The HBO miniseries ‘Chernobyl’ is one of the most acclaimed series ever made.
The strength of the series lies in its calm portrayal of this disastrous disaster and its aftermath. Chernobyl avoids sensationalism and instead focuses primarily on the emotional impact on the people involved, from the firefighters who first responded to the scientists who quickly understood the scale of the disaster.
Chernobyl offers a rare insight into the Russian bureaucratic negligence that led to the disaster and subsequent attempts to cover up its scale. The series succeeds in making complex scientific concepts accessible to the general public, giving viewers a better understanding of the technical errors that contributed to the tragedy.
One underlying theme in the series is the impact of the Cold War on the response to the disaster. The fear of losing face and the race to protect the communist system initially hindered a fair and effective response to the disaster. Chernobyl reveals the dark side of political maneuvering in a time of global tension.
With an IMDb score of 9.4 and an impressive Rotten Tomatoes rating of 96%, Chernobyl is at a lonely height in terms of appreciation.
This quality series can still be viewed on HBO Max.