History Series / UglyBetty

12th Feb '18 7:09:28 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: The episode where Betty reviews Daniel's childhood Christmas video to make up a presentation for Claire's birthday. In the video, which is presumed to take place in TheEighties, Judith Light's EightiesHair is an obvious ShoutOut to how she looked as [[WhosTheBoss Angela]]

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* ShoutOut: The episode where Betty reviews Daniel's childhood Christmas video to make up a presentation for Claire's birthday. In the video, which is presumed to take place in TheEighties, Judith Light's EightiesHair is an obvious ShoutOut to how she looked as [[WhosTheBoss [[Series/WhosTheBoss Angela]]
10th Dec '17 5:06:10 PM nombretomado
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* {{Homage}}: Wilhelmina and Claire's CatFight into the fountain is a blatant homage to ''{{Dynasty}}'', right down to the clothes and hairstyles they were wearing.

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* {{Homage}}: Wilhelmina and Claire's CatFight into the fountain is a blatant homage to ''{{Dynasty}}'', ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'', right down to the clothes and hairstyles they were wearing.
11th Oct '17 5:38:13 PM nombretomado
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** Also no one mentions how much Kimmie looks like LindsayLohan, who was mentioned in an early episode.

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** Also no one mentions how much Kimmie looks like LindsayLohan, Creator/LindsayLohan, who was mentioned in an early episode.
6th Oct '17 1:07:10 PM Aruu
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''Ugly Betty'' (20062010) is an Creator/{{ABC}} {{Dramedy}} and an [[CulturalTranslation Americanized version]] of the Colombian SoapOpera ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea'', which already had [[MultiNationalShows dozens of versions around the world]]. The show splits its time between {{Slapstick}}, fashion industry [[SatireParodyPastiche satire]], occasional [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarking]], SoapOpera plots ([[IndecisiveParody kinda-sorta parodied]]) and {{Anvilicious}} [[AnAesop Aesops]] about self-esteem and whatever other issues the writers want to make points about.

While the source material revolved around an ugly [[PluckyOfficeGirl assistant at a shallow fashion magazine]] pining over her boss and ultimately winning his love, the US series jetisoned the "Will They Or Won't They" drama, in favor of Betty [[HilarityEnsues entangled in the office politics involving the Meade family, as Betty guides them through scandal and power plays and internal squabblings while dating a series of lovers who love Betty for who she is]].

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''Ugly Betty'' (20062010) is an Creator/{{ABC}} {{Dramedy}} and an [[CulturalTranslation Americanized version]] of the Colombian SoapOpera ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea'', which already had [[MultiNationalShows dozens of versions around the world]].

[[PluckyOfficeGirl Betty Suarez]] is a sweet but dowdy young woman from Queens, who hopes to one day run her own magazine. Despite her lack of experience, and her appalling fashion sense, Betty ends up hired at the high-end fashion magazine MODE, as the personal assistant to the editor-in-chief Daniel Meade. However, it's quickly revealed that Betty was only hired for her [[HollywoodHomely lack of sex appeal]], so the infamous womaniser Daniel wouldn't be tempted to sleep with her. Unable to fire Betty, Daniel instead tries to humiliate her so that she'll quit on her own terms, leaving him free to hire a personal assistant of his own choosing.

Daniel realises he's gone too far when a devastated Betty does quit, especially on realising how hard she worked during her short time with him, and ends up begging for her to return. Betty accepts, and the two form a close working relationship, and eventual friendship.

''Ugly Betty'' differs greatly from ''Yo Soy Bety La Fea'' in that the show doesn't revolve around Betty pining after her boss and ultimately winning his love after much WillTheyOrWontThey drama. Instead Betty ends up [[HilarityEnsues entangled in the office politics involving the entire Meade family]], along with facing off against [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Whilhelmina Slater]], who intends on taking over MODE magazine, no matter what it takes. Along the way, Betty learns to stand up against those who judge her for her dowdy looks, and how to balance her career with her family, to whom she is incredibly close to.

More importantly, Betty learns how to be proud of who she is, and it shows in that her string of lovers end up dating her ''because'' they love that she's so true to herself.

The show splits its time between {{Slapstick}}, fashion industry [[SatireParodyPastiche satire]], occasional [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarking]], SoapOpera plots ([[IndecisiveParody kinda-sorta parodied]]) and {{Anvilicious}} [[AnAesop Aesops]] about self-esteem and whatever other issues the writers want to make points about.

