Ugly Betty (season 1)

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'Ugly Betty (season 1)
Ugly Betty Season 1.jpg
Promotional poster for season 1
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 23
Original network ABC
Original release September 28, 2006 (2006-09-28) – May 17, 2007 (2007-05-17)

The first season of the American dramedy television series Ugly Betty began airing on September 28, 2006 and concluded on May 17, 2007.

In addition to the twenty-three regular episodes in season one, a special, "The Beautiful World of Ugly Betty", was aired on April 12, 2007. Another special, which was a half-hour update recapping the first ten episodes, aired during the month of January 2007 on local ABC affiliates and various cable networks.

Being produced in Los Angeles, the success of the season would lead to the production of the show's second season.


For the first season of Ugly Betty, nine characters were initially included in the main cast. Michael Urie and Kevin Sussman were originally credited as Special Guest Stars but were upgraded to regulars mid-season. However, Kevin Sussman's character was written off the show in the fifteenth episode but was still credited as a regular for the rest of the season. Rebecca Romijn's character was introduced in the middle of the season and was immediately credited as Starring.

Regular cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]


Ugly Betty follows the daily life of Betty Suarez, a promising college graduate from a struggling Latino family in Queens. She was promptly rejected at a "job interview" at Meade Publications in Manhattan based solely on her appearance (thus the series' title). However, company CEO Bradford Meade spots her and has her hired as an executive assistant to his son Daniel Meade, the newly installed Editor-in-chief at MODE magazine. Bradford is primarily motivated by his wish for Daniel to stop bedding his assistants, particularly after catching him having sex in his office with one potential applicant. Betty is passionate when it comes to journalism, but she is not very interested in fashion and is sometimes clueless about the company's motives and organizations.

Betty finds herself helping Daniel both personally and professionally. Daniel at times has been labeled a "himbo" and a "manwhore" (the latter quoted from the fictional Fashion TV). Daniel had always been outshone by his brother Alex Meade. He has no confidence in his own abilities, except as a lothario. He is not experienced in the fashion industry and was placed as the editor-in-chief of MODE solely based on his namesake. However, as the story progresses so does Daniel's potential.

Much of the plot early in the season involves suspicions surrounding the death of Daniel's predecessor, Fey Sommers. Fey's death and her involvement with Bradford Meade are used as the backdrop for a scheme to take over the company by Wilhelmina Slater, a former model currently serving as MODE's Creative Director, and a hospital patient swathed in bandages who in the later episodes would be revealed as Daniel's brother Alex, post-gender reassignment. Alex staged his own death, as he feared his family would not accept his decision to undergo the surgery. Now, Alexis avenges herself on her father by helping Wilhelmina frame him for Fey's murder. However, Claire, the family matriarch, confesses to Betty that she was the one who killed Fey, because she could no longer stand to see her husband's infidelity. Claire eventually turns herself in to the authorities in order to release her husband from jail after Betty talks her out of leaving the country.

While being detoxed at a hospital as she prepares to face murder charges, Claire names Alexis as the magazine's co-editor-in-chief in an attempt to improve the relationship between her children and her husband. It is revealed that Claire is MODE's actual owner, after Bradford started the magazine under her name to evade taxes. These circumstances give Wilhelmina a new scheme to drive a deeper wedge into the family by intensifying the Meade sibling rivalry (especially Alexis, who turned on Wilhelmina after sensing that Daniel had changed after all and decided against firing him), and manipulating Claire into signing a Power of Attorney (Claire refused). As a result of this, Wilhelmina decides to romance Bradford by offering him "a little company," manipulating him into divorcing Claire, so she can marry him and take over Meade Publications. The scheme makes Claire furious, prompting her to team up with a fellow inmate named Yoga to make a prison break so she can stop the planned November wedding.

