Winter/Spring TV Scorecard 2016

With more and more shows being released jockeying for your attention, Rotten Tomatoes offers up our Winter/Spring 2016 TV Scorecard where we rank new and returning shows by Tomatometer. We’re updating this countdown every Monday with new scores and critics responses, so say goodbye to being stuck with bad binges this season!

 

#102
Critics Consensus: The visibly low-budget Hunters unsuccessfully searches for a well-executed plot in a forest of common tropes and cheap clichés.
Synopsis: Inspired by author Whitley Strieber's novel "Alien Hunter," Season 1 of "Hunters" follows Baltimore FBI agent and former soldier Flynn... [More]

Rosewood: Season 1 (2015)
9%

#101
Adjusted Score: 10.913%
Critics Consensus: Rosewood comes up anything but roses with a poorly written, ill-paced, and overall insubstantial entry in the crowded procedural genre.
Synopsis: Private pathologist Dr Beaumont Rosewood Jr (Morris Chestnut) helps the Miami police department solve its toughest cases, whether they want... [More]

Heartbeat: Season 1 (2015)
20%

#100
Adjusted Score: 20.583%
Critics Consensus: Heartbeat is a Frankensteined drama made up of hospital genre cliches and unlikable characters, though the cases-of-the-week are sporadically interesting.
Synopsis: Melissa George stars in the one-season-and-done medical drama as heart-transplant surgeon Alex Panttiere, who bucks convention on the job at... [More]

Adjusted Score: 25.117%
Critics Consensus: Beyond Borders relies on the same characters and storylines the franchise has used for years, with an extra undertow of xenophobic paranoia.
Synopsis: The International Division of the FBI investigates cases involving Americans in abroad.... [More]

#98
Adjusted Score: 30.885%
Critics Consensus: Second Chance boasts a few interesting ideas and Robert Kazinsky's game performance, but there aren't enough functioning parts in what's ultimately yet another mediocre take on the Frankenstein myth.
Synopsis: A disgraced former police officer gets a chance at redemption after he's resurrected by a billionaire and his bioengineer twin... [More]

Crowded: Season 1 (2015)
32%

#97
Adjusted Score: 32.203%
Critics Consensus: A talented cast is left with no room to flourish in Crowded, a misfire whose dated feel is compounded by a pronounced lack of laughs.
Synopsis: Empty nesters see their plans change when their grown daughters move back home and his folks decide to stick around... [More]
Directed By: James Burrows

#96
Adjusted Score: 37.42%
Critics Consensus: After the initial dose of nostalgia, Fuller House has little to offer to anyone except the original series' most diehard fans.
Synopsis: The Fuller house fills up fast in season one, with DJ, Stephanie, Kimmy, and the kids tackling everything from room... [More]

#95
Adjusted Score: 13.82%
Synopsis: Sketch comedy series featuring comedy shorts and in-studio segments filmed in front of a live audience at the Alexandria Hotel... [More]

Dice: Season 1 (2016)
43%

#94
Adjusted Score: 43.466%
Critics Consensus: The Dice man is back with a few surprisingly funny guest stars, but they're not enough to salvage a series of unfunny storylines.
Synopsis: This semi-autobiographical comedy series follows the life of renowned comedian Andrew Dice Clay, portraying himself. The series chronicles the stops... [More]
Directed By: Scot Armstrong

#93
Adjusted Score: 39.256%
Critics Consensus: Bordertown's controversy-rich premise is an idea disappointingly ill-served by its execution, which repeatedly mistakes crass, desperate gags for topical humor.
Synopsis: Animated misadventures of two culturally and ethnically different families who live next door to each other in a southwest desert... [More]

Adjusted Score: 25.266%
Critics Consensus: Of Kings and Prophets tries to add a Game of Thrones-inspired spin to the Old Testament, but ends up an aimless muddle.
Synopsis: A Biblical saga that chronicles the fall from grace of Saul, the first king of Israel, and the rise of... [More]

Flaked: Season 1 (2016)
35%

#91
Adjusted Score: 36.164%
Critics Consensus: Dull and pointless, Flaked makes it uncomfortably clear that the man-child persona is no longer compelling.
Synopsis: A self-appointed ''guru'' named Chip falls for the object of his best friend's desire.... [More]

#90
Adjusted Score: 27.64%
Critics Consensus: Those Who Can't is sporadically funny, but its attempts at light-hearted comedy are undone by derivative writing and a crude, somewhat depressing tone.
Synopsis: Three thirtysomething high-school teachers struggle to motivate their students as well as themselves.... [More]

Rebellion: Season 1 (2016)
40%

#89
Adjusted Score: 13.959%
Synopsis: A period drama that chronicles life in post-World War I Ireland as seen through the eyes of three young women,... [More]

#88
Adjusted Score: 42.024%
Critics Consensus: Banish thee from the airwaves, oh Angel from Hell, for sins of commonplace sitcom triteness and obnoxious use of an iconic comedic lead.
Synopsis: An oddball guardian angel offers guidance to a high-strung New York doctor.... [More]

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  • Troy Kleasner

    Why is number 5 only 77% surrounded by 100% on both sides?

  • simon

    To each, I guess.

  • Ragnar Lodbrok

    For every negative review this season I simply shouted “SHIELD WALL”

  • Felipe G

    Why is Vikings on top if it has less reviews and a lower average rating?

  • BPods

    I give this list an Incomplete.

  • Pinkk

    When you see the 100% have a total of 8 reviews compared to those with lower scores, not to sure on this list :p

  • TomNewYorker

    My 10 Favorite New Shows of 2016, so far, are

    1-Fuller House
    2-Superstore
    3-Legends of Tomorrow
    4-The Real O’Neals
    5-The People Vs. O.J. Simpson
    6-Recovery Road
    7-Crowded
    8-School of Rock
    9-Teachers
    10-Baskets

    My 10 Favorite Returning Shows of 2016, so far, are
    1-Shameless
    2-Family Guy
    3-Daredevil
    4-The Goldbergs
    5-The Flash
    6-Gotham
    7-Black-ish
    8-The Carmichael Show
    9-American Crime
    10-Mom

    • stellabystarlite

      I have the whole season Baskets on my DVR since I haven’t had time to watch it yet…looking forward to binge-watching the whole thing when I have more free time after the college semester ends. I have all of OJ too, but I’m on the fence about if I want to see that. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reactions to that one.

      • Poncho-Da-God

        You’ll be disappointed

  • d12

    I am early i got a joke

    daredevil

  • Dennis Bowers

    What is the basis for this list? No Flash, no Supergirl, but Legends of Tomorrow is listed?

    • Catalyst

      Shows that started their runs in the spring. Flash and Supergirl started their runs in fall and are continuing. Granted, WD is also on the list. On second thought, no idea.

  • dfsfdv

    Isn’t fair because OB’s only had one episode… but so far so amazing

  • Poncho-Da-God

    Dice is pretty good. The second episode is classic. Game Of Thrones should be #1 on the list.

  • JFH

    The Americans is great! It proves that you don’t need superheroes, monsters, magic, CGI, blood, and endless action to create an amazing show. Whatever happened to storytelling.

  • J_S_Mastropiero

    Gotham 90% Flash 100% Agents of shield 100% Supergirl 90% Agent Carter 80%…..Daredevil 75% Something is fundamentally broken with Rotten Tomatoes…or critics

  • Doofy69

    This list is poopy.

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