While the source material revolved around an ugly [[PluckyOfficeGirl assistant at a shallow fashion magazine]] pining over her boss and ultimately winning his love, the US series jetisoned the "Will They Or Won't They" drama, in favor of Betty [[HilarityEnsues entangled in the office politics involving the Meade family, as Betty guides them through scandal and power plays and internal squabblings while dating a series of lovers who love Betty for who she is]].
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13th May '17 3:15:24 AM DemonDuckofDoom
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* BiTheWay: Alexis is a trans woman who was married to a woman before coming out and gets a boyfriend afterwards.
22nd Apr '17 6:37:39 PM Starwames
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* TickleTorture: In "Queens for a Day", Betty is forced to endure this as part of her makeover. Turns out Betty's feet are so ticklish, it requires BOTH Hilda and Cholli to keep her leg down.
22nd Apr '17 5:28:01 PM Orbiting
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* AbortedArc:
** The death of Fey Sommers, and subsequent hints that she is actually still alive. The [[spoiler: Bandaged Woman, who was all but outright stated to be Sommers, was instead revealed to be Alexis Meade. From that point, Sommers is brought up just enough to remind us who she was. Ultimately, she never comes back, and it's left to the viewers whether or not she truly died.]]
* AloofBigBrother:
** Alex Meade (who eventually became an Aloof Big Sister).
* AlternateUniverse:
** The episode ''"Million Dollar Smile"'' (Season 4, Episode 17) has Betty hitting her head and imagining an alternative universe in which she never had braces, and was considered to be the pretty sister while Hilda was the homely one. See DreamSequence.
* AlwaysCamp:
** Marc St. James.
* AmbiguouslyGay:
** Justin Suarez. Less so once he gets a boyfriend.

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* AbortedArc:
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AbortedArc: The death of Fey Sommers, and subsequent hints that she is actually still alive. The [[spoiler: Bandaged Woman, who was all but outright stated to be Sommers, was instead revealed to be Alexis Meade. From that point, Sommers is brought up just enough to remind us who she was. Ultimately, she never comes back, and it's left to the viewers whether or not she truly died.]]
* AloofBigBrother:
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AloofBigBrother: Alex Meade (who eventually became an Aloof Big Sister).
* AlternateUniverse:
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AlternateUniverse: The episode ''"Million Dollar Smile"'' (Season 4, Episode 17) has Betty hitting her head and imagining an alternative universe in which she never had braces, and was considered to be the pretty sister while Hilda was the homely one. See DreamSequence.
* AlwaysCamp:
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AlwaysCamp: Marc St. James.
* AmbiguouslyGay:
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AmbiguouslyGay: Justin Suarez. Less so once he gets a boyfriend.



* BattleButler:
** Marc St. James

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* BattleButler:
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BattleButler: Marc St. James



* CharacterDevelopment: All the main players.
** Even the people who don't like Betty end up respecting her by the end of the series. Amanda is more-or-less the same self-centred, somewhat cruel ditz she was at the beginning, but she goes from despising Betty to having the biggest girlcrush imaginable on her.

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* CharacterDevelopment: All the main players.
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players. Even the people who don't like Betty end up respecting her by the end of the series. Amanda is more-or-less the same self-centred, somewhat cruel ditz she was at the beginning, but she goes from despising Betty to having the biggest girlcrush imaginable on her.



* ComingOutStory: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and "The Past Presents the Future".

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* ComingOutStory: ComingOutStory:
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"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and "The Past Presents the Future".



* {{Flanderization}}: In a rare inversion of this trope, Betty starts out as an uber-tacky FishOutOfWater and RummageSaleReject, Marc and Amanda are super-shallow, mean and ditzy. Daniel a sex-obsessed and rather dim example of nepotism, and Wilhelmina a comical and bitchy snake who throws hissy fits when things don't go her way. All of these characters gradually develop away from these extremes as the show goes on. Played straight with Justin however as he just gets more and more campy. Claire, Hilda and Ignacio remain pretty constant.

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* {{Flanderization}}: In a rare inversion of this trope, Betty starts out as an uber-tacky FishOutOfWater and RummageSaleReject, Marc and Amanda are super-shallow, mean and ditzy. Daniel a sex-obsessed and rather dim example of nepotism, and Wilhelmina a comical and bitchy snake who throws hissy fits when things don't go her way. All of these characters gradually develop away from these extremes as the show goes on. Played straight with Justin however as he just gets more and more campy. Claire, Hilda and Ignacio remain pretty constant.



* HeterosexualLifePartners:a rare aversion to this trope, Amanda and Marc are of the opposite sex, but Marc is gay and Amanda shows no attraction to Marc, but the closeness of their friendship still fits this trope.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners:a HeterosexualLifePartners: A rare aversion to this trope, Amanda and Marc are of the opposite sex, but Marc is gay and Amanda shows no attraction to Marc, but the closeness of their friendship still fits this trope.



