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Ugly Betty
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Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Fernando Gaitán
Developed by Silvio Horta
Starring America Ferrera
Eric Mabius
Vanessa Williams
Becki Newton
Judith Light (Season 2 onwards)
Ana Ortiz
Tony Plana
Michael Urie
Mark Indelicato
Daniel Eric Gold (Season 4)
Alan Dale (Seasons 1 - 2)
Christopher Gorham (Season 2)
Ashley Jensen (Seasons 1 - 3)
Rebecca Romijn (Seasons 1 - 3)
Kevin Sussman (Season 1)
Theme music composer Jeff Beal
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 81 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Salma Hayek
Silvio Horta
Ben Silverman
Jose Tamez
Joel Fields
Location(s) New York, New York ("Pilot" and Seasons 3–4)
Los Angeles, California (Seasons 1 (without "Pilot")-2)
Running time 42 minutes
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480p (SDTV),
720p (HDTV) ABC HD,
1080i (HDTV) Channel 4 HD, 7HD
Original run September 28, 2006 (2006-09-28) – present
Related shows Yo soy Betty, la fea
External links
Official website

Ugly Betty is an American comedy-drama television series created by Silvio Horta, which premiered on ABC on September 28, 2006. The series revolves around Betty Suarez and is based on the Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea, which was created by Fernando Gaitán. The series is produced by Silent H, Ventanarosa and Reveille respectively partnered with ABC Studios, and is primarily filmed in Los Angeles, but together with the pilot episode and the third and fourth season the series is filmed in New York City. The executive producers are Salma Hayek, Silvio Horta, Ben Silverman, Jose Tamez and Joel Fields.

During its first three seasons, it aired on Thursday nights, where it was mostly successful. In October 2009, it was moved to Fridays, where it had trouble finding an audience. The backlash from its fans prompted ABC to move the show to Wednesdays at 10:00PM Eastern/9:00PM Central starting January 6, 2010, where it would better complement its Wednesday hits, Modern Family and Cougar Town.[1][2]

On January 27, 2010, ABC announced it was cancelling the series, stating it would not be returning for a fifth season due to low ratings.[3] The series finale is set to air on April 14, 2010.[4]



Betty Suarez is a courageous, good-hearted, and slightly naive girl from Queens, New York who is sorely lacking in fashion sense. She is abruptly thrust into a different world when she lands a job at Mode, a trendy high fashion magazine based in Manhattan that is part of the publishing empire of the wealthy Bradford Meade. Bradford's son Daniel has just been installed as Editor-in-Chief of Mode following the death of Fey Sommers (Bradford's longtime mistress). Bradford hires Betty as his son's newest personal assistant in an attempt to stop his womanizing son from sleeping with another attractive assistant. As time goes by, Betty and Daniel become friends and help each other navigate their professional and personal lives.

Life at Mode is made difficult for both Betty and Daniel by their co-workers. Their most serious threat comes from Creative Director Wilhelmina Slater, a vindictive schemer who devises numerous plots to steal Daniel's job and seize control of his family's company. Other conflicts are generated by Wilhelmina's loyal assistant Marc St. James and Mode receptionist Amanda Sommers, who continually mock and humiliate Betty for her lackluster physical appearance and awkward nature. Fortunately, not everyone at Mode is against Betty: she gains loyal friends in kind-hearted Scottish seamstress Christina McKinney and nerdy accountant Henry Grubstick. Betty also receives strong support from her father Ignacio, older sister Hilda, and her nephew Justin.

Season 1

Season one premiered in the United States on September 28, 2006 and aired 23 episodes. Major plotlines during the first season include: Betty and Daniel settling into their respective roles as personal assistant and editor-in-chief at a fashion magazine; Betty's relationships with pre-Mode boyfriend Walter and new love interest Henry; Daniel's numerous sexual conquests and his relationship with fellow editor Sofia Reyes (Salma Hayek); Wilhelmina's plots with the "Mystery Lady" to undermine Bradford and Daniel's positions at Meade Publications; Christina's temporary switch to Wilhelmina's side in an attempt to boost her career; the truth behind the murder of Fey Sommers and the death of Daniel's older brother Alex; Ignacio's immigration status and health problems; and Hilda's struggle to find a new career and salvage her relationship with Justin's father.

Season 2

The season's theme was "Brighter, Bolder, Bettyer" with a reworked version of Mika's "Hey Betty (You Are Beautiful)" being used as the featured song in its promos. Nine new recurring characters, played by Freddy Rodríguez, Illeana Douglas, Alec Mapa, David Blue, John Cho, Gabrielle Union, Gene Simmons, Eddie Cibrian and Juliette Goglia, were introduced. Lorraine Toussaint continued in her role as Claire's fellow prison escapee, Yoga, as a recurring character. Production was halted in November 2007 due to the Writers Guild of America strike; ultimately the season episode order was cut to 18 instead of a proposed 23. New episodes did not air on U.S. television until April 24, 2008, starting with "Twenty Four Candles", and ending on May 22, 2008, with "Jump". This was the last episode to be produced in Los Angeles.

Major plotlines this season include the following: the love triangle between Betty, Henry, and a deli shop worker named Giovanni "Gio" Rossi; Claire's escape from prison, recapture, and trial for the murder of Fey Sommers; the aborted wedding of Wilhelmina Slater and Bradford Meade; Daniel and Alexis's power struggle after their father's death; Amanda's search for her biological father; Marc's relationship with fashion photographer Cliff St. Paul; Hilda's attempt to start her new beautician career and a relationship with Justin's gym teacher; Christina's reunion with her ailing husband; and Wilhelmina's scheme to conceive an heir to the Meade fortune using Bradford's sperm.

Season 3

ABC renewed the series for a third season on February 11, 2008. In addition, production was moved to New York City from Los Angeles to make the series more realistic and to take advantage of increased tax incentives in New York. The third season premiered on September 25, 2008. This season added ten new recurring regulars, played by Grant Bowler, Mark Consuelos, Heather Tom, Val Emmich, Ralph Macchio, Sarah Lafleur, Bernadette Peters, Lauren Velez and Daniel Eric Gold. Lindsay Lohan, Julian De La Celle, Derek Riddell and Eddie Cibrian returned from the second season for more appearances. "The Show" by Australian singer Lenka is used as the promo theme for the season. This season dealt with Betty and Marc getting into the YETI Program. She also meets Matt Hartley and they become a couple. Meanwhile, Daniel falls in love with Connor's girlfriend, despite knowing that she has cancer and might not make it... which eventually she doesn't. Connor swindles the company and escapes the country, leaving Wilhelmina in the lurch. By the season finale, Betty gets promoted to Features Editor (at Marc's cost).

Season 4

The fourth season premiere in the United States aired in October 2009 in on a new night and time. After three seasons on Thursday nights, the show was moved to the Friday night death slot amid protests from its fans. Beginning on January 6, 2010, the show will air Wednesdays at 10:00PM Eastern/9:00PM Central time. Season four shows Betty adapting to her new position as an associate features editor at Mode.

On January 27, 2010, ABC had confirmed that the series will be ending in April, at the same time as reducing the season length from 22 to 20 episodes.[5]


The opening episode of the series began with 9 main cast members. The titular character and main protagonist of the show is Betty Suarez (America Ferrera), a recent college graduate looking to break into the publishing business. The show also strongly focuses on her boss Daniel Meade (Eric Mabius), a wealthy playboy who is given the position of editor-in-chief of Mode by his father, the magazine's owner. The show's main antagonist is Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams), Mode's creative director, who constantly schemes to usurp Daniel's position at Mode and take over the his family's publishing empire.

Other major characters on the show include Betty's family – father Ignacio Suarez (Tony Plana), a caring man with health and immigration problems who is a master cook; older sister Hilda Suarez (Ana Ortiz), a single working mother; and nephew Justin Suarez (Mark Indelicato) a flamboyant teenager highly interested in fashion and Broadway musicals. Betty's fellow Mode employees also make up some of the main cast – receptionist Amanda Tanen (Becki Newton), who has a fling with Daniel during the early part of the first season, seamstress Christina McKinney (Ashley Jensen), who becomes Betty's best friend, and Bradford Meade (Alan Dale), father of Daniel, owner of Meade Publications.

Marc St. James (Michael Urie), Wilhelmina's openly gay assistant and Walter (Kevin Sussman), Betty's uninspiring boyfriend, were both promoted from guest star to main cast midway through season one. Alexis Meade (Rebecca Romijn) also joined the main cast – a male to female trans-gendered woman and Daniel's older sibling.

Sussman left in Season 1. The second year also saw two more previous guest stars joining the main cast – Henry Grubstick (Christopher Gorham), accountant at Mode and Betty's new love interest, and Claire Meade (Judith Light), Daniel and Alexis's mother, Bradford's wife. Halfway through the season, Bradford dies of a heart attack.

During Season 3, Henry, Alexis, and Christina left the show (so far, Henry has been the only one to make a return appearance as a guest star). There were no new additions to the main cast this season, however this season saw many recurring celebrity guest stars, including Bernadette Peters, Lindsay Lohan, Christine Baranski and Mark Consuelos.

Season 4 featured only one new addition, former Season 3 guest star Daniel Eric Gold as Matt Hartley, Betty's on-again/off-again boyfriend and new boss at Mode.


America Ferrera as Betty Suarez
Eric Mabius as Daniel Meade
Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater
Tony Plana as Ignacio Suarez
Ana Ortiz as Hilda Suarez
Mark Indelicato as Justin Suarez
Becki Newton as Amanda Tanen
Ashley Jensen as Christina McKinney
Michael Urie as Marc St. James
Kevin Sussman as Walter
Rebecca Romijn as Alexis Meade
Christopher Gorham as Henry Grubstick
Judith Light as Claire Meade
Daniel Eric Gold as Matt Hartley


On January 27, 2010 ABC announced that Ugly Betty would cease to exist after the fourth season finale. The series finale is set to be aired in April 2010. "We've mutually come to the difficult decision to make this Ugly Betty's final season," executive producer Silvio Horta and ABC president Steve McPherson said in a joint statement. The show has struggled recently, with ratings in the US falling from an average 8.1m to 5.3m viewers between the third and fourth seasons.[6]


The idea to bring Ugly Betty to American TV screens began in 2001 when NBC was planning to adapt Betty as a half-hour comedy, which would be produced by Sony Pictures Television[7] but it never made past the planning stages (It took three writers to come up with a concept based around the character)[8] until ABC and Hayek's company came on board in 2004 and retooled it as an hour-long comedy-drama.[9] Two years later, on May 16, 2006, ABC announced that Ugly Betty would be part of the 2006–2007 North American season lineup as a weekly hour-long series; the initial order was for 13 episodes.

ABC had announced the title of the series would be Betty the Ugly, a change from its developmental title, but changed it back to Ugly Betty on July 14,[10] although the Ugly Betty title was already being used in promotions prior to this date on Citytv. There was speculation that the show would be a daily serial that would have debuted as a summer 2006 or midseason 2007 entry, but given the buzz and growing interest in the show, the network decided to make it a weekly series instead. On August 8, 2006, ABC decided at the last minute, a schedule change to move Ugly Betty from its previously announced Friday 8 p.m. (ET) time period to Thursday at 8 p.m. replacing sitcoms Notes from the Underbelly and Big Day as a lead-in to top-rated program Grey's Anatomy, due to the growing interest in the show.

The program's pilot was tested on several cable providers to gauge interest and feedback from viewers, most notably the Hispanic community, including those who are fans of the original Betty, who hoped that ABC would maintain the integrity of the original. ABC also allowed its affiliates to show free off-air screenings to the public at various events ahead of the show's debut. In addition the network screened the debut episode on the web and made the episodes available for download on iTunes after their initial airings on January 5, 2007. The encore episodes also have run on ABC Family and SOAPnet, both of which have aired marathons of the show.

On October 13, 2006, ABC ordered a full season pick-up for the series, beyond the original 13 ordered at the May Upfronts[11] due to its premiere ratings. ABC originally announced 22 episodes for the season 1, but increased the number of episodes by one to 23 . The season finale is the episode called "East Side Story." On March 21, 2007, ABC renewed the series for a second season.[12]

Although he joined NBC as their new entertainment head, Ben Silverman remained co-executive producer on the show, but in a limited role.[13]

In November 2007 the cast of the series made headlines when they threw their support behind the 2007 Writers' Strike by joining them on the picket line in solidarity. Ferrera commented on the reason why they did this: "The issues coming up with the actors’ contracts are very similar to what the writers are dealing with right now, and we have to stay united and stand strong within the creative community for what we believe is fair."[14] On November 25, the cast appeared in a 38-second video for "Speechless Hollywood" in which a black & white camera pulled away from a close up of Ferrera to showing her co-stars sitting next to her as they look directly at the camera without speaking.[15]

On February 11, 2008, ABC picked up Ugly Betty for the 2008–09 television season, along with nine other shows.[16] Unfortunately on the day the renewal was announced, two of the show's executive producers, Marco Pennette and James Hayman, were let go. The departures of Pennette and Hayman adds to the constant turnovers on the series off-camera, which has so far seen five writers having exited or fired.[17] In a Q&A from TV Guide, Michael Ausiello criticized the decision, saying "that someone saw fit to fix what wasn't broken" and praised the two men for writing several of the show's best episodes.[18] These turn of events may have also contributed to Rebecca Romijn's decision to no longer be a full time regular on the series in the third season, citing the move by new writers to make changes in the direction of several characters, especially Romijn's role as Alexis[19].

With the strike now over as of February 12, there is now the possibility that they could have seven new episodes completed by April, bringing the number of second season episodes produced to 20,[20] but so far it has been adjusted to 18. As a result of the strike, creator Silvio Horta has delayed plans for a musical episode and having Lindsay Lohan onboard for a possible storyline until the third season.[21] Four days later on February 16, 2008, ABC picked up Ugly Betty for the 2008–09 television season.[22]

On March 12, 2008, Horta inked a two-year, seven-figure deal with ABC Studios, which guarantees the show's future and gives Horta a chance to produce other projects aside from Betty.[23]

On April 17, 2008, the show's podcast, which is usually presented in audio and hosted by stars Urie and Newton, became available on video for the first time.[24]

On May 6, 2008, ABC announced that starting with the third season, Ugly Betty will return to New York City and start production there. The move was done to bring the authenticity of the series' setting into the show and to take advantage of a tax credit offered by the State of New York's Governors Office of Motion Picture and Television Development.[25] The production is returning to Silvercup Studios in Queens, where the original pilot was produced.[26] The move resulted in several crewmembers in Los Angeles being let go.[27] These events would lead California Assemblyman Paul Krekorian to introduce bill AB X315, the "Ugly Betty Bill", which would keep television and film production from leaving the state by using tax incentives. The bill was passed by the assembly and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed it into law on February 19, 2009.[28][29]

In January 2009, ABC announced that it was putting Ugly Betty on hold to make room for a new comedy In the Motherhood and Samantha Who? in the Thursday night time slot. The series' last original episode aired on March 19, 2009 and the current season would have finished up sometime in June 2009.[30][31] It was then announced on Sunday, March 15, 2009, that Ugly Betty will return for its final five episodes of the season on Thursday, April 30, 2009 from a five-week break. Technically it was supposed to be back on May 7, but due to low ratings for Motherhood, ABC moved it up a week. ABC has since pulled Motherhood from the schedule after their April 16, 2009 airing. The two-episode season finale aired on Thursday, May 21 from 8-10pm.[32]

The move by ABC and along with that, the show's declining ratings, led viewers to believe that ABC would cancel the show. But on February 17, 2009, Becki Newton stated that the show has been picked up for a fourth season.[33] That statement would later be confirmed on March 5, 2009, when Stephen Mcpherson, president of ABC Entertainment Group, announced that ABC plans to renew Ugly Betty.[34] On April 23, 2009, just as it was predicted by Newton and McPherson, ABC gave an early fourth season renewal to Betty.[35]

Ugly Betty was indeed renewed by ABC for a fourth season[36] and began airing on Friday nights starting October 16, 2009 at 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central, although it was scheduled to start a week earlier on October 9. This caused fans and critics to worry that ABC wishes to end the show, since that time slot is perceived as the Friday night death slot.[37][38][39][40] On July 24, 2009, TV Guide Network announced that it has acquired the exclusive cable right to the show and will air the fourth season episodes 14 days after its ABC run with an option to strip the show daily, with plans to air it weekly starting in the fall of 2010.[41]

With Eastwick recently cancelled, ABC began considering moving Ugly Betty to the Wednesday night 10:00PM Eastern/9:00PM Central timeslot,[42][43] although there was talk of moving Lost to that same timeslot. On December 1, 2009, ABC, sensing a backlash from viewers over its decision to move it to Fridays, its sliding ratings and praises from critics over the improved storylines, made the move to Wednesday official by announcing that it would start airing new episodes on its new night starting January 6, 2010.[44][45]

Vanessa Williams has hinted there might be a musical episode of Ugly Betty in the future. The actress and singer, who plays catty Wilhelmina Slater, said the cast would love to sing and dance their way through an installment of the hit TV show. When asked if there would be a musical episode coming up, she said: "Who knows, perhaps there could be a musical at the end of the whole run? That would be fun." Vanessa, 46, went on: "The great thing is, we all sing, dance and act – and we would all love to do it. We are all ready and eager – and now we're in New York, it will be a lot easier to get composers and choreographers from Broadway. I think it certainly could be a possibility in the future, but it's not going to happen any time soon."

Competition with other "Betty" offshoots

Although Disney-ABC Domestic Television (Buena Vista Television) has sold the series to foreign territories, the English-language version is expected to compete with the in-house versions in several of the locations.[46]

As noted by the international broadcast posted below, several of these broadcasters have not only acquired this version, but the counterparts as well, including those that were produced by the broadcasters themselves. So far the series has been sold to TV networks and broadcasters in over 130 countries, making this version the most successful of the "Betty La Fea" franchise.[47]

In the U.S., Univision aired the Mexican counterpart La fea más bella, which ran weeknights at 8 p.m. (E/P), including Thursdays during the same time Ugly Betty airs. The star of the Mexican version, Angelica Vale, was anticipated to make a cameo in the 22nd episode, playing Betty's "counterpart" from the series, Leticia 'Lety' Padilla Solís,[48]; Vale instead appeared in the season finale playing Angelica, an orthodontist's assistant who looks exactly like Lety (pre-makeover).

Inspired versions

While the original Betty la Fea has spawned serialized versions globally, it appears that the weekly American version has also begun to pique interest as well.

A version of Yo soy Betty, la fea made by Bosnian Federalna Televizija (FTV), Croatian RTL Televizija and Serbian Fox Televizija began airing in October 2007. The title of the show was Ne daj se, Nina ("Don't give up, Nina"). After a long audition, newcomer Lana Gojak, who resembles America Ferrera, was cast in the role of Nina (Betty). Other cast members were established actors such as Robert Kurbaša, Edvin Livarić, Bojana Ordinačev, Petar Ćiritović, Andrija Milošević, Kristina Krepela and Sloboda Mićalović. The first, and only, season consisted of just over 50 episodes. Although the storyline basically followed that of Yo soy Betty, la fea, Lana Gojak's appearance as Nina seemed to be based more on the heroine of Ugly Betty than on that of Yo soy Betty, la fea. The series had a number of other elements that were directly borrowed from Ugly Betty, rather than from Yo soy Betty, la fea. The series did pretty well in the ratings, but was too expensive to produce, so a second season was never ordered.

There has even been talk of an Arabic version of Ugly Betty, which would be produced and shot in Dubai. This would be the first Betty, la Fea-inspired series to be directly adapted from the American version.[49]

Criticism from Colombia

In November 2007, Sony Entertainment Television began airing Ugly Betty in South America with Spanish subtitles. However in Colombia there were criticisms over the American version, calling it a pale imitation and counterfeit copy of their original version.[50] Both series differ greatly, the Colombian version aired as a soap opera with daily cliffhangers, while Ugly Betty airs as a weekly comedy, only sometimes ending with cliffhangers.[51] The American version also has a different main plot and explores different themes. While the American version has more than half a dozen core characters, the Colombian version revolves only around Betty and her boss's life with its main plot being Betty's unrequited love for her handsome and promiscuous boss, whom she marries on the series' last episode. When it comes to the series' themes, Silvio Horta says that the American version explores economic disparity and race issues while the Colombian version was specifically about appearance.[52]


The TV Guide Network has purchased the rights to air reruns of Ugly Betty on cable television.[53]

DVD releases

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released the first three seasons of Ugly Betty on DVD in Region 1 & 2. Seasons 1 and 2 have also been released in Region 4.

DVD Name Ep# Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First Season –
The Bettyfied Edition
23 August 21, 2007 September 24, 2007 October 31, 2007
The Complete Second Season –
Brighter, Bolder, Bettyer
18 September 9, 2008[54][55] November 10, 2008[56] March 11, 2009[57]
The Complete Third Season –
Start Spreading The News
24 September 22, 2009[58] December 7, 2009 TBA
The Complete Fourth Season –
From Poncho, to Honcho
20 Fall 2010 TBA TBA

International broadcasts

Arab World
Orbit Showtime aired Ugly Betty seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4 on ShowSeries. Orbit Showtime has coverage over: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Jordon, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and other nearby countries.Fox Series also airs Ugly Betty.
South America
Sony Entertainment Television, which airs on cable and satellite, has the Latin American rights and began airing the series in those territories in November 2007.
Southeast Asia
The show currently airs on Star World on Wednesday and Saturdays, especially in countries that also owns the broadcast rights to the show.
Its debut episode on the Seven Network pulled in 2.03 million viewers, beating Nine's airing of 60 Minutes and Ten's airing of The Biggest Loser in the same time period. Since its debut the series has remained in the top five in the Australian TV ratings.[59] The season one finale aired August 5, 2007, and received the lowest rating of the year – 1.051 million and only in the 13th slot of the night. This was predominantly because it aired in the same time-slot as the season premiere of rival program Australian Idol.[60] After holding off on the 2nd season, it was announced in April 2008 that Seven would begin Ugly Betty's second season in a new 7:30 pm Wednesday timeslot, beginning on the 7th of May. The show has lost its large following, only drawing around 900,000 viewers despite strong advertising attempts by Channel Seven. The show was "shelved" after the ninth episode was shown on July 2, and will resume airing the remaining episodes until after the Olympics. It was replaced by "RSPCA Animal Rescue".[61] Ugly Betty returned to Seven on August 28, 2008 at a new and later timeslot of 9:30pm Thursdays. The episode aired, "Bananas For Betty" was viewed by only 597,000 viewers and was removed. Seven later announced that Ugly Betty will return twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, starting when Summer begins. It was then moved to only once a week at Thursday 7:30pm. Soon after, the show was pulled from screening (after finishing the second season) due to moderately low ratings. It was later confirmed on October 23, 2009, that Ugly Betty would return to Australian screens on Seven's new secondary digital channel 7Two. It will resume with the premiere of Season 3, The Manhattan Project, starting Tuesday 3rd November, 7:30pm.[62] It will air right through summer, with Season 3 to then finish in April/May 2010. In digital channel terms, Ugly Betty has been a success, coming first (out of all digital-only channels) in its timeslot, though is averaging 130,000 viewers, well down from its 800,000 and 1.3 million viewers average in seasons two and one respectively.
VIJFtv began airing the show on March 13, 2008. The ratings for the first two episodes were 165,000.[citation needed] Its rival, Sara (the Flemish adaptation of Betty, la fea which aired on VTM), had a weekly audience between 650,000 and 750,000. It aired weekdays at 6:25 pm, while Ugly Betty is a weekly show that aired every Thursday at 9:00 pm. The show started almost five months after Sara premiered on VTM, which was a disadvantage for Ugly Betty. Betty failed to draw in more viewers because of the extremely successful Sara. VIJFtv decided to put a hold on the last six episodes of the first season of Betty. The possibility of VIJFtv continuing with Ugly Betty in September is still an option. Sara ended in June.
Sony Entertainment Television on Wednesdays at 9pm and later on Thursdays at 8pm and SBT on Wednesdays at 10pm. Brazilians first saw Yo Soy Betty La Fea on RedeTV! in 2001 and its Mexican counterpart La Fea más Bella on SBT in 2006. in 2009, Bela, a feia, the Brazilian version, on Rede Record.
Nova Television aired Season 1 from October 19 to November 20, 2007. Season 2 was aired from November 11 to December 5, 2008. Season 3 was aired from December 1, 2009 to January 7, 2010. Repetitions of Season 1 and 2 are aired on Fox Life.
Citytv owns the English-language rights to the series, which aired in the same timeslot as the American broadcast till December 2009, when only the stations in Manitoba and British Columbia started airing it Wednesdays at 7PM (same time as Eastern ABC where it would be 10PM, aired earlier than US air in Manitoba), for Ontario and Alberta, OMNI simulcasts Betty Wednesdays at 10PM. HOWEVER, come March 2010, Citytv will be airing Ugly Betty across Canada due to the cancellation of The Jay Leno Show. Ugly Betty will air Wednesdays at 10pm on Citytv just like how it is on ABC. [63]Radio-Canada, the French language television arm of the CBC, owns the francophone rights. The French version, known as Chère Betty ("Dear Betty"), debuted in Quebec and in the rest of French-speaking Canada on April 7, 2008 at 8:00 pm local time, 9:00 pm AT.
The show premiered on Canal 13 (Chile) on July 4, 2008, at 11:30 pm (GMT −04)
The show started in October 31, 2007 on HRT, and Croatian version was aired on RTL named Ne daj se, Nina.
Czech Republic
TV Prima began airing the show's first season on March 5, 2008.
Season One started in October 31, 2007 in Sony Entertainment Television after the reality show America's Next Top Model.
Kanal 2 has showed 2 seasons of Ugly Betty as Inetu Betty. season 3–4 on Foxlife
The show's third season runs on Nelonen Mondays at 8 pm as Ruma Betty, which literally means "Ugly Betty" in Finnish.
The first two episodes aired on TF1 on January 7, 2008 at late-night time, averaging about 3.8 million viewers (28.4% share) and 3.3 millions viewers (39.4% share). Ugly Betty did really well on key demos 15–24 (First episode: 46.8%, second episode: 56.7%) and 18–49 (First episode: 39.7%, second episode: 56.6%). But week after week the show has lost more than 1 million viewers, in part due to the late night schedule. In an effort to attract more viewers, two weekly TV magazines, Arthelius and Series TV Magazine, placed a cover of Ugly Betty on their February 12, 2008 issues.[64][65]
This was the only country where Ugly Betty failed to connect with audiences. Sat.1 cancelled the show after two episodes due to low ratings. Germany has had its own local adaptation of Betty la Fea, Verliebt in Berlin, which also aired on Sat1 and was more popular with viewers than Betty.
ANT1 waited for the Greek version of "Betty la fea", Maria, i Aschimi, shown on the rival network Mega Channel to end on June 2008, and it started broadcasting the series a week after, on July 1, 2008 at 9.00 pm. The first episode got a 13.1% share. On July 8, 2009 at 7.00 pm, ANT1 will show season 3 of the series.
Hong Kong
Season one premiered on March 17, 2007 on TVB Pearl while the second season aired one year later, starting on April 14, 2008, on Monday nights at 10:35 pm, and ended on August 4, 2008. Season 3 will be premiering on April 20, on Monday nights at 9:35 pm. Season one is also available as a video on demand program on now TV.
Season one premiered in March 2007 on RTL Klub at 7:00 pm Sunday. After the first couple of episodes, the show was removed to a time slot with fewer viewers at 5:30 pm. The first season was a huge failure, so the airing of the second season on RTL Klub is uncertain.
Season One premiered in July 2007, on Star World at 9:00 pm every Wednesday evening. India had aired Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin. Indian fans believed that Jassi was the inspiration for the American adaptation of Betty, although Gaitan notes in interviews that the American version was inspired by the Colombian version.[66] However, Jassi, despite being a success, did not last as long as Betty did.[67]
The European premiere took place on RTÉ Two on January 1, 2007. Season two again premiered on RTÉ Two on October 4, 2007. The second season returned after a break on March 24, 2008 at 8:05 pm. Season Three premiered on November 6, 2008, at 8:40pm on RTÉ Two and finished on June 4, 2009. Season Four premiered on January 5, 2010 at 8:05pm on RTE Two. Ugly Betty airs Tuesdays at 8:00 pm on RTÉ Two
Season premiere aired in Israel in March 2, 2007 on Channel Israel 10. The rights were bought by the Israeli Cable Company Hot Telecom and has started during April 2008 the re-runs of season 1 which will be followed by season 2, broadcasting on Channel 3. The second season is broadcast these days parallelly on the Israeli Satellite television provider yes, channel yes Stars 2, on Wednesdays, 21:15 o'clock. The name of the series in Israel is only "Betty" (בטי).
The season premiere aired on Italia 1 in May averaging about 3.5 million viewers making it one of the most watched program of the night. The first part of season one (episodes 1–14) aired from May until June averaged 3.2 million viewers, and the second part (episodes 15–23) aired in September averaging 2.5 million viewers. The series did especially well in the 18–49 years old target with an average share of 13%. Second season started airing on July 2, 2008.
Season one started in October 1, 2007 and has been aired on NHK BS2 at 11:00 p.m. every Monday evening. Also re-run started in October 19, 2008 and has been aired on NHK Sohgoh at 01:20 a.m. – 02:05 a.m. every Saturday midnight (actually Sunday).[68] The Japanese title is as same as the original Ugly Betty though it is written in Japanese Katakana ("アグリー・ベティー"). Satellite and cable channel Super Drama TV have also picked up the show as Season One began airing in April 2008. Season two started in September 30, 2008 and has been aired on NHK BS2 at 11:00 p.m – 11:45p.m. every Tuesday evening.[69]
ShowSeries airs Ugly Betty every Monday, and Fox Series will start showing the season starting August 2009.
ShowSeries airs Ugly Betty every Monday.
TV3 began showing season one on March 5, 2008.
LNK, the same channel that aired Yo Soy Betty, la fea began airing the show on January 7, 2008.
8TV (Malaysia) began airing the show in 2007, and finished airing the second season on June 3, 2008. The third season has recently concluded on the July 21, 2009
There is a dispute over who owns the rights to Ugly Betty in that country. TV Azteca had acquired the rights in 2006 and was set to debut it in 2007, but Sony Entertainment Television, which is also airs on cable and satellite systems in Mexico, has the Latin American rights, resulting in several delays until the matter is settled. Sony Entertainment Television started airing Ugly Betty in Mexico in May 2008.
The show is currently being aired on 2M.
Net 5 began airing Ugly Betty on August 20, 2007 to excellent ratings. Its rival Tien aired Lotte, the Dutch adaption of Yo Soy Betty, la fea. Lotte gained an audience of between 250,000 and 300,000 viewers, while Ugly Betty did better with a weekly audience of between 400,000 and 600,000 viewers. Since the third season began in the Netherlands the ratings started to decline, even with Desperate Housewives as lead-in. It now has an audience of between 250,000 and 350,000.
New Zealand
Season 3 aired at 5.30 on Sunday night on TV2 finishing on the 2nd of August 2009. The the show used to air at 7.30 on Sunday nights (Season 1–2) but TVNZ moved it.
North Korea
The show is aired at private weekly meetings hosted by Kim Jong-Il's third son, Kim Jong-un.
The show airs on TV Norge, Wednesdays at 08:45 pm. It premiered in January 2008 and had 365,000 viewers.
It is currently being shown on Studio 23 (which also aired Betty La Fea) and Star World. The Philippine version of Ugly Betty debuted on Studio 23's mother network ABS-CBN in September 2008, entitled I ♥ Betty La Fea. It features Bea Alonzo in the titular role as Betty and uses some of the elements from Ugly Betty in this adaptation.
The first season of Ugly Betty premiered in Poland on May 14, 2007 on Fox Life, and on September 3, 2007 on TVP2. Season two premiered on FoxLife on March 23, 2008 and currently airs on TVP2. The Polish version of Yo soy Betty, la fea premiered in October 2008 on TVN (Poland). The title of the show is BrzydUla (which translates into "Ugly Ula"; it is a portmanteau of the word "Brzydula" which is a polish word meaning an Ugly Woman and the name Ula, a popular polish nickname for the name "Urszula").
It is airing both on national television (SIC) and on cable (Fox Life). The first season premiered on April 7, 2007, while the second aired for the first time on October 21, of the same year. Both seasons were premiered on SIC.
Puerto Rico
Season one was aired this year 2008 on WAPA-TV at 9:00 pm every Thursday evening, with repetitions on Sunday evenings at 10:00 pm. It is shown under the Spanish title "Betty, Mi Fea Bella" with Spanish voice actors providing the dubbing over the show's cast.
The show is broadcast by Acasă TV, the same channel that aired Yo Soy Betty, la fea. The show airs under thr e title Betty cea Urâtă din New York (Ugly Betty of New York).
The show airs on Channel One Russia and MTV Russia as "Дурнушка" (Durnushka) or "Plain Girl".
MediaCorp's Channel 5 airs the series' second season on Thursday Nights at 10PM. The first season aired on Sunday nights in 2007.
Markíza began airing the show on January 12, 2008.
POP TV began airing the first season in September 2007. On September 8, 2008, the second season premiered. The third season was to premiere in September 2009, but didn't. It is now rumored that it will premiere in January 2010.
South Africa
Ugly Betty premiered in South Africa on Pay Channel, M-Net on Tuesday 17 July, 2007. It later was re-broadcast on sister channels, GO and M-Net Holiday. The first season fared well with audience's and was a hit for the channel with a strong buzz around the show. Due to heavy promotions for the show across all media spectrums by M-Net, the premiere episode of Ugly Betty attracted 80% more viewers than Smallville which previously occupied its time slot. M-Net marketing General Manager, Koo Govender, says the first episode was watched by about 432 000 viewers.[70] Generally for its first season, Ugly Betty often generated 350 000 viewers with each airing, bringing in good ratings for the channel. Seasons 2 and 3 aired in the same timeslot as its premiere season; Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm CAT, with Season 2 premiering on the 25 March 2008. The channel recently premiered Season 3 on Tuesday January 13. In its third season the show still pulls in strong ratings similar to its premiere season keeping a consistent fan base. M-Net repeats the show on Wednesdays at 5:00pm CAT.
Cuatro began airing the show on June 10, 2008. The premiere was delayed several months as competing channel Telecinco was airing the Spanish version of Betty, Yo Soy Bea.[71] In addition to its run on Cuarto, the show also airs Cosmpolitan Television Espana.
The show began airing November 7, 2006 on Kanal 5. The show always airs on Tuesday nights at 8:00 pm. Season 2 aired the fall of 2007 and after half the season, on January 29, 2008, the first season of Gossip Girl aired. The rest of season 2 and season 3 aired in the spring of 2008 and the rest of season 3 is going to air in the fall of 2008.
Season One premiered February 6, 2009 on PTS 公共電視 channel at 11:00 pm from Monday to Friday.
In Turkey Ugly Betty is broadcast on TNT every Saturday at 20:00 pm, as well as on ComedyMax
On Chanal 1+1 at 16:00 pm every Sunday evening. In Ukraine Ugly Betty is named "American not beauty" (Ukrainain "Не краса по-американськи" [ne krasa po-amerykansky]).
United Kingdom
The premiere on Channel 4 on January 5, 2007 attracted 4.5 million viewers.[72] Two weeks later, Ugly Betty hit a new high, with 5.5 million viewers watching the third episode.[73]
The figures and shares were similar each week, around 2–3 million viewers with 10–15% share; however, the finale rated less than the premiere episode, attracting 3.1 million viewers with 15% share.[74] This could have been due to Channel 4 moving the show half an hour later that evening to accommodate an extended edition of Big Brother.
Due to the show's success and the fanbase it has achieved in the UK, Channel 4 decided to move up the second season premiere to Friday, October 5, 2007, thus allowing viewers to watch episodes one week after their U.S. airing.
The show went on hiatus from Friday December 12 due to the WGA strike, the last shown episode was Bananas for Betty. Season 2 resumed on September 5, 2008 at 9pm with the episode "Zero Worship". Season 2 finished on Channel 4, the last episode being shown on Friday 17th October 2008.
Season 3 started on Wednesday 24th June 2009 with "The Manhattan Project". The show aired on Wednesday nights up until Wednesday 30th September 2009, and it has now been replaced by True Blood which now shows in its timeslot. Ugly Betty is now broadcasting on E4 on Tuesday nights at 9pm, and on Channel 4 (standard and HD); on Monday nights at 10. Season 3's last episode The Fall Issue" was shown on Monday 7th December 2009.
Season 4 will premiere in 2010 but it is unsure when.
United States (Insular Territories and Overseas Military location
In Guam, ABC affiliate KTGM airs the series twice a week, with the current original being shown on Thursdays at 9:00 pm (actually a same-day wednesday night airing due to Guam being a day ahead of the United States) followed by a repeat during the week when a timeslot is available. They are the only ABC affiliate in the United States to air it twice.
The Armed Forces Network's AFN-Spectrum channel: airs the series on Wednesdays. The network will usually start airing the latest episodes a couple of months after the US broadcasts, as opposed to waiting a year after its stateside airing.
The show premiered on Sony Entertainment Television and now airs on Venevision on Sundays at 11:00 pm.
The show aired on VTV3 but cancelled after three-four episodes, later aired on VTV9; and on HTV2.


On April 15, 2008, Hyperion Books, a Disney owned publisher, released a companion book to the series, aptly titled Ugly Betty: The Book, a 175-page softcover about the show in general, which covers the first season and portions of the second, complete with interviews from the cast and crew, tips and quotes from the characters, and mock ads for Fabia Cosmetics and Atlantic Attire. Around the same time, Random House's children's books division will publish a "magazine"-inspired book tied into the series, complete with photos and mock ads as if they were published by Betty herself, targeted for younger readers.[75]

In addition, a 2008 calendar for Ugly Betty was released using stills from the first season, while a series of greeting cards was issued in January 2008. These photos were edited to enhance her facial features. A 2009 calendar is scheduled to be issued in August 2008.[76]

Even the main character has been immortalized into a doll, as Angelic Dreamz, Inc's Madame Alexander collection introduced two different versions of Betty Suarez that were featured on their website in February 2008.[77]

In July 2009, Coca-Cola UK unveiled a special limited edition Diet Coke bottle created by Patricia Field called "The Betty" for sale in the United Kingdom as a exclusive for customers at Selfridges.[78]


American ratings

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
18–49 Viewers
1 Thursday 8.00 P.M. September 28, 2006 May 17, 2007 2006–2007 #35 11.3[79] 3.7
2 Thursday 8.00 P.M. September 27, 2007 May 22, 2008 2007–2008 #53 9.4[80] 3.6
3 Thursday 8.00 P.M. September 25, 2008 May 21, 2009 2008–2009 #52 [81] 8.0 [81] 2.8 [81]
4 Friday 9.00 P.M. (2009)
Wednesday 10.00 P.M. (2010)
October 16, 2009[82] April 14, 2010 2009–2010 #TBA 4.5 to date 1.28 to date

Television parodies and references

In the October 7, 2006, episode of Saturday Night Live, cast member Fred Armisen spoofed the character of Betty by playing a look-alike named Fugly Betsy. Not to be outdone, a February 17, 2007 episode of MADtv has Ellen DeGeneres (played by Nicole Parker) interviewing an actress on her talk show who plays Ugly Betty, with Salma Hayek (played by LisaNova) always pointing out how ugly she is. The Ugly Betty actress (played by Crista Flanagan) claims it is only makeup and costume but is ignored. Crista later reprised her Betty role in the poorly reviewed parody film Meet The Spartans.[83]

On April 22, 2007, the 2007 TV Land Awards parodied the series with a spoof aptly titled "Ugly Betty White", with White playing Betty Suarez, Charo playing Hilda, Erik Estrada playing Ignacio, Joan Collins playing Wilhelmina, Peter Scolari playing Alexis, and George Hamilton playing Daniel.[84] Thanks to her performance in that parody, the producers cast White as a guest star in the second season.[85]

Even the cast poked fun at their alter egos. On October 30, 2006, three of the series' cast members, appearing in their characters (Ferrera as Betty, Mabius as Daniel, and Newton as Amanda) gave New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick a 'makeover' to make him look more like quarterback Tom Brady in a spoof that was featured on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown.[86]

It was also referenced in other shows, most notably in "Up All Night", the February 8, 2007 installment of the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, in which Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) says "this would've worked on Ugly Betty" when she fails to crawl out a door without being seen. The scene was patterned after the Ugly Betty episode "Swag" in which Betty crawled through a fashion show.[87] Interestingly enough, Hayek will also make a recurring appearance on 30 Rock in the third season [88].

In an episode of the TV sitcom Scrubs, Christopher Turk has a picture taken of "Ugly Betty" with his daughter, only for it to be torn up by best friend and main character John Dorian.

In March 2009, a spoof of Ugly Betty, called [3] Ugly Yeti was made by Take180. Take180, like ABC, is a Disney company and the parody was featured on ABC's website.

Success abroad

The buildup to "Bettymania" by various broadcasters also began to take shape overseas, especially in the United Kingdom. On December 6, 2006, Channel 4 began to advertise the show. The ad shows seemingly attractive models gathered around a pool, but as the camera angle changes a model comes out of the pool wearing Betty's glasses, then as the models smile, they are all wearing Betty's braces. Another ad parodies Marks and Spencer's successful fashion advertising campaign, as well as Dove and Gap campaigns. A voice over then says, "Fashion has a new face. 'Ugly Betty' Coming Soon To 4." After a week of these teasers, clips from the actual program were included in the trailers. In mid-January, Davina McCall, presenter of Celebrity Big Brother dressed up as Betty live on Channel 4 before the titles of the second eviction show of the evening. On February 16, 2007, Ashley Jensen (Christina) also dressed up as Betty during an airing of Channel 4's Friday Night Project, where she was the guest host. The children's channel CBeebies also parodied the title sequence, with one variation mixing faces of regular CBeebies characters until finally settling with Tiny from Little Robots.

In Australia, during the week leading up to the Sunday premiere of Ugly Betty, February 12 to 17, 2007, Channel Seven devoted a week of Deal or No Deal to the show by having the models dress like Betty, complete with the Guadalajara poncho. Channel Seven also used the series to promote its successful "Beautiful Sundays" schedule.

In South Africa, M-Net teamed up with Ogilve Johannesburg to hype up its campaign for the show, which included a picture of Betty on the mock cover of ELLE magazine[89]

New Zealand TV2 also hyped-up Ugly Betty by promoting Tuesday nights as "True Beauty Tuesday", and when the show moved to Sunday nights, it promoted them as "Beautiful Sunday". TV2 also launched competitions for a replica of Betty's poncho.

Cultural impact

Ever since the show's debut, the main characters, especially the title character, have quickly become the latest fixtures in the lexicon of pop media culture, and already they found their way onto parodies, news media stories and art-imitating-life situations. The show's impact on issues and culture has also attracted the attention of the United States Congress, where on January 17, 2007 California congresswoman Hilda Solis (D-32nd, El Monte) saluted Ferrera on both her Golden Globe win and for bringing a positive profile to the Latin and Hispanic communities.[90] In addition to that recognition, on May 8, 2007, star America Ferrera was honored by Time on the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people. The event took place at New York's Lincoln Center and the actress was recognized for defying stereotypes with the show.[91] The success of Ugly Betty and how it deals with body imaging among women in general would inspire a series of reports on Entertainment Tonight, in which reporter Vanessa Minillo went undercover in a fatsuit to see if women were discriminated on the basis of how they look. Gay awareness groups like GLAAD have also noted the positive impact the show has had regarding Betty's teenaged nephew Justin, who is apparently gay though it is never mentioned or alluded to in any of the episodes until episode 6 of season 4 when Justin reveals that he is not gay, presenting his sexuality as clearly a non-issue. Like the other Suarez family members, Justin is loved, supported and accepted unconditionally.

Awards and nominations

Since its debut, Ugly Betty won two Golden Globe Awards on January 15, 2007, for "Best Leading Actress in a Comedy Series" (America Ferrera) and Best Comedy Series. Ferrera also won a SAG Award on January 28, 2007, for "Best Actress in a Comedy Series". On June 4, 2007, the series was honored with a Peabody Award for its storylines, which explores clashing concepts of beauty, class, race and footwear with intelligence, warmth and wit.[92]

Ugly Betty won the Outstanding Comedy Series award by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in April 2007. [4] Judith Light also won a Prism Award for her portrayal as Claire Meade. On July 19, 2007, the series received 11 nominations at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards in the Comedy category (the most of any comedy series),[93] including Outstanding Comedy Series, Best Actress (Ferrera), Best Supporting Actress (Williams), and Best Guest Starring Actress (Hayek for her role as Sofia; Light for her role as Claire. Both lost to Elaine Stritch). It won three awards — Best Casting in a Comedy Series, Best Direction in a Comedy Series (for the show's pilot episode), and Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Ferrera).[94] For its second season it received 6 other Primetime Emmy Award nominations,going home empty handed. Overall, Ugly Betty has been nominated for eighteen Emmy Awards.

Although The NAACP Image Awards honors African Americans in the entertainment industry, the series has won five of the Image Awards' eight major TV categories, a rarity among television series with a multicultural cast. In addition to winning an Image award for the TV series in 2007 and Ferrera for best actress in 2008, Vanessa Williams has won back to back honors (in 2007 and 2008) in the Supporting Actress category for her portrayal of Wilhelmina Slater.

The ALMA Awards honors the Hispanic entertainment community. During its first season, Ugly Betty won four of its first seven nominations and in the second season took home three more, along with a Chevrolet Entertainer of the Year Award for Ferrera for her work on the show. Overall the series has received 162 nominations.

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From Wikiquote

Ugly Betty (2006– ) is a television show, based on the Colombian telenovela Betty la fea, which follows the life of Betty Suarez, a young Latino woman who has been hired as an executive assistant at Mode fashion magazine.


Season 1

Pilot [1.1]

Justin: I don't want flan...I'll get fat!

Daniel: Thank you; but it is Daniel, not Danny.
Wilhelmina: [deadpan] What? I'm hellaciously upset, Marc.
Marc: Oh, my God. I'm so sorry.
Wilhelmina: Shh. Purge this from memory.

Amanda: She's so fabulously douchey.

Amanda: They don't call him "the Tripod" because he's a photographer, if you catch my drift.

Daniel: [seeing Betty's braces and wide smile while introducing himself to his staff] I realize I have some awful big teeth — shoes — to fill.

The Box And The Bunny [1.2]

Betty: How do you know what "the book" is?
Justin: Please, I've seen Prada like, seven times.

Gina: But remember, Betty, I'm a bad seed. I did a year in Juvi!

[Hilda and Gina engage in a catfight. Hilda pulls out Gina's weave.]
Gina: You're payin' for this!
Hilda: I guess we owe you $4000... and 50 cents.

Fashion TV Presenter: Remember, we only make others feel bad to make you feel good.

Betty: That's it! Who put the bunny in the toilet? This is not funny! Who thinks this is funny? [people raise their hands] Oh, really? Well, whoever is doing this, if you think you can break me that easily, you're wrong! You can take my bunny, but you can't take my spirit!

Queens for a Day [1.3]

Marc: Did you see her facelift? Lawsuit!

Betty: You broke up with me.
Walter: For, like, two days. It takes longer than that to digest corn.

Daniel: Do we really need another editorial on eating disorders?
Very Skinny Woman: It's a lifestyle choice!

Betty: [to Marc] Give it to me or I will beat you! And everyone knows I'm from Queens, so don't think I won't!

[Amanda pretends to be Betty.]
Vincent Bianchi: I'm not that stupid. She's never been within ten feet of a hero sandwich in her life.

Fey's Sleigh Ride [1.4]

Marc: [talking about Betty] The poor cow has no idea we only invited her so people could see she really exists. She's like a real-life Snuffleupagus, only hairier.

Walter: You had a mango margarita? You used to get dizzy from your astringent.

Betty: They can't fire us all!
Amanda: Can't they? Photo department, 2003... got axed for mentioning the words "sepia tones" at a party!

Marc: [to Justin] Be who you are. Dress how you want... Just learn how to run really fast.

[Hilda grounds Justin for skipping school.]
Hilda: And no Fashion TV for a month!

The Lyin, the Watch and the Wardrobe [1.5]

Wilhelmina: That is the absolute cruelest thing I've ever seen... someone's getting a raise!

Daniel: I can sleep with a different woman every night of the week. Why not?
Betty: The Romans had a nine-day week. You would have been a really tired centurion.

Christina: [referring to Betty's butterfly costume] Flit!
Betty: What?
Christina: Flit! It's what butterflies do!
Betty: Oh... I thought you were cursing me in Scottish!

[Daniel, having lunch with Claire, takes away her glass of wine. Claire orders Veal Marsala.]
Daniel The alcohol burns off.
Claire: So give me back the glass and set fire to me when I'm done.

Betty [to Henry]: It's so stupid. You know, I come into Manhattan every single day for work, and it's at times like these I feel like the E train dropped me off at Mars or something.

Trust, Lust, and Must [1.6]

Wilhelmina [on the phone): Nico, I said you can only call for emergencies. What do you want? No, you can't submit my apartment for Pimp Yo House!

Betty: He could be deported?
Immigration Lawyer: Very strong possibility, yes.
Betty: But he has a family. He pays taxes. He's a Mets fan…
Hilda: He's in Oprah's book club!

Wilhelmina: I hate it when she's smiles. It's so... metallic.

Betty: Are you tired of sticking you finger down your throat? Now you can lose weight the easy way! Ask me how!

Wilhelmina: Animal rights versus fashion rights: just who is right?

After Hours [1.7]

Amanda: The human piñata look may be all the rage in Queens, but in Soho they'll arrest you for crimes against humanity.

Betty [to Walter]: You're not a rock star. You play flute in a Jethro Tull tribute band.

Sofia [to Daniel]: You might forget which emaciated, half-naked woman to put on your cover. Oh, and your cover story, "10 Ways to Lose Thighs and Get Guys"? So empowering!

Marc: You must've had some weekend. A straight man bought you shoes. I peeked, and maybe tried them on.

Marc: Drinking out of body parts makes me all pukey.

Four Thanksgivings and a Funeral [1.8]

Gina: I see I'm not the only one who's doing some last-minute Thanksgiving shopping.
Betty: A carton of cigarettes and vodka?
Gina: You have your tradition and I have mine.

Daniel: Thanksgiving without family would be... Thursday.

Marc: I have to haul my well-toned ass to Schenectady, eat cranberry sauce in the shape of a can and tell my family all about my girlfriend who lives up in Canada.

Claire: This is the first time I've been to one of these parties sober. I used to always think there were twice as many people.

Marc: Trust me. If she had hidden cameras in here, I'd have been fired a long time ago.

Lose the Boss [1.9]

[Daniel wakes up in Betty's bed.]
Daniel: And... where did you sleep?
Betty: In your arms!
Daniel: What?
Betty: Just kidding! On the couch, downstairs.
Daniel: Ah... good. I mean... uh... thanks.

Wilhelmina: Poor people are so cheap.

Wilhemina [to a taxi driver]: What'd you drive in the old country — a goat?
Taxi Driver: I do not have to drive nasty person.
Wilhelmina: Fine, leave him [Marc] here.
Taxi Driver: No, YOU. OUT!

Wilhelmina Do you have any money?
Marc: I only have $17 in my account. We could go to the bank, but it would just be a social call.

Betty And for your information, that cover you shot with Courtney Love coming out of rehab in a wheelbarrow full of pills was our lowest-selling issue in 17 years!

Fake Plastic Snow [1.10]

[Betty will be leaving Mode.]
Marc: Would it be okay to have a goodbye party and not invite her?

Henry: [to Betty] Guess I'll be on top of you the next couple of days... party-wise.

Christina: [telling Santa what she wants for Christmas] A heart for Wilhelmina, courage for Marc and a brain for Amanda.

Justin: You did run over her tree. And Christmas is a time of love and forgiveness.
Hilda: Grow up, Tiny Tim.

Daniel: [leaving a voicemail for Sofia] I have something to tell you... you do take my breath away. You make my heart beat faster. You make my palms sweat... but that doesn't mean I don't love you: it means I do. Sometimes your heart knows things your mind can't explain, and my heart doesn't race for anyone else. I love you, Sofia... This is Daniel, by the way.


Daniel: Apparently my credit rating is lower than that of most convicted felons.

[Walter, caught stalking Betty at the drugstore, takes something from a shelf.]
Walter: What? I'm shopping.
Betty: Walter, you do not have a feminine itch!

Wilhemina: [about Daniel] For his 28th birthday, he tried to buy an island. And Jennifer Lopez.

Amanda: [looking at Betty's handbag]: Does it come with a mule?

Marc [looking at Betty with a Gucci handbag]: "Eww... it's touching polyester!

"Sofia's Choice"[1.12]

Wilhemina: Ted took me to a mall. I shopped next to fat people!

Betty: Hunter, do you have a girlfriend?
Hunter I have girlfriends, boyfriends, all sorts of things!
Betty: Um, so you mean you're bisexual?
Hunter: That's right, babe. If you buy, I'm sexual.

Constance: My name is Constance, not "lady."
Ignacio: I was giving you the benefit of the doubt.

Betty It's great to work with people who actually eat.

Christina [about a patron at a strip club]: That woman is about to marry some fat, bald, pasty-looking dentist. This is her last supper. She is cashing out!

"In or Out" [1.13]

Marc: By the way, when we move into Daniels office I'm not sitting on Betty's old chair... 'cause this bum don't slum.
Wilhelmina: Um, that's not what I've heard.

Betty: Where's my desk, Amanda? Did you put it back in the men's room again?

Fashion TV reporter: "And speaking of disasters... it's time for our daily dose of Daniel. There's been no sign of the recently dumped boytoy, but rumor has it that he's in Brazil licking his wounds... and anything else that walks by.

Marc [about Betty]: Lets hit her with a stick and watch how much candy falls out.

Wilhelmina: It looks like that skiing accident has done you a world of good... Alex Meade.
Alexis Meade: Alexis, darling. It's Alexis now.

"I'm Coming Out" [1.14]

Becks: There weren't any hotties in Africa. I mean, they're thin — but it's sick thin, not hot thin.

Fabia I love your assistant. I have the same one in beige.

Amanda [to Marc]: You booking a cruise? You can't afford to book a cruise to the bathroom on the 17th floor.

Daniel Betty's a great girl.
Becks: Maybe after a half dozen shots.

Wilhlemina: Marc! I need your eyes! You must be my seeing-eye gay!

"Brothers" [1.15]

Henry: When the paparazzi are stalking accountants, you know it's bad.
Betty: I know. They were following me, too. And one of them thought my glasses and nose were a disguise.

Claire: It's ridiculous. One DUI, you OD a couple of times, show up naked at a garden party, and suddenly everyone treats you like a child.
Betty: Daniel just wanted to make sure you wouldn't hurt yourself.
Claire: [takes a perfume bottle from Betty] If I wanted to drink this, what could you do to stop me? [Betty knocks the bottle from Claire's hand] Not bad.

Evelyn [watching a telenovela]: So you see that stripper? She used to be a nun, and she's pregnant with the butcher's baby, but she doesn't know that the butcher is her second cousin.
Wilhelmina: A story as old as time.

Betty: Daniel, The Times called wanting a quote, Dr. Phil called offering his services, and E! called wanting to do a reality show about your family.

Justin [to Hilda]: I'm not crazy about the animal prints and you're a little over-accessorized, but you have your own style. It's cool.

"Derailed" [1.16]

Grace: Julie now has a husband, two kids and a dog.
Daniel: Oh, that's nice.
Grace: In her mind. She's in a mental institution.

Alexis: It's complicated coming back from the dead.
Wilhelmina: Oh, please. Donna Karan does it every three years.

Grace: Maybe I should stand out in the snow for three hours and cry icicle tears.
Daniel: Worked on that one for a while?
Grace: Twelve years.

Joel: Have we met?
Wilhelmna: We're not even meeting now.

Marc: You do not say no to Sarah Jessica Parker! She's the Holy Grail of Fashion!
Christina: I know!
Marc: And this is your big chance! And my big chance: to meet her husband, Ferris Bueller Parker.

"Icing On The Cake" [1.17]

Claire: Oh, my. What a cute little house. I can put it right in my pocket.

Constance: So you're the one.
Claire: I beg your pardon?
Constance: You're the ho that's been stealing my man.
Claire: It's unlikely that we will have the same man in common. We certainly don't have the same hairdresser.

Daniel [to Grace] A woman who likes sex three times a night and doesn't like to cuddle? Where have you been all my life?

Wilhelmina: A Hermes scarf. How pretty. I'm sure my cleaning lady will love it.

Gabe: I should probably know better than to date my patients anyway. Especially the cute ones.

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" [1.18]

Ignacio: I'm starting not to remember the feel of rain, the smell of freshly mowed grass.
Hilda: Papi, we live in Jackson Heights. The grass smells like fried onions.

Marc This is our new office? It has fluorescent lighting! I will not be looked at under this merciless glare!

Marc: We shall overcome, girlfriend.
Wilhelmina: You did not just say that.

Marc: [to Wilhelmina] You are evil. I'm SO going as you for Halloween.

Claire [to Wilhelmina]: I'm not fooled by your collagen smile and your plastic ass.

"Punch Out" [1.19]

Amanda Nick left. He said something about cheerleading finals and cocaine.

Quincy Combs: Just admiring the inner sanctum of the feckless prince. As the empire dissolves even the cushions on the bone white chaise sags with defeat. Oh my, you are feisty!
Betty: And I bite, too!
Quincy Combs: Do not underestimate me. You may be the beast that guards the gates, but I've taken down kings, presidents, the electric car. Daniel Meade does not stand a chance against me!

Wilhelmina: [about her hemline] Higher... I said higher!
Christina: Any higher and I'll be giving you a pelvic exam!
Marc: Ow! Well, fill my bucket with nothing but thighs!
Wilhelmina: Relax, Colonel. We all know you prefer nuggets.

Constance: Honey, you must think you the only chip in the bag!

Alexis: Let's put it this way. If my father were drowning, I would pull up a lawn chair and watch.

"Petra-Gate" [1.20]

Hilda: A job isn't about friends. It's about making money... and stealing office supplies. By the way, we're out of coffee filters.

Justin: That's great. We need a party. We'll have a theme: crossing the border. We'll have a big fence in the door and make everyone climb over it.

Rodrigo [Alexis]: You're international, like the House of Pancakes.

Alexis: He asked me to dinner.
Wilhelmina: And you said?
Alexis: No.
Wilhelmina: Alexis, why?
Alexis: Because it's dinner and that means sex. I know that. I used to be a guy.
Wilhelmina: And what's wrong with sex?
Alexis: Well I haven't... it's... I haven't exactly... ever since I... I haven't...
Wilhelmina: Taken the new car out for a test drive?
Alexis: That's one way to put it.
Wilhelmina: Alexis, what are you waiting for? Sooner or later someone is going to have to put the key in the ignition.

Henry: I can't believe Alexis is doing this to Daniel. They're family. Even Erica Kane forgave her daughter Kendall when she slept with her fourth husband... All My Children. It's just something I know.

"Secretaries' Day" [1.21]

Betty: When I was a little girl, I hated getting my allergy shot. So I used to grab onto this tree outside my house and wrap my legs around it so tight no one could pull me off. These are thighs of steel!

Claire: Please, this is cake. How many rehabs have I been through? At least here you can score a decent glass of toilet wine.

Wilhelmina [to Marc]: Who do you think denied you a raise for the past two years? Cut your vacation time? Who do you think hacked into your computer and canceled your subscription to DudeCruise?

Amanda: Sure, today I'm the eye candy, but tomorrow I'll be old candy. Old, hard, wrinkly candy, covered in lint.
Marc: Are you having a stroke?
Amanda: Maybe. I'm old enough!

Amanda: Oh it's about to get nerd-nasty.

"A Tree Grows in Guadalajara" [1.22]

Betty: We get to meet all of our family members and practice our Spanish. Hola comi a tu sobrina.
Ignacio: You just said "I ate your niece."

Wilhelmina: She swam the English Channel in a leather bikini. We already have the title: The Daredevil Wears Prada.

Justin: Doesn't anyone care that I am understudying the lead in West Side Story? God forbid Joey Colano takes ill and I don't know my finger snaps for the rumble.

Wilhelmina: Your boyfriend fakes his death and comes back as a very big girl. There really isn't a card for that.

Amanda: Yesterday you told me my head was too big for my neck.
Marc: That was constructive criticism.
Amanda: Well, what am I supposed to do about it?
Marc: I don't know. As a friend, my job is only to point things out.

"East Side Story" [1.23]

[Betty brings Daniel a rock from Mexico.]
Betty: It's supposed to be mystical. The old man who sold it to me said it would help you on your journey to enlightenment. Or with cramps. My Spanish really sucks.

Wilhelmina: Fabia? That little Euro-Wench is getting married?
Marc: And she got Elton John to sing for the wedding. He's re-written "Candle In the Wind" just for her.
Wilhelmina: What? He was re-writing "Candle in the Wind" for me!
Marc: Ugh. Give that queen twenty-bucks and she'll re-write it for anybody.
Wilhelmina: Get Fabia over here. Wedding Summit '07 is on!

Fabia: You must come to the ceremony. I won't be able to get married without my "something old."
Wilhelmina: Oh, with the veins in your legs, you already have your "something blue."

Diane: Oh, my God! That is so romantic. It's like Julia Roberts flossing before whoring herself in "Pretty Woman."

Christina: Back in Scotland I have a husband.
Amanda: Ooh, you just got 10% more interesting.
Christina: He's an insurance auditor.
Amanda: Okay, 5%.

Season Two

"How Betty Got Her Grieve Back" [2.01]

[At a natural disasters shoot.]
Betty: There is no one here who cares about changing the inside. They only care about fixing the outside.
Wilhelmina: What's stumpy up to now?
Betty: This concealer here, this isn't gonna change the fact that she doesn't have a house. And this, this eyeliner isn't going to bring back the people you loved. These women have lost everything and there is not enough styling gel in here to change that! [walks off]
Sheila: You know what, she's right. There's not enough styling gel.

Amanda: Hey, what's different about you? You get your hair cut?
Betty: I'm wearing an eyepatch.
Amanda: You didn't always have that?

Amanda: I haven't gained that much weight. You can't even notice. [leans over the desk to answer the phone as Wilhelmina walks in]
Wilhelmina: Morning, Marc, Betty.

"Family/Affair" [2.02]

Amanda: [about Fey] I just stare at her picture all day and then I stare at myself in the mirror.
Marc: More than usual?
Amanda: Yeah.

[Amanda has been given Fey's dog.]
Amanda: Suddenly I'm a caregiver. That is so not who I am.
Marc: It's true. You're a bit of a monster on the inside.

"Betty's Wait Problem" [2.03]

Marc: [to Amanda] Okay, can we forget about your father and focus on your mother and what being Fey Sommers' daughter will get us, and by us I mean you, and by you I mean me.

Amanda: Those are the DNA results.
Daniel: So... um, how many times you think we...
Amanda: A lot... But just remember: if your dad’s DNA does match mine, we’re only half brother and sister, which means if we did it like twenty times, it was only wrong ten.
Daniel: Okay, that actually made sense to me... Oh, my God. You are so my sister!

Gio: [to a model] Okay, chicken and cheese special on a baguette, no cheese, no chicken, no baguette. I just sold her a plate of lettuce for seven bucks!
Betty: Yes, but that's for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so really it's a bargain!

Betty: So, you're new. What happened to Robert?
Gio: I think he inherited money. Or got arrested. I don't know what happened. There was a lawyer and cash involved.

"Grin and Bear It" [2.04]

Wilhelmina: Even if I wanted to express sympathy, I physically can't.

Wilhelmina: [to Amanda] When Fey started puking up her breakfast, she was thrilled — until she found out she was pregnant.

Prof. Bennett: If you have nothing to write, try killing yourself. If you fail, you'll have something to write about. If you succeed, your troubles will be over!

Marc: What year were you born?
Amanda: 1991.
Marc: You're 16?
Amanda: 1992.
Marc: Other way.

Amanda: Friends do not let friends wear glitter before noon!

"A League Of Their Own" [2.05]

Christina: I'm going to put your profile on
Betty: Internet dating? Why don't you just chop me into pieces yourself and cut out the middleman?

Amanda: You and him?
Marc: Why not? He's a 9, I'm an 8.
Amanda: He's a 10, you're a 6.
Marc: You're a bitch, I'm a 7!

Betty: Henry, please. Stop... stop being so nice. You're not making this any easier.
Henry: Well, what am I supposed to do?
Betty: I don't know. Kick a puppy, or knock over a midget.
Henry: I think the more considerate term is "little person."

Betty: It's not like I'm writing "Betty loves Henry" all over my notebook.
Daniel: [pointing to her notebook] Um...
Betty: Shut up.

Daniel: [to Betty] You've met my family. My mother was arrested for murder, and she's the nice one.

"A Nice Day for A Posh Wedding" [2.07]

Marc: Have you seen Cliff yet?
Amanda: Don't worry. Your wide-load lover will be here any minute.
Marc: Amanda, don't joke. I'm freaking out! I am debuting him today as my boyfriend and I have no idea what's gonna walk through that door.
Amanda: Sweetie, relax. He can't fit through those doors.

Marc: [to Amanda] Your 15 minutes are almost up. Quincy Jones is on the 4th row. Now sing, bitch!

[Wilhelmina comes out in her wedding gown.]
Vera Wang: Damn, I'm good!
Wilhelmina: I have a little problem with the train.
Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham: Now this is MAJOR! [comes out in her dress]

Marc: I'm sorry Wili, but... she makes me feel tingly where no other girl has ever made me feel tingly!

"I See Me, I.C.U." [2.08]

Wilhelmina: If I ate lunch, now would be the time to lose it.

Marc: Is there water underneath you, because I think I smell a plan brewing?

Henry: Pretend you're a hero in an action film.
Betty: Mexicans don't have action heroes, Henry. We have a speedy little mouse.

"Giving Up the Ghost" [2.09]

Christina: [referring to a model] She won't come out of her dressing room unless she gets some booze or drugs.
Daniel: Did she mention anything about God?
Christina: Yeah, she spoke about Him. She said "God, can I get some booze or drugs?"

[Claire knocks Wilheimina into an open grave.]
Claire: All those in favour of removing Wilhelmina Slater as Creative Director at Mode, say "aye."
Daniel and Alexis: "Aye."
Claire: Motion passed. Rest in peace, bitch.

"Bananas for Betty" [2.10]

Wilhelmina: I'm Wilhelmina Slater and I don't get wet.

"Zero Worship" [2.11]

Marc: Aw, are you playing "Papa Can You Hear Me" again?
Amanda: I'm just spending some quality time with my dads. Today I'm feeling particularly close to Jimmy "Jay Jay" Walker. Dynamite.

Wilhelmina:You're right. I've been hormotional.

"The Kids Are Alright" [2.17]

Gio: I don't wanna be the rebound guy. I wanna be the guy.

Gio: You frenched me Suarez. You frenched me good.
Betty: I did not french you!
[Betty walks away. Gio follows her, pretending to chaperone the dance.]
Betty: Gio, I have an article that I need to write. So please stop distracting me.
Gio: What? I'm chaperoning here.
Betty: And who calls it "frenching"?

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Ugly Betty
Format Comedy-drama
Created by Fernando Gaitán
Developed by Silvio Horta
Starring America Ferrera
Eric Mabius
Rebecca Romijn
Tony Plana
Ana Ortiz
Ashley Jensen
Becki Newton
Mark Indelicato
Alan Dale
Vanessa Williams
Michael Urie
Theme music composer Jeff Beal
Country of origin
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 48 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Salma Hayek, Silvio Horta, Ben Silverman
Location(s) New York City, New York, USA ("Pilot")
Los Angeles, California, USA (rest of the series)
Running time 60 min (approx. 42 min without commercials)
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original run September 28 2006 – Present
Related shows Remake of Betty la Fea
External links
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Ugly Betty is a Golden Globe- and Peabody Award-winning American comedy-drama television series. It stars America Ferrera,[1] Vanessa Williams, and Eric Mabius. It premiered on September 28, 2006, on ABC in the United States. The series follows the life of Betty Suarez (Ferrera), and her incongruous job at the ultra-chic New York City fashion magazine "Mode". Betty's status as a "fish out of water" drives much of the plot.



= USA TV Ratings

Based on average total viewers per episode of Ugly Betty on ABC:

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
18-49 (Rank)[2]
1 Thursday 8:00 P.M. September 28, 2006 May 17, 2007 2006-2007 #22 11.3 3.7/10 (#40)[3]

In popular culture

Since the show's debut, the main characters have become the latest fixures in the lexicon of pop media culture. They have already had parodies, news media stories and art-imitating-life situations, as well as recognition from the United States Congress itself.


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