The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and
television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality
for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews
that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or
higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for
limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
Percentage of users who rate a movie or TV show positively.
Shared first writing credit with Rod Serling when he expanded Serling's A Slow Fade to Black, which aired in 1964 as part of Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, into the 1967 theatrical release The Movie Maker, starring Rod Steiger. When Columbo began as a series, he wrote the award-winning opening script ("Murder by the Book"). The episode was directed by Steven Spielberg. Cowrote the 1972 sci-fi movie Silent Running. A career detour was Cop Rock, a cop-musical series that he cocreated and produced in 1990. The ambitious, over-the-top show---in which cops burst into song while fighting crime---didn't get the acclaim of his classic Hill Street Blues and, later, NYPD Blue (to put it mildly) and lasted only three months. (Bochco had tasted a bit of failure, too, with the short-lived 1983 baseball drama Bay City Blues...which featured Dennis Franz, Sharon Stone and Ken Olin.) The man playing the violin on the TV logo for Steven Bochco Productions is in honor of his father, a concert violinist. Published the novel Death by Hollywood in 2003. Awards include the David Susskind Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, the Directors Guild of America Diversity Award in 1999 and the Humanitas Prize in 1999. Son Jesse Bochco has directed episodes of some of his shows, including Philly (2001-2002) and Raising the Bar (2008-2009). The one-time rebel (known for pushing the sex-and-violence TV envelope) acknowledged late in the 2000s that TV honchos were younger than he is and that "the network executives stay the same age and I keep getting older...they're sitting in a room with someone who's old enough to be their father and I'm not sure they want to sit in a room with their fathers."