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Ugly Betty: Season 1 (2006)

America Ferrera , Eric Mabius  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Vanessa Williams
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2007
  • Run Time: 992 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JPII
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,305 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ugly Betty: Season 1" on IMDb

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Becoming Ugly -- America Ferrera And Cast Explore What It Means To Get Bettyfied

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Based on the popular Colombian telenovela Yo Soy Betty La Fea, Ugly Betty is a biting comedy with plenty of heart. There are several ongoing plots, including murder, illegal immigration, infidelity, a vendetta, and death. And yes, this really is a comedy. Golden Globe winner America Ferrera (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Real Women Have Curves) stars as Betty, a whip-smart assistant at a women's magazine who is clueless when it comes to fashion. While her size 0 colleagues parade around in haute couture and stiletto heels, Betty shows up for work in her mismatched outfits, complete with thick glasses and awkward braces. The series, which made its debut during the 2006-2007 season on ABC, could've relied on physical humor for laughs. But the sharp writing and likeable cast bring the show to life. There's a lot going on in the first year. Besides setting Betty up as Mode magazine's ugly duckling overachiever, the first few episodes introduce viewers to a superb supporting cast that includes Betty's frenemies Amanda (Becki Newton) and Marc (Michael Urie), the hysterical duo that aligns themselves to whoever can best advance their careers. As for Betty's womanizing boss, Daniel (Eric Mabius), he's not the brightest bulb in the package. Recalling childhood outings with their mother, he says, "She used to like taking us to clothing museums." To which his sibling says, "Those were stores! She just called them museums to get us out of school." Salma Hayek--one of the show's producers--guest stars in an arc as a powerful editor who beds Daniel to prove a point. But it's her unexpected turn as an actress on Ignacio's favorite soap opera that is the real treat.

About halfway through the 23-episode series, it appears that the writers switched gears with one of their main plots revolving around a possibly undead fashion editor. But in a typical over-the-top Ugly Betty way, they make the plot switch work. The heart of the show is when Betty returns home from work. She still lives with her father, Ignacio (Tony Plana), older sister Hilda (Ana Ortiz), and nephew Justin (Mark Indelicato). Justin is one of TV's best kid characters. Not only is he equally adorable and wise, but he is most probably--or will grow up to be--gay. The way his family accepts him for who he is--rather than who they wish he was--is incredibly loving and thoughtful. Betty also is navigating a love life that she makes more complicated than it has to be. Instead of dumping a boyfriend who cheated on her, she allows her sister to manipulate her into staying with him. When she finally realizes she has strong feelings for Henry (Christopher Gorham), the adorable accountant at work who has a huge crush on her, it may be too late. The season finale will leaves viewers with several cliffhangers revolving around Ignacio, Justin's father, and (of course) Betty. For most fans, season 2 can't come fast enough. --Jae-Ha Kim

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Audiences are cheering for a vibrant overachiever with the spirit and the smarts to live her dream. America Ferrera stars as go-getter Betty Suarez, a true beauty in the skin-deep world of high fashion. Two very different cultures collide in this sexy and stylish series about believing in yourself regardless of the odds. Earning Golden Globe Awards® for Best Television Series* and Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series* in its very first season, Ugly Betty is a runaway hit with fans and critics. "Ugly Betty is a thing of beauty," raves the Boston Herald. Experience every episode of Season One in this six-disc DVD box set. Plus, join executive producer Salma Hayek and actor Eric Mabius for exclusive show insights, and see what it takes for America Ferrera to get Bettyfied – available only on DVD. You’ll find yourself falling in love with every minute of Ugly Betty.

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86 of 98 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Always surprising 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Show in YEARS!!! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic show - very funny and fun ;-) July 12, 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I have no idea what "headline" means
I think I said it all by giving it five stars and since I do not understand computers,
I wish writing wasn't necessary.
Published 3 months ago by Leslie Guessford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Season
I'd recommend this season to anyone who is looking for a show full of emotion, family and fun, and totally unique in comparison to a lot of other shows out there.
Published 7 months ago by Robert Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars delightfully quirky, and constantly evolving, Ugly Betty rarely ever...
While the cast is extremely talented, the acting amazing, the dialog witty, and the sets and wardrobe "to die for", what makes Ugly Betty really special, is the program's... Read more
Published 11 months ago by trebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to the 21st Century's Best TV Series!!!
Love this show!!! The bonus features are fun, too, especially the deleted scenes. I wish this show lasted more than four seasons!
Published 12 months ago by moviemusicalfanatic21
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to recap the show
Havent seen the series for a long while was great to watch the DVDs and awe what happened on the show since its no longer on tv
Published 12 months ago by Kelly jo
5.0 out of 5 stars ugly betty
i love season 1 of ugly betty this is the only show that my mom and brother and i all love to watch
Published 14 months ago by Megan Dutko
5.0 out of 5 stars ugly betty 1
Great series, and the dvd's arrived in great shape, no problems viewing any of the discs, so I'm happy with the purchase.
Published 14 months ago by Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars So love this show!
This first season was enticing! The characters are well put together and very hilarious! I love this show because it is an extended version of the movie "The Devil Wears... Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise!
If your anything like me, the title of this show, Ugly Betty, totally turned me off. Then, my daughter talked me into watching it and now i just can't get enough! Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by Kocotunga
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Series Except for the Alexis Character
"Ugly Betty" had a lot of elements that made for a great series. At times, it was hilarious, touching, and insightful and I think the cast was just great. Read more
Published on May 10, 2011 by maskirovka
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What a joke! Why not include the Spanish audio track on the "English"...
As a matter of fact the English edition does include an Spanish audio track (it also has English/Spanish subtitles). The only thing different in this so called Spanish edition is the packaging which clearly says on the box that it features an Spanish audio track, I guess to attract non... Read more
Oct 9, 2007 by J. Gamboa |  See all 3 posts
Which Episode Showed Huge Vintage Poster on Wall in Boss's Apt?
This poster (or rather, wallpaper) is in every episode throughout the first 2 seasons that includes scenes taking place in Daniel's loft (except in the pilot, for which they used a different loft). Specifically, I know that the loft was used in the episode "Four Thanksgivings and a... Read more
Jan 10, 2013 by John Brown |  See all 2 posts
Whyno Blu-ray for this series?
I am sure all the popular shows now being shown in HD will eventually be put out in Blu-ray. I think most of the studios want to sell the cheaper, for them to produce, DVD sets first and then wait a few years to get the HD bucks. Kind of like the double dipping with all the "director's... Read more
Aug 27, 2010 by John Graham |  See all 3 posts
Spanish Subtitles?????
It probably does have subtitles, but there is also a Spanish version:
Aug 18, 2007 by reader |  See all 3 posts
has anyone seen the special features??? Be the first to reply
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