Blue Planet II, Band of Brothers, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. All are stunning telly events that we’ll never forget - but according to the voters of the TV and movie website IMDb.com, there’s a new show that’s even better than all of them – and that’s Chernobyl.
The HBO/Sky Atlantic drama is currently rocking the top of the IMDb voters chart with a 9.7 star rating, 0.2 more than its closest rival Blue Planet II. The stunning drama, which stars Stellan Skarsgard, Emily Watson, Jared Harris and Jessie Buckley in the lead roles, tells the harrowing story of the Chernobyl power plant disaster.
Since the first episode aired early this May, the show has attracted an international following, with people tweeting in different languages all over the globe – from Spanish and Russian to Arabic and Turkish – all agreeing on one thing, the show’s hard-hitting brilliance.
One user said: “Finished episode one of #Chernobyl. Wow. Drawn in almost instantly. The attention to detail & the facts was incredible. The cinematography is a fantastic piece of work too. Never have I watched something so hard-hitting as this.”
Finished episode one of #Chernobyl. Wow. Drawn in almost instantly. The attention to detail & the facts was incredible. The cinematography is a fantastic piece of work too. Never have I watched something so hard-hitting as this.
— Lewis Jefferies (@lewisjvisuals) May 24, 2019
The drama explores the terrible events that follow the explosion at the power plant and the efforts of a small group to try and make people aware of how catastrophic a disaster it is, while still endeavouring to discover why it happened at all.
The core reactor at the Chernobyl power plant exploded in the April of 1986. At the time no one knew why, as it seemed like an impossible event, leading many people on the ground to drastically underestimate the impact of the explosion.
The series hasn’t finished screening yet, so the ranking may change once it has. But for now it is topping the IMDb chart. The Daily Telegraph, The Times, I, Daily Mirror, Independent Online, Metro Online, BBC and The Arts Desk have all given the show 5-star reviews.
The drama is created by Craig Mazin, who best known for writing films like Identity Thief and The Hangover Part II.
Chernobyl is on Tuesdays at 9pm on Sky Atlantic.