Chernobyl: Miniseries (2019)


Critics Consensus

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: 80


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1873
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Air date: May 6, 2019
Air date: May 13, 2019
Air date: May 20, 2019
Air date: May 27, 2019
Air date: Jun 3, 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 (80) | Top Critics (25)

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

Director Johan Renck distils dread from every shot of drifting smoke, sifting particles and insidiously seeping waters.

May 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

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

What makes one kind of false representation-language and accent-more acceptable than another, such as race?

Aug 18, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…

"Chernobyl" the series has been nominated for 19 Emmy Awards, and it deserves all of them - especially for Harris and Skarsgärd but also for Emily Watson.

Aug 2, 2019 | Full Review…

The triumph of Chernobyl as a mini-series, then, has less to do with its uncanny ability to present an accurate picture of the past, and more about its prescient ability to gaze forward.

Jul 26, 2019 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

It's hard to find a weak link in this show.

Jul 19, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

It is a beautifully written and sensitively directed treatment of the horrifying events in the Ukraine spring of 1986

Jul 9, 2019 | Full Review…

A superb and grim adaptation of infamy. HBO's Chernobyl does a fantastic job of placing us there with the victims, villains and the overwhelming sadness. [Full review in Spanish].

Jul 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chernobyl: Miniseries

  • 6h ago
    Horrifying, beautiful, scary, and emotional.
  • 3d ago
    I have to give this 5 stars. This show was true to the real situation and was well thought out in how it affected the world. Moreover, it showcased how the USSR lied and what communism was like. Finally, the imagery, the way the actors truly led us and sucked you in was amazing. I love this how
  • 4d ago
    Good take on the tragedy happened at the Chernobyl. Although it does show all the traumatic events we already knew, more of the preferences are given to the politics happened behind the curtains. This does give a different perspective to the drama.
  • 6d ago
    Probably the best miniseries I have ever witnessed.
  • 6d ago
    Extremely well shot and harrowing episodes.
  • Oct 12, 2019
    The way Chernobyl portrays a stark conflict between scientific objectivism and cold war politics is notable, underlining how the forces of propaganda and denial of the incident by Soviet officials made it extremely difficult for scientists to properly contain the disaster. Chernobyl not only informs the audience with an in-depth account of how the disaster unfolded and who was involved but also demonstrate the plights of living and operating under Soviet rule, especially for those whose professions are scientific in their nature.
  • Oct 12, 2019
    A masterclass for so many reasons: the historic fiction takes up one of the grimmest episodes, from a land largely unknown to people not from the region, and creates a series that is touching and provides so much food for thought. Extremely well made and with some great characters.
  • Oct 12, 2019
    Genial y conmovedora
  • Oct 12, 2019
    Spoiler alert - the reactor blows up. Not the most uplifting of stories, but told with a gritty realism and great storytelling. Acting is outstanding.
  • Oct 11, 2019
    Awesome miniseries! Must see.

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