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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Chronicling a massive tragedy with historical accuracy and haunting tension, Chernobyl is a riveting miniseries featuring strong performances and masterful production. Winner of Best Television Limited Series and Best Supporting Actor in a Series- Stellan Skarsgard, nominated for Best Actor in a ... Read More »

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Jul 31, 2020

Fantastic mini-series! Acting was superb, even though all the Russians had British accents. It was very depressing, but I highly recommend watching it. (Note: There are a couple of scenes where they were shooting dogs, although the actual killing wasn't shown. If you would have trouble watching that, you can easily skip around that part.)

Jul 25, 2020

Statistically, nuclear power is a safe source of power. However, nothing is safe if corruption and incompetence reign in the industry. This movie will scare people. It is that well done. Gripping, and the acting was outstanding.

Jun 11, 2020

If this is not the best mini-series I have ever seen, I don't remember what the best one was. The true story is well known and the acting was excellent in every character that came across the screen. I do not remember single second that was boring on uninteresting. There were a couple of what I thought was dead ends but they came together at the end. I highly recommend this one. It made me want to read more about the whole event.

sjpl_javier Mar 25, 2020

This docu-series showcases the consequences of "saving face" and the penalty for "whistle-blowing" in authoritarian governments.

If you are tired of watching contagion-type movies but still want to see the effects of terrible leadership during a national crisis, watch this gripping story based on true life events.

Mar 09, 2020

The uglier history is, the greater the imperative that it never be forgotten.
This well produced docudrama is graphically obligatory in its realism as an historically accurate portrayal. The intimate details presented within the vast scope of "Chernobyl", deftly elucidate the complexities that led to the original disaster...and personalizes examples of its toll.
More than a depiction of technocratic irresponsibility, it is also the TRUE story of how the faintest glow of TRUTH still managed to project itself through the blackness of the Communist state...later to spark the blaze that back-lit its own shadowed subjugation.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 07, 2020

This is a very well executed show but I found it very difficult to watch. It is disturbing, chilling, disillusioning, sad and so, so bleak. Phenomenal acting and film production but pretty graphic and disturbing to watch.

VaughanPLDavidB Mar 06, 2020

It is truly chilling to know that we were so close to a nuclear holocaust that would have ended the lives of 60 million people. I feel fortunate indeed to be here to write a comment on this docudrama.

Mar 06, 2020

Haunting. Brilliantly written, produced, and executed. Horrifying and absolutely necessary on so many levels. I wasn't sure that films this good of much scale could be made anymore, certainly not with its profound and resounding cautionary messages in the face of the currently burgeoning zeitgeist in the West.

Prepare yourself for a powerfully visceral experience that is loaded with some meaty cerebral offerings for those with the teeth. Monumental and unforgettable.

Feb 29, 2020

Very good docu-drama on the only major nuclear accident in history. It explains that it was operator error, but more importantly, poor design of Russian and other communist country nuclear design to SAVE MONEY. Too bad we can't rely on nuclear power to slow global warming because every time we shut own a coal power plant...China and India open 10 to 100 more to supply power for their people.

Feb 29, 2020

This is the most shocking horror I have ever witnessed in a television show or film. There is a lesson here, but the real question is, will we ever learn from it? Nuclear is the dumbest thing we humans have ever invented. It's time for us to move on. Cold fusion anyone?

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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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