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age 14+

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Who Am I ?

This seems to be a common theme amongst the show, Who am I ? I watch the show with my father and I really enjoy the fantasy aspect of it your own private "doll". The shows theme are good and the story is delivered in a way that is easy for people to digest. I believe that this show helps children to understand that women are not just there to have a "good time" and that it is okay to not know who you are

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age 16+

AWESOME.

THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD!!! There are basically two ways to watch a show like Dollhouse. You can ignore all of the moral questions raised by it or you can think about them and stay up all night wondering if Echo's a slave and Paul is doing the right thing in Season One. If you just try to ignore all of the whole okay, Echo isn't actually an (job) thing you have yourselves a million different show-movies. The episode with the hunter becomes an action show and Grey Hour becomes suspense. But if you actually wonder about things like them being wiped it's different. Dollhouse always delivers on two different levels. The first one is just what is Echo doing today? and the second is about the Dollhouse staff, Echo becoming a threat, and Paul. The plots are complex and hard to follow (I had to Google episode name explanation more than once) but they're also wonderful. You don't have to like Buffy/Firefly//Angel to like Dollhouse. I hated all three of them (how can people like Buffy when she's such a jerk? and Firefly is the boring-est show in the history of boring!) but I love Dollhouse. XD So anyways. There's sex (the Dolls can be bought out for sex, for Pete's sakes, Echo plays a dude's dead wife for one night a year) and action (she also got hunted by some dude with a bow). (Note: The following applies to Series One.) Basically, how the show works is this: Adelle (the head of Dollhouse) gets a call from some dude that wants a Doll, and if it's Dollhouse they want Echo. She goes upstairs to tell Topher (the tech dude) what they need. Topher creates a customized personality and skill set for Echo to perform in the field. Boyd (Echo's handler/caretaker/rescuer) tells Adelle/Topher/Mr. Dominic how this is a sucky idea and gets ignored. Dr. Saunders (the house doctor) gets Echo from where she's been acting like a perfectly tranquil child with the other Dolls to go get a "treatment" (personality upload). Topher gives Echo the personality and Echo gets up, now acting like that personality. She gets taken into the field to do her job. If it's fake lover, she gets dropped off at her "husband's" house (the client in this case). On the other hand, if it's police officer, she gets delivered to the police base. If it's on TV, it's gonna get ugly. If it's a dangerous assignment, it's gonna take a turn for the worst. And nothing is ever just sex. Right about then, its a commercial break and Agent Paul Ballard comes in. He's found something to do with the Dollhouse and he pursues it for ten minutes or so. Then back to Echo as the show is a typical action movie. At some point, something goes wrong with the technology. Maybe Echo starts remembering things from past assignments, maybe it's a remote wipe, whatever, and Topher insists it isn't his fault. The things go wrong-er and Boyd saves the day about half the time. The other half, Echo takes care of herself. This all depends on her imprint (personality), of course. Echo goes back to the house and gets wiped. Alpha is referenced. Did anyone doubt he was coming back? Of course, some episodes break the format. In Echoes, Echo gets her Caroline personality back by exposure to the campus she went to college on and remembers Rossum is bad. In Needs, the five Actives we see get their personalities back in an attempt to control them regaining memories by fulfilling their needs. In Haunted, Echo is a dead woman. And in Omega, Echo is imprinted by Alpha (yep.). Not even gonna talk about Epitaph One right now. Also, there's the Caroline story arc. Echo was originally Caroline, who was a college student who took a stand against Rossum and is now a doll to pay for it. Once again, pretending Epitaph One didn't happen. And she comes back, of course. See, it takes that long to explain it. So yes, complicated. Yes, sex (although no nudity, good job Dollhouse), swearing, and violence. Deep questions. Not for kids. (Yes I'm a hypocrite.) But awesome.

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age 14+

Magnificent

Compelling, original, interesting, and wonderfully done. Eliza Dushku, Dichen Lachman, Enver Gjokaj, Fran Kranz, Harry Lennix, and Olivia Williams are especially fantastic.

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age 14+

Weak Beginning, Strong Ending

WARNING: In order to properly explain the complex plot of Dollhouse, this review contains spoilers. Dollhouse is about a secret agency that brainwashes human volunteers and replaces their memories with new memories. They can turn a human being into the perfect chef, the perfect date, anything their wealthy clients pay for. The human volunteers are usually people with troubled lives they'd like to escape from, people in need of some serious money, or even a prisoner who wants a shorter sentence. They sign five-year contracts where they will lend their bodies to the agency, and when the time is up, they are paid an incredible amount of money. The series revolves around Echo, who is the Dollhouse agency's most successful volunteer. She spends most of her time in the agency walking around brain-dead, or brainwashed, with no personality and no memories. She, like the rest of the volunteers (called Actives or Dolls), gets taken to a room with a chair where they insert memories and then send her off to a job for a client (called engagements). She'll walk out of that room as a skilled mountain-climer, or a faithful blind woman ready to infiltrate a devious cult. Whatever the job calls for. The agency also has enemies, who are both moral and immoral. There's FBI agent Paul Ballard, who believes in the existence of the Dollhouse and wants to stop it in order to rescue a semi-mysterious volunteer from there called Caroline. And there's Alpha, whom you'll begin to find out is a Doll who has escaped the Dollhouse, but not before killing off half the entire staff. Just your average psycho-killer. While the series starts out incredibly weak, by the seventh episode it starts to grow into something incredibly strong, that can be seen in Joss Whedon's other shows. If you love sci-fi and Whedon shows like Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, or Angel (featuring actors from all of those shows), it's not a bad idea to give this show a shot. Its premise, although hard to follow, is really interesting and the cast gives a strong performance as the show itself begins to bloom. While not super-great, this show is worth a little attention. Just don't give up before the seventh episode.

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age 15+

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age 12+

One of the Best Shows in the Universe!!

A very good show! It's a piece of genius! Joss Whedon is one of my favorite directors in the universe! Joss Whedon created Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Doctor Horrible's Sing Along Blog. It's a little iffy but really it's an awesome show!

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age 14+

Identity, Sex, Drugs..but a good show

I think overall, the series seems to frown on bad behavior. Rape, Drugs, etc. If you feel your kid is strong enough to be able to handle the sexual under, and in some cases, overtones, then let them watch it. The rape episode really sticks out in my mind.. it could show teenage boys who don't understand the effects of rape what it does to people. I can't wait for the next season, and I quite hope it just keeps getting better. It does not shy away from the bad issues, that's for sure.

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age 13+

Excellent show, but with some iffy content

I love dollhouse. It is an excellent show, but can get pretty violent and does have some iffy language and sexual aspects to it. Overall an excellent show, but has intense and vivid violence.

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age 15+

AmAzInG

It has a very interesting and hooking plot. It dives deep into different characters all with implanted personalities.
age 14+

A worthwhile watch...

Dollhouse is another great show by Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel). It is a worthwhile watch for anyone over the age of 14. The content can be rather iffy in some cases, but is tame enough for television. It is a fast pace, science fiction thriller, one that will keep you anticipating Friday's at 9 p.m.!