Netflix started out as a mail-order DVD service in the 1990s and has grown into a popular streaming service, with its own original programming and original movies. It also has co-production deals with many other studios, and, in North America, it can distribute programming from other countries whose programs might not be available in the US and/or Canada.
Rotten Tomatoes is a popular site where reviewers can submit reviews for movies and television programs, and fans can also submit their own ratings. Though a number of Netflix's most popular shows and movies sit just shy of 100% – like The OA, Stranger Things, Santa Clarita Diet, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and many others – there are still numerous Netflix shows and movies that do sit at 100%, even if they don't have a lot of reviews. While a show or movie can have 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with only one review, another can have 99% with over a dozen reviews. There are also shows and movies that end up having a lot of negative reviews and can have a higher audience score, or have negative reviews across the board.
Rotten Tomatoes has become a popular site for people to get a general consensus about how a movie or show has fared over a multitude of sources. Opinions can vary greatly, but generally speaking, it's fairly reliable in terms of getting an overall idea about some of the things that can be expected from whatever it is you are interested in watching. With this list, we're taking a look at some of the Netflix originals, and programs that have been picked up by the steaming service, that have at least 100% on RT, as well as those that have some of the lowest scores. However, it's important to keep in mind that scores on Rotten Tomatoes can change over time as new reviews and ratings are placed.
With that said, here are the 12 Netflix Originals With 100% On Rotten Tomatoes (And 8 Worst).
20 RIVER (100%)
Created by Abi Morgan and starring Stellan Skarsgård, Nicola Walker, and Adeel Akhtar, River is a show from the UK that aired on Netflix and BBC One. It focuses on John River (Stellan Skarsgård), a detective who sees deceased people -- a lot. However, whether they're really ghosts, or “manifests” as he calls them, is at times a matter of interpretation. While they occasionally have some otherworldly traits, the series seems to define them as mental manifestations.
Throughout the series, John tries to find out who ended the life of his partner. It's eventually revealed (though it's apparent from the beginning) that he was in love with her. The show received great reviews and currently has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 95% audience score.
19 EXTINCTION (40%)
Extinction was directed by Ben Young, written by Spencer Cohen, Brad Kane, and Eric Heisserer, and stars Michael Pena, Lizzy Caplan, and Mike Colter. Extinction starts out as an alien invasion movie that takes a turn when it's revealed that things aren't exactly as they seem.
When an engineer has recurring nightmares about an invasion, his attempts to warn others are ignored. Then the invasion happens, almost exactly as it did in his dreams – but some important details are vastly different. As things progress, it turns out that the situation is more complicated than initially suspected. Despite its interesting premise and execution, it had a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (now 40%), and has an audience score of 48%.
18 CASTLEVANIA (100%)
Based on video games of the same name, Castlevania is an anime series written by Warren Ellis and starring Richard Armitage (Trevor Belmont) and Graham McTavish (Dracula). In the first season, Dracula's human wife's life is ended by the people who she tried to help. After her demise, Dracula attacks the town, and the second season focuses on his continued aim to destroy the majority of humans. It also focuses on his half human, half vampire son, who still vows to stop him at any cost.
The anime has received stellar reviews and is popular with audiences. While the first season did receive less than a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the second season has thus far remained at 100%, with an 89% audience score.
17 BETWEEN (22%)
Created by Michael McGowan and starring Jennette McCurdy, Jesse Carere, and Jim Watson, Between is a Netflix series about a town where all of the people over 22 pass away, and the remaining population is unable to leave the town due to the location being quarantined. It focuses on the survival of the people who are left behind and trying to figure out exactly what happened.
Overall, the reviews and audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes aren't favorable, though the audience score is higher. The show has a 22% Rotten Tomatoes rating and a 66% overall audience score. The show has had two seasons so far, and while it appears to be canceled, its official status is uncertain.
16 CHEWING GUM (100%)
Written, directed, and starring Michaela Coel, Chewing Gum amassed fan and critical acclaim before its last season. Coel has also gone on to receive accolades for her performance in another popular Netflix show, Black Mirror. She was in “Nosedive” and had a larger role in “USS Callister”. Both episodes garnered great reviews and were highlighted as some of the best episodes of Black Mirror to date.
Chewing Gum is a comedic show about the life of Tracey Gordon and her quest to find love and sleep with someone for the first time. She navigates living in London, work life, and dating. A third season is also on its way, but this time more writers will be helping Coel out. It has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 100% and an audience score of 95%.
