Betty (TV series)

Betty is an American teen comedy television series created by Crystal Moselle. The series is based on Moselle's 2018 film Skate Kitchen. It includes most of the cast of the original movie, and focuses on the Gen Z all-girl group's efforts to stand out in New York's predominantly male world of skateboarding. The series premiered on HBO on May 1, 2020.[2] In June 2020, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on June 11, 2021.[3][4] In August 2021, the series was canceled after two seasons.[5]

Betty
Betty logo.jpeg
GenreTeen comedy[1]
Created byCrystal Moselle
Based onSkate Kitchen
Directed byCrystal Moselle
Starring
Music byAska Matsumiya
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12
Production
Executive producers
  • Crystal Moselle
  • Lesley Arfin (season 1)
  • Igor Srubshchik
  • Jason Weinberg
  • Alliah Mourad
  • Annie Schmidt
Producers
  • Britta Lundin (season 1)
  • Lizzie Nastro (season 1)
  • Izabella Tzenkova (season 1)
  • Naima Ramos-Chapman
  • Ben Snyder
CinematographyJackson Hunt
Editors
  • Nico Leunen
  • Thomas Pooters
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time29–31 minutes
Production companies
  • A Dreamy Crystal Moselle Sequence...
  • Arfin Material (season 1)
  • Untitled Entertainment
Release
Original networkHBO
Original releaseMay 1, 2020 (2020-05-01) –
July 16, 2021 (2021-07-16)

Betty received positive critical reception, and was nominated for a Gotham Award for Shortform Breakthrough Series.[6][2][7]

PlotEdit

Betty follows "a tight-knit group of girl skaters and follows their everyday lives as they navigate the male-dominated world of skateboarding. The title comes from the derogatory nickname sometimes thrown at them by men."[8]

CastEdit

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

  • Caleb Eberhardt as Donald (season 1)
  • Edmund Donovan as Bambi (season 1)
  • Katerina Tannenbaum as Ash
  • Reza Nader as Farouk
  • Alexander Cooper as Charlie
  • CJ Ortiz as Luis
  • Brenn Lorenzo as Ceila (season 1)
  • Jules Lorenzo as Yvette (season 1)
  • Raekwon Haynes as Philip
  • Karim Callender Abdul as Dante (season 1)
  • Noa Fisher as Peachy (season 1)
  • Kai Espion Monroe as Kai (season 1)
  • Lil Dre as Tai
  • Andrew Darnell as Sylvester
  • Roblé Ali as Jzabel
  • Isabel Palma as Shelby
  • Rad Pereira as Victoria
  • Moises Acevedo as Micah

GuestEdit

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16May 1, 2020 (2020-05-01)June 5, 2020 (2020-06-05)
26June 11, 2021 (2021-06-11)July 16, 2021 (2021-07-16)

Season 1 (2020)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Key Party"Crystal MoselleCrystal Moselle & Lesley ArfinMay 1, 2020 (2020-05-01)0.158[11]
22"Zen and the Art of Skateboarding"Crystal MosellePatricia BreenMay 8, 2020 (2020-05-08)0.172[12]
33"Happy Birthday, Tyler"Crystal MoselleMoshe KasherMay 15, 2020 (2020-05-15)0.048[13]
44"The Tombs"Crystal MoselleBritta LundinMay 22, 2020 (2020-05-22)0.192[14]
55"Perstephanie"Crystal MoselleNaima Ramos-Chapman & Veronica RodriguezMay 29, 2020 (2020-05-29)0.148[15]
66"Ladies on Fire"Crystal MoselleLesley ArfinJune 5, 2020 (2020-06-05)0.172[16]

Season 2 (2021)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
71"Octopussy"Crystal MoselleMoshe KasherJune 11, 2021 (2021-06-11)[a]N/A
82"Blue Is the Warmest Threesome"Crystal MoselleBen SnyderJune 18, 2021 (2021-06-18)N/A
93"Sugar We're Going Down, Swinging"Crystal MoselleWally Baram & Aida OsmanJune 25, 2021 (2021-06-25)N/A
104"Sweet Tooth"Crystal MoselleCrystal Moselle & Rachelle VinbergJuly 2, 2021 (2021-07-02)N/A
115"Good Luck with That"Crystal MoselleNaima Ramos-ChapmanJuly 9, 2021 (2021-07-09)N/A
126"The Let Down"Crystal MoselleSabaah FolayanJuly 16, 2021 (2021-07-16)N/A

