After just three episodes, HBO’s five-part series, Chernobyl, has overtaken David Attenborough’s Planet Earth as the highest rated TV show in history.
The timing is such that you have ample opportunity to see all five episodes before your trial ends, and according to all the reviews of the show, it’s more than worth it.
Watch the trailer for Chernobyl below:
The mini-series focuses on the events of the catastrophic 1986 nuclear power plant disaster in Pripyat, northern Ukraine, in which a sudden power surge destroyed the structure in seconds and released a cloud of radioactive dust that extended as far as the United States.
So far, the show has explored the accident itself, as well as the immediate aftermath which required local workers to expose themselves to harmful levels of radiation in order to prevent further tragedy.
On IMDB, Chernobyl is currently rated 9.7, with a number of online reviews from people who grew up in the Soviet Union writing, “they got it right”.
“Every little detail of the buildings, flats, uniforms, clothes, cars… almost everything is 99% identical to the real things of the time,” wrote one review.
“The series [manages] to depict the horrible events in a way never before seen,” read another. “I had to literally pause a couple of times to comprehend what had just been shown.
“Goose bumps and tears, what a masterpiece. Likvidatory – heroes, who contained Chernobyl – should never be forgotten. The tragedy will live forever because of this haunting masterpiece, what a brilliant creative achievement.”
Elsewhere, Chernobyl has been described as “thought provoking,” with the potential to stop you from sleeping. Even if you thought you knew the story about what happened on that day in April, 1986, this series makes you realise: you have no idea.