Streaming leviathan Netflix hasn’t skimped on true crime as it has upped its output of original content. But for all the immersive intrigue surrounding Making a Murderer, The Keepers, and its other other episodic docu-series, crime-based reality shows remain primarily a voyeuristic pleasure — true stories and topics that, while scintillating, are still far removed from our daily lives. The danger and the atrocities are kept at a safe distance. The events don’t involve us directly.
With Rotten, Netflix’s new food-focused “true crime” docu-series, brought to you by the