TV series about a looks challenged hispanic tries to make it at a big time fashion publication
One of the few bona fide hits of the 2006-2007 TV season, the hour-long serialized dramedy Ugly Betty was based on the internationally popular Colombian telenovela Yo Soy Betty, la Fea ("I Am Betty, the Ugly"), with a few dashes of the recent … see full wiki
Good comedy and satire have an element of truth. Unfortunately, Ugly Betty is so divorced from reality that it isn't even funny. I just don't get why anybody would watch the show. Everything from the clothing and sets to the relationships seems bizarre. The storylines and acting are simply unbelievable. The characters do things that no sane person would ever do in real life, such as dressing up in a hotdog suit for a news report or pretending to kiss an imaginary person at your desk at work or e-mailing a nude photo of yourself to a mass e-mail list accidentally. At the end of the day, an average viewer like me simply can't connect to the show or the characters because they are so unlike anything I deal with in life.
And by the way, for people who work at a fashion magazine, what do these characters wear? They supposedly work in a professional media publication and yet come to work dressed like clowns. In one recent episode they came dressed to work wearing beads from a cult. Really? If the producers of the show had ever stepped into a corporate office, the would notice that people generally wear business suits or slacks and a buttoned shirt. The ensemble and sets just make the show seem like a farce rather than actual comedy.