Along the way, Daniel tones down his womanizing ways, but at a price. First, starting with Sofia Reyes, who was hired by his father to launch a new magazine, Modern Young Woman (MYW). Sofia later entices Betty (who is a fan of hers) into working with her. Unfortunately, just as Daniel proposes to her, Betty discovers that Sofia was fooling her boss; using Daniel as the subject of a cover story in order to launch the new magazine. The chain of events results in Betty quitting MYW because of Sofia's deception, even though Sophia genuinely believed in her potential. Daniel later dates lawyer Grace Chin, an old flame he once stood up back in college, after Bradford recommend that she represent him. But thanks to Wilhelmina's scheming and Alexis' hatred for her father, that romance ends quickly as well. After a deceptive scheme by Lena and Petra, a mother/daughter team who tricked him into believing that Petra was a teenager and would almost lose his job, only to be foiled by Betty after she learns that Petra was an adult, Betty told Daniel that he might be a sex addict due to his family problems and recommended that he seek help. Unfortunately, after taking the advice of a doctor who was also a former sex addict, Daniel starts taking medication that he eventually becomes addicted to. Later, he is beaten up by a drug dealer and eventually ends up overdosing on the pills.

In between her conspiring, Wilhelmina also tries to win the approval of her father, (a United States Senator), attempts to discipline her rebellious daughter Nico (who, despite not acknowledging it, shares her mother's traits), and starts a relationship with retail mogul Ted LeBeau (which disintegrates as a result of his own family problems). In addition, she is embroiled in an ongoing rivalry with Italian cosmetics/fashion mogul Fabia, which includes sabotaging an ad campaign, using "duck sauce" as an anti-aging product, and making a trade for a wedding date.

Wilhelmina's former ally, Alexis, has been ostracized and abandoned by her friends post-surgery. Because of her transgender status, she becomes the target of a bet between male patrons at a bar (Wilhelmina punched the winner out to avenge Alexis). She also has issues with her brother Daniel based on their old sibling rivalry, in addition to all the new developments in their family. Alexis's relationship with her father has also gone downhill, prompting her to hire a hitman to cut the brakes on Bradford's car after he paid a creative director from MODE's Brazilian counterpart, Rodrigo Veloso, to romance Alexis (an idea set up by Wilhelmina). Unfortunately, Alexis ends up taking the car herself after learning of Daniel's drug overdose, and in the process of driving him to a hospital, the two crash into a tree and are left unconscious as the season ends.

Some of Betty's co-workers, particularly receptionist Amanda Tanen and fellow assistant Marc St. James often ridicule her appearance and constantly taunt her. They often easily trick Betty due to her naïveté and trusting nature (she ate gluesticks after being led to believe by Marc that she was eating white chocolate, and showed up to work in a butterfly outfit for Halloween party that was fabricated by the assistant). Despite their dislike for her, the two are willing to work with Betty at times. Their personal issues have been addressed, such as Marc multi-tasking for Wilhelmina, mostly in plotting against Daniel, taking advantage of her takeover plans, taking side jobs by tipping off retailers, and coming out to his mother (who would reject him). Wilhelmina even forces him to test his close relationship with Amanda, leading him to trying to keep the receptionist on board at MODE.

On the other hand, Amanda was one of Daniel's many paramours, until she realized that he would never commit. In addition to her binge eating she attempted to replace Betty and would find herself the target of a series of pranks made by another Meade employee after she received a Hobble Dress that she thought came from a designer. She also had a relationship with a straight designer named Tavares, who was pretending to be gay so he can get his designs noticed, but would end the relationship after he took advantage of her generosity. Prior to working at MODE, Amanda was an actress (one of her former roles was working as a "Serving Wench" at a restaurant), but when the offers dried up her father got her a "Lifetime Receptionist" job. Amanda would later find out why she got her job after she stumbled upon Fey's secret "Love Dungeon", where she would learn that Fey kept pictures of her as a child and a birth certificate that revealed Fey as Amanda's mother.

