'Ugly Betty' vs. 'Desperate Housewives': Which show has the best new kid?

Juanitadaniel_lTwo of my favorite ABC series have gone the "add a child!" route, but in the battle between Desperate Housewives Juanita (Madison Lovato) and Ugly Betty‘s Daniel Jr. (Julian De La Celle), it’s no contest (obvs)! Let’s compare, shall we?

Juanita
Fun: Overindulges in cake
Active: Hops on a city bus (alone!) to thwart Gaby’s unsubtle exercise scheme
Playful: Engages in game of ‘tag’ with mom’s convertible
Stylish: Rocks pink princess dresses
Bonus points: Likes her veggies covered in processed cheese

Daniel Jr.
Dreary: Refuses to eat meals
Passive: Locks self in room to thwart dad
Hostile: Sprays Betty with silly string, causing motorcycle crash
Frumpy: Long, floppy locks decidedly age-inappropriate
Automatic penalty: Whines in French

The winner: Juanita, by a landslide! (Even better, the kid has brought out a completely new yet totally hilarious aspect of Gaby’s [Eva Longoria Parker] personality.) Of course, you can add to Juanita’s tally, or place a vote for little Daniel, in the comments section below!

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  • Ceballos

    This is clearly Juanita.
    That actress is adorable, while every time Daniel Jr. is on screen I try to imagine plausible scenarios to write the kid out of Daniel’s life.

  • Dee

    I have to vote for Juanita too. Normally I try to give kids a break, but Daniel Jr. is painful to watch, he is not funny and drags down the show.

  • Leo

    I must say they both bored me to death, but Daniel Jr. is just plain unwatchable!

  • bradywrites

    When I watched the season premiere of Ugly Betty last week, it took me a minute to realize who the kid is – despite never missing an episode last year. Clearly I blocked Daniel Jr. from my brain.

  • Jelana

    Daniel Jr. is not a good addition. UB already has one of the greatest kids on any show — JUSTIN!!! I like Juanita, the only thing that bugs me about her is the actress playing her is clearly at least seven years old.

  • SP

    Juanita of course!!! Is there gonna be a Dirty Sexy Money Recap on EW??!!!

  • Lynny

    JUANITA! She has momma’s attitude too.

  • Marc

    Seeing Juanita playing tag with the convertable made me want to have kids! I want my own little Juanita!

  • Strepsi

    It’s ironic that the much more diverse and dippy Ugly Betty added a boring white kid! Maybe they should cross over, as Gabby becomes a stage mom determined that Juanita live out her own failed modeling dreams – at MODE. I’d rather see Juanita on UB than Daniel Jr. While we’re on the topic of kids, BRING BACK EVIL ANDREW. Where’s the soap villain who slept with his own mom’s sexaholic boyfriend, out of spite? (best plot point ever in the show.) Evil Andrew again please!

  • EP Sato

    I already called Daniel Jr. “Cousin Oliver”, but to reiterate, Ugly Betty needs to return to form and get rid of that kid as soon as possible.
    It’s weird though, but it seems a lot of shows changed their premise lately. I miss the days when the vacation accross the USA or the addition of a kid was a temporary thing, or a “very special” episode during sweeps week before everything got back to normal.
    Desperate Housewives moves forward 5 years and Carlos is still blind? Eva Longoria’s bloated and unpretty now? Bree lost her grandson and she’s still undermining her redheaded colleague? What have they done to Wysteria Lane?
    Fox’s show “Duet” did a five year fast forward between seasons once, and the idea seemed odd and unnecessary back then. Facts of Life changed stores and hostesses before adding their annoying kid character. Family Matters waited until the end to make Steve Urkell cool. Again, why change the premise?

  • actingup

    I find both annoying (once established shows start adding kids you know the show is in trouble – that or adding a dog) – but Juanita is better than that horrible kid on “Ugly Betty”. Just get rid of him and Daniel. The show is going down hill fast – I didn’t laugh once at the season premiere Focus on Betty’s family (love Justin – now he is the best kid on TV) and Willie and Marc and Amanda.

  • joze

    When I saw Dan I thought:”AWwwwww”
    When I saw Jun I thought:eyyyyyyyyy…hum???…ok…as if Gabrielle would ever let her kid be this unhealty..the whole episode was dull for me! Everyboby was out of carhacter!

  • joze

    When I saw Dan I thought:”AWwwwww”
    When I saw Jun I thought:eyyyyyyyyy…hum???…ok…as if Gabrielle would ever let her kid be this unhealty..the whole episode was dull for me! Everyboby was out of carhacter!

  • canuck1975

    Juanita.
    No contest.

  • toodles

    from the looks of it, the actress that plays juanita on DH is obese and heading towards morbid obesity. i hope her parents are trying to help her get healthy.

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