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.
The pilot episode of what would later become NBC's immensely popular sitcom Seinfeld might now appear to most viewers as a "bizarro" version of the show they came to know and love. For starters, the show was actually called The Seinfeld Chronicles and is completely void of Julia Louis-Dreyfuss' character, Elaine Benes. On top of that, instead of Kramer, Michael Richards' character is known as Kessler (TV Guide listed the character as Hoffman for some reason). Despite these few unsettling differences, the episode still follows a trademark plot about nothing as Jerry and George discuss the possible reasons why Jerry's new girlfriend wants to stay over several nights. Originally airing July 5, 1989, "Good News, Bad News" featured guest appearances by Lee Garlington and Pamela Brull.