Ugly Betty: Season 1 (2006 - 2007)


Season 1
Ugly Betty

Critics Consensus

America Ferrera is a revelation as Ugly Betty, although the show itself tends toward the twee and gently ridiculous.



Critic Ratings: 16


Audience Score

User Ratings: 31
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Air date: Sep 28, 2006
Air date: Oct 5, 2006
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Air date: Oct 19, 2006
Air date: Oct 26, 2006
Air date: Nov 2, 2006
Air date: Nov 9, 2006
Air date: Nov 16, 2006
Air date: Nov 23, 2006
Air date: Nov 30, 2006
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The first season of "Ugly Betty" follows Betty Suarez (America Ferrera), an "ugly duckling" assistant at a women's magazine, as she struggles to fit in amongst her haute couture-clad and stiletto-wearing colleagues. Intelligent, tragically awkward and easily manipulated, Betty still lives at home with her father, Ignacio (Tony Plana), older sister, Hilda (Ana Ortiz), and nephew, Justin (Mark Indelicato). Salma Hayek guest stars.


America Ferrera
as Betty Suarez
Eric Mabius
as Daniel Meade
Ana Ortiz
as Hilda
Vanessa L. Williams
as Wilhelmina Slater
Tony Plana
as Ignacio
Alan Dale
as Bradford Meade
Rebecca Romijn
as Masked Woman
Christopher Gorham
as Henry Grubstick
Judith Light
as Claire Meade
Salma Hayek
as Sofia Reyes
Octavia Spencer
as Constance Grady
Max Greenfield
as Nick Pepper
Lucy Liu
as Grace Chin
Rhys Coiro
as Vincent Bianchi
Debi Mazar
as Leah Feldman
Lucy Davis
as Fashion TV Host
Tim Gunn
as Fashion TV Reporter
Ava Gaudet
as Gina Gambarro
Sal Landi
as Mr. Green
Sarah Jones
as Natalie Whitman
William Abadie
as Phillippe Michel
Nicholas Gonzalez
as Carlo Medina
Rita Moreno
as Aunt Mirta
Leslie Jordan
as Quincy Combs
Patti LuPone
as Mrs. Weiner
Holly Bonelli
as Waitress
Angelica Vale
as Angélica
Bryan Okes
as Hotel Clerk
Jamison Yang
as Translator
Scottie Thompson
as Photo Editor
Ron Gilbert
as Jody Pennette
Darlena Tejeiro
as Maria Ortiz
Arap Bethke
as Antonio
Mike Faiola
as Mailroom Boy
Miranda Kaha
as Hostess
Amanda Lockwood
as Mode Girl
Maria Costa
as Valerie
Kurt David Anderson
as Production Assistant
Jeanne Simpson
as Receptionist
Justin Scot
as Editorial Assistant
Countrified Wedman
as Street Vendor
Leila Yavari
as Model No. 2
Jonathan Slavin
as Squire Josh
Kit Paquin
as Skinny Cashier
Lorin Shapiro
as Jersey Bachelorette
Olga Fonda
as Model No. 3
Shayna Rose
as Younger Wench
Kate Johnson
as Model No. 4
Blumes Tracy
as Male Stripper
Kate Lang Johnson
as Model No. 4
Tomiko Martinez
as Receptionist
Jelly Howie
as Model No. 5
Joe Duer
as Lorenzo
Ella Thomas
as Striking Amazon
Chris Stone
as Janitor
Maura Soden
as Short and Buxom
Davis Mikaels
as Stage Manager
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Critic Reviews for Ugly Betty Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (11)

Ugly Betty is light and bold-Dynasty crossed with an after-school special, maybe, or TheDevil Wears Prada liberated from its heavier pretensions.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Ferrera and ``Ugly Betty" are bound to become media darlings if the series takes off, which it undoubtedly will.

Sep 8, 2006 | Full Review…

Betty is clearly the most admirable character on the show, and her positive qualities just make the other characters' failings more obvious -- even to younger teens. Bottom line? Ugly Betty is a must-see.

Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's campy and cheesy, but all in the name of having fun with itself. And when a show has that kind of sense of humor about itself and doesn't take itself too seriously, well, it's easy to join along for the ride.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Like the lovely Betty, its brilliance is not to be underestimated.

Sep 8, 2006 | Full Review…

Without so much visual flair and such a rapid-fire pace, Ugly Betty wouldn't hold our attention as well. But these elements, along with a talented cast... make this a show well worth watching, and this week's premiere doesn't disappoint.

Jul 3, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a lot more to Ugly Betty than meets the eye.

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Everybody will love Betty as much as her widowed father does.

Sep 8, 2006 | Full Review…

There's nothing neat about the way this high-pitched program enshrines the way minorities are subjugated to boost upper-class privilege.

Sep 8, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Whatever "Ugly Betty's" ultimate fate, it's going to be fun to watch America discover America.

Sep 8, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Ugly Betty" shines because Ms. Ferrera is luminous and credible as a character surrounded by caricatures.

Sep 8, 2006 | Full Review…

"Ugly Betty" is a sweet, funny show. It's worth watching.

Sep 8, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ugly Betty: Season 1

  • Apr 07, 2019
    Why didn't I discover this before and not from my mom?
  • Jul 08, 2017
    The show is pretty good except for Betty and her sister. No one ever talks about how rude that he is in every single episode just stuck up.
  • May 16, 2014
    Different, but hysterical. America Ferreira and Vanessa Williams deserve every award for their roles.

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