Like much of America, the Rotten Tomatoes staff is working remote right now, doing the responsible thing and “social distancing.” And like much of America, and the world, we’re spending a lot of our time – when we’re not working, of course – catching up on the shows and movies waiting for us on our watchlists, and digging around the various streaming services to find previously undiscovered gems. Every week for the next little while, we will be highlighting what our staff members are watching while at home in the hope that we’ll inspire you to discover something new and Fresh, and that you can watch along with us. 

The Boys: Season 1 (2019) 85% (Amazon Prime Video)

Before the series returns for season 2 this summer, catch up on the Certified Fresh first season of the alt-superhero series, in which the villains are (mostly) the characters with powers. A thoroughly satisfying binge, The Boys season 1 requires fewer hours than most workdays – and is a helluva lot more fun. The series stars Jack Quaid as unassuming nice-guy Hughie Campbell, who crash-lands into a world of vigilante vengeance after a superhero inadvertently kills his girlfriend. Karl Urban is unhinged head superhero-hunter Billy Butcher, and Antony Starr is large-and-in-charge super-powered a–hole Homelander. Erin Moriarty, as powered up-and-comer Starlight, brings the humanity, while Elisabeth Shue’s Madelyn Stillwell is corporate greed incarnate. – Debbie Day, Senior TV Editor

Where to watch: Amazon

Commitment: 8 hours

Rick and Morty 94% (Cartoon Network)

It’s hard not to fall in love with this hilarious, absurd, and sometimes viscerally disgusting animated sci-fi show that’s actually a painfully accurate depiction of family drama and dysfunction. The plot is simple: A boy and his narcissistic, alcoholic, scientific genius grandfather go on an adventure every episode. But meta references, deep cuts, and heartache come at you fast and each season warrants multiple viewings, so you may just find yourself binge-watching the four-season series more than once. Wubba lubba dub dub, indeed. – Sara Ataiiyan, Review Curator

Where to Watch: Adult Swim, Hulu, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes

Commitment: Approx. 15 hours

The OA 84% (Netflix)

Seeing is definitely believing with The OA, a slightly bonkers, but mostly totally brilliant metaphysical mystery. It’s not a show you can fold laundry to; from epic dimension-hopping dance moves to deeply felt character moments, The OA lives and breathes in its constantly spiraling lore. And boy, does it spiral. Creator/star Brit Marling is captivating as Prairie, a missing young blind woman who is found with her vision restored – and whose discovery shakes a small suburban town. The cast around her is equally capable: Jason Isaacs, Phyllis Smith, Sharon Van Etten, Emory Cohen, and Paz Vega are great, and joined by the glorious Zendaya in the show’s second season. The series is probably not for everyone, but those willing to learn its movements will find rich rewards in each passing chapter of Prairie and company’s entangled tales. Though it was unfortunately cancelled after its second season, The OA is worth watching if you’re looking for a show that will truly challenge your expectations, both of the medium and reality. Or if you’ve just finished Watchmen and are looking for a new show that features strange cephalopods. – Haña Lucero-Colin, TV Curation Manager

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 16 hours

Marcella 70% (Netflix)


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Anna Friel is brilliant in the lead role of DS Marcella (pronounced Mar-chella) Backland, a London detective who returns to the force after a decade-long leave just as a serial killer returns. With her dissolving marriage and unexplained blackouts, she may be more of a mystery than the case she’s trying to solve. Marcella is a dark British crime drama that has a suspenseful first season, followed by a slightly slower second season, and is well worth the 16-episode, two season-investment (even with a cliff-hanger ending). And, with a rumored third season in the works, it’s a great time to play catch-up – Jennifer Jevons, Senior Social Media Strategist

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 16 hours

Columbo  (Amazon Prime Video)


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Columbo is the comfiest, coziest show about murder ever made. Every episode, a guest celebrity (ranging from Leonard Nimoy to William Shatner to Ruth Gordon) offs another member of high-society out of passion or premeditated personal gain. Enter L.A. Police Lieutenant Columbo, played to bumbling perfection by Peter Falk, whose insistently circuitous speech and drab appearance lulls crooks into a haughty sense of false superiority. The show reverse-engineers the whodunnit structure by revealing the murderer and the motive in the opening of each episode, with most of the episode framed from their point of view. The joy is in watching how they’ll get caught. The other joy is, of course, Falk himself. The brilliant conceit of his character is that he is always in “character” – how much of Columbo’s lack of social graces and apparent incompetence is real, and how much of it is a front to lure suspects out? You never see any of Columbo’s personal life (though he frequently mentions a never-seen wife); he exists only within the context of the crime. I see shades of this type of character drama in Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman (imagine if we never got to meet Jimmy McGill) or The Dark Knight’s Joker (we never see him at home base or making plans, only executing them). Five must-watch episodes are “Murder by the Book” (directed by a 24-year-old Steven Spielberg), “Suitable for Framing,” “A Stitch in Crime,” “Any Old Port in a Storm,” and “Try and Catch Me.” – Alex Vo, Editor

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Commitment: 100 hours

One Day at a Time 99% (Netflix)

