Betty: Season 1 (2020)

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Earnest, audacious, and effortlessly cool, Betty captures the spirit of skating and friendship with style.

97%

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Critic Ratings: 29

60%

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User Ratings: 94

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Episodes

Air date: May 1, 2020

Series premiere. Janay and Kirt attempt to throw an all-girls skate sesh, but an unexpected visitor cuts the "festivities" short and chaos ensues-there's also a van.

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Air date: May 8, 2020

Donald's unauthorized shadiness finds Janay reeling while Kirt, Indigo and Honeybear deal with the territorial skater boys. Camille and Bambi hang under awkward circumstances.

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Air date: May 15, 2020

Honeybear can't stop dodging her crush; Janay makes questionable birthday plans.

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Opinionated and loyal, Janay (Dede Lovelace) is strong willed and stubborn in ways that both help and hurt her. Honeybear (Moonbear) is a quiet storm. Her flagrant style is a ruse; an armor she wears to hide her emotional struggles. Kirt (Nina Moran) is a lover (to the ladies), a fighter (to the rest of the world), and a little kid in the body of a woman. She's the funniest person alive, but even if she knew it, she wouldn't care. Meanwhile, Indigo (Ajani Russell) is a street-savvy hustler trapped in the body of a well-to-do art school drop-out. On the edge of the group is Camille (Rachelle Vinberg), guarded, perceptive, intelligent and awkward. She wants to be down with the dudes in the skate park and has fought hard for the small space she's carved out with them, but she needs to realize that cool points don't actually add up to the sum of anything, especially in the eyes of the other girls.

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Critic Reviews for Betty Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (18)

There's not a lot of laughs to be found, but the characters will resonate with anyone who has dreamed of perfecting a hardflip.

Dec 15, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

May 4, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A spontaneous and deeply sincere drama about living and skating freely.

Apr 30, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 29, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Betty isn't a show made to shatter glass ceilings so much as it is to empower those pushing against it.

Jul 20, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 10, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 15, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 17, 2020 | Full Review…

A "feel good" series capable of raising spirits and that aspires to become the first summer benchmark. [Full Review in Spanish]

May 5, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Effortlessly cool, BETTY grounds itself in its rebellious roots.

May 1, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 30, 2020 | Full Review…

"Betty" may be imperfect, but it is incredibly refreshing in its girl power politics.

Apr 29, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Betty: Season 1

  • Jun 04, 2021
    This show is awesome. The characters and storylines are great. The music is good too.
  • May 01, 2021
    I 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, 2021
    Fantastic cast just an effortlessly balancing between humor and darker issues. Made me happy! Friendship always wins.
  • Oct 29, 2020
    super vibey. had all the essence of NYC. cant w9 for season 2.
  • Aug 12, 2020
    Very good characters, mirror to patriarchy, plot about friends. Does it passed Bechdel Test? I suppose so :)
  • Jun 30, 2020
    So 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, 2020
    The 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, 2020
    Such an easy fun ride rolling up with this ladies. Stunninglly shot. Quintessentially cool.
  • Jun 07, 2020
    This 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, 2020
    Crystal 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!

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