Streaming leviathan Netflix hasn't skimped on true crime as it has upped its output of original content. But for all the immersive intrigue surrounding Making a Murderer, The Keepers, and its other episodic docu-series, crime-based programming remains primarily a voyeuristic pleasure -- true stories and topics that, while scintillating, are still far removed from our daily lives. The danger and the atrocities are kept at a safe distance.
With Rotten, Netflix's new food-focused docu-series, brought to you by the folks behind Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, the shocking revelations arrive like a punch to your gut. The six-episode season tackles corruption, crime, and controversy in the food industry, such as the alarming prevalence of fraudulent seafood in the United States and the strong-arming practices of Big Garlic (yes, there really is a "Big Garlic"). In other words, this is not a food series designed to make you salivate. There are no slow-mo tracking shots of braising while some French chef you've never heard of waxes poetic about the intrinsic joys of duck confit. This is a particularly unappetizing must-watch for everyone who eats food. So... everyone.