Ugly Betty (2006–2010)
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Revolves around an unattractive secretary at a fashion magazine. Based on the Colombian telenovela "Betty La Fea."



, (based on the television series created by) (as Fernando Gaitan)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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An unattractive young woman named Betty Suarez receives a job at Mode magazine after the owner of Meade Publications, Bradford Meade, catches his son, Daniel, in flagrante delicto with an assistant. Following the tragic death of the former editor Faye Summers, Daniel has assumed the role of editor-in-chief at Mode. At home, Betty has been dumped by Walter, who says he loves Gina Gambarro-- but Betty has a strong family unit with her father, sister Hilda, and nephew Justin to support her. In her professional life, Betty is a misfit at Mode. Treated with contempt because she is unfashionable, not thin and not considered to be attractive, Betty, however, does produce good ideas for the up coming photo shoot but Daniel ignores them. In an attempt to make her quit, Daniel torments Betty by asking her to stand-in as a model at the shoot. When Betty actually arrives on set wearing the ill-fitting clothes, poses for photos, and is mocked by all present, she leaves the set. Daniel follows ... Written by Missy

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Comedy | Drama | Romance






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28 September 2006 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Based on the popular Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea (1999) (I'm Betty, the Ugly), which has been dubbed and broad casted in countries such as Brasil, China or the Philippines and has been adapted in some other countries. Local versions like Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (2003) (There's No One Like Jassi) in India or Verliebt in Berlin (2005) (Smitten in Berlin) also have been immensely successful. See more »


[after being publicly humiliated at a photo shoot]
Betty Suarez: [to Daniel] This is what you wanted, isn't it? To humiliate me and make me quit! God forbid you should have to work with the ugly girl your Dad *made* you hire! Well, congratulations!
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References Sex and the City (1998) See more »


Suddenly I See
Performed by KT Tunstall
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Ugly Betty a million Thumbs Up!!!!!!!
30 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was great, funny, charming and ean entertaining show. Although I grew watching telenovelas I lost connection with this TV genre since 1995. Telenovelas are a short version of our US Daytime Soap Opera; however they are shorter time wise. The first time I visited US was in 1975, they were showing All My Children, General Hospital etc. I moved to the mainland in 1982 and they were showing the same soap operas and it is still 2006 and those shows are still going. Who has the time to watch and follow 30 years plus soap opera? The Latin American soap operas although they can be cheesy they only last 3 months; they can go from the sublime to the ridiculous but they are entertaining. I though Ugly Betty would be another telenovela. But Ugly Betty is really an excellent show. America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) she is a great actress, she brings a lot of our Hispanic passion to Ugly Betty. It was hilarious seeing Salma HayeK on a Mexican soap opera on Ugly Betty's TV. I liked the touch of the Guadalajara poncho, It's Salma's sublime message to tell us that Ugly Betty is a Mexican American living in Queens, not a Puerto Rican, Dominican which represent the majority of Hispanics in New York City. I'm Puerto Rican and I'm elated with Salma Hayek successes in Hollywood like in Frida, and In the Time of the Butterflies. Bravo Salma!!! Well Done ..Te la comiste..I'm very proud of you. You are bringing our Latin Culture to Prime TV..It's not a drama show like Law and Order show but is a good start.

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