it would not be airing any episodes of ''Dollhouse'' during [[November sweeps#Sweeps|November sweeps]]. The series would return in December 2009, airing back-to-back episodes on December 4, 11, and 18. On November 11, 2009, [[The Hollywood Reporter]] announced that the show had been cancelled. Fox passed on ordering more episodes of the show; however, Fox will air the rest of the 13-episode order. After airing the back-to-back episodes in December 2009, the final three episodes will air during January 2010, with the final episode airing January 22, 2010. == Cast and characters == [[Image:Dollhouse Cast.jpg|thumb|right|300px|''Dollhouse'' cast. L to R: Agent Ballard, Victor, [[Echo (Dollhouse)|Echo]], [[Sierra (Dollhouse)|Sierra]], Topher Brink, Adelle DeWitt, Boyd Langton]] {{See also|List of Dollhouse characters}} The ''Dollhouse'' cast consists mainly of Actives (or Dolls) and Dollhouse employees.{{cite web |url= |title=FOX Dollhouse Character page |accessdate=2009-02-17 | |publisher=[[Fox Broadcasting Company]]}} The dolls are named after the [[NATO phonetic alphabet]]. === Main cast === * '''[[Echo (Dollhouse)|Echo]]''' ([[Eliza Dushku]]) is an Active and the main character of the series. She is one of the most popular Actives in the Dollhouse, and has shown skills that transcend the limitations of her parameters during the course of her engagements. Prior to having her mind wiped, Echo was a college student and political [[activism|activist]] named '''Caroline Farrell'''.{{ref|Echoes|E-7}} She becomes increasingly self-aware during her blank state, and later even vows to discover and restore her original self.{{ref|Vows|E-14}} * '''Boyd Langton''' ([[Harry J. Lennix]]) is introduced at the onset of the first season as a former cop and the Dollhouse [[Agent handling|handler]] assigned to Echo. Later in the season, he's promoted to head of security.{{ref|A Spy|E-9}} He has doubts about the ethics of what the Dollhouse does with the Actives. * '''Topher Brink''' ([[Fran Kranz]]) is the scientist who operates Dollhouse's technology and uses it to imprint new personalities on the Actives. Cynical, ego-driven and seemingly amoral, Topher's knowledge of human behavior allows him to specially craft the various personalities of the Actives for their various missions. * '''Paul Ballard''' ([[Tahmoh Penikett]]) is an FBI special agent assigned to the Dollhouse case at the onset of the series; most in the Bureau view the case as a joke, but he makes discovering and rescuing Caroline/Echo an obsession. The Dollhouse assigns active November to spy on him by becoming his girlfriend, Mellie. After breaking into the Dollhouse, he works for them under the condition that November is released,{{ref|Omega|E-12}} and later takes the role of Echo's handler.{{ref|Vows|E-14}} * '''Victor''' ([[Enver Gjokaj]]) is an Active who was originally introduced as Lubov, Paul Ballard's informant inside the Russian mob, before being revealed to be a Doll.{{ref|Stage Fright|E-3}} The character is also regularly hired out on secret romantic engagements by Adelle DeWitt. In his mind-wiped state, Victor is inexplicably attracted to Sierra. His handler is Selena Ramirez.{{ref|A Spy|E-9}} He suffers facial cuts similar to Dr. Saunders' after a run-in with Alpha,{{ref|Briar Rose|E-11}} which DeWitt authorises to have removed at great expense.{{ref|Vows|E-14}} * '''[[Sierra (Dollhouse)|Sierra]]''' ([[Dichen Lachman]]) is first introduced as the newest Active in the Dollhouse; her original mind wipe occurs in the first episode of the first season. She is instinctively drawn to Echo, but lacks her growing self-awareness. Sierra is a painter named '''Priya Tsetsang''' prior to having her mind wiped.{{ref|Belonging|E-17}}{{ref|Epitaph One|E-13}} Unlike the other Actives, Sierra is committed to the Dollhouse against her will by a powerful man after being sexually assaulted by him.