The BEST Episodes of Dollhouse

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2021

Network: FOX

The show revolves around a corporation running numerous underground establishments across the globe which program individuals referred to as Actives with temporary personalities and skills. Wealthy clients hire Actives at great expense for various purposes. The series follows the Active known as Echo, on her journey towards self-awareness.

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Epitaph Two: Return

#1 - Epitaph Two: Return

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 29, 2010

In the year 2020, Echo and her surviving Dollhouse crew attempt to restore order to a devastating future world before mankind is eliminated.

star 8.21
1,543 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Andrew Chambliss, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
The Attic

#2 - The Attic

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 18, 2009

When Adelle, Boyd, and the rest of the Dollhouse fear that Echo's uncontrollable mind imprints are making her a danger to their goals, they send her to "the Attic" where Echo is forced to face her worst nightmare in order to survive.

star 8.13
1,783 votes
Directors: John Cassaday
Writers: Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Briar Rose

#3 - Briar Rose

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired May 1, 2009

Ballard’s investigation leads him to the agoraphobic designer of the Dollhouse, and the story of “Sleeping Beauty” foreshadows Echo’s future, while allowing her to help a young girl deal with her traumatic past. Adelle goes to the attic in search of answers, while Alpha reveals himself and sets his game in motion.

star 8.11
1,950 votes
Directors: Dwight Little
Writers: Jane Espenson
Getting Closer

#4 - Getting Closer

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 8, 2010

Topher races to reconstruct Echo's original personality and memories when Adelle realizes they are the key to averting a devastating future. Meanwhile, Echo and Bennett's shared past and the identity of The Rossum Corporation's mysterious leader are revealed.

star 8.04
1,837 votes
Directors: Tim Minear
Writers: Tim Minear
The Hollow Men

#5 - The Hollow Men

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 15, 2010

Sacrifices are made when Echo leads her crew to Arizona to dismantle the Rossum Corporation's mainframe.

star 8.03
1,628 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, Tracy Bellomo
Man on the Street

#6 - Man on the Street

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 20, 2009

Echo becomes the perfect wife for a lonely internet mogul and Sierra’s attacker is revealed. Mellie’s life is in danger and Agent Ballard’s investigation takes a surprising turn when he comes face-to-face and goes fist-to-fist with Echo for the first time.

star 8.00
2,058 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Joss Whedon
Epitaph One

#7 - Epitaph One

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 11, 2009

The year is 2019, and the world is broken. A small band of survivors discovers an abandoned Dollhouse and as they explore they begin to understand the shadowy organization and to suspect that they may have been responsible for the current state of the world.

star 7.97
1,667 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Jed Whedon, Joss Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen

#8 - Omega

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 8, 2009

Alpha’s reign of terror continues as his obsession with Echo endangers Caroline’s survival. Ballard’s search for the Dollhouse comes to an end, forcing him to make a life-changing decision. Meanwhile, one Doll is permanently deactivated while another’s shocking past is revealed.

star 7.93
2,039 votes
Directors: Tim Minear
Writers: Tim Minear
A Spy in the House of Love

#9 - A Spy in the House of Love

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 10, 2009

When a traitor is discovered inside the Dollhouse, Echo and Sierra are programmed as spy hunters to uncover the culprit. Meanwhile, Ballard receives surprising news from Mellie, and Adelle harbors a secret.

star 7.91
1,923 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Andrew Chambliss

#10 - Needs

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 3, 2009

When Echo, Sierra and Victor awaken in the Dollhouse with most of their original personalities intact but no memories, Echo leads the charge to free the Actives from their apparent captivity and escape the Dollhouse forever. Meanwhile, Ballard discovers the Dollhouse is closer than he thinks.

star 7.83
1,942 votes
Writers: Tracy Bellomo

#11 - Belonging

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 2009

Sierra is forced to face her past as her connection to the Rossum Corporation leads to obsession and murder.

star 7.77
1,844 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
The Public Eye (1)

#12 - The Public Eye (1)

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 4, 2009

When Senator Perrin makes his stand against the Rossum Corporation, Echo attempts to stop his expose. Adelle, and Topher begin to see what they are up against in the rival of Washington DC.

star 7.75
1,895 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Andrew Chambliss

