revenge of the extras
I think Ugly Betty is one of the most daring shows to come out of American TV. The fact that it also happens to be very funny and engaging only makes it even more extraordinary. The show has completely turned its nose on a culture that worships fair skinned anorexics and ditzy blondes. Obviously, Betty is the complete opposite of the typical Hollywood lead star. America Ferrera is short, meaty, and most of all, she is of Hispanic descent.
And in this show, the Hispanic-American and the African American actors and actresses get all the best parts. Something that was completely unheard of decades ago. The Caucasian actors, on the other hand, fill the background.