Rotten Tomatoes has announced that it is launching “Couch Tomatoes,” an original video series breaking down TV and streaming content. The show premiered on Wednesday but RT says the series will be “a one-stop-shop to discover what to watch,” as well as offering up what fans and critics are presently talking about. Available on RTTV on YouTube,, Facebook Watch, and IGTV, the episodes be broadcast bi-weekly on Wednesdays and run for 15-20 minutes.

Couch Tomatoes will be hosted by entertainment journo Naz Perez and will include panelists mulling over the big news and watercooler topics in both the TV and streaming worlds. The pundits will also examine the hottest new shows, and “under-the-radar” recommendations from the couch itself. The series premiere from last Wednesday looked at the upcoming Emmy Awards (if you want to go back and take a look), and later episodes will delve into franchises such as American Horror Story, Batwoman and Watchmen, as well as anticipated future shows from the Disney and Apple platforms.

“Rotten Tomatoes is dedicated to helping consumers find the right entertainment content for them,” said Joel Meares, Editor-in-Chief of Rotten Tomatoes. “In 2018, there were 495 scripted original series on television and streaming services and that number will grow even more in 2019. In this truly golden age of television, Naz and our incredible team of panelists will help fans break through the noise, providing insightful and entertaining commentary that will help the audience make their viewing choices, and engage them in debate and discussion once they do.”

“Couch Tomatoes” arrives off the back of the Rotten Tomatoes’ movie, plus its TV and award season editorial coverage. Some of you may also be familiar with the RT original series The Ketchup and Your Opinion Sucks: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans live debate event. TV Tomatometer scores first came along in 2013 and there are now 2,300 shows with the ratings applied.


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