Bette: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

Bette: Season 1 (2000-2001)



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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The Divine Miss M plays an exaggerated version of herself in this brash but unsuccessful sitcom that fizzled despite guest stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Danny DeVito and Olivia Newton-John.


Bette Midler
as Herself
Jon Lovitz
as Himself
Christine Dunford
as Nadine Sarnoff
Tony Danza
as Himself
Vince Grant
as Reporter
Kobe Bryant
as Himself
Brett Butler
as Herself
Tim Curry
as Himself
Dolly Parton
as Herself
John Michael Higgins
as Alex Berringer
Cheryl Carter
as Flight Attendant
Joy Behar
as Herself
George Segal
as Himself
Scott Sobol
as Protester
Michael Bacall
as Tagger No. 1
Fred Willard
as Jasper Perkins
Star Jones
as Herself
Melanie Taylor
as Harlette No. 1
Steven Houska
as Customer
Lisa Ling
as Herself
Daniel Hansen
as Louis Bracken
Rhaeann Theriault
as Harlette No. 2
Nancy Serena
as Pedestrian
Indira Tyler
as Harlette No. 3
Robert Broyles
as Older Man
Gary Janetti
as Male Flight Attendant
W. Terry Davis
as Stewardess
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Critic Reviews for Bette: Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (9)

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.

September 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

March 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

March 12, 2020 | Full Review…

There is... a lot of over-the-top physical humor, which [Bette] Midler pulls off zestfully.

September 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

September 4, 2019 | Full Review…

It has the ingredients of a much better show. The writing is sometimes sophisticated, but spotty.

March 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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