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Series cast summary:
...  Betty Suarez 85 episodes, 2006-2010
...  Daniel Meade 85 episodes, 2006-2010
...  Ignacio Suarez 85 episodes, 2006-2010
...  Hilda Suarez 85 episodes, 2006-2010
...  Amanda Tanen / ... 85 episodes, 2006-2010
...  Marc St. James 85 episodes, 2006-2010
...  Justin Suarez 85 episodes, 2006-2010
...  Wilhelmina Slater 85 episodes, 2006-2010
...  Claire Meade 71 episodes, 2006-2010
...  Christina McKinney 66 episodes, 2006-2010
...  Henry Grubstick 35 episodes, 2006-2010


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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There's Ugly. Then There's Betty See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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ABC [United States]



Release Date:

28 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Betty the Ugly  »

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1.78 : 1
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A half century of cultural change
15 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

This long time New Yorker had an instant connection with this program. When Betty first told Marc that she had just graduated from Queens College, I had to laugh at his sarcastic reply, "That's a terrific value school." From that moment on this fellow grad of the very same "value school" had felt a kinship with Betty.

Of course the plot twists were often over the top, but I was fascinated by it; and my wife and I looked forward to the days that it popped up on our recorder. Sure it was preposterous, but the affection of the Suarez family, along with everyone who set foot in that little house in Queens, was as genuine as television can get.

I had a bet with my wife that in the final episode Daniel would go to London and ask Betty to marry him. I should have recognized that the quality of the writing, the human reality under the wackiness would not allow such a clichéd ending. He did go to London, and he was going through just enough of a personal transformation that one could very well anticipate that over time, things could end with them being together.

But then again, maybe not. Ugly Betty is a program that didn't make it in Germany and other countries. But this Country, with all it's failures, all its faults, has gone through a monumental social revolution over the last half century, that happens to coincide with my adult life. So, it could portray a young man whose entrance into adulthood is a dance with another boy; no longer an absurdity, but while still a stretch in a Mexican ethnic household, not so much to be unacceptable to a large audience.

The country has changed, and this program, one that I will sorely miss, chronicled this transformation.

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