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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. 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.
  2. 100
    This juicy comedy-drama recaptures the fun of Desperate Housewives in its first season.
  3. 100
    [A] delicious over-the-top comedy. [2 Oct 2006, p.45]
  4. The driving force behind the show's appeal is Ferrera, who gives a pitch-perfect, killer performance in the opening episodes.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    A show and a heroine larger than life, twice as colorful and infinitely more adorable.
  6. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 159 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 96
  2. Negative: 13 out of 96
  1. Sep 29, 2011
    i only like this series because is originally colombian, viva colombia hpta
  2. Mar 27, 2011
    Entertaining 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
    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 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 »