Dollhouse is an American science fiction television series created by Joss Whedon and produced by Mutant Enemy Productions which revolves around a corporation running an underground establishment known as The Dollhouse which programs individuals referred to as Actives (or Dolls) with temporary personalities and skills.
Wealthy clients hire Actives from Dollhouses at great expense for various purposes. The series primarily follows the Active known as Echo, played by Eliza Dushku, on her journey towards self-awareness.
The series aired in the USA on Fox from 13 February, 2009 to 29 January, 2010. It was not renewed for a third season. There are 26 hour-long episodes in two seasons.
Dollhouse premiered in South Africa on DStv's M-Net Action channel on Wednesday 8 February 2010, at 19h00. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Caroline (Eliza Dushku) - code name "Echo" - is an "Active," a member of a highly illegal and underground group of individuals who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas.
Hired by the wealthy, powerful and connected, the Actives don't just perform their hired roles, they wholly become - with mind, personality and physiology - whomever the client wants or needs them to be.
Whether imprinted to be a lover, an assassin, a corporate negotiator or a best friend, the Actives know no other life than the specific engagements they are in at that time.
Confined between missions to a secret facility known as the "Dollhouse," Echo and the other Actives, including Sierra (Dichen Lachman) and Victor (Enver Gjokaj), are assigned engagements by Adelle DeWitt (Olivia Williams), one of the Dollhouse's leaders.
After each scenario, Echo, always under the watchful eye of her handler-turned-head-of-security, Boyd Langton (Harry Lennix), returns to the mysterious Dollhouse where her thoughts, feelings, experiences and knowledge are erased by Topher Brink (Fran Kranz), the Dollhouse's genius programmer.
Echo then enters the next scenario with no memory of before - or does she?
Former FBI Agent Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett) is determined to solve the mystery of the Dollhouse and find the missing Caroline.
Dollhouse revolves around Echo's blossoming self-awareness and her desire to discover her true identity. But with each new engagement, comes a new memory and increased danger inside and outside the Dollhouse, as she seemingly begins to remember her original memories and slowly pieces together her mysterious past.
Dollhouse is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created by Joss Whedon, who also serves as executive producer, writer and director.
Tim Minear and David Solomon are executive producers while Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas and are co-executive producers. Additionally, series star Eliza Dushku serves as a producer.
The series is exclusive to M-Net Action
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Premiere: 8 February 2010 | Finale: 3 May 2010 | Mondays, 19h00
Season 2 (13 episodes)
Premiere: 24 January 2011 | Finale: 18 April 2011 | Mondays, 19h00