Ugly Betty

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 28, 2006 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • In this pilot episode Betty's hair is America's actual hair. America later cut her hair since she didn't know that the show was going to be picked up, so she had to wear a wig.

    • You can spot Salma Hayek, the executive producer, on a telenovela that Betty watches on the show.

  • Quotes

    • Marc: (seeing Betty talking with Christina and two other less than attractive co-workers) Oh! The bizarro version of Sex and The City.
      Amanda: Stop it! I'm gagging!

    • Daniel: Betty, I could never compare my problems to yours, but they're mine. Nothing's ever easy.

    • Amanda: Where do you come from?
      Betty: Queens.
      Amanda: What job did you have!?

    • Daniel: (seeing Betty's braces and wide smile while introducing himself to his staff) I realize I have some awful big teeth - - shoes - - to fill.

    • Betty: (to Daniel) God forbid you have to live with the ugly girl your dad forced you to hire.

    • Amanda: (speaking about a client) Ah! She's so fabulously douchy.

    • Ignacio: So, how was your interview?
      Betty: Um... I think it was really good. I mean, they were impressed.
      Hilda: You didn't get it.
      Betty: Well they said that they had hired everyone they needed.
      Ignacio: I don't understand. You're sharp, you're prepared... Someone should have begged you to work with them the day you graduated Queens College.
      Hilda: Betty, have you thought about exploring other options?
      Betty: Hilda, I am not going to sell Herbalux.
      Hilda: I wasn't saying that... necessarily.

  • Notes

    • In Latin America, the show was translated as Betty, Mi Fea Bella, which means "Betty, my ugly beauty".

    • Awards:
      -2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.
      -2007 ALMA Award for Outstanding Writing - Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie.
      - 2007 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series.
      - 2007 Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: January 3, 2007 on TVNorge
      Belgium: March 13, 2008 on VijfTV
      Greece: July 1, 2008 on ANT1
      Latin America: November 7, 2007 on CANAL SONY

    • Featured Music:
      'Hip Teens Don't Wear Blue Jeans' by The Frank Popp Ensemble
      'She Works Hard For The Money' by Donna Summer
      'Wanna Fly' by Vassy
      'In The Car Crash' by Swayzak
      'I Like It A Lot' by Princess Superstar
      'Lo Quiere To' by Solo Dos
      'Suddenly I See' by KT Tunstall

    • The role of Wilhelmina was originally played by Charlotte Ross. However, when Ross decided to pass on the role for another ABC pilot, Pink Collar, Vanessa L. Williams was cast. Pink Collar was never picked up by the network.

    • The series was originally shot in New York. However, filming was then moved to Los Angeles.

    • Ugly Betty was originally scheduled to air on Fridays at 8/7c. However, after scheduling revisions, ABC decided to air the show on Thursdays at 8/7c.

    • ABC has decided to offer the series in Spanish also in order to recruit Hispanic viewers. Viewers have the option of watching in either English or Spanish.

    • Reports have it that ABC stopped production on Ugly Betty for a full week due to the fact that episodes were not being written fast enough.

    • The show was originally being considered as a daily serial in telenovela format. However, ABC decided to go with the weekly episode American format.

    • Ugly Betty is produced by Touchstone Television and distributed by the ABC Television Network.

    • Ugly Betty is the English version remake of the wildly popular Colombian telenovela Yo Soy Betty, La Fea, which has already been successfully translated in Mexico, India, Russia, Germany and Philippines.

    • The show was originally titled Ugly Betty, then renamed to Betty the Ugly, and finally was renamed again as Ugly Betty by ABC.

  • Allusions

    • Marc: It's a bizarre version of Sex and the City.

      Sex and the City was a popular American cable television program based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell. It was originally broadcast on the HBO network from 1998 until 2004. Set in New York City, the show focused on the sex lives of four female best friends.

    • Betty: Hilda, I am not going to sell Herbalux.

      Herbalux is a form of herbal medicine used in foreign nations.

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