Chernobyl (2019)


Miniseries
Chernobyl

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 104

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Air date: May 6, 2019

Plant workers and firefighters put their lives on the line to control a catastrophic April 1986 explosion at a Soviet nuclear power plant.

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Air date: May 13, 2019

With untold millions at risk, nuclear physicist Ulana Khomyuk makes a desperate attempt to reach Valery Legasov, a leading Soviet nuclear physicist, and warn him about the threat of a second explosion that could devastate the continent.

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Air date: May 20, 2019

Lyudmilla Ignatenko, a Pripyat resident, ignores warnings about her firefighter husband's contamination; Valery Legasov lays out a decontamination plan, complete with human risks.

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Air date: May 27, 2019

Valery Legasov and Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina consider using lunar rovers to remove radioactive debris; Ulana Khomyuk faces government hurdles in determining the truth about the cause of the explosion.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2019

Valery Legasov, Boris Shcherbina and Ulana Khomyuk risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about Chernobyl.

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Jared Harris profile thumbnail image
Jared Harris
Valery Legasov

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Stellan Skarsgård profile thumbnail image
Stellan Skarsgård
Boris Shcherbina

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Emily Watson
Ulana Khomyuk

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Paul Ritter
Anatoly Dyatlov

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Jessie Buckley
Lyudmilla Ignatenko

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Adrian Rawlins
Nikolai Fomin

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Con O'Neill
Viktor Bryukhanov

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Sam Troughton
Akimov

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Ralph Ineson
General Tarakanov

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Mark Lewis Jones
General Pikalov

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David Dencik
Gorbachev

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Craig Mazin
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Carolyn Strauss
Executive Producer
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Jane Featherstone
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Critic Reviews for Chernobyl: Miniseries

Audience Reviews for Chernobyl: Miniseries

  • 5d ago
    Flawless. And has great rewatch value!
  • Jan 20, 2023
    One of the best limited series ever.
  • Jan 19, 2023
    HBO produces not as much as other streaming services but OMG a total gem.
  • Jan 18, 2023
    Really good show. Except for the made up scientist, who happens to be a woman who say he's a day. Ulana Khomyuk is fake.
  • Jan 15, 2023
    Amazing tv show drama, one of the best miniseries ever made.
  • Jan 13, 2023
    We saw this movie in history class because of the industry thing and, although I saw it as a pirate, it was very cool and explained very well what happened and how the Soviet Union tried to hide it. I recommend it to everyone.
  • Jan 03, 2023
    Extremely high equality. Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard are giving some of the best performances I've seen. The writing is top notch and the true nature of the story adds to potentially the best mini-series I've seen.
  • Nov 13, 2022
    The film-making, immersion and general tone the series has is simply stunning. If their weren't any factual errors this series would have gotten a 5 but alas. Sadly the quality of the series is getting dragged thru the mud because of fictional aspects in this supposed documentation of the nuclear disaster named Chernobyl. All in all its a great series and i do recommend watching it but some key aspects are sadly not historically accurate and some extra research is needed if you want to know the whole story.
  • Nov 13, 2022
    Terrifying and hard to watch on occasions, very interesting and entertaining
  • Oct 30, 2022
    With a keen eye for detail and masterful presentation, Craig Mazin's creation centering on one of the deadliest man-made disasters in history is a phenomenal craft that is bold, athmospheric and intense ensuring a damn riveting watch that will leave a lasting effect with exceptional performances.

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