Bette: Season 1 (2000 - 2001)


Season 1
Bette

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Though a bit cutesy in spots, Bette has a sharp eye for biting satire and lets its lead star shine in an outrageously zesty performance.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2000

Bette agonizes over whether to guest star on a TV show with Danny DeVito, who, unbeknownst to her, wants her to play his mother. Roy: Kevin Dunn. Connie: Joanna Gleason. Oscar: James Dreyfus.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2000

Bette worries that Roy is mad at her and that her marriage is falling apart after she fails to thank him during an acceptance speech for an acting award. Himself: David James Elliott. Herself: Sharon Lawrence. Himself: George Segal. Ted: Mark Roberts. Roy: Kevin Dunn. Connie: Joanna Gleason. Oscar: James Dreyfus.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2000

Bette grows jealous of Dolly Parton when the two tape a special together on Halloween. Bette also tries to talk Rose into going trick-or-treating one last time. Rose: Marina Malota. Roy: Kevin Dunn. Bette: Bette Midler.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2000

After straining her voice, Bette is ordered by her doctor not to speak for 24 hours, much to the delight of everyone except Bette, who still has plenty to say. Dr. Bauer: Suzie Plakson. Reporter: Vince Grant. Connie: Joanna Gleason. Roy: Kevin Dunn. Oscar: James Dreyfus.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2000

Bette is asked by Oprah Winfrey to be a guest on her show to discuss the latest selection in Oprah's Book Club---but Bette neglects to read the book and makes an idiot out of herself on the show. Roy: Kevin Dunn. Connie: Joanna Gleason. Oscar: James Dreyfus.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2000

Bette asks Oscar to produce a song on her new album, but when they get into the recording studio, she refuses to let him do anything. Herbie: Marco Gould. Jimmy: David Douglas. Ed: Ed Cherney. Oscar: James Dreyfus.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2000

In flashbacks, Bette recalls how she first met Connie in a New York club, Roy on an airplane and Oscar at his job interview for her musical director. She also remembers giving birth to Rose. Doctor: Dan Gilvezan. Connie: Joanna Gleason. Roy: Kevin Dunn. Oscar: James Dreyfus.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2000

Bette tells Roy she got him courtside seats to the next Lakers game for his birthday present---now she just has to find out how she's going to get them. Kobe Bryant appears as himself. Roy: Kevin Dunn. Rose: Marina Malota. Connie: Joanna Gleason.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2000

Bette wants to add to her legacy by acting in Shakespeare's "Hamlet," but first she must persuade the play's director (Tim Curry) to cast her. Connie: Joanna Gleason. Roy: Kevin Dunn. Oscar: James Dreyfus.

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Air date: Dec 20, 2000

At the advice of her new hotshot publicist (Christine Dunford), Bette stages a mental breakdown in order to revitalize her career. Herself: Brett Butler. Connie: Joanna Gleason. Roy: Kevin Dunn. Oscar: James Dreyfus.

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Critic Reviews for Bette Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (9)

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.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…

It has the ingredients of a much better show. The writing is sometimes sophisticated, but spotty.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

In place of smart and funny writing, The Divine One does horrible sight gags.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 4, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…

[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.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…

As always with Ms. [Better] Midler, you get more than you might have expected.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

There is... a lot of over-the-top physical humor, which [Bette] Midler pulls off zestfully.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Just when you think the sitcom genre might finally have run out of gas, along comes Bette Midler in "Bette" to show how many more wild laughs, witty repostes and moments of keen cultural satire are left in the tank.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bette: Season 1

  • Jan 02, 2021
    This 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

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