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Bette is a wildly successful singer with numerous hits, adoring fans, and showbiz friends who often drop by. Keeping her grounded is her professor husband Roy, best friend Connie and her thirteen year old daughter Rose.


Jeffrey Lane




2001   2000   Unknown  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Bette Midler ...  Bette 18 episodes, 2000-2001
James Dreyfus ...  Oscar 18 episodes, 2000-2001
Joanna Gleason ...  Connie Randolph 18 episodes, 2000-2001
Marina Malota Darling ...  Rose 17 episodes, 2000-2001
Kevin Dunn ...  Roy 12 episodes, 2000-2001


Bette is a wildly successful singer with numerous hits, adoring fans, and showbiz friends who often drop by. Keeping her grounded is her professor husband Roy, best friend Connie and her thirteen year old daughter Rose.

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It's the role she was born to play.









Release Date:

11 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bette Show See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs


(17 episode and 1 bonus episode)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The show was not the monstrous success that CBS had hoped for, but it was a modest hit. Unfortunately, Bette Midler went on David Letterman at the beginning of January 2001 and complained about how difficult the whole sitcom experience had been, which erupted into a minor Hollywood scandal. At the last minute, CBS yanked an episode that was supposed to air before the Grammys, then they abruptly flipped the schedule, premiering the brand new series Some of My Best Friends (2001) in Bette's time slot before quickly canceling both shows. Midler cried foul and claimed she was going to pen a tell-all book about the various behind-the-scenes horrors she endured, but it never came to fruition. See more »


Throughout the series when Bette's accompanist Oscar is playing piano it is frequently clear that is not actually playing because the position of his hands is nowhere near the actual range of what is being played. See more »


Referenced in Phone Booth (2002) See more »


Nobody Else But You
(theme song)
Written by Bette Midler and Marc Shaiman
Performed by Bette Midler
©2000 Divine's Music Ltd.
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Everything that is wrong with television...
5 July 2005 | by SleepensheepSee all my reviews

This show represents everything that is wrong with some sit-coms. It appears that television executives, unable to come up with an original idea, constantly fall back on "celebrities" such as Midler, as the end of their career. Since they are at the end of their career, they are more willing to do the lowly sit-com (see: Gena Davis). Unfortunately, the shows most often have the supporting characters orbiting around the star, Midler, feeding her opportunities to drop her "funny" lines. If the supporting characters do have a joke, it is only meant as a set-up to Midler "sassier" line. With these sit-coms, Midler and Davis, the lead actor appears to have distaste for the genre of situation-comedy, and judging from the writing, the writers have the same distaste. Moreover, the t.v. execs must have a lowly opinion of the genre to assume that an ex-movie actress automatically equals television gold. This is only validated when Emmy judges, seeing the ex-movie star (Midler) doing the lowly sit-com, assumes she must be so much more talented than other actresses on other sit-coms who did not have the same movie career (Heaton, Louis-Dryfus, etc.) Seinfeld offers the best cure for this disease, when the huge comedy star (Seinfeld) had a show, but rather than having all the actors orbiting around him, he gave them the funniest lines. The result: perhaps the television show ever. Hopefully people have learned, and such tragedies as "Bette" will never be allowed to happen again.

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