* HookedUpAfterwards: Possibly implied with [[spoiler: Betty and Daniel]], in a rare Alpha Couple example.
** To elaborate: [[spoiler: Daniel has realized his feelings, but Betty still hadn't been given enough time to possibly see it their relationship that way. In the end, the ending was left ambiguous with his catching up with her at her new job. She has to run but smiles as she walks away, leaving fans on either side to draw conclusions.]]



* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: Daniel has realized his feelings, but Betty still hadn't been given enough time to possibly see it their relationship that way. In the end, the ending was left ambiguous with his catching up with her at her new job. She has to run but smiles as she walks away, leaving fans on either side to draw conclusions.]]



** ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Claire, once she quits drinking. By the end of the series, while [[TheStarscream Wilhemina]] and Daniel are still acting according to their own personal idiom, she seems to be the only one in management who's mind is on getting the job done.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Claire, once she quits drinking. By the end of the series, while [[TheStarscream Wilhemina]] and Daniel are still acting according to their own personal idiom, she seems to be the only one in management who's mind is on getting the job done.



* ReallyGetsAround: Amanda. And she's very proud of it. Marc likes to brag about this, but Amanda's claims, specially in Mode After Hours, state just the opposite. Zander, Meade's security guard, couldn't care less about genders in spite of pleasure.
** Averted with Betty, when she admits she's "not that experienced" during Matt's psychiatric session.

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* ReallyGetsAround: ReallyGetsAround:
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Amanda. And she's very proud of it. Marc likes to brag about this, but Amanda's claims, specially in Mode After Hours, state just the opposite. Zander, Meade's security guard, couldn't care less about genders in spite of pleasure.
** Averted with Betty, when she admits she's "not that experienced" during Matt's psychiatric session.
pleasure.



* SuddenlySexuality: Two examples. Both the opposite of what you normally see with this trope. The Designer Tavares reveals to Amanda he's really straight because [[TruthInTelevision no one would believe or accept a male fashion designer as straight in 21st Century Manhattan.]]
** Same goes for Suzuki St. Pierre, the [[CampGay host of "Fashion Buzz"]], who's revealed to simply be the alter-ego of Byron Wu, a normal guy living in the suburbs with his wife and kids. He admits to only pretends to be gay because it was the ''only'' way he could get ahead in fashion.

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* SuddenlySexuality: Two examples. Both the opposite of what you normally see with this trope. SuddenlySexuality:
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The Designer Tavares reveals to Amanda he's really straight because [[TruthInTelevision no one would believe or accept a male fashion designer as straight in 21st Century Manhattan.]]
** Same goes for Suzuki St. Pierre, the [[CampGay host of "Fashion Buzz"]], who's revealed to simply be the alter-ego of Byron Wu, a normal guy living in the suburbs with his wife and kids. He admits to only pretends to be gay because it was the ''only'' way he could get ahead in fashion.



* ThanksgivingEpisode: "Four Thanksgivings and a Funeral"

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* ThanksgivingEpisode: ThanksgivingEpisode:
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"Four Thanksgivings and a Funeral"



* TitleDrop First done in one of the Lindsay Lohan episodes where Kimmie calls her "Ugly Betty". Later, in the WhatIf episode "Million Dollar Smile," Daniel makes a remark to Betty that on the inside "You're ''ugly'', Betty." Long story.

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* TitleDrop TitleDrop: First done in one of the Lindsay Lohan episodes where Kimmie calls her "Ugly Betty". Later, in the WhatIf episode "Million Dollar Smile," Daniel makes a remark to Betty that on the inside "You're ''ugly'', Betty." Long story.



* KickTheDog:Lampshaded when Betty daydreams about turning into Wilhemina and literally kicks a puppy, which wakes her up.

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* KickTheDog:Lampshaded KickTheDog: Lampshaded when Betty daydreams about turning into Wilhemina and literally kicks a puppy, which wakes her up.



* WellDoneSonGuy: Daniel all the way. Eventually [[spoiler: subverted when his father says "I love you too son" when Daniel is out of earshot]]

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* WellDoneSonGuy: WellDoneSonGuy:
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Daniel all the way. Eventually [[spoiler: subverted when his father says "I love you too son" when Daniel is out of earshot]]



* [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt Where Da White Boys At?:]] Betty, Marc, Renee and [[BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama Wilhelmina]] can't seem to resist the white boys. Mostly averted with Hilda although she dates a white guy or two before finally settling down with Bobby. Averted with Amanda.

