Ugly Betty: Season 1 (2006 - 2007)

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Ugly Betty

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

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Critic Ratings: 16

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User Ratings: 35

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 28, 2006

Betty's a fish out of water in her first job at a glitzy fashion magazine, but she feels even worse when her bed-hopping boss assigns her a series of humiliating tasks in a scheme to make her quit.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2006

Betty scrambles to find a missing mock-up of the magazine before its less-than-flattering pictures of a movie star (Sarah Jones) fall into the wrong hands. Meanwhile, Bradford takes a personal interest in the Fey Sommers affair.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2006

Betty uses her Queens connections to book a high-profile photographer to do a shoot for Mode, but feels she needs a makeover before meeting him. Meanwhile, Wilhelmina preps for a date.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2006

Crises make for strange bedfellows when Betty, Marc and Amanda try to find out how a secret magazine feature was scuttled, and Wilhelmina and Daniel become allies to beat a deadline on a photo spread. Meanwhile, Justin spends a day at Mode working on a school project.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2006

Betty deals with the embarrassment of her Halloween costume, the nervousness of a new crush and has her hands full finding Daniel's missing watch. Meanwhile, Daniel visits his mother (Judith Light), and Wilhelmina comes apart at the seams over a dress size.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2006

Executive producer Salma Hayek guest stars as a woman who makes an immediate impression on playboy Daniel. Meanwhile, Wilhelmina gets a surprise visit from her daughter, and Betty and Hilda face a financial crisis.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2006

Betty is asked to review a fancy hotel; Wilhelmina covets advertising dollars from a wealthy Texan (Brett Cullen); and Sofia (Salma Hayek) and her entourage throw their weight around, much to Daniel's chagrin.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2006

Martha Stewart has a cameo as the Mode staff marks Thanksgiving in different ways, including Daniel's ulterior motive for attending his parents' brunch and Wilhelmina's first attempt at cooking a turkey.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2006

The day after Thanksgiving turns into a turkey for Betty, who must hastily organize a celebrity photo shoot, and Daniel, who is reeling from a hangover and a snub by Sofia. Meanwhile, Wilhelmina and Marc wind up on the wrong side of the tracks.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2006

Amanda hopes her successful holiday office party will be the gift that keeps on giving. Meanwhile, Betty sorts through her feelings for Walter and Henry; Daniel's love for Sofia grows; and Marc tries to stay on Wilhelmina's good side.

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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.

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Ugly Betty: Season 1

  • Aug 31, 2020
    such a good show. deep themes but such levity.
  • 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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