Ok, so I am obsessed with Ugly Betty. I know I am about 7 years behind the curve, but Netflix strikes again! Since I recently became a stay at home mom, my new hobby is finding the next obsession worthy show on Netflix that will fill the time between changing diapers and making bottles. I remember hearing good things about Ugly Betty, but to be honest, I couldn’t be bothered to rush to the TV at 10:00PM on Wednesday nights to catch the latest episode. I much prefer waiting for it to arrive on Netflix Instant where I can take in episode after delicious episode. Suspense is so overrated.
So the concept of Ugly Betty is pretty simple. Have you seen The Devil Wears Prada? Ugly Betty is basically a TV version. But I shouldn’t make it
sound so simple. This show has more plotlines than Pirates of the Caribbean 3. The show follows Betty Suarez, a Mexican-American woman who gets a job at Mode, a trend setting, high-fashion magazine.
In keeping with your typical ugly ducking storyline, Betty just doesn’t fit in. But unlike your typical ugly duckling story, Betty encounters one boss with a sex change, another boss with a fondness for womanizing, and a conniving, manipulative creative director (just to name a few) along her path to
It's All About The Characters
This show is full of characters you love and characters you love to hate. I adore Betty’s sister Hilda (played by Ana Ortiz) whose New York, tough girl, fabulousness is a great contrast to Betty’s more timid demeanor. Every episode I walk away imitating her sassy Queens accent. And Betty’s nephew Justin (played by Mark Indelicato) is another great character whose storyline is a refreshing and brave portrayal of an adolescent struggling with his sexuality.
On the other end of the spectrum you have Wilhelmina Slater (played by Vanessa Williams) and her sidekick Marc St. James (played by Michael Urie) who are constantly conniving dastardly deeds to bring down the Meade family, the wealthy owners of Mode magazine.
And at the heart of it all is Betty: lovely, frumpy, innocent Betty, brilliantly played by America Ferrara. You are totally in her corner from day one, rooting for her as she navigates the dangerous world of Mode magazine and all the trials that accompany life and love.
Bringing It All Home
You can’t help but get sucked in by this show. You never know what family secret or astonishing scenario will be revealed next. The show obviously exposes its origins as a Columbian telenovela, but what’s great about the American version, is that you can be obsessed without feeling dirty about watching a soap opera (this is especially important for housewives like me).
Ugly Betty is a perfect mix of drama, comedy, satire and fabulous fashion. I give it an 8 out of 10 – only because season 3 gets a little dull. But definitely a must see!!
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