HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ becomes the highest rated TV show of all time


Game of Thrones is over, so you may be asking yourself what is next? However you may feel about HBO doing you dirty after that Game of Thrones ending, put those feelings aside because HBO is coming out with a new miniseries.

The latest craze from HBO happens to be a five-part historical drama about the catastrophic nuclear disaster that occurred in the Soviet Union in April 1986, appropriately titled “Chernobyl”.

The Chernobyl incident occurred after one of the four nuclear reactors located in Pripyat, Ukraine exploded, releasing 400 times more radioactive material than the nuclear bombs the US dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 combined. The series explores how the rescue workers were unprepared, the government tried to cover it up, and radiation sickness led many horrifying deaths.

The miniseries based off the historical disaster was written by Craig Mazin – writer of The Hangover 2&3, and is directed by Johan Renck – who worked on Breaking Bad.

Below is the official synopsis:

“Chernobyl, a five-part miniseries co-production from HBO and Sky, dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — and of the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster. [..] Jared Harris portrays Valery Legasov, a leading Soviet nuclear physicist. As part of the response team, he was one of the first to grasp the scope of the unparalleled disaster that occurred. Stellan Skarsgård plays Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina, who is assigned by the Kremlin to lead the government commission on Chernobyl in the hours immediately following the accident. Emily Watson portrays Ulana Khomyuk, a Soviet nuclear physicist committed to solving the mystery of what led to the Chernobyl disaster.”

So far, the HBO/Sky Atlantic show has received rave reviews and has already reached a big milestone – hitting the top of IMDb’s Top Rated TV Shows list. It is now number one, with a 9.5 average rating.

Following Chernobyl on the list is Planet Earth II, Band of Brothers, Planet Earth, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Wire.

And here are some of the opinions of the people on Twitter:

While there are only two episodes of the miniseries left, there’s still time to catch up and become part of the Chernobyl following.


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