{{ref|Needs|E-8}} During season one, she is raped by her handler in her blank state,{{ref|Man|E-6}} and (despite Brink doing his best to rid her of these memories) subsequent episodes reveal that he is not entirely successful. In "Epitaph One," she originates the idea of tattooing one's real name on one's back as a security measure in case one becomes mind-wiped. In the possible future depicted in the episode, this becomes a safety measure taken by many in the general population. * '''Adelle DeWitt''' ([[Olivia Williams]]) is the highest ranking official at the Los Angeles Dollhouse. She believes the aims of the Dollhouse are truly benevolent. Although Adelle is the head of her Dollhouse (as the L.A. Dollhouse is just one of more than twenty worldwide){{ref|Man|E-6}} she answers to an off-screen superior or superiors. It is revealed that she has been hiring out Victor as a lover, and she appears to be deeply in love with him, though she has concealed these activities from others in the Dollhouse by inventing a client referred to as "Miss Lonelyhearts".{{ref|A Spy|E-9}} === Recurring cast === *'''Whiskey''' ([[Amy Acker]]) is originally introduced in the series as the Actives' general physician '''Dr. Claire Saunders'''. It is revealed in the season one finale that she is in fact an Active. Formerly the Dollhouse's most popular Doll, she is attacked by Alpha with a pair of scissors, causing extensive facial scarring. Shortly afterward, Alpha kills the actual Dr. Saunders, and Whiskey is imprinted with his personality and skill-set to serve as his replacement. Saunders has trouble adjusting to the realisation that she is merely Topher's creation, and objects to being wiped or restored as that would be tantamount to dying. She takes leave of the Dollhouse for some time to find herself.{{ref|Vows|E-14}} The role of Claire Saunders was originally conceived for a woman in her 40s or 50s, but Whedon had worked with Acker on ''Angel'' and decided the actress would be the best for the part. Whedon adapted the character for her, despite initial reservations about casting too many ''Buffy'' and ''Angel'' alumni.{{cite web |url= |title=Acker Opens The Dollhouse Door |last=White |first=Cindy |author=Cindy White |date=September 5, 2008 |publisher=[[Sci Fi Wire]]}} *'''Alpha''' ([[Alan Tudyk]]){{ref|Briar Rose|E-11}}, born '''Carl William Craft''', is a rogue Active who escapes from the Dollhouse. Prior to the events of the series, an accident causes a "composite event" in which 48 personalities are simultaneously imprinted in Alpha, along with all the associated memories and skill sets. In his escape, he kills or maims several Dolls and Dollhouse staff members (including Echo's previous handler) but leaves Echo unscathed. After his escape from the Dollhouse, Alpha begins to send anonymous packages to Paul Ballard that hint at the existence of the Dollhouse and Echo's former identity. Alpha reveals himself after posing as the architect behind the construction of the Los Angeles Dollhouse facility, Stephen Kepler, whom Ballard has tracked down. He leads Ballard into the Dollhouse, takes control of the security and automated systems, and leaves with Echo.{{ref|Briar Rose|E-11}} Though Echo escapes him, he remains at large.{{ref|Omega|E-12}} *'''November''' ([[Miracle Laurie]]) is originally introduced to the series as '''Mellie''', Paul Ballard's neighbor, romantic interest, and confidante, but is in fact a "[[Sleeper agent|sleeper]]" Active.{{ref|Man|E-6}} Adelle can switch November to a combat-ready personality using verbal codes.{{ref|Man|E-6}} In "Omega," November's original persona and memories are restored and she is released from her contract early with full payment at Ballard's request in exchange for his joining the Dollhouse's staff. She returns to her life as '''Madeline Costley''',{{ref|Omega|E-12}}, a life she had sought to escape after the death of her young daughter: Katie.