Around this time most weeks you might find an article here about a new show or movie with a perfect Rotten Tomatoes score, not this week and not with Netflix. hard cell. It doesn’t happen very often, but when a 100% rating does happen, it tends to signal the arrival of something special, if a large number of reviewers can all agree that something is good and it probably worth a look, isn’t it? What about the opposite? The even rarer note, 0% “Rotten” on the site? It is perhaps even rarer and perhaps even more interesting to see. Well, Netflix’s latest TV series doesn’t have critical acclaim as of this writing and looks set to bomb the service.
In hard cell, a mockumentary series set in a British prison, Catherine Tate not only serves as creator and star, but also appears as several characters in each episode. This specific part of the series is one of the main sticking points behind many negative reviews for the show. Although only 8 negative reviews exist for the series right now on Rotten Tomatoes, they aren’t kind. Decider warned viewers to ‘skip’ the show and called it ‘awkward and unfunny’ and added, ‘the sideshow of all the roles played by Tate distracts from what could have been a pretty funny story. The London Evening Standard said the series had “the bones of a good show”, but said they “have only just been locked behind several sets of bars”.
Tate’s acting career has spanned a few decades now and she has already garnered critical acclaim, particularly for her series of comedy sketches. The Catherine Tate Show which earned him four BAFTA nominations. This drop makes the odds of 0% for hard cell even more surprising.
Netflix’s full description for the series reads: “Hard Cell is a documentary-style comedy set in the fictional women’s prison, HMP Woldsley. Writer and creator Catherine Tate plays several characters from Laura Willis, the Governor who believes creativity leads to rehabilitation, to Big Viv, the psychopathic lifer.Takes place over a 6-week period in which the inmates rehearse a musical directed by ex-Eastender star Cheryl Fergison. Rehearsals bring together a bizarre collection of women as they find their voices, gain confidence and strengthen their friendships. Funny yet surprisingly moving, Hard Cell delves into the comic truth of prison life.”