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Ugly Betty 

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Smart but wholesome Betty embraces her unique appearance and independent attitude in the cutthroat world of New York fashion.
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 48 wins & 120 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
America Ferrera ...  Betty Suarez 85 episodes, 2006-2010
Eric Mabius ...  Daniel Meade 85 episodes, 2006-2010
Tony Plana ...  Ignacio Suarez 85 episodes, 2006-2010
Ana Ortiz ...  Hilda Suarez 85 episodes, 2006-2010
Becki Newton ...  Amanda Tanen / ... 85 episodes, 2006-2010
Michael Urie ...  Marc St. James 85 episodes, 2006-2010
Mark Indelicato ...  Justin Suarez 85 episodes, 2006-2010
Vanessa Williams ...  Wilhelmina Slater 85 episodes, 2006-2010
Judith Light ...  Claire Meade 71 episodes, 2006-2010
Ashley Jensen ...  Christina McKinney 66 episodes, 2006-2010
Christopher Gorham ...  Henry Grubstick 35 episodes, 2006-2010
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A young, smart and wise woman named Betty Suarez goes on a journey to find her inner beauty. The only problem is that it's hard for a slightly less attractive woman to find her beauty surrounded by tall skinny models at a fashion magazine but Betty doesn't let this stop her or her positive attitude towards her work. Written by James Robson

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Tan fea que la hicimos en inglés. (So ugly that we did it in English.) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

The Suarez family is from Mexico, but none of the actors are ethnically Mexican. America Ferrera is Honduran, Tony Plana is Cuban, Ana Ortiz is Puerto Rican-Irish, and Mark Indelicato is Puerto Rican-Italian. See more »

Quotes

Betty Suarez: I'm going to get Daniel a new horse to ride... that didn't sound as dirty in my head.
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Ahead of its Time
25 July 2018 | by michaeledward1212See all my reviews

Ugly Betty is one of my all-time favorite shows, the first season is still one of my favorite seasons, and in my opinion one of the best seasons of television ever produced. The way it blended telenovela sensibilities with the American sitcom was genius. I think the show is extremely underrated, by audiences and critics alike. The user score here is a testament to that, and while Ugly Betty might not be everyone's cup of tea it accomplished most of what it set out to do, and it did it well.

Although I think the first season and a half are excellent, near perfect television, the show floundered a bit in its third season, where a new locale and crew changed the tone and a post-writers strike group of writers took the series into new, and sometimes bizarre territory. I must say that Patricia Field taking over costumes from Eduardo Castro was extremely noticeable, and the quality was still high, but the show never matched its soap opera antics of its first season, instead it become a lighter family comedy with some dramatic elements thrown in, and it still worked.

The thing that amazes me every time I rewatch the show is how timeless it feels, how groundbreaking it was, and how it paved the way for so many shows, and originated so many trends. I don't think Ugly Betty truly gets enough credit for what it did, blending comedy, drama, heartfelt storylines with grittier elements, transgender storylines and gay youth representation, in a show centered on a Mexican-American family no less.

Today there are shows like Pose, where the cast is made up of mainly transwomen, shows like Jane the Virgin that feature telenovela storytelling mixed with comedy, and a noticeable trend in sitcoms to feature more long arc story structure and greater continuity, all while including some more dramatic elements. At the time of its release, Ugly Betty was a contemporary to The Office, 30 Rock, Glee and other mainstream sitcoms that kept the tone light and the stakes lower. Meanwhile, Ugly Betty wasn't afraid to feature surreal moments and serious stories about coming out, murder and alcoholism.

Ugly Betty will forever be one of my favorite shows. And although it's never gotten the credit it deserves, its influence lives on in the risks taken by the shows that came after it, and the people who were touched by it.


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28 September 2006 (USA) See more »

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