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And the Plot Thickens...,
This review is from: Ugly Betty: Season 1 (DVD)
"Ugly Betty~The Complete first Season" is the first TV series on DVD, that I have ever purchased sight unseen. Usually I stick to shows, that I have enjoyed in the past and I know will be good on repeat viewings. With the initial price of most DVD box sets, can you blame me? But after hearing about the critical acclaim this show has received, plus that lovely face on the front box, how could I refuse? Well my gamble paid off. After thoroughly enjoying this box set, "Ugly Betty" has now become my favorite series currently being shown on network television.
For those who don't know the comedy/drama, "Ugly Betty" is about a truely aesthetically challenged (braces, glasses and huge eye brows, that Ed Asner would kill for) young woman named Betty Suarez (America Ferrera), who despite all odds gets a job at the ultra-chic, fashion magazine, 'Mode' as the Personal-Assistant to the newly installed, Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Meade (Eric Mabius). Betty becomes Daniel's friend and protector as they stave off numerous, nefarious, soap-operish plots by Daniel's family members and employees at the magazine to dislodge the young and naive editor from his position. The villains include the glamourous, but evil, Creative Director, Wilhemina Slater (Venessa Williams), her brown nosing, assistant, Marc St. James (Michael Urie) and the catty receptionist, Amanda (Becki Newton). On top of this Betty must also deal with the trials and tribulations of her Mexican-American family which includes her father (Tony Plana), pushy sister Hilda (Ana Ortiz) and teenage nephew, Justin (Mark Indelicato) who live in a cozy household in Queens.
The above discription just scatches the surface of the various soap-operish plotlines, that goes on at 'Mode' magazine and the Suarez/Meade households. But what is so great about this show is that you basically should expect the unexpected. The plots zig & zag. The expectations are that the naive and virtuous, Betty dosn't stand a chance against the cynical and corrupt, plotting vipers, that surround her. But in the end no matter what happens, Betty usually comes out on top (if not emotionally battered and bruised) with her intergrity in place. I love the great writing, smart humor and the well rounded characters that make up this show. Highly recommended!