Rotten: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1

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Critic Ratings: 7


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User Ratings: 60
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Air date: Jan 5, 2018
Air date: Jan 5, 2018
Air date: Jan 5, 2018
Air date: Jan 5, 2018
Air date: Jan 5, 2018
Air date: Jan 5, 2018

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In a world where huge global supply-chains are increasingly intertwined and consolidated, this series starts on your dinner plate... and follows the money to the shocking consequences--intended or not--of regulation, innovation and greed.

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Critic Reviews for Rotten Season 1

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Rotten has its structural flaws as entertainment, but it's hard to imagine any viewer not being compelled to check grocery labels more carefully in the future.

Jan 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Like the best documentary efforts, it puts forth these stories with the idea that a more informed audience is a healthier one.

Jan 8, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is not a food series designed to make you salivate. There are no slow-mo tracking shots of braising while some French chef you've never heard of waxes poetic about the intrinsic joys of duck confit.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Though it's being pushed as true-crime, Rotten remains an educational volume, and perhaps one we need right now.

Jan 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Difficult at first, Rotten soon becomes a riveting watch.

Jan 10, 2018 | Full Review…

As a whole, Rotten doesn't stink, but fitting to its title, it's not that fresh or appetizing either.

Jan 7, 2018 | Full Review…

[It] probably sounds like a lot of "could be better" for a series I'm marking with the "you have to watch this" stamp. And I guess it is. I stand by my statement, though: You have to watch this.

Jan 5, 2018 | Rating: 7.1/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rotten: Season 1

  • Aug 31, 2019
    Very critical information for EVERYBODY who eats food!!
  • May 19, 2019
    very biased documentary. Very much Anti-China. Particularly didn't like the episode about Garlic. I found Avrum to be rather greedy people who were out to gain something for little work. If you actually focussed on your farming instead of these ridiculous cases maybe your farm wouldn't be in trouble...your cause was not high and mighty/ was selfish and greedy to begin with. It's a bit naive of them to think otherwise anyway. Why would any lawyer be so actively trying to take down a company.
  • Nov 20, 2018
    Show fails to use any semblance of journalistic integrity. Sensationalizes and distorts, the show is more interested in story telling then truth telling.
  • Jul 05, 2018
  • Jun 30, 2018
    Very informative and interesting series.
  • Feb 17, 2018
    Fascinating look at the supply chain of key food items (honey, peanuts, milk, garlic, poultry and fish) and how corporate greed corrupts the food trade. Insightful and gripping.
  • Jan 16, 2018
    If you love hearing stories about corruption, under-regulation, wrong-headed regulations, and the failures of capitalism, then you will like this show. Rotten could have been so much better if they hadn't left so many opportunities to educate the viewer about what constitutes healthy and dangerous dietary practices on the table. Episode 2, "The Peanut Problem", talks about the main eight allergenic foods but, never once mentions that at least four of the eight foods are antigenic and should be avoided by virtually everyone. Peanuts (and all legumes), soy, wheat (and virtually all grains) and dairy are not acceptable sources of food for people who wish to be healthy. Episode 6, "Cod is Dead", mentions farm-raised fish but, fails to point out that it isn't fit for human consumption because, it is loaded with dangerous levels of carcinogens. Instead the whole episode chose to focus primarily on wrong-headed regulations. The information is interesting if not downright irritating but, it would have made for much better entertainment if more useful information would have been included.
  • Jan 16, 2018
    This movie was to soft
  • Jan 11, 2018
    This was filmed well but their angle was disappointing. The makers are always on the side of farmers/ harvesters and poo poo issues like the environment, overfishing, and animal cruelty (which is hardly mentioned although about half of the episodes are about animal agriculture). I expected much more, after watching other documentaries like What the Health, Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives, etc. This was not very hard hitting. For example, in the last episode they lambast the implementation of fishing quotas in New England, without fully explaining the seriousness of the issue. Scientists think we might have fishless oceans by 2050! And they think cod and blue fin tuna are on the brink of extinction! I just don't think it is the right tone to take in this genre.
  • Jan 10, 2018
    This series is DEFINITELY worth watching.

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