The BEST Episodes of Rotten

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2019

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.

Troubled Water

#1 - Troubled Water

Season 2 - Episode 3

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

star 8.88
8 votes
The Avocado War

#2 - The Avocado War

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 8.73
15 votes
Bitter Chocolate

#3 - Bitter Chocolate

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 8.43
7 votes
Reign of Terroir

#4 - Reign of Terroir

Season 2 - Episode 2

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

star 7.90
10 votes
High on Edibles

#5 - High on Edibles

Season 2 - Episode 6

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

star 7.80
5 votes
Milk Money

#6 - Milk Money

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 7.58
86 votes
Directors: Lucy Kennedy
Writers: Lucy Kennedy, Ted Schillinger
Lawyers, Guns and Honey

#7 - Lawyers, Guns and Honey

Season 1 - Episode 1

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

star 7.54
181 votes
Writers: Chris Cechin-De La Rosa, Lucy Kennedy, Ted Schillinger
A Sweet Deal

#8 - A Sweet Deal

Season 2 - Episode 4

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

star 7.50
4 votes
The Peanut Problem

#9 - The Peanut Problem

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 7.32
123 votes
Writers: Chris Cechin-De La Rosa, Ted Gesing, Ted Schillinger
Garlic Breath

#10 - Garlic Breath

Season 1 - Episode 3

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 7.30
109 votes
Directors: David Mettler
Writers: David Mettler, Ted Schillinger, Chris Cechin-De La Rosa
Big Bird

#11 - Big Bird

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 7.28
96 votes
Directors: Ted Gesing
Writers: Ted Gesing
Cod is Dead

#12 - Cod is Dead

Season 1 - Episode 6

I 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 7.18
83 votes
Directors: David Mettler
Writers: David Mettler, Ted Schillinger