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: 1753
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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…

Audience Reviews for Chernobyl: Miniseries

  • 1d ago
    Incredible Tv show. Transcending the medium with a harrowing portrait of real life events. This is almost unbearable to watch. Must see. 20/09/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • 2d ago
    Excellent performances and atmosphere
  • 3d ago
    I don't think there's any film, TV series or anything else that really devastated me and shattered my heart and soul more than this. I'm all choked up. I literally have no words to say or write more than that now I value human lives and every moment in my life more than ever. (9/10)
  • 3d ago
    The greatest thing on TV I've ever seen!
  • 4d ago
    Breath-taking, incredibly shot and well-written, Chernobyl is the best thing to come out of HBO since The Night Of .
  • 5d ago
    Socialism's finest hour. Put this on repeat. So we don't forget that socialism is the gateway to communism. Outstanding acting. The many liberties taken do NOT overshadow the overarching theme that powerful governments care nothing for the people and seek to only protect their own interests. Nothing has changed, as this happened again in 2019, but this time our own media failed to give it adequate air time. Scary.
  • 6d ago
    Breath-taking, incredibly shot and well-written, Chernobyl is the best thing to come out of HBO since Game of Thrones´ season 4.
  • Sep 12, 2019
    An important show that everyone should see!
  • Sep 10, 2019
    Incredible storytelling and cinematography. Summed up in the final line of the show, "That I once would fear the cost of truth, now I only ask, what is the cost of lies?"
  • Sep 08, 2019
    awesome casting, great story

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