Chernobyl Is Officially The Top Rated TV Show On IMDb

OMG May 30, 2019 By Hugo

Like any great love affair, all good things must eventually come to an end, and sadly for Game of Thrones fans, they parted company with a series that didn't really live up to the highs of previous seasons. But fear not disheartened readers, there's a new show in town, and it will help you get over her in a heartbeat. 


No, we're not talking about a Game of Thrones spin-off but a real-life series chronicling the leadup and aftermath of Ukraine's Chernobyl disaster, a nuclear catastrophe that remains the worst of its kind in recorded human history.

After just one season, the HBO show has leapfrogged the likes of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Wire, to become the top-rated TV show on IMDb with an awe-inspiring rating of 9.5. On Rotten Tomatoes, it fairs even better, with a 96 per cent rating.

Raving about the series, BBC reviewer Will Gompertz wrote, "To say Sky/HBO's new mini-series Chernobyl is thought-provoking would be like describing Usain Bolt as quite a fast runner, or the water under the Antarctic sea ice as a bit chilly.

"This is TV that doesn't just get you thinking, it stops you sleeping."

Attracting glowing reviews from around the world, another journalist writing in the Irish Independent praised the writing. "Writer Craig Mazin, best known before now for writing the comedy The Hangover and its sequels, and director Johan Renck have crafted an unflinching, devastatingly powerful drama with the tautness of a thriller and the chilling veracity of a documentary."

Of course, the reviews aren't only coming from hotshot critics.

Viewers themselves have lapped praise on the series, which sees the legendary Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard take the lead in one of his most riveting roles in decades. 

Zai Bennett, Sky's Director of Programmes said: "This jaw-dropping Sky Original is gripping viewers across the UK and beyond for good reason - the writing and production are second to none, and the story is both fascinating and utterly tragic. This is must-watch TV, and we're delighted that audiences are enjoying it as much as we are."

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