15 GAME OVER, MAN! (20%)
Directed by Kyle Newacheck, written Anders Holm, and starring Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson, Game Over, Man! is a comedy about three friends and their get-rich-quick ideas. However, while the “leader” of the group comes up with a lot of ideas, he doesn't realize that his friends don't like the execution of his plans. In order to avoid dealing with this, they decide to hide a project.
After a gang of criminals take over the hotel they work in, they have to band together to save themselves and the guests. Surprisingly, while many thought the movie was funny, it wasn't well-received on Rotten Tomatoes. It currently has a 20% rating, with a 48% audience score.
14 AGGRETSUKO (100%)
Aggretsuko is anime written and directed by Rarecho, and starring Kaolip, Komegumi Koiwasaki, and Maki Tsuruta. The storyline focuses on Retsuko, a little red panda who likes to sing metal music at a karaoke joint in order to relax after work. It's a funny show that explores the ins and outs of office spaces, with various cartoon animals standing in for people.
It focuses on heavy work loads, navigating the work environment, money woes, and making friends. It also delves into other subjects like being yourself, yoga, and meditation. Based on a character created for a mascot company, it has received rave reviews and is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience score of 94%. There's also a holiday special coming up, and the new season is slated to begin in 2019.
13 ELITE (100%)
Created by Dario Madrona and Carlos Montero and starring Maria Pedraza, Itzan Escamilla, and Miguel Bernardeau, Elite is a show from Spain about teenagers who attend an expensive prep school. There are the students who are popular and mean, and those who transfer to the school are often considered outsiders. Hostile competition at the school is emphasized, with students being openly pressured to outperform each other.
Soon, things take a turn when an incident at a party leads to an investigation. The show doesn't have many reviews, but the reviews it does have praise the series. It has been compared to 13 Reasons Why, another popular teen drama on Netflix. It currently has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience score of 84%.
12 TAU (20%)
Tau was directed by Federico D'Alessandro, written by Noga Landau, stars Mika Monroes, Ed Skrein, and Gary Oldman. Tau is a movie about a woman who is held captive by a psychotic inventor. While captive, she ends up forming a friendship with his AI smarthouse. She's there as part of the inventor's experiment to improve AI.
Once you get past some of the movie's clichés, especially at the beginning of the movie, it becomes an interesting tech story about identity, AI consciousness, and memory. It's a topic, by this point, that has been explored a lot, and while Tau's RT score suggests otherwise, it does have a number of interesting moments. Tau currently has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 20%, with an audience score of 49%.
11 FINAL FANTASY XIV: DAD OF LIGHT (100%)
Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light was directed by Teruo Noguchi and Kiyoshi Yamamoto, written by Kota Fukihara and Mighty, and stars Yudai Chiba, Ren Osugi, and Mako Ishino, Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light is based on a series of blog posts and is a story about a father and son who bond after the dad quits his job. They've been estranged, and the son decides to reconnect with his father by playing a video game series that was important to them when he was younger. It features a mix of live action and animation.
The movie doesn't have a lot of reviews, but the ones it has are mostly good. It has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience score of 55%.
10 CRAZYHEAD (100%)
Written by Howard Overman and directed by Al Mackay and Declan O'Dwyer, Crazyhead is a comedy-horror show from the UK that received both fan and critical acclaim. Starring Susan Wokoma and Cara Theobold, it followed the two women's characters as they learned about their unique powers and battled demons who began appearing around them.
The show was unfortunately cut short despite its popularity. The show was canceled after the first season, which caused an uproar, with many fans wondering why the show was canned so quickly. There is hope that Netflix will pick it up for a second season, but since the show ended in 2016, it looks like that's not likely to happen anytime soon, if at all. It has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 90% audience score.
9 INSATIABLE (12%)
Created by Lauren Gussis and starring Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts, and Christopher Gorham, Insatiable is a comedic show that focuses on a young girl who is teased about her weight and ends up losing most of it after she is attacked by a man she stands up to and ends up with her jaw wired shut. After she loses the weight, she decides that she wants to enter beauty pageants. She quickly becomes (on again/off again) infatuated with with her pageant coach.
The show has been criticized for being uneven, not exploring the personality of the main character, and just being bad overall. Despite this, though, it has an 84% audience score. However, it currently has a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
8 BOJACK HORSEMAN (100%)
Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and starring Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, and Alison Brie, BoJack Horseman is a comedic animated series that follows a horse as he navigates the waters of his failing acting career. Once a famous actor on a hit television show that lasted for nine seasons, Bojack now finds himself struggling to define his career 18 years later.