{{ref|Needs|E-8}} *'''Ivy''' ([[Liza Lapira]]) is Topher's assistant. While highly skilled and seeing herself as Topher's apprentice, Topher treats her more as a [[gofer]], assigning her menial tasks such as fetching him snacks. *'''Graham Tanaka''' ([[Mark Sheppard]]) is an FBI agent highly critical of Ballard's assignment of the Dollhouse, believing it to be nothing more than an urban legend. *'''Loomis''' ([[Aisha Hinds]]) is an FBI analyst and Ballard's ally within the Bureau while he's suspended. * '''Daniel Perrin''' ([[Alexis Denisof]]), introduced during season two, is a United States Senator who is determined to learn about the inner workings of the Rossum Corporation. *'''Laurence Dominic''' ([[Reed Diamond]]),{{cite web | |last=Whedon |first=Joss |authorlink=Joss Whedon |title=What happened when the lights went out. |url= |date=2008-10-26 |accessdate=2008-10-26}} head of security at the Dollhouse during most of the first season, takes his job very seriously but views the Dolls as more like pets than humans. He attempts to kill Echo, and also suggests she be retired as an Active and put into "the Attic".{{ref|Believer|E-5}} Later, while under the influence of a drug, he attempts to apologize to Echo for his actions.{{ref|Echoes|E-7}} Dominic is revealed to be an [[National Security Agency|NSA]] agent who is monitoring but not exposing the Dollhouse for unknown purposes. Upon discovery, DeWitt has Topher extract his persona from his body and then sends him to the Attic.{{ref|A Spy|E-9}} *'''Joe Hearn''' ([[Kevin Kilner]]) is Sierra's handler in the first six episodes, in addition to being the handler of the previous Sierra. Joe Hearn is introduced as a less-dedicated counterpart to Boyd Langton.{{ref|Stage Fright|E-3}} He strongly dislikes Echo for her individualism and worries about her influence on Sierra. DeWitt eventually learns that Hearn has raped Sierra in her blank state a number of times, and has him killed by activating November's combat-ready personality while he's on assignment to assassinate "Mellie."{{ref|Man|E-6}} *'''Dr. Nolan Kinnard''' ([[Vincent Ventresca]]) is a wealthy psychiatrist, Rossum Corp VIP, and art collector. He meets Sierra while she is still, the aspiring artist, Priya Tsetsang. As a means of high-profile courtship he buys one of her paintings and invites her to a party where it is exhibited. She spurns his advances, and in retaliation he drugs her with psychotropic medications to mimic the symptoms of [[schizophrenia]], then turns her over to the Dollhouse.{{ref|belonging|E-17}} When the Dollhouse temporarily restores her original personality, she confronts Kinnard and he gloats that he can have her (when he hires Sierra) any time he wants.{{ref|needs|E-8}} He eventually demands that Sierra be sent to him permanently, a demand that Rossum forces DeWitt to obey. A remorseful Topher imprints Sierra with her original personality, and during her confrontation with Kinnard he produces a knife, leading to her stabbing him. Topher and Boyd dispose of the body.{{ref|belonging|E-17}} ==Blu-Ray/DVD Releases== {| class="wikitable" width=99% |- ! rowspan="2" | Complete season ! colspan="3" style="background: #2B2B2B; padding: 0px 5px; text-align: center;" | Release dates |- ! [[DVD region code|Region 1]] (United States/Canada) ! [[DVD region code|Region 2]] (United Kingdom) ! [[DVD region code|Region 4]] (Australia) |- ! 1st | style="text-align:center" | July 28, 2009[] | style="text-align:center" | September 7, 2009 (DVD only)[] | style="text-align:center" | '''TBA''' |- ! 