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A 5-part Miniseries

DVD - 2019
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In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes. This gripping 5-part HBO miniseries tells the powerful and visceral story of this event and its aftermath


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May 29, 2021

Frightening historical docu-drama. Illustrates the consequences of corrupt governments lying to their own citizens and the world when mistakes are made by untrained and unsupervised employees. Especially in an industry where safety is paramount to protect the lives of Millions of people and animal life. Opened MY eyes to the truth and tragedy of Chernobyl.

May 05, 2021

It's amazing how engaging this mini-series remains over a six-hour period!...

Superior writing and direction and impressive performances...

Rarely dull and sometimes disturbing with captivating visuals...

Apr 24, 2021

This 5-episode 321-minute docudrama delves into the cost of the lies the Soviet State made.
A gripping, engaging, shocking, eye-opening and profoundly thought-provoking docudrama.

Apr 08, 2021

stars paul ritter as villain

Apr 06, 2021

An old adage goes, it is a fine line between heroism and stupidity: plenty of both attributes are on display in the story. One of the most egregious errors is that local firefighters were clearly not drilled on how to respond to a nuclear meltdown. The bureaucratic nightmare just gets worse from there. It is a tale worthy of Franz Kafka, but it really happened. Just sit back and let your jaw drop as your complacent reality drops down the rabbit hole. It is a bitter lesson for those who blindly believe in the nanny state as kind and benevolent entity. Skarsgard, Harris, Ritter and Watson are at their best, supported by a cast of superb players. It will make you want to read more about the true events behind this cataclysmic event, one that came perilously close to rendering half of Europe a nuclear wasteland.

ilovedogz Mar 02, 2021

Outstanding. Powerful. Gripping. Grim reality. Stunning drama.

Feb 26, 2021

Relentlessly grim (Not I expected otherwise.) account of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. It's a 5-part miniseries focusing on state cover up, individual incompetence, and the scientists who worked to stop it. The cast is very good, especially Jared Harris as a scientist tortured by his conscience. I'm told the look and feel of mid-80s Russia is accurate. I'd recommend reading Svetlana Alexievich's harrowing "Voices of Chernobyl" first and Masha Gessen's article afterwards.

loonylovesgood Feb 01, 2021

Outstanding miniseries. Doesn't hold back from showing the true horrors of the catastrophe. Warning: The fourth episode will break you, especially if you are a dog lover.

Jan 14, 2021

This may be the BEST historical drama mini-series I've ever seen. Truly gripping and heartbreaking. Having studied the Chernobyl disaster extensively in engineering classes, I THOUGHT I knew what actually happened, but there's WAY more detail here than I ever learned in classes. Really helps you understand how effed up the former Soviet union was and how this "accident" was completely avoidable.

IndyPL_MontoyaB Jan 13, 2021

One of the most detailed miniseries about the origin and cause of the Chernobyl disaster on April 26, 1986.

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ArapahoeTina Feb 06, 2020

There was nothing sane about Chernobyl. What happened there, what happened after, even the good we did, all of it... all of it, madness.

Oct 20, 2019

Thanks to contributors at wikiquote, many pages of full context quotes for peruse:

Archive photos shown on screen as the music Vichnaya Pamyat (Eternal Memory) plays during the postscript at the end of final episode:
Valery Legasov
Various scientists who participated in the battle to clean up Chernobyl (Ulana Khomyuk was createdto represent them all)
Boris Shcherbina
Images from the actual trial
Anatoly Dyatlov
Valery Khodemchuk
Abandoned rooms in Pripyat
The Bridge of Death
The miners
The interior of damaged reactor building 4
Pripyat from above (2 miles away from the nuke plant with almost 50,000 people in 1986)
... and more.

Oct 20, 2019

Thanks to contributors at wikiquote, many pages of full context quotes for peruse:

Like many peoples living in perpetual civil wars, long famines and subjects of ruthless dictators, an old woman who had lived through many hardships was ordered by a soldier to evacuate:

I'm 82. I've lived here my whole life. ... You're not the first soldier to stand here with a gun. When I was 12, the Revolution came. Tsar's men, then Bolsheviks. Boys like you marching in lines. They told us to leave. No. Then there was Stalin and his famine, the Holodomor. My parents died. Two of my sisters died. They told the rest of us to leave. No. Then the Great War. German boys, Russian boys. More soldiers, more famine, more bodies. My brothers never came home. But I stayed, and I'm still here. After all that I have seen... so I should leave now, because of something I cannot see at all?


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