Bojack's journey starts with trying to write a memoir about his experiences in Hollywood. His agent, who is also his girlfriend or ex-girlfriend, encourages him to get a ghostwriter, which he eventually does. The show received both critical and fan acclaim. Seasons two and three have 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and its overall audience score is 94%.
7 TRAVELERS (100%)
Created by Brad Wright and starring MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper, and Eric McCormack, Travelers is a science fiction show about time travelers who can go back into the past by inhabiting the bodies of people who passed away at specific moments, typically through accidents. It originally aired on Showcase and is now exclusive to Netflix.
The series takes its time building and establishing the rules of the show's universe. While the travelers do have missions to change certain events, they're not supposed to interfere with individual lives unless this is part of a mission, and directives are sent through children who have no memory of giving the travelers instructions. Season one currently has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience score of 95%.
6 TRUE MEMOIRS OF AN INTERNATIONAL ASSASSIN (0%)
True Memoirs of an International Assassin was directed by Jeff Wadlow, written by Waslow and Jeff Morries, and stars Kevin James, Zulay Henao, and Andy Garcia. True Memoirs of an International Assassin is an action comedy about a writer who fictionalized the military exploits told to him by research sources.
After meeting a publisher who changes the title of his work and claims it is non-fiction, parties interested in the character in his book known as The Ghost seek the author out. He then ends up in “real life” situations similar to the ones he fictionalized. A DEA agent helps him as she tries to take on different factions by herself. True Memoirs of an International Assassin currently has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 43% audience score.
5 HAPPY VALLEY (100%)
Created by Sally Wainwright and starring Sarah Lancashire, Steve Pemberton, and Siobhan Finneran, Happy Valley is a BBC One series that's available on Netflix for North American subscribers. The crime drama follows a police sergeant who must investigate brutal crimes that hit too close to home. The show has received rave reviews.
The series has had two seasons so far and both have a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an overall audience score of 97%. It initially wasn't clear if the show would have a third season, but the third season has been confirmed. Sally Wainwright has other projects to finish first before the show will return, so a date hasn't been confirmed yet.
4 CREEP 2 (100%)
Directed by Patrick Brice, written by Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice, and starring Duplass and Desiree Akhavan, Creep 2 is a Blumhouse and Netflix horror that features a dangerously disturbed individual who feels like he's lost his creative mojo for taking people's lives. He hires a videographer to document his life over 24 hours, but things don't turn out exactly as planned. While the movie does feature some violent scenes, the main draw is the main character and his unhinged, unpredictable personality.
The movie currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience score of 74%. A third installment in the franchise is expected. Writing has already started on Creep 3, though a release date has yet to be announced.
3 THE RIDICULOUS 6 (0%)
The Ridiculous 6 was directed by Frank Coraci, written by Tim Herlihy, and Adam Sandler, and stars Sandler, Terry Crews, and Jorge Garcia. The Ridiculous 6 was not well received because of many of its poor jokes. However, at the time of its release, it was Netflix's #1 movie for over 30 days.
The movie follows six men who discover that they're all brothers and set out on a journey to find their father. While many still didn't view it favorably, some defended the movie for shedding light on and making fun of the stereotypes in older films. Aside from that, many viewers critiqued it for being uneven, according to reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. It currently has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with and audience score of 32%.
2 THE WORLD IS YOURS (LE MONDE EST À TOI) (100%)
The World is Yours was directed by Romain Gavras, written by Karim Boukercha, Noe Debre, and Romain Gavras, and stars Karim Leklou, Isabelle Adjani, and Vincent Cassel. The World is Yours is a crime drama and comedy that follows a dealer (Karim Leklou) who is down on his luck and wants to go into a legitimate business.
However, because his life savings have been stolen, he has set up shop again to make enough money to leave the business for good. In comedic fashion, he faces countless obstacles during his quest to get in and out of the crime business. While it doesn't have a lot of reviews yet on RT, the ones it has have praised it. It currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience score of 72%.
1 FATHER OF THE YEAR (0%)
Directed by Tyler Spindel, written by Brandon Cournoyer and Tyler Spindel, and starring David Spade, Nat Faxon, and Joey Bragg, Father of the Year is a comedy about two fathers who decide to find out who is the best fighter after their kids bring up the issue.
One father (David Spade's character, naturally) ropes the other father into a fight after his ego is bruised when he discovers that his child might not respect him. This doesn't turn out well, and his son eventually loses a job offer in New York, which doesn't improve their relationship. After that, more shenanigans ensue. While the movie has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, its audience score is at 57%.
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