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HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ becomes the highest rated show on IMDb


Chernobyl, the five-part historical drama television miniseries created and written by Craig Mazin, has become the highest rated show in history by online database IMDB.

The show, directed by Johan Renck, surpasses the likes of Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Planet Earth II and the immensely popular Game of Thrones. Chernobyl leads the way with a 9.7-star (out of 10) average rating from about 140,000 users.

The show, which depicts the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 1986 and the unprecedented cleanup efforts that followed, stars the likes of Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson, and Paul Ritter. 

Chernobyl dramatises the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history,” the synopsis reads. “The miniseries focuses on the nuclear plant disaster that occurred in the Ukrainian SSR (Soviet Union) in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened, and telling the stories of those people who helped and died in tackling the disaster, and the Soviet cover up.

“The miniseries is based in large part on the memories of Pripyat locals, as told by Belarusian Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich in her book, Voices from Chernobyl.”