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.
This program is part of the American Experience series produced by PBS. In this episode, the viewer returns to the early days of television. One of the biggest programs of that era was The $64,000 Question. Viewers were riveted to their television sets as contestants vied for the big prize. The revelation that the show was fixed, with contestants being fed answers in advance, caused a broadcasting scandal and viewer disillusionment. Archival clips of this famous show on CBS are presented as well as some clips from its competitors. Personal recollections and commentary by historians put the phenomenon's impact in perspective.