Channel Surfing: Ugly Betty

by Jen on October 26, 2006

So what does your intrepid reviewer do when faced with a broken hand and no ability to type for two months? Aside from a single hysterical tantrum that I’m deeply embarassed by, she goes channel surfing that’s what. And look at what I found! A show that’s family friendly, incredibly cute and you know…GOOD.

Meet Betty. On first glance, she wouldn’t seem like the sort of person you’d find at a high fashion magazine. But thanks to Salma Hayek and the nice folks at ABC that’s exactly what happens in this American version of the Colombian telenovela Yo Soy Betty La Fea. Hayek, who is best known for her movie roles, steps into the role of creative force for a show that’s a lot like what LDS girls go through each and every day. Betty may not be the prettiest girl on the outside, but in a working environment that’s anything but normal she’s a positive, friendly force that can’t help but shape the world around her.

America Ferrera stars as the irrepresible Betty, and it’s her gifted performance that keeps this show from being anything but ordinary. She has an excellent sense of comedic timing, and her smile lights up the screen as she’s faced with situations that are nothing like her working-class roots. But that’s what the real beauty of this show is to me. As members of the Church, we’re sometimes put in situations we’ve never encountered before when we’re out in the world or even with our friends. While we might not be as funny as Betty, it’s a nice change to see someone on television stick to who she truly is.

Overall, this is a show worth watching. While there are some moments that are a bit on the PG-13 side, it’s a show you can enjoy pretty safely. Just promise me that you’ll follow Betty’s example in life, not in clothes.

Catch Ugly Betty Thursdays on ABC, and check out Betty’s website for some advice of conquering any situation.

-Jenn Untch
Liberty, Missouri
indigojenn at earthlink dot net
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Anonymous November 6, 2006 at 2:58 pm

I have watched parts of a few episodes, and I didn’t like this show. I just couldn’t get over all the innuendos. Also, I can’t help but wonder if Hollywood is round-aboutly mocking Betty. Maybe the show needs a little more time to prove itself, but of the bits I’ve tasted, it was kind of sour.

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Anonymous November 19, 2006 at 11:47 am

I like the show- The innuendos aren’t all that bad it’s MUCH milder than anything i’d hear at school- a very refreshing change. It is sweet and shows you don’t have to have a two inch waist to live in the world.

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