Ugly Betty

TV review by Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Underdog heroine is a model of charm and appeal.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 42 reviews

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age 18+

Misogynistic & classist

Besides being totally inappropriate for young teens bc of the way most women are portrayed it also throws at least 2 underserved populations under the bus, while making a mockery of Betty & her immigrant family. See: psychotic case worker and Ukrainian model’s mom. Rewatching it a decade later with my teen now it’s like it’s a whole different show. There are probably other issues but we’re going to quit watching.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 10+

Fun, but a lot of body shaming.

This show is entertaining and heartwarming, although Betty is constantly being put down for her looks. Personally, I find Betty pretty attractive, despite the weird glasses. There are lots of sexual references and a bunch of scenes that indicate that there was/will be sex before or after the shot, and there are a few references that completely objectify women. Overall I found Ugly Betty really fun, but maybe talk to your Kida about body shaming beforehand.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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