Bette: Season 1 Reviews

March 12, 2020
It has the ingredients of a much better show. The writing is sometimes sophisticated, but spotty.
March 12, 2020
In place of smart and funny writing, The Divine One does horrible sight gags.
March 12, 2020
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.
March 12, 2020
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.
March 12, 2020
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.
September 4, 2019
There is... a lot of over-the-top physical humor, which [Bette] Midler pulls off zestfully.
September 4, 2019
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.
September 4, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 4, 2019
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.
September 4, 2019
[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.
September 4, 2019
As always with Ms. [Better] Midler, you get more than you might have expected.
September 4, 2019
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.
September 4, 2019
Perhaps if you sat down and read Jeffrey Lane's script, it wouldn't have you rolling on the floor with laughter, but hand it to [Bette] Midler and it turns to gold.