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* [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt Where Da White Boys At?:]] WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Betty, Marc, Renee and [[BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama Wilhelmina]] can't seem to resist the white boys. Mostly averted with Hilda although she dates a white guy or two before finally settling down with Bobby. Averted with Amanda.
4th Feb '17 8:57:42 PM MirrorNoir
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In a nutshell, the show follows the eponymous young woman as she pursues her dream of becoming a writer in the magazine industry. To achieve this, she works as [[PluckyOfficeGirl an assistant at a shallow fashion magazine]] where her frumpy style and it's-what's-on-the-inside-that-counts philosophy don't go over well. Much drama and [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensue]].

While being advertised as a FashionShow, clothing and modeling are really just a background to the helter skelter of the main character's daily lives. Having run for four seasons before being canceled, it delves deep into the lives and catharses these characters share with one another. Every character, [[MeanCharacterNiceActor shallow as they try to act,]] is deep and has a fleshed out personality, and the show follows how deeply their lives are interwoven. Expect major character development and dramedy to ensue.

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In a nutshell, While the show follows the eponymous young woman as she pursues her dream of becoming a writer in the magazine industry. To achieve this, she works as source material revolved around an ugly [[PluckyOfficeGirl an assistant at a shallow fashion magazine]] where her frumpy style and it's-what's-on-the-inside-that-counts philosophy don't go pining over well. Much drama her boss and ultimately winning his love, the US series jetisoned the "Will They Or Won't They" drama, in favor of Betty [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensue]].

While being advertised
entangled in the office politics involving the Meade family, as a FashionShow, clothing Betty guides them through scandal and modeling are really just power plays and internal squabblings while dating a background to the helter skelter series of the main character's daily lives. Having run lovers who love Betty for four seasons before being canceled, it delves deep into the lives and catharses these characters share with one another. Every character, [[MeanCharacterNiceActor shallow as they try to act,]] is deep and has a fleshed out personality, and the show follows how deeply their lives are interwoven. Expect major character development and dramedy to ensue.
who she is]].

19th Dec '16 11:34:36 PM Xtifr
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'''''Ugly Betty''''' (20062010) is an Creator/{{ABC}} {{Dramedy}} and an [[CulturalTranslation Americanized version]] of the Colombian SoapOpera ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea'', which already had [[MultiNationalShows dozens of versions around the world]]. The show splits its time between {{Slapstick}}, fashion industry [[SatireParodyPastiche satire]], occasional [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarking]], SoapOpera plots ([[IndecisiveParody kinda-sorta parodied]]) and {{Anvilicious}} [[AnAesop Aesops]] about self-esteem and whatever other issues the writers want to make points about.

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'''''Ugly Betty''''' ''Ugly Betty'' (20062010) is an Creator/{{ABC}} {{Dramedy}} and an [[CulturalTranslation Americanized version]] of the Colombian SoapOpera ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea'', which already had [[MultiNationalShows dozens of versions around the world]]. The show splits its time between {{Slapstick}}, fashion industry [[SatireParodyPastiche satire]], occasional [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarking]], SoapOpera plots ([[IndecisiveParody kinda-sorta parodied]]) and {{Anvilicious}} [[AnAesop Aesops]] about self-esteem and whatever other issues the writers want to make points about.
11th Dec '16 4:56:05 PM LarryMullen
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Seasons one and two were filmed in Los Angeles (save for the pilot), even though the show takes place in New York City. Averted in seasons three and four (as well as the pilot) which were filmed on-location.



* FridayNightDeathSlot: When the show aired for the first half of the fourth season -- [[HopeSpot it escaped to Wednesdays]], only to get canceled anyway.



* HeterosexualLifePartners:a rare aversion to this trope, Amanda and Marc are of the opposite sex, but Marc is gay and Amanda shows no attraction to Marc, but the closeness of their friendship still fits this trope
* HideYourPregnancy: A somewhat extreme case with RebeccaRomijn; her character Alexis had to be written out of the show when the actress became pregnant, seeing as Alexis is transgender.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners:a rare aversion to this trope, Amanda and Marc are of the opposite sex, but Marc is gay and Amanda shows no attraction to Marc, but the closeness of their friendship still fits this trope
* HideYourPregnancy: A somewhat extreme case with RebeccaRomijn; her character Alexis had to be written out of the show when the actress became pregnant, seeing as Alexis is transgender.
trope.



* PlayingAgainstType: Fabia, the hilariously camp cosmetics mogul, is played by... Creator/GinaGershon???
** Also, Betty's Italian VA [[HilariousInHindsight would later go on to voice]] a character in [[PatitoFeo another show with a very similar premise]], despite it being basically more of a SoapOpera [[RecycledInSpace for kids]]; the Playing Against Type part kicks in after you realise that the same person who voiced Betty voiced the ''AlphaBitch'' of the other show, that is, ''the one harassing the main character''. Wow.



* TheOtherDarrin: Wilhelmina's daughter in season 4. Marc [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this by complimenting her on her nose job.
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