TV review by Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Exciting action series examines deep questions of self.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 12 reviews

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Scattered quality, but brilliantly original

It's unfortunate that Dollhouse's fascinating premise, a corporation that has programmable people to fit your every need/want, is sometimes undercut by actors without the range necessary for their roles ( Eliza Dushku and Tahmoh Penikett are the real offenders here) and purely episodic stories. When tackling issues of morality, identity, and sexual violence, the show is at its best, and truly those highs are often high enough to make one forget about its lows. The serialized episodes are always worth watching, as are the serial related B-plots of certain episodes, but many purely self-contained episodes are skippable. As well as those themes mentioned above, there are some great performances here from Olivia Williams, Fran Kranz, Dichen Lachman, Enver Gjokaj, and, in much smaller roles than the others, Amy Acker and Alan Tudyk. Concepts of identity and morality are certainly complex, though I wouldn't say they're out of reach for younger viewers. It is really the undercurrent of sex trafficking and the overt discussion of sexual assault that is more inappropriate for younger audiences.

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