There’s no better time to binge One Day at a Time, the modern remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom that centers around a Cuban-American family in gentrifying eastern Los Angeles. The series ran for three seasons on Netflix before the streamer gave it the ax and, after fan outcry, was saved by Pop TV. Before season 4 premieres on that channel on March 24, give the first three seasons a binge: the show is heartfelt, hilarious, and shows the old multi-camera sitcom format can work if you have the right people behind of and in front of those lenses. Speaking of: Rita Moreno is a flamboyant standout as scene-stealing abuela Lydia, while Justina Machado gives a star turn as matriarch and military veteran Penelope. Bonus: The show is feel-good (we need that) and kid-friendly. – Joel Meares, Editor-in-Chief

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 19 hours

Castlevania 94% (Netflix)

This video-game adaptation follows warrior, a wizard, and a half-human half-vampire prince as they battle Dracula and his minions. And we know what you’re thinking: most video-game adaptations are not great – we love them, but Assassins Creed isn’t winning Oscars anytime soon. That said, recent movies like Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog have shown us glimmers of hope in the genre, and on the TV side, Castlevania is by far the best of what we have to offer. A faithful adaptation of the beloved Konami game series, the Netflix series expands the world of the labyrinthian game from the ’80s into a compelling adventure with incredible voice performances and thrilling fight scenes. With the last two season rated 100% Fresh, critics agree its worth a watch and now would be the perfect time to start the series as season three was just released. Perhaps you could dust off your old Nintendo or download the original game afterwards if you are feeling suddenly nostalgic. – Jacqueline Coley, Editor

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: 9.5 hours

Check out our regular March Binge Guide. Thumbnail image Ali Goldstein/Netflix, Netflix, Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video

MASH, (back, l to r): William Christopher, Gary Burghoff, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr, (front): Loretta Swit, Harry Morgan, Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, 1972-83, TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved, Courtesy: Everett Collection

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FALL 2019 TV SURVEY: 20 TV Shows That Defined the 1970s

For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked thousands of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.

We asked Rotten Tomatoes users which TV show screams “The ’70s,” and they chose a show about an Army surgical unit set during the Korean War in the 1950s. M*A*S*H took 71% of the vote, followed by Happy Days (66%), All in the Family (64%), Charlie’s Angels (605), and 1970s Saturday Night Live (50%).

Who ruled the ’70s? The M*A*S*H cast (18%), followed by Carol Burnett (13%), Farrah Fawcett (10%), Henry Winkler (9%), and Bill Murray (6%).

Read on to see which other TV titles placed in the top shows of the 1970s chosen by RT readers.

Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.

Synopsis: Brainiac Velma, jock Fred, fashionista Daphne, hippie Shaggy, and Shaggy's highstrung, talking Great Dane, Scooby-Doo, climb into their green van,... [More]



Roots (1977)

Synopsis: A 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley's book tells the story of African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to... [More]



Taxi (1978)

Synopsis: This Emmy-winning sitcom follows the lives of a group of cabbies in New York. The employees of the Sunshine Cab... [More]

Sesame Street (1969)

Synopsis: A longtime favorite of children and adults, and a staple of PBS, "Sesame Street" bridges many cultural and educational gaps... [More]

Columbo (1971)

Synopsis: "Columbo" isn't the typical detective whodunit TV show. On most detective shows, viewers don't know who committed the crime until... [More]
Directed By: Vincent McEveety

The Muppet Show (1974)

Synopsis: A fantastic medley of sweet and mischievous, Jim Henson's Muppets, including Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, produce a weekly... [More]

Synopsis: "We're moving on up, to the East Side, to a deee-luxe apartment in the sky ... ." This spinoff from... [More]

Synopsis: Based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's series of "Little House" books, this drama series revolved around the 1870s adventures of the... [More]

Synopsis: Best friends, roommates and polar opposites Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney work together at the Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee and... [More]

Mork & Mindy (1978)

Synopsis: Mork, an alien from the planet Ork on a mission to Earth to study human behavior, travels to 1970s Boulder,... [More]

Synopsis: Comedian and stage actress Carol Burnett, who first gained popularity during her stint on "The Gary Moore Show," hosted this... [More]

Synopsis: Mary Richards is a thirty-something single woman who settles in Minneapolis after breaking up with a boyfriend. She lands a... [More]

The Brady Bunch (1969)

Synopsis: Here's the story ... of a man named Brady, an architect widower with three sons: oldest Greg, middle son Peter... [More]
Directed By: Sherwood Schwartz

Synopsis: Live from New York for more than four decades, celebrity hosts join an award-winning ensemble cast to perform comedic sketches,... [More]
Directed By: Lorne Michaels

Synopsis: The show that ushered in the phrase "jiggle TV" features three beautiful police academy-trained private detectives whose cases always seem... [More]
Directed By: Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts

Synopsis: "All in the Family" is touted as the series that brought reality to prime-time TV entertainment. The lead character, Archie... [More]
Directed By: Norman Lear

Happy Days (1974)

Synopsis: Set in 1950s and 1960s Milwaukee, this series tells the story of the Cunningham family -- father Howard, mother Marion,... [More]

M*A*S*H (1972)

Synopsis: Members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital care for the injured during the Korean War and use humor to... [More]

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