Betty did briefly befriend a group of similar outcasts. Her best friend and confidant at MODE is Christina McKinney, the Scottish seamstress. Christina's goal is to be a fashion designer. But in pursuing her goal, she finds herself becoming an unwilling minion of Wilhelmina's when she is coerced (by winning a spot at Fashion Week) into turning a package to the police that results in Bradford's false arrest. Fearing that Wilhelmina will manipulate it to look as if she was responsible, Christina goes along with her bidding to protect her friendship with Betty whom upon discovery she fears will turn on her, which eventually did happen after she invited her to a club. However the two would make up and Christina offered to give Betty any info on Wilhelmina's schemes. Christina would also find herself getting locked up with Amanda after learning that Amanda found the "Love Dungeon", where after the two end up intoxicated, told Amanda that she was married to an insurance auditor back in Scotland and that she walked out on him. Christina would be the one who opened the safe that contained Amanda's birth certificate and photos.

At the Suarez home, Betty's father, Ignacio, is a former chef and ex-boxer whose health problems (he has heart problems and has been warned not to drink any products that has caffeine in it) is one of the reasons Betty needs to work. But after learning that he avoided an HMO provider and discovering that he used the name of a person who was old 117 years and dead, Betty and Hilda learned that Ignacio is an illegal immigrant who had not applied for residency as he murdered the abusive ex-husband of his[Ignacio's] now deceased wife Rosa (Betty and Hilda's mother) in his home country of Mexico. His residency status, however, depended on responding to romantic tactics from his caseworker, Constance Grady, which would be thwarted after learning that Constance was fired for being too involved in her clients. After an effort to obtain a visa was denied, Ignacio was told to stay in Mexico, unaware that he is currently the target of a revenge plot 30 years after he murdered the banker, now that he has returned to his home country.

All this puts the Suarez family in a legal bind, as they also struggle to deal with Betty's older sister Hilda, who is unemployed after the health supplement company she represented is placed under investigation by the government. In addition, Hilda became the victim of a scam perpetrated by Leah Stillman, an attorney Hilda hired to help Ignacio gain American citizenship. Leah takes a large cash deposit from the family after they retain her services, and then vanishes. After several setbacks in her attempts to find a real job, Hilda later her talent for cosmetology. Hilda and her pre-teen son Justin, whose interests have sparked questions about his sexual orientation, slowly let Justin's father Santos, a gambler who runs into trouble with loan sharks, work his way back into their lives as he attempts to understand his son. Santos eventually asks Hilda to marry him, and Hilda says yes. Unfortunately, the wedding plans take a tragic turn when Santos is shot and presumably killed trying to foil an armed robbery.

In between these events, Betty also finds herself dealing with a pair of romantic situations. At the beginning of the season, Betty discovers that her long-time boyfriend Walter has cheated on her with her next-door neighbor Gina Gambarro. Betty reluctantly takes him back, but eventually realizes that she had lost her attraction to him and they ultimately parted ways. After the split, Betty thinks that she had found a soulmate in Henry Grubstick, an accountant at Meade Publications. However, Henry's on-again/off-again flame Charlie shows up, prompting Betty to hold off on her pursuit of Henry. But the friction between Henry and Charlie, whose relationship has been on the rocks, heats up as Charlie becomes jealous of Betty and tells her to back off. After seeing a vision in Mexico that she thought was Henry, Betty discovers that he might be the right person for her, and when she returns she tells him that she wants to be with him. Henry and Charlie have just broken up, and he and Betty begin seeing each other. Unfortunately, Charlie shows up in the middle of their first date at Betty's house to say that she is pregnant, crushing Betty's dreams. But Betty later learns that Charlie had been cheating on Henry with Betty's orthodontist, Dr. Gabe Farkas, after Betty introduced him to Charlie at Charlie's birthday party. As Henry and Charlie prepare to go back to Arizona, it is unclear whether Henry or Gabe is the actual father of Charlie's unborn child.


