When you’re trying to find something to watch on Netflix, sometimes you want to know what others outside of Netflix thought about the show. That’s where zRate can help. The Chrome extension brings in rating info from IMDB and occasionally Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, and offers information about the program’s plot, and the main cast from the same sites.
Unfortunately, it’s a Chrome extension, so using it means you’ll need to be looking at Netflix on Chrome, not your television. That said, you could always use your computer to create that perfect watch list and then access it on your television later on.
How it works is fairly simple. Once installed, you see information about a show right below its listing on Netflix. Info is displayed in a pretty non-disruptive card, so you’re able to see it without having your experience dramatically transformed.
You can go into the extension’s menu to customise what you see here. While everything defaults to showing the IMDB rating, you can also choose to get Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic info when it’s available as well as details about the years a show ran on television and its plot. The extension will also link you directly to a show or movie discussion if you want to chat about it with others.
Information can be added and removed from the pop to meet your own personal needs, and you can also toggle the whole extension off and on if you’d rather not see any information at all during a particular Netflix scoping session.
For folks who regularly access Netflix from a browser it’s a pretty solid add-on, and can help you avoid accidentally starting to watch something sub-par that you wish you hadn’t.