'Chuck,' 'Mad Men,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Dollhouse' plus at least four new comedies made the cut
No. 17: 'Dollhouse'
Oh "Dollhouse." If you could have premiered last February with the same strength of purpose, developing mythology and increasingly intriguing characters you're suddenly showcasing now, would you be on the verge of a late-January series finale? Perhaps. Every bit the show improves as this second season progresses -- and the double-bill Friday night burn-offs in December were all excellent -- only exposes how very uneven and directionless the show was when it launched. "Dollhouse" has finally started to manage leading lady Eliza Dushku's skillset more successfully and in Enver Gjokaj and Dichen Lachman, they've found two new stars. Throw in increasingly complicated work from Olivia Williams, increasingly sympathetic work from Fran Kranz and occasional appearances by a showstopping Alan Tudyk and you now have all of the elements of what "Dollhouse" possibly was always meant to be. Now if only Joss Whedon factored a time machine in the Dollhouse's tech. There's nothing sadder than a show finding its voice just in time for cancellation, but that appears to be what's happening here. Enjoy the last few episodes in 2010. I know I will be.