#13 - Stop-Loss

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 18, 2009

As his contract with the Dollhouse expires, Victor is released back into the world, where his military past threatens his future with Sierra. Meanwhile, Echo is deemed too dangerous and is sent into her worst nightmare.

star 7.73
1,738 votes
Writers: Andrew Chambliss
A Love Supreme

#14 - A Love Supreme

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 11, 2009

When Echo's past romantic engagements are found murdered, the Dollhouse fears that Alpha has returned to seek his revenge. Adelle grows suspicious of Ballard who hopes to find allies in Boyd and Topher. The Actives turn against their handlers, leaving one member of the house permanently mind-wiped.

star 7.73
1,799 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Jenny DeArmitt
The Target

#15 - The Target

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 20, 2009

Echo becomes the female counterpart to a handsome young outdoorsman, but it may turn out that neither of the pair is what they seem to be. Meanwhile, Agent Ballard is encouraged when he receives a clue to Echo's true identity.

star 7.72
2,383 votes
Writers: Steven S. DeKnight

#16 - Haunted

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 24, 2009

When Adelle’s wealthy friend is murdered, Adelle imprints Echo with the woman’s memories and personality to solve the case. Ballard looks into Mellie’s past, and Topher secretly programs Sierra for an engagement.

star 7.72
2,066 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Jane Espenson, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
The Left Hand (2)

#17 - The Left Hand (2)

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 4, 2009

Echo and Bennett have a shocking meeting as Adelle goes head-to-head with the ruthless head of the DC Dollhouse. Topher sees double when he must involve Victor in his espionage. Perrin finds a surprising witness to testify against the Rossum Corporation, but find he may be living in a house of cards.

star 7.70
1,974 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Tracy Bellomo
Meet Jane Doe

#18 - Meet Jane Doe

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 11, 2009

After her entanglements with Senator Perrin and the DC Dollhouse, Echo finds herself out in the world-at-large as she struggles to control her multiple memory downloads. Topher discovers the dangers of science that will have devastating effects on the future, while Adelle engages in a power struggle with Harding.

star 7.63
1,662 votes
Directors: Dwight Little
Writers: Andrew Chambliss, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen

#19 - Vows

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 2009

It has been several months since Alpha's reign of terror and Echo, who is now randomly picking up flashes of past engagements, weds a British businessman who has ties to one of Ballard's open FBI cases. Topher becomes the target of Dr. Saunder's aggression after she finds out that she is actually a doll named Whiskey. Boyd takes on a risky venture and mixes business with pleasure, while DeWitt makes Ballard an irresistable offer.

star 7.61
2,132 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon
Gray Hour

#20 - Gray Hour

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 6, 2009

Echo becomes an expert safe-cracker, and an invaluable piece of art is stolen from her on the engagement, forcing Sierra to take on a familiar persona. Agent Ballard gives Lubov an ultimatum, and Adelle confides shocking information to Topher.

star 7.61
1,950 votes
Directors: Rod Hardy
Writers: Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain

#21 - Echoes

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 27, 2009

A deadly virus outbreak on a college campus sends Echo back to school where pieces of her past come into focus.

star 7.55
1,967 votes
Directors: James Contner
Writers: Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain
Belle Chose

#22 - Belle Chose

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 9, 2009

Echo and Victor’s imprints collide when Echo is sent on an assignment as a fun-loving, seductive college student and Victor is imprinted as the psychotic nephew of a Dollhouse shareholder.

star 7.52
1,895 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Tim Minear

#23 - Ghost

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 13, 2009

Echo is one of the "Actives" in the elite and illegal Dollhouse. Through different personality downloads, she plays the role of a lovestruck girl on a romantic weekend, and then a ruthlessly efficient kidnapping negotiator. FBI Agent Paul Ballard is struggling with his assignment to uncover information on the Dollhouse.

star 7.42
2,760 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon
Stage Fright

#24 - Stage Fright

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 27, 2009

Echo becomes a backup singer to watch out for a female singing sensation with a very overzealous fan. Agent Ballard's investigation takes a turn for the worse.

star 7.35
2,096 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen

#25 - Instinct

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 2009

Echo is imprinted with the personality of a mother with a newborn baby. Complications arise when, thanks to Topher's programming, Echo takes too strongly to motherhood. Perrin ramps up his investigation into Rossum and DeWitt pays November a visit.

star 7.31
1,769 votes
Directors: Marita Grabiak
Writers: Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters