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This is the opposite of career suicide. With good-natured pizazz and an inspired premise, she [Bette Midler] delivers the funniest new sitcom this season.
It has the ingredients of a much better show. The writing is sometimes sophisticated, but spotty.
In place of smart and funny writing, The Divine One does horrible sight gags.
This thudding material segues broadly into laborious attempts at physical comedy that are not only silly but amazingly inept for someone who made her early reputation as a singer flaunting the outrageous.
I say that out of respect for [Bette] Midler: This show is simply beneath her, even though it looks as if she's the one calling the shots, both on- and off camera.
Midler powers "Bette" along for 30 minutes without turning down the volume of her performance, giving us her life in noisy caricature. You might get used to it and discover that "Bette" is a reasonably well-written show with a mighty talent at its core.
[Bette] Midler and viewers would be better served with a send-up of Hollywood life more along the lines of "Larry Sanders" than this screwball effort.
As always with Ms. [Better] Midler, you get more than you might have expected.
It's cute in a "we're all TV insiders" way, but also a little too obvious. Maybe if "Bette" were the first show to acknowledge a cast change it would seem fresh. But "Roseanne" did it first and did it better.
The pilot episode is full of very funny physical comedy, witty show-biz inside jokes and the sort of sheer outrageousness that gives it more energy than six of your average sitcom episodes.
There is... a lot of over-the-top physical humor, which [Bette] Midler pulls off zestfully.
Audience Reviews for Bette: Season 1
Jan 02, 2021This could of only got better it was really funny at parts. CBS claimed it wasn't doing well in the ratings. Aka 9.million+ viewers per episode. The real reason this show was cancelled was because that Bette was on a talk show and when she was discussing the process of making a sitcom she said it was quite difficult and demanding but loved it. CBS didn't like that remark they cancelled her show straight away and pulled every episode that was planned and threw in another sitcom that only lasted two episodes. Bette won 3 awards for this show one being the peoples choice award and best new sitcom. Ans best sets so there you go. The actor who played Roy said his part was getting smaller so he left in big huff but he was so miserable if you don't have any pizsas the writer's and not going to write for you, every character starts as a few lines on a page and it's up to the actor to bring that character to life to make the writer's want to write for you. Roy didn't do that. TV executives and producers need to be less touchy and chill a bit more. Bette Midler saying filming a sitcom is difficult the same with Whoopi Goldberg saying the same thing the five buchanans if you remember that of course it's difficult to film a sitcom but that's no reason for you to say well your fired b****. Just because something doesn't do very well the first time around that's no reason to throw the towel in. By the third season of this show if it had of gotten that far it would of been so funny