2nd | style="text-align:center" | '''TBA''' | style="text-align:center" | '''TBA''' | style="text-align:center" | '''TBA''' |} The Dollhouse DVD sold over 62,000 copies in the first week, and made over 1 million dollars. == Marketing == === Viral marketing campaign === On Feb. 9, 2009, Fox launched ''Dollplay,'' a [[Alternate reality game|participation drama]] centered around ''Dollhouse''. It involved using interactive webisodes and a user forum to drive a viral marketing campaign. The campaign asked users on the Fox ''Dollhouse'' website to "Save Hazel!" Hazel was a character trapped inside the Dollhouse in real-time. The campaign was called "Dollplay" according to the official Fox press release and was created by [[the company P]] "a radical production outfit from Sweden".{{cite news |url= |title=Dollhouse Mystery |accessdate=2009-02-14 |date=2009-02-14 |}} Five videos released in a four-hour span showed Hazel entering a room, turning on the light, and messing with a computer. That's when the room locked her in and started to move. She approached the camera and yelled for help just as the transmission cut off.{{cite news |url= |title=New Fox Dollhouse viral campaign asks us to "Save Hazel!" |accessdate=2009-02-11 |date=2009-02-11 |}} On Feb. 12, 2009, Fox opened the website up to further exploration, and interaction with the main character was now possible via Webcam. It is not yet clear how the character in the viral marketing campaign related to the TV show ''Dollhouse'', but both dealt with science fiction and mind control.{{cite news |url= |title=Fox expands Dollhouse viral marketing campaign, encourages interaction |accessdate=2009-02-13 |date=2009-02-12 |}} On Feb. 28, 2009, the ''Dollplay'' alternate-reality game ended with players saving the fictional Hazel. After Hazel was saved, she told people that there are "Dollhouses" all over the world that imprint them and change them; these include schools, parents, religion and government. She essentially tells people to think for themselves and then leaves the container she is trapped in and the game ends.{{cite news |url= |title=Save Hazel? Saved. Dollhouse ARG comes to close |accessdate=2009-03-02 |date=2009-02-28 |}} === Music === The songs played in the promotions are "[[Massive Dose]]" by [[Sonic Librarian]], a cover of "[[Cobrastyle]]" performed by [[Robyn]], and "[[Boys Wanna Be Her]]" by [[Peaches (musician)|Peaches]].{{cite news |url= |title=TV Show Music | Shows | Dollhouse Music | Music From TV Shows |accessdate=2009-02-23 |}} The ''Dollhouse'' theme song is "What You Don't Know", performed by [[Jonatha Brooke]]. It was written by Brooke and [[Eric Bazilian]].{{cite web |url= |title=Jonatha Brooke |work=All the Crayons |date=2008-09-18 |accessdate=2008-10-02}} As of May 5, 2009, the song has been available for purchase on iTunes. However, it is a different mix of the version that was used in the ''Dollhouse'' music video that was a limited-time promotional iTunes download. The show's [[music score]] is composed by [[Mychael Danna]] and [[Rob Simonsen]]. == Reception == === Ratings === The premiere episode of ''Dollhouse'' helped Fox double its audience levels among women versus ''[[Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles]]'', and helped the network finish in second place among adults 18–34 and in first place across the key male demographic for the night.[ Lynette Rice. "'Dollhouse' debut gets decent ratings" ''[[Entertainment Weekly]]''; February 14, 2009] ''Dollhouse'' premiered on [[Sci Fi Channel (United Kingdom)|Sci Fi]] in the United Kingdom in May 2009. Just over 260,000 viewers tuned in to watch it premiere. ''Dollhouse'' premiered on 'Fox 8' in Australia in June 2009. It premiered with just over 120,000 viewers.{{Citation needed|date=June 2009}} {| class="wikitable" |- ! Season ! Episodes ! Timeslot ! Season premiere ! Season finale ! TV season ! Rank ! Viewers
(in millions) |- | [[List of Dollhouse episodes#Season 1: 2009|1]] | 12 (1 unaired) | Friday 9:00 p.m. | February 13, 2009 | May 8, 2009 | 2009 !#132 ! '''3.73''' |- | [[List of Dollhouse episodes#Season 2: 2009-2010|2]] | 13 | Friday 8:00 p.m. (December 4, 2009–December 18, 2009)
