Chernobyl: Miniseries (2019)


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Chernobyl rivets with a creeping dread that never dissipates, dramatizing a national tragedy with sterling craft and an intelligent dissection of institutional rot.



Critic Ratings: 92


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Air date: May 6, 2019
Air date: May 13, 2019
Air date: May 20, 2019
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CHERNOBYL dramatizes the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst human-made catastrophes in history, and tells the story of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster, all the while battling a culture of disinformation.

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Critic Reviews for Chernobyl Miniseries

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (29)

...created with an awesome attention to historical accuracy and detail, brought back that harrowing event with frightening clarity and a superbly orchestrated sense of danger and dread.

Dec 17, 2019 | Full Review…

With renewed interest in the 33-year-old disaster has come a curious sense of moralizing proprietorship - which makes you wonder what, exactly, people are getting from the miniseries.

Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…

They've done a really great job depicting the emergency... [And] It's this amped-up version of the debate that we have now about issues like global warming and our inability to agree on facts apart from political spin.

May 7, 2019 | Full Review…
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Chernobyl returns HBO to the forefront of networks daring to tell difficult stories of import without any seeming concerns about whether or not they'll be "hits."

May 6, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Chernobyl is a thorough historical analysis, a gruesome disaster epic replete with oozing blisters and the ominous rattle of Geiger counters, and a mostly riveting drama.

May 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Chernobyl is relentlessly bleak, but it has a remarkable cumulative power.

May 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Books, films, and spiritual practices which can serve as antidotes to our wayward capacities for violence.

Feb 18, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Chernobyl is really the whole package - it's got a brain and a heart and some really thoughtful things to say.

Dec 16, 2019 | Full Review…

A riveting showcase for sheer storytelling craft ... Chernobyl is great TV - some of this year's best.

Dec 10, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

While the first two episodes have been incredibly heavy, they have also been an exercise in stellar filmmaking and performing.

Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Silence, on Chernobyl, becomes a killer and it's why this miniseries exists: to speak up so disasters like Chernobyl don't happen again.

Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The Chernobyl disaster is an ideal subject for a series like this. But while [Craig] Mazin makes an occasionally powerful case about the costs of willful ignorance, the show never transcends its horrifying subject.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chernobyl: Miniseries

  • 3d ago
    This is very difficult to watch but also very informational. I found it especially disturbing during our times especially with the extent to which governments are institutionalizing lying to the public. And wouldn't you know a quick search for more information on Chernobyl turns up a website from the nuclear industry which basically tries to debunk everything we've learned.
  • 5d ago
    Probably the most depressing piece of media I've ever consumed. But still, I think it's a must watch for everyone.
  • May 25, 2020
    Muy buena, como casi todas las series de HBO.
  • May 24, 2020
    Intense and gripping. Even though many season are not "action" oriented, the looming threat of radiation plus the incompetence of the Soviet system provide a constant tension that kept me enthralled. Some people may think it strange that most of the actors had English accents rather than Russian, but I've heard too many back "Rocky and Bullwinkle" imitations in other movies to make me glad the filmmakers did not go that route.
  • May 22, 2020
    Complex characters with their own morals and personalities and how they each have been affected from this disaster are depicted well. The story is also still relevant today which is why this works well.
  • May 08, 2020
    Best direction,historically sound facts.
  • May 06, 2020
    What attracted me most was the attention to fine detail in the first 10 minutes, I lived those years I knew them well, frankly I remembered my childhood and cried, so I thank the directing crew for that deep artistic touch
  • Apr 27, 2020
    What a fantastic bit of television this was. So well produced, so well acted. This is a must see for anyone!
  • Apr 27, 2020
    brilliant, absolutely riveting. extremely relevant still
  • Apr 27, 2020
    It's amazing how they show the reality with so emotion and raw way.

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