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As ever, the show does a nimble job of simultaneously maintaining multiple plot lines. Some of them last nearly the entire season, like Betty's leaving the family house in Queens to live on her own in a Manhattan apartment, the struggles of Meade Publications, parent company of Mode Magazine (Betty's principal employer), to deal with ongoing financial issues (exacerbated by a major embezzlement sub-plot in mid-season), or the endless power plays involving villainess Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams) and various members of the Meade family. Other developments, and there are many, unfold over just a few episodes. Some of the best of these are Betty's re-acquaintance with Kimmie (a perfectly cast Lindsay Lohan), a former high school nemesis whom Betty helps find a job; Betty's membership in the Young Editors Training Program (YETI), which brings her into conflict with Marc (Michael Urie), Wilhelmina's flagrantly gay assistant; numerous Suarez family issues, including father Ignacio's (Tony Plana) heart attack; and, of course, the tangled love lives of Betty and virtually every other character of note. Through it all, Betty is awkward, naive, and hopelessly unhip, but also smart, creative, and sincere; she remains the one beacon of purity in a world where everyone's out to get everyone else.
Ugly Betty is beautifully crafted--it's well-written, nicely acted, and deftly edited, and the bonus material (deleted scenes, episode commentary, bloopers, etc.) is fine (newcomers will be grateful for the "starter kit," which introduces the major characters and storylines). One wonders, though, how long it can sustain itself. If Betty finally blossoms into "normality," the show's over; but if the emphasis on cutesy quirks continues, there's sure to be some shark-jumping in the near future. Stay tuned for further developments. --Sam Graham
I really enjoy watching it and its great to watch on a lazy afternoon.
The entire set from the packaging, to the menus, to the discs and episodes themselves are all very high quality and well worth the money!
I recommend Ugly Betty to everyone - it's the sort of show which lifts you up when you are down.
Perfect conditions! The DVDs came exactly as I expected. In a very safe envelope with bubble wrapping on the inside to prevent any breaking or squishing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Victor Hugo Gallardo
Love this show. Never finished watching the entire series due to military deployment interupting the show. Then never picked it back up. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Heather
I enjoyed this tv show very much; and enjoyed watching it in my own home. Thank you for it! Smile!Published 5 months ago by reader23