|Created by||Crystal Moselle|
|Based on||Skate Kitchen|
|Directed by||Crystal Moselle|
|Music by||Aska Matsumiya|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Running time||29–31 minutes|
|Original release||May 1, 2020 –|
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 six-episode series premiered on HBO on May 1, 2020. In June 2020, the series was renewed for a second season. Betty received positive critical reception, and is nominated for a Gotham Award for Shortform Breakthrough Series.
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."
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Key Party"||Crystal Moselle||Crystal Moselle & Lesley Arfin||May 1, 2020||0.158|
|2||"Zen and the Art of Skateboarding"||Crystal Moselle||Patricia Breen||May 8, 2020||0.172|
|3||"Happy Birthday, Tyler"||Crystal Moselle||Moshe Kasher||May 15, 2020||0.048|
|4||"The Tombs"||Crystal Moselle||Britta Lundin||May 22, 2020||0.192|
|5||"Perstephanie"||Crystal Moselle||Naima Ramos-Chapman & Veronica Rodriguez||May 29, 2020||0.148|
|6||"Ladies on Fire"||Crystal Moselle||Lesley Arfin||June 5, 2020||0.172|
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. 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.
The series premiered on May 1, 2020. On June 18, 2020, HBO renewed the series for a second season.
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. As with the film, the actors play fictionalized versions of themselves.
The series was filmed on-location in New York City. The show has no sets.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 96% based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 7.16/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Earnest, audacious, and effortlessly cool, Betty captures the spirit of skating and friendship with style." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 77 out of 100 based on 12 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Betty was noted by Vogue for depicting the friendships of women, several of them queer or of color, "in a naturalistic way." 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." 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."
The New York Times and Time named the first season to end-of-year "best new series" lists.
|1||"Key Party"||May 1, 2020||0.03||0.158||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|2||"Zen and the Art of Skateboarding"||May 8, 2020||0.03||0.172||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|3||"Happy Birthday, Tyler"||May 15, 2020||0.01||0.048||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|4||"The Tombs"||May 22, 2020||0.03||0.192||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|5||"Perstephanie"||May 28, 2020||0.02||0.148||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|6||"Ladies on Fire"||June 5, 2020||0.04||0.172||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Gotham Independent Film Awards||2020||Breakthrough Series – Short Form||Crystal Moselle, Lesley Arfin, Igor Srubshchik and Jason Weinberg||Nominated|||