Rotten Tomatoes is now going to expand its “Fresh” or “Rotten” ratings to TV shows. Starting September 17, the critic aggregate site will launch “TV Zone,” where Tomatometer scores can be found for television series’ seasons (but not by individual episode).
Reviews will cover all the new scripted series airing this fall, as well as primetime shows that have aired within the last four years and have received coverage from major media outlets (as defined by RT). For series that extend farther back than four years, like popularly recapped “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men,” reviews from earlier seasons will also be included.
As with films, TV show seasons must receive a 60% or higher in order to be “Fresh.” Variety points out that Rotten Tomatoes will have to do extra leg work, to make sure a season’s initial rating (usually based on reviews of the first few episodes) remains in keeping with the show’s entire season run. RT’s Matt Atchity points to NBC’s “Smash” as an example: “People liked it in the beginning, then critics seemed to turn on it.”