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Why ‘Ugly Betty’ Was a Really Big Deal

By Jorge Rivas, Colorlines

April 20, 2010The remarkable “Ugly Betty” ended its five-season, primetime run last Thursday night, and the TV landscape’s a lot flatter for the loss. Say what you will about the ABC dramedy’s quality over the past couple seasons. The show featured a cast of brown-skinned characters that were unprecedented in primetime television. The series featured smart and strong Latinas, a powerful Black woman and even an undocumented father from Mexico. Not to mention the show’s humanistic handling of its gay and transgender characters. Just one of these characters would radicalize most primetime TV shows.

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