Critic Consensus: Though a bit cutesy in spots, Bette has a sharp eye for biting satire and lets its lead star shine in an outrageously zesty performance.
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as Nadine Sarnoff
as Alex Berringer
as Flight Attendant
as Tagger No. 1
as Jasper Perkins
as Harlette No. 1
as Louis Bracken
as Harlette No. 2
as Harlette No. 3
as Older Man
as Male Flight Attendant
This is the opposite of career suicide. With good-natured pizazz and an inspired premise, she [Bette Midler] delivers the funniest new sitcom this season.
It's cute in a "we're all TV insiders" way, but also a little too obvious. Maybe if "Bette" were the first show to acknowledge a cast change it would seem fresh. But "Roseanne" did it first and did it better.
The pilot episode is full of very funny physical comedy, witty show-biz inside jokes and the sort of sheer outrageousness that gives it more energy than six of your average sitcom episodes.
There is... a lot of over-the-top physical humor, which [Bette] Midler pulls off zestfully.
Just when you think the sitcom genre might finally have run out of gas, along comes Bette Midler in "Bette" to show how many more wild laughs, witty repostes and moments of keen cultural satire are left in the tank.
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