Otherwise, you’re clearly missing out.
In case you’re not familiar with Rotten Tomatoes, it’s a review-aggregation website for film and television. That means that it collects reviews from critics in both print and online and then combines them to establish a general score for the movie or, in our case, TV series. If the show gets a red tomato (Fresh), critics think it’s good. Series with green tomatoes (Rotten), on the other hand, generally fail to impress.
For a show to be Certified Fresh, it has to gain a score of over 75%, which ensures that the majority of critics gave it a positive rating. For it to earn a perfect score, all critics must agree it’s worth watching, since even one bad review will impact the 100% score negatively. As a result, while individual episodes or seasons of TV series can have a perfect score, it’s more difficult for a show to maintain an overall 100% score as time goes by, especially when it’s been on the air for a while. For instance, Game of Thrones boasts a 94% score, The Wire is at 95% and Breaking Bad at 96%. These three shows are undoubtedly exceptional, we’re simply mentioning their scores to explain why being 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes isn’t a breeze.
Of course, ratings shouldn’t be the only factor to consider when deciding whether to watch a new show or not. It all comes down to your personal preferences. You can very well love a series critics loathe, or hate a series they can’t stop praising. However, being 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes means that the show excels from all perspectives – acting, writing, plotting and so on. Hence, it’s a safe bet for your watchlist and you should check out at least a few episodes to see what all the fuss is about. To get you started, we’ve gathered 10 series with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score as of August 2018. Get binging!
Top 10 series with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score
- Master of None
- The Good Place
- Jane the Virgin
- Happy Valley
- Chewing Gum
- BoJack Horseman
- Big Mouth
1. Master of None (2015)
Created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, Master of None follows Dev, a young actor struggling to navigate romance and life in New York. The show explores deep themes like sexuality, immigration, relationships, dating and casual racism. Moreover, despite the familiar premise, it does so with a lot of humour, honesty and heart.
Master of None will stay with you long after you finish watching, as it delivers poignant observations about life and culture without sacrificing its light tone. It’s also hilarious, so much so that it won’t feel like you’re watching prestige TV, but simply having a good time with a bunch of charming characters. Looking back, though, you may be surprised to find that the series also gave you a lot to think about.
- Aziz Ansari as Dev
- Eric Wareheim as Arnold
- Lena Waithe as Denise
- Stream it on Netflix
2. Fleabag (2016)
Fleabag is a delightful British dramedy that centres on a young woman as she navigates modern life in London. Similar to Master of None, the show’s premise is incredibly basic. And yet, both series tell multidimensional tales about life, love and everything in between. Fleabag may start as a simple collection of moments from a single girl’s life, but it quickly evolves into a compelling story about loneliness and grief.
This is mostly thanks to its creator and star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, also responsible for Killing Eve, one of the best series to come out this year. Fleabag was adapted from her acclaimed one-woman play of the same name.
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Fleabag
- Sian Clifford as Claire
- Jenny Rainsford as Boo
- Bill Paterson as Dad
- Stream it on Amazon Prime Video
3. The Good Place (2016)
Once in a blue moon, a show so whimsical comes along that you have to drop everything and tune in immediately. The Good Place is just that kind of show. Hilarious, original, and forking fun. The premise? Eleanor wakes up and finds out that she has died and ended up in an afterlife called the Good Place. Problem is she wasn’t what you’d call a good person, so she was probably sent there by mistake. As a result, she has to hide her naturally bad habits from those around in order to avoid being kicked out.
The Good Place is a charming comedy about the afterlife. It’s hilarious and lively, it’s weird and subversive, it’s well-written and brilliantly casted. You’ll be hooked from episode one.
- Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop
- Ted Danson as Michael
- William Jackson Harper as Chidi Anagonye
- Jameela Jamil as Tahani Al-Jamil
- Stream it on Netflix
4. Jane the Virgin (2014)
Jane the Virgin is a loose adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen. As a result, it relies heavily on telenovela tropes, but instead of taking itself too seriously, it manages to brilliantly satirize said tropes and deliver a funny and heartwarming story. Additionally, Gina Rodriguez offers a performance for the ages, lighting up every scene she’s in.
The series centres on Jane, a young virgin who accidentally becomes impregnated via artificial insemination. After breaking the unexpected news to both her religious family and devoted fiancé, Jane must learn how to cope with the pregnancy, especially after finding out that the father is a former crush.
- Gina Rodriguez as Jane Villanueva
- Andrea Navedo as Xiomara Villanueva
- Justin Baldoni as Rafael Solano
- Yael Grobglas as Petra Solano
- Stream the delightful series on Netflix.
