• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 28, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. 100
    [A] delicious over-the-top comedy. [2 Oct 2006, p.45]
  2. 100
    This juicy comedy-drama recaptures the fun of Desperate Housewives in its first season.
  3. 100
    As Betty Suarez, a beautiful dreamer with a heart full of soul, America Ferrera gives the breakout new star performance of the season. And "Ugly Betty," fizzy, smart and colorfully styled, is looking fine.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    90
    A show and a heroine larger than life, twice as colorful and infinitely more adorable.
  5. 88
    There is no new show more likable, but that affection may waver if Betty can't give Ferrera the scripts and support she deserves.
  6. The driving force behind the show's appeal is Ferrera, who gives a pitch-perfect, killer performance in the opening episodes.
  7. One of the season's best new shows.
  8. You've never seen anything quite like Ugly Betty.
  9. "Ugly Betty" may be the fall's best new series.
  10. 80
    It's sweet, touching and deliriously cheerful -- the best new show of the year and a great big blast of happiness.
  11. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    This fall's most satisfying series delight.
  12. I have no interest in fashion, little inherent fondness for soap operas, and I'm absolutely not the gender this show is targeting. And based on the two episodes I've seen, I'm going to be watching "Ugly Betty" every week. It's that much fun.
  13. 75
    The execution is cute, silly, heartfelt and sweet (not saccharine), plus it's shot at the cinematic level of a moderately funded romantic comedy movie.
  14. Even though "Ugly Betty" tends to go for very broad humor when subtlety would serve better, it is easily watchable.
  15. 75
    Lots of fun, lots of laughs, lots of good, heartwarming plots.
  16. "Ugly Betty" is worth checking out. It retains a charm that far outstrips expectations. And Ferrera's performances are small wonders to behold.
  17. Everybody... will love Betty as much as her widowed father does.
  18. 70
    "Betty" walks a fine line between satire and drama and, astonishingly, it doesn’t fall off that razor’s edge very often.
  19. “Ugly Betty” is a sweet, funny show. It’s worth watching. And we’ll see.
  20. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    70
    Like its endearingly flawed protagonist, Ugly Betty is promising but not perfect.
  21. "Ugly Betty" shines because Ms. Ferrera is luminous and credible as a character surrounded by caricatures. It's a strange mixture, but it works.
  22. 70
    America Ferrera is instantly and consistently likable as Betty.
  23. This is a warmhearted dramedy, which gushes charm and family appeal.
  24. 70
    Ugly Betty has high spirits, camp, couture, charm and heart.
  25. In a season crowded with quality dramas that all seem to come from very dark places, ABC's plucky "Ugly Betty" shines as bright as the honking big braces young Betty Suarez wears.
  26. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    Ferrara... is consistently endearing, bringing heart and soul to a character that could easily be a cartoon. Too bad that doesn't extend to the rest of the series, which oscillates from screwball comedy... to florid soap elements.
  27. As enjoyable as this first episode is, its premise may be too slight to sustain a long-running series.
  28. 50
    Calling it ''good'' might be a bit of a stretch, but Ugly Betty's comic-melodrama formula is so cannily executed that audiences may find it irresistible.
  29. 38
    Week in, week out, Ugly Betty subjects its audience to the same recycled crisis.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 161 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 96
  2. Negative: 13 out of 96
  1. Sep 29, 2011
    10
    i only like this series because is originally colombian, viva colombia hpta
  2. Mar 27, 2011
    5
    Entertaining at times, but the show is so predictable and cheeky. I have to *face palm* every time the writers use some cliche, ridiculous andEntertaining at times, but the show is so predictable and cheeky. I have to *face palm* every time the writers use some cliche, ridiculous and over-used scene in the show. Plus the conflicts are often unimaginative, overworked and juvenile. Sometimes I laugh, other times I shake my head in agony and turn it off. I also can't handle Betty's naivete and social intelligence; her character is one of many that's shallow and inconsistent. I'm watching season 4 on Netflix. I don't want to finish it, but I feel like I've already put this much time into (which I'll never get back), so why not finish and say I watched the whole God-awful thing. But it is sorta funny sometimes. Full Review »
  3. Feb 27, 2011
    10
    It started off strong but after the first season, it had a mixture of good and bad writing in it. the lack inconsistency in terms of characterIt started off strong but after the first season, it had a mixture of good and bad writing in it. the lack inconsistency in terms of character development was evident throughout. season 2 began well, but by the middle of it and onwards descended into a silly, childish farce with an irritating love triangle involving the main protagonist. it was my most disliked season out of the 4. season 3 was disliked by many, but i enjoyed it a lot; probably more-so for the developing friendship between Betty, Amanda and Marc. season 4 i thought was ok at best; first half didn't impress me very much, second half was a slight improvement. however, the laughs, humour were absent throughout that final season. where was Marc and Amanda? compared to my other favourite shows that i like, this isn't my absolute favourite, due to the sloppy writing, inconsistent levels of writing and for it not being utterly funny. which it wasn't. ugly Betty was great at highlighting social, moral, cultural issues as a show, but in terms of the story lines, writing, sadly it just didn't hit the mark. the series ended a little dissapointingly for me; nonetheless, i would be lying if i said the series didn't make me think, question things about appearances and looks. because it did. in all, ugly Betty will live on in memory in fans hearts- great performances by the cast members throughout; if only the show was handled a bit better than it was by the writers, producers, this would've lasted a few more seasons, and perhaps we'd get a better conclusion to the series too. Full Review »