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There's not a lot of laughs to be found, but the characters will resonate with anyone who has dreamed of perfecting a hardflip.
Much of the charm of "Betty" is in the actual skateboarding shots, which are arresting even to someone with very little knowledge or interest in the sport... It's unfortunate that [it] is mostly style over substance.
Is it possible that young skater girls will tune into "Betty" just to see themselves represented on screen? Maybe. Their real lives, though, are surely more interesting than this.
Betty isn't a show made to shatter glass ceilings so much as it is to empower those pushing against it.
There are moments for viewers beyond the featured age group that may feel like being a teacher at a school disco. Still, as a tribute to youth, and to these young women in particular, it is as invigorating as it is sweet.
Its dialogue and scenes of local skating all feel transplanted from a documentary. That improvisational style gives it a lived-in intimacy which really reinforces the idea of friends chilling out and getting into shenanigans.
The result, though far from flawless, is a wonderful, breezy show about female friendship, buoyed by Mossel's signature direction and an authentic script from her writers. One of the best new shows of the year.
A "feel good" series capable of raising spirits and that aspires to become the first summer benchmark. [Full Review in Spanish]
Effortlessly cool, BETTY grounds itself in its rebellious roots.
By focusing on the dynamic between characters instead of teenage romance, Moselle and company have successfully done away with the failings of their previous collaboration.
Audience Reviews for Betty: Season 1
Jun 04, 2021This show is awesome. The characters and storylines are great. The music is good too.
May 01, 2021I wanted to like this show. Seemed to have potential. checked it out a few times, each time hoping I'd like the characters better, appreciate the writing or acting more, or think more highly of the intent of the show. Not possible. It's contrived. Tries so hard to be hip and edgy and forward-looking, but is more successful in being obnoxious and gratuitously gross. I don't understand why the critics rate is 96%. Surprised there will be a Season 2?
Jan 03, 2021Fantastic cast just an effortlessly balancing between humor and darker issues. Made me happy! Friendship always wins.
Oct 29, 2020super vibey. had all the essence of NYC. cant w9 for season 2.
Aug 12, 2020Very good characters, mirror to patriarchy, plot about friends. Does it passed Bechdel Test? I suppose so :)
Jun 30, 2020So well done - this show is extremely engaging while also tackling issues of sexism, racism and classicism in a progressive and productive way. It's also a very unique show in how it portrays female friendships and relationships, and I wish there would be more shows like it for younger women to watch. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a second season!
Jun 28, 2020The show is narrated with sensitivity and subtleness. Authentic and complex female characters of diverse backgrounds are claiming their place in the world. I loved this series instantly. Lower audience ratings come from users with male names, don't let them keep you from watching it. Believe the critic ratings! <3
Jun 19, 2020Such an easy fun ride rolling up with this ladies. Stunninglly shot. Quintessentially cool.
Jun 07, 2020This show attempts to be genuine but consistently fails in the acting and dialogue writing. It is understandable that they were inspired by 'Kids' but the issue is that there was a problem in translating such inspiration into something fresh that WORKS, and into a compelling T.v. show. Kids as a movie was effective because it was a movie with much shorter screen time than an entire series. This show lacks so many essential elements and feels SOOO out of touch with the Gen Z characters it is trying to portray and target as an audience. the identity of the characters feel very one-dimentional and are so boring, unconvincing and underdeveloped. Not even to mention the soundtrack which is SOOO out of touch with what real youth are listening today, this show isn't doing what it intends to do. it often feels like it doesnt know what it wants to be. The nice elements are the unique story THEMES and some of the direction is ok I don't know anyone my age who would watch this an enjoy it, i wouldn't reccomend it, it seems like an out of touch 30-somethings-year old nostalgia filtered through what they think teens are going through.
Jun 06, 2020Crystal Moselle expands her film Skate Kitchen into a TV series, and it's all the better for it! Capturing youthful skate culture in New York City and shot in an avidly naturalistic lens, Betty often feels comparable to Kids, but unlike that Larry Clark film, Betty shows a real empathy for its characters. Made up of a cast of mostly non-actors, Betty manages to elicit a human magic to it, and the dialogue and character dynamics never feel anything less than honest. It's a consistently cool and fun show, but it also encroaches on very serious topics including consent and racism, with the ethereal tone still allowing for social commentary amidst the absorbing dreaminess, and all six episodes really resonate in hindsight. At a time when it seems like the world is going to hell in a handbasket, Betty is a slice-of-life dramedy that's fully welcome really captures the spirit of youth and friendship, and we should be extraordinarily grateful that HBO allows for more cinema-verite-esque shows like this and High Maintenance to happen!