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Rotten Tomatoes Launches TV Zone, to Give Fresh or Rotten Ratings to TV Shows

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 16, 2013 at 2:03PM

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).
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'Breaking Bad'
'Breaking Bad'

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."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.