10 Worst Episodes of Rotten

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.

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Rotten - S1E6

#1 - Cod is Dead (Season 1 - Episode 6)

In the wake of overfishing in New England, the US 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.

The episode was rated 7.10 from 119 votes.

Rotten - S2E2

#2 - Reign of Terror (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.

The episode was rated 7.13 from 69 votes.

Rotten - S1E4

#3 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.19 from 135 votes.

Rotten - S1E3

#4 - Garlic Breath (Season 1 - Episode 3)


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

The episode was rated 7.24 from 162 votes.

Rotten - S1E2

#5 - The Peanut Problem (Season 1 - Episode 2)

In the last twenty years, thereโ€™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.

The episode was rated 7.26 from 169 votes.

Rotten - S2E6

#6 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 65 votes.

Rotten - S1E1

#7 - Lawyers, Guns and Honey (Season 1 - Episode 1)

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

The episode was rated 7.47 from 234 votes.

Rotten - S1E5

#8 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 127 votes.

Rotten - S2E4

#9 - A Sweet Deal (Season 2 - Episode 4)

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

The episode was rated 7.65 from 65 votes.

Rotten - S2E1

#10 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 85 votes.

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