5. Happy Valley (2014)
Dark and suspenseful, Happy Valley follows Catherine Cawood, a police sergeant in West Yorkshire. In the first season, she’s still trying to cope with her daughter’s suicide of a few years prior. She becomes obsessed with finding the man that drove her child to take her own life, who just got released from prison, while also investigating a kidnapping that goes terribly wrong.
Sarah Lancashire is perfect as the lead, portraying a woman who’s struggling with her own inner demons but still managing to be extremely capable at her job. It’s refreshing to watch a series centring on a middle-aged female detective, since most shows of this calibre tend to feature men in the prominent role. Not only that, but the series is also tremendously well written and directed, so much so that it will make you care deeply about the characters almost instantaneously.
- Sarah Lancashire as Catherine Cawood
- Siobhan Finneran as Clare Cartwright
- Shane Zaza as Shafiq Shah
- Charlie Murphy as Ann Gallagher
- You can stream Happy Valley on Netflix.
6. Chewing Gum (2015)
Chewing Gum is an odd little show. It follows Tracey, a 24-year-old virgin living in London, who spends most of her time trying to get laid, in spite of her religious background. The series is structured around a series of fourth-wall-breaking monologues which allow Michaela Coel, the lead, to showcase her impressive acting chops and land plenty of laughs in the process.
A burst of life and colour, Chewing Gum is an awkward comedy about sex, religion and relationships. Yet, the show has an underlying sweetness that’s impossible to resist. As an added benefit, it will definitely make you feel better about your own sex life.
- Michaela Coel as Tracey
- Danielle Walters as Candice
- Robert Lonsdale as Connor
- Shola Adewusi as Joy
- Stream it on Netflix.
7. BoJack Horseman (2014)
Imagine every live-action character Will Arnett has ever played blended together in one anthropomorphic horse and you have Bojack Horseman. This story of a washed up equine actor seemed at first to be Netflix’s Family Guy or American Dad. However, it’s so much more than that. Bojack is eternally chauvinistic and narcissistic, but unlike most sitcoms or cartoons, Bojack’s character actually goes through a lot of growth and characterisation over its three seasons, thanks to a strong cast of supporting characters like Alison Brie’s Diane, Lisa Kudrow’s Wanda and Paul F. Tompkins’s Mr. Peanutbutter.
It’s not exactly what you would expect from a bizarre comedy about talking animals, but that’s what you get with Bojack.
- Will Arnett as BoJack Horseman
- Aaron Paul as Todd Chavez
- Alison Brie as Diane Nguyen
- Amy Sedaris as Princess Carolyn
- Stream it on Netflix.
8. Big Mouth (2017)
If you enjoyed outrageous and unabashedly filthy animated comedy, Big Mouth is a must-watch. Extremely witty, original and downright filthy, the series revolves around a bunch of middle schoolers and the manifestations of their pubescence – from masturbation, menstruation to pubes and mood swings. Almost every moment of the series is covered in graphic and lurid detail, with hilariously relatable results.
- Nick Kroll as Nick
- John Mulaney as Andrew
- Jessi Klein as Jessi Glaser
- Jordan Peele as The Ghost of Duke Ellington
- Stream it on Netflix.
9. Lovesick (2014)
It seems that there’s no shortage of exceptional British series in the current TV landscape and Lovesick is one of the most inventive of the bunch. A sitcom about love and relationships, it centres on three friends – Dylan, Evie and Luke. When Dylan finds out that he has chlamydia, he has to contact all his former flames to get tested as well. As a result, episodes are built around a flashback detailing an important moment in one of Dylan’s past relationships, while also following the three friends as they go about their lives in the present.
There are a lot of great things about Lovesick, from its charming cast to its engaging structure. However, its greatest strength is the ability to offer a completely fresh take on the will-they-won’t-they couple.
- Johnny Flynn as Dylan
- Antonia Thomas as Evie
- Daniel Ings as Luke
- Joshua McGuire as Angus
- The series is available to stream on Netflix.
10. River (2015)
River is a short, six-part British drama, so it won’t take you too long to get through it. That’s both a good and bad thing, since you will crave more as the end credits roll. The show centres on detective inspector John River, who is haunted by all sorts of visions of his recently murdered colleague. As he tries to figure out who killed her, his fractured mind will trap him between the living and the dead. This excellent drama has more to offer than your typical crime show, since it deals with loss, grief and personal tragedy. With each episode, the show gets deeper and darker, taking viewers on a wild and surprising ride.
- Stellan Skarsgård as John River
- Nicola Walker as Jackie ‘Stevie’ Stevenson
- Lesley Manville as Chrissie Read
- Stream it on Netflix.