Friday 9:00 p.m. | September 25, 2009 | January 22, 2010 | 2009–2010 !N/A ! '''2.26 to date''' |- |} === Critical response === Season one of ''Dollhouse'' has had mixed reviews, with [[]] giving it a rating of 57 out of a possible 100.{{cite web |url= |title= Dollhouse (fox) |publisher= [[Metacritic]] |accessdate=2009-04-04}} Ellen Gray of ''[[Philadelphia Daily News]]'' is one of those who gave a positive review, remarking that "''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."{{cite web |url= |title= Ellen Gray: Joss Whedon's 'Dollhouse' debuts on Fox |publisher= [[Philadelphia Daily News]] |author= Ellen Gray |date=2009-02-12 |accessdate=2009-03-27}} [[]] reviewer Heather Havrilesky was also positive, commenting that the show's combination of mystery, sly dialogue, and steady flow of action results in a "provocative, bubbly new drama that looks as promising as anything to hit the small screen over the course of the past year."{{cite web |url= |title= Trapped in the Dollhouse |publisher= [[]] |author= Heather Havrilesky |date=2009-02-12 |accessdate=2009-03-27}} Alternately, Tom Shales of the ''[[Washington Post]]'' admitted the premise was intriguing, but described the series as a "pretentious and risible jumble" and that Echo did not "inspire much concern or interest in the audience." He commented that the actors seemed to struggle due to the decor being so "outlandish," stating that it "simply isn't worth the trouble."{{cite web |url= |title= 'Dollhouse' Deserves To Be Condemned |publisher= [[Washington Post]] |author= Tom Shales |date=2009-02-13 |accessdate=2009-04-27}} Brian Lowry of ''[[Variety (magazine)|Variety]]'' also wrote "[[Eliza Dushku|Dushku]]'s grasp of this vague, personality-changing character is a bit of a muddle. What's left, then, is a series with a hollow center that doesn't initially make you care about its mentally malleable protagonist."{{cite web |url= |title= Dollhouse Review - TV Show Reviews - Analysis of Dollhouse The TV Series |publisher= [[Variety (magazine)|Variety]] |author= Brian Lowry |date=2009-02-08 |accessdate=2009-03-27}} Robert Bianco of ''[[USA Today]]'' had a more nonchalant view of the series, describing ''Dollhouse'' as not boring or ordinary, and that the end result is a show "that [[Joss Whedon]]'s most devoted fans will debate and embrace, and a mass audience just won't get."{{cite web |url= |title= Fox's 'Dollhouse' is its own worst enemy |publisher= [[USA Today]] |author= Robert Bianco |date=2009-02-13 |accessdate=2009-03-27}} Many critics felt that the series' first season improved as it progressed. [[IGN]] reviewer Eric Goldman believes that show became much stronger and more compelling with the episodes "Needs" and "A Spy in the House of Love". He opines of the later episodes that, "As a whole this show is definitely working better as we get away from Echo's missions of the week, and from focusing so much on just Echo and letting there be more of a true ensemble feel, with the time split amongst the Dolls."{{cite web |url= |title= IGN 'Spy in the House of Love' review.|publisher= [[IGN]] |author= Eric Goldman |date=2009-04-13 |accessdate=2009-04-14}} Sarah Hughes of ''[[The Independent]]'' was unimpressed with the first five episodes but also found that the later episodes became "as involving and addictive as Whedon's best work".{{cite news | author = Hughes, Sarah | url = | title = Buffy's creator makes his valley of the dolls | date = 2009-05-15 | work = [[The Independent]] | accessdate = 2009-05-16}} Maureen Ryan of the ''[[Chicago Tribune]]'' liked ''Dollhouse'''s "unsettling" tone and found the show to be "unexpectedly moving and complex" during the second half of the first season. She called the second season renewal "a good day for unconventional television".



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