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No. in
Episode title Writer(s) Director U.S. viewers
Original air date
1 1 "Pilot" Silvio Horta Richard Shepard 16.32 September 28, 2006 (2006-09-28)
Betty lands a job as an assistant at a fashion magazine, but her employer wants to make sure her first week on the job will be her last.
2 2 "The Box and the Bunny" Silvio Horta Sheree Folkson 14.26 October 5, 2006 (2006-10-05)
Betty must find the mock-up of the magazine cover featuring a movie star; Bradford becomes more interested in the private life of the supposedly deceased Fey.
3 3 "Queens for a Day" Marco Pennette James Hayman 13.95 October 12, 2006 (2006-10-12)
Betty uses her Queens connections to lure an in-demand photographer for a series of shoots; Bradford seeks out the car that killed Fey; Wilhelmina prepares for a big date.
4 4 "Fey's Sleigh Ride" Sheila Lawrence Tricia Brock 13.17 October 19, 2006 (2006-10-19)
Betty reluctantly teams up with Marc and Amanda to find out who leaked the ideas for a Christmas photo shoot to a rival magazine; Daniel and Wilhelmina are forced to pair up in order to beat the magazine's deadline; Justin visits MODE for a school project.
5 5 "The Lyin', the Watch and the Wardrobe" Donald Todd Rodman Flender 13.14 October 26, 2006 (2006-10-26)
Betty is the only one in the office to dress for Halloween; Wilhelmina tries to squeeze into a dress that doesn't fit her; Daniel visits his mother and questions his father about his affair with Fey.
6 6 "Trust, Lust, and Must" Cameron Litvack Jamie Babbit 13.62 November 2, 2006 (2006-11-02)
After Daniel falls in lust with a beauty in the MODE lobby (played by Salma Hayek in the first of a three-episode arc), he asks Betty to find out who the mysterious woman is. In the meantime, Wilhelmina has to deal with the strong character of her daughter after she comes home from boarding school, while Betty and Hilda get unexpected news as the sisters try to raise cash for a special cause.
7 7 "After Hours" Dailyn Rodriguez James Hayman 12.81 November 9, 2006 (2006-11-09)
Betty takes a break from her escalating family troubles when she's assigned to review a posh new hotel. Meanwhile, Daniel is dismayed when Sofia Reyes and her team take up residence in the MODE conference room, and Wilhelmina prepares to go a little bit country to woo a mega rich Texan to advertise his stores in MODE.
8 8 "Four Thanksgivings and a Funeral" Marco Pennette Sarah Pia Anderson 12.95 November 16, 2006 (2006-11-16)
Daniel, to his dismay, must attend his family's Thanksgiving gathering at the Country Club along with Claire (who was just released from the institution), Bradford. ..and Sofia. Amanda and Marc decide to create their own festive gatherings at MODE. There is also a dinner at The Suarezs', where Santos, Justin's father, will be in attendance as he brings gifts to his kid that would please all boys his age. Meanwhile Betty does a little more investigating on lawyer Leah Stillman before she hires her to represent Ignacio. And Wilhelmina hosts a Thanksgiving dinner as well but her feast doesn't look as good as it does in the magazine pictures she envisions.
9 9 "Lose the Boss" Oliver Goldstick Ken Whittingham 8.74 November 23, 2006 (2006-11-23)
Betty is left alone during an important photo shoot during which the photographer, Bruno, has come up with questionable concepts. Meanwhile, Daniel spends the day with Betty's family helping to decorate their Christmas tree while also recovering from a hangover. Mr. Green interrogates a mortician about the remains of a client. Ignacio gets in trouble with Immigration and Customs.
10 10 "Fake Plastic Snow" Veronica Becker & Sarah Kucserka James Hayman 13.02 November 30, 2006 (2006-11-30)
It's Christmas time at MODE, as Betty questions her relationship with Walter and her feelings for Henry. Daniel, on the other hand, is sure of his love for Sofia (Salma Hayek), despite her doubt, and Marc frantically tries to win over Wilhelmina in fear of losing his life. Meanwhile, Amanda vies for Betty's position as Daniel's new assistant by planning and executing a perfect MODE holiday party that fills the office with styrofoam snow and holiday wishes.
11 11 "Swag" James D. Parriott Tamra Davis 11.65 January 4, 2007 (2007-01-04)
Betty helps Daniel entertain a Japanese designer who is visiting the magazine; Christina's swag giveaway causes mayhem among the employees; Wilhelmina is targeted by the accounting department and from behind the scenes.
12 12 "Sofia's Choice" Silvio Horta James Hayman 13.49 January 11, 2007 (2007-01-11)
Betty discovers that Sofia's other assistant(portrayed by Becki Newton) looks like a dead ringer for Betty; Surprises await at a strip club; Ignacio gets a caseworker; Wilhelmina starts showing her nice side after Ted returns.
13 13 "In or Out" Myra Jo Martino Michael Spiller 14.10 January 18, 2007 (2007-01-18)
Betty consoles a heartbroken Daniel by setting him up with a supermodel, as Wilhelmina starts setting things up to take Daniel's job away... and along with that, Christina and Amanda's as well; Hilda goes into business for herself after Herbalux is recalled; the "mystery woman" is revealed.
14 14 "I'm Coming Out" James D. Parriott Wendey Stanzler 14.00 February 1, 2007 (2007-02-01)
