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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 11, 2000
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Joanna Gleason, Kevin Dunn, James Dreyfus
  • Summary: Bette premiered on October 11, 2000. Bette Midler plays herself - a divine celebrity who is adored by her fans. Although she is a celebrity, her family is often ashamed of her - Bette is constantly on diets and far away in dreams - she is everything but a perfect celebrity. Although her life is a mess, she loves it! The show aired 16 episodes on CBS and was canceled, so two episodes went unaired. It was simulcast in HDTV.

    Although the show was canceled, it was nominated for a few awards, winning one of the awards. The nominations were as follows:

    • People's Choice Awards, USA (2001) - Won! - Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series > Bette Midler • TV GUIDE AWARDS (2001) - Nominated - New Series of the Year
    • TV GUIDE AWARDS (2001) - Nominated - Actress of the Year in a Comedy Series > Bette Midler • TV GUIDE AWARDS (2001) - Won! - Actress of the Year in a New Series > Bette Midler
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  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jun 15, 2013
    90
    The Divine One's "Bette" is still good enough to win a Marvy for the best TV comedy of the year. [11 Oct 2000, p.B35]
  2. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jun 15, 2013
    83
    I'm betting on Bette to get better as everybody settles down and lets the show settle in. [11 Oct 2000, p.1]
  3. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jun 15, 2013
    80
    She is simply hilarious. Lovable, insecure, over-the-top and hilarious. [11 Oct 2000, p.D01]
  4. The trick for Midler's writers will be to make sure the show is at least somewhat grounded in real-life situations while keeping the inside-Hollywood stuff from being too inside. It's funny, for example, when she expresses vengeful bitterness over losing the 1979 Oscar to Sally Field ("Norma Rae"), but it might not be so funny to hear references to her 1982 celluloid stink bomb "Jinxed." (Remember that one?) [11 Oct 2000, p.D01]
  5. Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    Jun 15, 2013
    70
    As always with Ms. Midler, you get more than you might have expected. [11 Oct 2000, p.E1]
  6. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jun 15, 2013
    50
    She has a lot of spunk, mugging for the camera and poking fun at her career (no fewer than four Midler films get mentioned in the first episode). Next to her, however, the supporting cast is tired and colorless. And how many Bette Midler jokes can America take? [11 Oct 2000, p.F1]
  7. Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Jun 15, 2013
    30
    Try as Midler might - and she does try, doing a few physical comedy bits that would make Lucille Ball proud - even she can't overcome the reality that Bette is an idea that never developed beyond the star's reputation. [11 Oct 2000, p.1E]

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