And the bottom Rotten Tomatoes ranking in TV historical past goes to… Netflix's 'Queen Cleopatra'

  • Netflix’s “Queen Cleopatra” is a docudrama launched on Could 10.
  • It has since obtained a 2% viewers rating with over 5,000 scores, presumably the bottom in TV historical past.
  • The present obtained criticism previous to its launch for casting a black girl as Cleopatra.

Netflix’s four-episode docudrama “Queen Cleopatra” was launched on Could 10, and it has since obtained a 2% viewers rating with over 5,000 scores on Rotten Tomatoes as of Could 16.

The present was rated 1% earlier than it was bumped up, however its new rating continues to be an “unprecedented low” in TV historical past, per Forbes.

Starring Adele James as Cleopatra, the present follows Egypt’s final pharaoh via a collection of reenactments and interviews. 

Previous to its launch, the present had been going through criticism for casting a Black girl as Cleopatra, many claiming misrepresentation and falsification of historical past.

The Egyptian authorities had accused Netflix of misrepresenting Cleopatra, per Insider. An Egyptian lawyer had additionally filed a case to close down the streaming service in Egypt, per NME.

Following the docudrama’s launch, the criticism and poor opinions are associated to extra than simply casting. 

“It’s patchy sub-Recreation of Thrones cosplay interwoven with lecturers you have by no means heard of,” wrote Camilla Lengthy, a prime critic on Rotten Tomatoes.

Whereas overview bombing might be contributing to the poor ranking, many viewers are additionally pointing to it being only a dangerous present basically.

Assessment bombing is the web phenomenon of a giant group of individuals posting adverse opinions with the intention to hurt gross sales or reputation of a product or enterprise.

“Characters had no depth, subpar performing, historians giving actually low-value feedback, an excessive amount of information crammed collectively with out creating any significant scenes,” learn a overview on Rotten Tomatoes. 

“The present is just not a documentary however a fantasy collection. Horrible performing and storytelling,” learn one other.

“The data, usually inaccurate it appears, can also be simply very uninteresting, and all the factor seems like a dry cleaning soap opera,” wrote Paul Tassi for Forbes.

Nonetheless, there have been some who loved the docuseries.

“I’m studying quite a bit from this collection. Very properly advised and defined. And the visuals are fascinating,” a Rotten Tomatoes overview learn. 

“Queen Cleopatra” is the second season of the “African Queens” collection by govt producer Jada Pinkett Smith, and is accessible to be streamed on Netflix.