As Fashion Week nears, Betty is stunned that Daniel has hired Hilda to help with the preparations, while Daniel is stunned over Bradford's plans to hand over Meade Publications; an old friend causes Daniel to return to old habits (after Daniel tries to seduce her); Christina prepares to test the designer waters; Wilhelmina tests out a new line of cosmetic products; Amanda and Marc set their sights on a sought-after designer outfit; a bombshell will be dropped, affecting all parties involved.
15 15 "Brothers" Shelia Lawrence Lev L. Spiro 14.27 February 8, 2007 (2007-02-08)
Everyone is in for a shocking reaction as Alexis shows up and drops more surprises for those involved, especially the Meades (who are now fighting among themselves), Betty (who has to play mediator for the dysfunctional clan) and Wilhelmina (who's using this backdrop as part of her expanded plans); Betty is asked out on a date by Henry and is in for a surprsing announcement from Walter; Hilda learns that Justin was in a fight at school and is surprised to learn that Santos now wants to be more involved in Justin's upbringing.
16 16 "Derailed" Cameron Litvack James Hayman 13.66 February 15, 2007 (2007-02-15)
A blizzard in New York City could derail Christina's plans to create a designer gown for a high-profile celebrity; Betty and Walter finally go their separate ways, but Betty's way to Henry's heart is stopped at the tracks by his visiting girlfriend, Charlie; Claire is suspected by Betty in Fey's death; Santos returns to prove to Justin that he can be a father; Daniel and Alexis become co-EICs at MODE, a move that makes Wilhelmina furious and suspicious.
17 17 "Icing on the Cake" Dailyn Rodriguez Jeff Melman 10.80 March 15, 2007 (2007-03-15)
Betty asks her orthodontist (played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson) out for a date after she is invited by Henry to Charlie's birthday party; Wilhelmina resorts to plan B as she tries to have Daniel and Alexis turn on each other; Daniel tries to keep Alexis from finding out about hiring Grace Chin (Lucy Liu) as Alexis keeps Bradford from leaving jail; Amanda is amused when a designer makes her his "muse" and sends her a silver rubber hobble dress named after her.
18 18 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Sarah Kucserka, Veronica Becker & Marco Pennette Tricia Brock 10.41 March 22, 2007 (2007-03-22)
Marc, promising to help Betty with inside info for Daniel, convinces her to pretend to be his "girlfriend" when his suspicious mom, Mrs. Weiner (Tony winner Patti LuPone), arrives in town. Things go from bad to worse when Mrs. Weiner invites herself to dinner at the Suarez home and Betty's whole family has to play along with the charade. Meanwhile, Daniel and Alexis struggle to work together after their mom - who actually owns MODE - names them co-editors-in-chief of the magazine.
19 19 "Punch Out" Oliver Goldstick Miguel Arteta 9.46 April 19, 2007 (2007-04-19)
Betty attempts to keep Daniel focused on his work, but he's tempted to return to his partying ways; Fey's secret diaries becomes a sought-after prize, thanks to Wilhelmina, Alexis and a tell-all writer who has the books in her possession; Constance pressures Ignacio into restarting their 'romance' again.
20 20 "Petra-Gate" Harry Werksman & Gabrielle Stanton Paul Lazarus 9.62 April 26, 2007 (2007-04-26)
Betty finds herself alone after learning the truth about Daniel, Christina and Henry; Daniel tries to get over his latest breakup; For the first time as a woman, Alexis is asked out by a guy; Amanda flirts with a designer she thinks is gay; Wilhelmina attracts an unlikely suitor; Santos is ready to surprise Hilda.
21 21 "Secretaries' Day" Henry Alonso Myers Victor Nelli, Jr. 10.68 May 3, 2007 (2007-05-03)
Betty juggles her task of bailing her family out of legal problems while setting things up for MODE's assistants' party, but the place she picks to hold the event could bring back memories for Amanda in more ways than one; Alexis ponders about accepting Rodrigo's offer; Daniel seeks Betty's help for his sexual addiction; Hilda prepares for her exam; Wilhelmina makes her bold move to take over MODE.
22 22 "A Tree Grows in Guadalajara" Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally Lev L. Spiro 9.63 May 10, 2007 (2007-05-10)
The Suarezes travel to Mexico in an effort to help Ignacio obtain a visa, and at the same time reconnect with more lost relatives, who could provide Betty with the answers about her late mother and Ignacio's real identity; Alexis' former flame from her former life as Alex has now fallen for brother Daniel; Marc becomes jealous over Amanda's new gay friend; Wilhelmina tries to makeover her latest beau; Another "fea" shows up.
23 23 "East Side Story" Silvio Horta & Marco Pennette James Hayman 10.50 May 17, 2007 (2007-05-17)
Betty and Henry's romance heats up, but then hits a stumbling block when Charlie announces she is pregnant. Henry and Charlie return to Arizona, but Betty later learns that Charlie cheated on Henry and the child may not be his. Meanwhile, Wilhelmina plans her wedding to Bradford, while Daniel descends further in a drug-induced downward spiral. Justin plays the lead in his school's production of West Side Story, while Santos is shot in a convenience-store robbery (and presumed killed). Claire makes a break from prison, while Daniel and Alexis are involved in an accident, where the brake lines of their car were purposely cut by the man Alexis hired to kill her father.


