The BEST Episodes of Rotten

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 24, 2020

Network: Netflix

This docuseries travels deep into the heart of the food supply chain to reveal unsavory truths and expose hidden forces that shape what we eat.

Bitter Chocolate

#1 - Bitter Chocolate

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 4, 2019

For much of the world, chocolate is pure pleasure. But the long journey from bean to bar is packed with misery. Can an upstart company turn the tide?

star 8.57
49 votes
The Avocado War

#2 - The Avocado War

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 4, 2019

The avocado's rise from culinary fad to must-have superfood has made it a lucrative crop -- and a magnet for money-hungry cartels.

star 8.36
56 votes
Troubled Water

#3 - Troubled Water

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 2019

The explosive growth of the bottled water industry has driven corporations to dip into public water supplies and left vulnerable citizens thirsty.

star 8.25
48 votes
A Sweet Deal

#4 - A Sweet Deal

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 4, 2019

Exploited workers, altered ecosystems, political power plays: Behind the scenes, Big Sugar is anything but refined.

star 7.74
43 votes
High on Edibles

#5 - High on Edibles

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 4, 2019

New marijuana laws have sparked a surge in edible goodies, but this fast-changing foodscape comes with risks for consumers.

star 7.60
45 votes
Milk Money

#6 - Milk Money

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 5, 2018

To boost profits, some dairy farmers are switching to produce upscale organic milk, or even "raw" unpasteurized milk, but it comes with the risk of pathogens which can sicken and even kill consumers.

star 7.57
111 votes
Directors: Lucy Kennedy
Writers: Lucy Kennedy, Ted Schillinger
Lawyers, Guns and Honey

#7 - Lawyers, Guns and Honey

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 5, 2018

Explores the new global honey business, and largest food fraud investigation and prosecution in history—a scam known as "honeygate."

star 7.51
212 votes
Writers: Chris Cechin-De La Rosa, Lucy Kennedy, Ted Schillinger
Reign of Terroir

#8 - Reign of Terroir

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 4, 2019

In the south of France, frustrated winegrowers go to extremes to stave off cheap imports from Spain and new competition from China.

star 7.50
48 votes
Garlic Breath

#9 - Garlic Breath

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 5, 2018

A lucrative and controversial commerce relationship between the U.S. and China forms the backdrop for a David-and-Goliath tale of loyalty, betrayal and revenge on the American garlic scene.

star 7.33
138 votes
Directors: David Mettler
Writers: Chris Cechin-De La Rosa, David Mettler, Ted Schillinger
The Peanut Problem

#10 - The Peanut Problem

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 5, 2018

In the last twenty years, there’s been a surge of people suffering from severe food allergies. A look at the swelling body of science around this change, and the accountability of restaurateurs in caring for their most vulnerable customers.

star 7.31
150 votes
Writers: Chris Cechin-De La Rosa, Ted Gesing, Ted Schillinger
Big Bird

#11 - Big Bird

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 5, 2018

From the lowliest hen to the richest magnate, the size and scale of chicken-growing has determined the fate of every player in this expansive food chain.

star 7.29
119 votes
Directors: Ted Gesing
Writers: Ted Gesing
Cod is Dead

#12 - Cod is Dead

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 5, 2018

In the wake of overfishing in New England, the U.S. government stepped in to regulate and save the fisheries. The unintended result was a wave of consolidation that set the stage for massive criminal exploitation.

star 7.16
104 votes
Directors: David Mettler
Writers: David Mettler, Ted Schillinger