Ugly Betty 4 Seasons 2006

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Season 1
(90) IMDb 7.7/10
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1. Pilot TV-PG CC

A plain young woman becomes an executive assistant in the world of fashion.

Starring:
America Ferrera, Eric Mabius
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
September 28, 2006

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The writing and the cast are so amazing.
C. BIRD
This is a well-written, well-performed show, that is very funny and that will touch your heart.
The Opinionista
I enjoyed this show and once you watch season one you have to watch the entire series.
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87 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 17, 2007
Format: DVD
In retrospect, the 2006-2007 television season debuted an unusually large number of first rate new series: HEROES, MEN IN TREES, 30 ROCK, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, DEXTER, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, and UGLY BETTY. That is a remarkably strong group of new shows. UGLY BETTY occupied a unique niche among them. The new show it most resembled was MEN IN TREES. Both were light fare, intended to entertain and charm rather than challenge and rattle. It was unorthodox, but in comforting ways. It was, basically, a very nice show. One never came away from any episode shocked or dismayed as with the best episodes of DEXTER or FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, but to tell the truth, after a week of watching my favorite shows on TV--BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, LOST, DEXTER, and others that were sometimes exceedingly emotional affairs to watch, I found it a refreshing change of pace, never shocking, never emotionally taxing, never intellectually demanding. It managed always to be smart while also very easy to absorb. Most of all, it was great fun.

The plot was simple. Betty Suarez desires a job in publishing. After she applies at MODE magazine, where she has a disastrous interview, she finds herself mysterious hired as assistant to editor Daniel Meade, playboy son of Meade Publishing owner Bradford Meade. It turns out that Bradford had seen her leaving the building and ordered her hired for his son simply because she is as far from a fashion model in appearance as can be imagined. She has terrible hair, dresses horridly, has garish braces, thick glasses (and eyebrows), and carries more weight than your standard attractive woman. Father makes her employment mandatory for his rare-do-well son. Very quickly, however, she proves herself not merely necessary for Daniel's professional life, but a good friend as well.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Rowan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 18, 2007
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Comedies, while they are by definition amusing (or should be) are often so at someone's expense. I feared this would be true of Ugly Betty which I pegged as a one joke show and avoided for several weeks at the beginning of the season. I don't know why I began watching, but I'm thrilled that I did because I was dead wrong. This is no one trick pony, but rather an intelligent and very humane series which just happens to rely on some very sharp humor to make its observations about the human condition.

As we do in life, we meet new characters and see only the side of them they're willing to show to the world. Some you like instantly, some... not so much. But little-by-little, as you come to know each of them, you learn who they really are. The ugly jokes which persist on the surface become commentaries on those who make them. You may not like these people, but you understand something of what makes them tick, and in the end, you're pulling for them to grow, and change, and become better people.

Ugly Betty is blessed with a cast that is nothing short of brilliant. They are capable of both under and over-playing for effect, and sometimes leave me slack-jawed with admiration for their deft interpretations of the complexities of their characters. The scripts can move from mad to sad and back again in a matter of minutes, and while they're not without their flaws (The arc about Ignacio's amorous immigration officer thudded over all, though it did provide some very funny moments, and one which was tremendously touching.) they've been good enough that I would recommend the series to anyone.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By W. Schultz on August 16, 2007
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I all but given up on primetime Tv, but Never say never they say. "Ugly Betty" got me from the first time I watched it. This show has Heart and soul, it's funny and sad at the time. The story line has twists and turns and the hour flies so fast! I am guessing most people that come to view this time will already be fans and I don't need to tell you how great this show is.
As for the 2 reviews I read that didn't like UB, well nothing is for everyone and lord knows there is plenty of TV I can't get into or dislike so to each his own, but Ugly Betty is the best show in years for my tv!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Cutey on July 12, 2007
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Ugly Betty is a show set around an 'unattractive' secretary at a fashion magazine. Based on the Colombian telenovela "Betty La Fea." It's excellent and I watch or tape it each week.
Betty works for Mode magazine (hired by the publisher of the magazine, to be his son's secretary because he knew she'd never someone his son (Daniel) would sleep with) - an upscale fashion magazine where being thin is the rule and dressing the part as important. It's obvious from the beginning that Betty doesn't fit the mold but she ploughs through anyway - sometimes wanting to pack it all in but she does hang in there.
It is definately the best new show of the season and won several Golden Globes and rightly so. America Ferrara (who I loved in Real Women Have Curves) does a fantastic job and while she may seem ugly (to some) in her physical appearance, she is the nicest staff member at Mode. Her hard work and determination earns her boss's respect. She is a caring, friendly girl who is dedicated to her job and her family and I love to watch her trials and tribulations each week. It's such a fun show that ultimately has a message that it isn't what's on the outside that counts (or shouldn't count). I think this is something that most people would really enjoy and get a laugh from and hopefully learn not to judge people harshly because of the way they look.
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