United States[edit]

In the following summary, "Rating" is the estimated percentage of all televisions tuned to the show, and "Share" is the percentage of all televisions in use that are tuned in, "viewers" is the estimated number of actual people watching, in millions, while "ranking" is the approximate ranking of the show against all prime-time TV shows for the week (Sunday to Saturday).

Episode Title Airdate Rating[1] Share[2] 18-49[3] Viewers Rank[4]
1 "Pilot (aka I Am Not Going to Sell Herbalux)" September 28, 2006 10.7 17 5.5 16.32 #9
2 "The Box and the Bunny" October 5, 2006 9.5 15 4.9 14.26 #18
3 "Queens for a Day" October 12, 2006 9.3 15 4.4 13.95 #21
4 "Swag" January 4, 2007 7.8 12 3.9 11.65 #22
5 "Fey's Sleigh Ride" October 19, 2006 8.9 14 4.3 13.17 #21
6 "The Lyin', the Watch and the Wardrobe" October 26, 2006 8.9 14 4.3 13.14 #21
7 "Trust, Lust, and Must" November 2, 2006 9.3 14 4.4 13.62 #22
8 "After Hours" November 9, 2006 8.6 13 4.1 12.81 #27
9 "Four Thanksgivings and a Funeral" November 16, 2006 8.9 14 3.9 12.95 #23
10 "Lose the Boss?" November 23, 2006 5.3 11 2.9 8.74 #48
11 "Fake Plastic Snow" November 30, 2006 9.0 14 4.3 13.02 #21
12 "Sofia's Choice" January 11, 2007 10.4 16 4.4 13.49 #14
13 "In or Out" January 18, 2007 9.5 15 4.5 14.10 #14
14 "I'm Coming Out" February 1, 2007 9.3 14 4.8 14.00 #13
15 "Brothers" February 8, 2007 9.1 14 4.7 14.27 #20
16 "Derailed" February 15, 2007 9.1 14 4.5 13.66 #19
17 "Icing on the Cake" March 15, 2007 7.4 12 3.5 10.80 #19
18 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" March 22, 2007 7.4 13 3.2 10.41 #24
19 "Punch Out" April 19, 2007 6.7 12 3.0 9.46 #25
20 "Petra-Gate" April 26, 2007 6.8 12 3.1 9.62 #29
21 "Secretaries' Day" May 3, 2007 7.1 12 3.6 10.68 #27
22 "A Tree Grows in Guadalajara" May 10, 2007 6.6 12 2.9 9.63 #32
23 "East Side Story" May 17, 2007 7.1 13 3.5 10.50 #25

