Streaming service: Hulu
Series length: Two seasons; 26 episodes
Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller, Procedural
Logline: A shadowy organization rents people out to the rich, but one of their operatives is slowly gaining her consciousness back and ready to blow the conspiracy wide open.

This isn't just a random pick; there's actually a peg here. If you're a fan of Westworld and especially feeling where Season 3 seems to be headed, then you should get a kick out of the Eliza Dushku-led Dollhouse. The series follows a shadowy organization of the same name, that, much like Westworld, thrives on catering specific fantasies to the uber-rich. In this case the methods are even ickier: instead of robots, there are "dolls," actual human beings (who, so we're told at least, signed up for this willingly) who operate as blank, child-like slates when they're not in use but can otherwise be "programmed" with an identity suited to the client's wants or needs. (Obviously sex is the standard—again, ick factor—but the series goes out of its way to throw in curves like a heist or at the very least give emotional weight to the clients besides just wanting to sleep with Eliza Dushku.) 

Dusku plays Echo, a doll who is on the verge of "waking up," while flashbacks show how she landed herself here in the first place. The series gets off to an admittedly rough start. Coming from prolific TV creator Joss Whedon, when it aired plenty of fans, myself included, were disappointed that the series started out less fire and more full of potential but with loads of problems. (Skip Episode 3 altogether). But Episode 6 opens the world up in several truly exciting ways. Conspiracy! Mythology! From there the procedural episodes get more and more innovative while a larger serialized arc builds slowly before... a truly batshit season finale that features none of the main cast and jumps forward to a near future where society is in dystopian shambles and somehow the Dollhouse is the cause of it. Which sets up a vastly more interesting second season, complete with a mid-season cancellation that allows Whedon and his writers to go all-in on building to a satisfying series finale. It's far from Buffy, Angel or Firefly but Dollhouse is further confirmation Whedon is ahead of his time. —Frazier Tharpe