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On August 14, 2019, it was reported that HBO had given Betty a series order consisting of six episodes.The series is created, directed, executive produced by Crystal Moselle who also co-wrote and directed Skate Kitchen. The series is a spinoff of the film and features many of the same actors, with some tweaks to various storylines.[8] Lesley Arfin, Igor Srubshchik Jason Weinberg were executive producers alongside Moselle. Production companies involved with the series are Untitled Entertainment, A Dreamy Crystal Moselle Sequence, and Arfin Material.[18]

The series premiered on May 1, 2020.[2] On June 18, 2020, HBO renewed the series for a second season which premiered on June 11, 2021.[3][4] On August 24, 2021, HBO canceled the series after two seasons.[5]

CastingEdit

Alongside the initial series announcement, it was reported that Rachelle Vinberg, Nina Moran, Moonbear, Dede Lovelace, and Ajani Russell would reprise their roles from Skate Kitchen as series regulars.[18] As with the film, the actors play fictionalized versions of themselves.[8]

FilmingEdit

The series was filmed on-location in New York City.[2] The show has no sets.[19]

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 97% based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 7.15/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Earnest, audacious, and effortlessly cool, Betty captures the spirit of skating and friendship with style."[20] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 77 out of 100 based on 14 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[21] Betty was noted by Vogue for depicting the friendships of women, several of them queer or of color, "in a naturalistic way."[22] Ashlie D. Stevens wrote of the series in Salon, ""Betty" isn't fast-paced or bursting with dramatic turns, but therein lies its appeal. This is a show that is about watching a new generation of women empower themselves and the women around them, seemingly in real time."[10] Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times noted while "there is no nudity, that old HBO staple", that a strength of the show is "its main themes are friendship, self-knowledge, identity, equality and freedom...It feels innocent, which is not to say naive. And it is appropriately, almost casually exhilarating."[19]

The New York Times and Time named the first season to end-of-year "best new series" lists.[23][24]

The second season has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 5 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10.[25] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 74 out of 100 based on 7 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[26]

RatingsEdit

Season 1Edit

Viewership and ratings per episode of Betty
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Key Party" May 1, 2020 0.03 0.158[11]
2 "Zen and the Art of Skateboarding" May 8, 2020 0.03 0.172[12]
3 "Happy Birthday, Tyler" May 15, 2020 0.01 0.048[13]
4 "The Tombs" May 22, 2020 0.03 0.192[14]
5 "Perstephanie" May 28, 2020 0.02 0.148[15]
6 "Ladies on Fire" June 5, 2020 0.04 0.172[16]


Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Year Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
Gotham Independent Film Awards 2020 Breakthrough Series – Short Form Crystal Moselle, Lesley Arfin, Igor Srubshchik and Jason Weinberg Nominated [27]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ This episode was released early on YouTube on June 4, 2021 for free to watch, prior to its premiere on June 11, 2021, on HBO.[17]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ a b Thorne, Will (June 18, 2020). "'Betty' Renewed for Season 2 at HBO". Variety. Archived from the original on June 20, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Petski, Denise (April 28, 2021). "Jean Smart Comedy 'Hacks' & 'Betty' Season 2 Trailers Unveiled By HBO Max, HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 30, 2021. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Shafer, Ellise (August 24, 2021). "'Betty' Canceled at HBO After Two Seasons (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on August 25, 2021. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
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  7. ^ Henderson, Taylor (February 26, 2020). "New Skateboarding HBO Comedy Betty Has Some Major Gay Energy". Pride.com. Archived from the original on February 27, 2020. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
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  10. ^ a b Stevens, Ashlie D. (June 7, 2020). "HBO's "Betty" is a sun-soaked celebration of women who find freedom on skateboards". Salon. Archived from the original on November 26, 2020. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (May 4, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.1.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on May 5, 2020. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
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  17. ^ HBO [@HBO] (June 4, 2021). "The Betties are back. Watch the season two premiere of #BettyHBO for free at itsh.bo/bettys2premiere and start streaming season two June 11 on @hbomax" (Tweet). Archived from the original on June 6, 2021. Retrieved June 6, 2021 – via Twitter.
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