United Kingdom[edit]

Ugly Betty was aired on Channel 4 on a usual time of Fridays at 9.00pm.

Episode # Title Airdate Rating (Millions)[5] Rank
1 "Pilot (aka I Am Not Going to Sell Herbalux)" January 5, 2007 4.89m #4
2 "The Box and the Bunny" January 12, 2007 3.53m #13
3 "Queens for a Day" January 19, 2007 5.27m #5
4 "Swag" March 23, 2007 2.20m #16
5 "Fey's Sleigh Ride" January 26, 2007 4.07m #9
6 "The Lyin', the Watch and the Wardrobe" February 2, 2007 3.42m #8
7 "Trust, Lust, and Must" February 9, 2007 3.30m #10
8 "After Hours" February 16, 2007 3.12m #8
9 "Four Thanksgivings and a Funeral" February 23, 2007 3.32m #3
10 "Lose the Boss" March 2, 2007 2.98m #8
11 "Fake Plastic Snow" March 9, 2007 2.71m #9
12 "Sofia's Choice" March 30, 2007 2.36m #12
13 "In or Out" April 6, 2007 2.16m #12
14 "I'm Coming Out" April 13, 2007 2.48m #5
15 "Brothers" April 20, 2007 2.58m #5
16 "Derailed" April 27, 2007 2.25m #15
17 "Icing on the Cake" May 4, 2007 2.34m #7
18 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" May 11, 2007 2.24m #13
19 "Punch Out" May 18, 2007 2.63m #10
20 "Petra-Gate" May 25, 2007 2.51m #6
21 "Secretaries' Day" May 25, 2007 2.60m #4
22 "A Tree Grows in Guadalajara" June 1, 2007 2.59m #11
23 "East Side Story" June 8, 2007 3.28m #9

DVD release[edit]

DVD name Ep # Release dates Additional Features
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First Season - The Bettyfied Edition 23 August 21, 2007 September 24, 2007 October 31, 2007 This six disc box set contains all 23 episodes from the first season.

The 23 episodes, along with bonus footage and unaired extras, are featured in "Ugly Betty: The Complete First Season — The Bettyfied Edition", which is distributed internationally by Buena Vista Home Entertainment. According to TV Shows on DVD, BVHE released the six-disc set on August 21, 2007 and is available in regions 1 (United States and Canada), 2 (European territories) and 4 (Asia and Australia). The features include a look at the show's best and worst fashions, a Spanish audio track, a discussion with the cast on the show's origins, and a behind-the-scenes documentary with commentary from the production, set, and costume designers on the program. The discs are presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and have a total running time of 992 minutes/946 minutes R4.

Among the features:

  • "Becoming Ugly"
    • America Ferrera and the cast discuss what it means to get Bettyfied
  • "A La MODE"
    • Behind-the-scenes with production, set and costume designers to discover how the world of MODE was created
  • "Green is the New Black"
    • See the high fashion of Manhattan and coziness of Queens all created on a Hollywood sound stage
  • Deleted scenes
  • Audio commentaries
  • Bloopers


Despite never having a physical or digital release a soundtrack of the series. This music was used during the first season of the series.