Chernobyl Is Now The Top Rated TV Show On IMDb

If you find TV dramas more gripping when they revolve around real human stories, rather than say dragons, then there's a chance HBO and Sky may have just the series for you.

Chernobyl has leapt ahead of the likes of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Planet Earth 2, becoming the top rated TV show on IMDb with a hugely impressive rating of 9.5. It's score is even higher on Rotten Tomatoes, where it has a 96 per cent rating.

The show has also had the third best ever launch for a drama on Sky Atlantic, racking up a cumulative audience for its first episode of 1.7 million, according to Deadline.

As you may have guessed from the title, the five-part series is about the infamous nuclear reactor disaster in the Ukrainian town in 1986, and covers the build-up to the explosion and its catastrophic aftermath.

The show has been receiving rave reviews in the press since it first aired.

Writing for the BBC, Will Gompertz gave the show five stars.

He said: "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."

Chernobyl has been receiving rave reviews. Credit: HBO
Chernobyl has been receiving rave reviews. Credit: HBO

The show earned another glowing five star review in the Irish Independent, which said 'no piece of dramatised non-fiction has ever felt this authentic'.

The review read: "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."

But as the shows ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and IMBd suggest, it is not just critics who are heaping praise on the series; Twitter has also been awash with praise for the drama:

I mean, even if tragic nuclear reactor disasters don't generally tend to be your cup of tea when it comes to TV, with a consensus like this, it seems like it could be foolish to ignore this show.

Talking about the success of Chernobyl, 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."

The first episode premiered on Sky Atlantic on 7 May and a new episode is broadcast every Tuesday at 9pm. The show is also available to stream on NOW TV.

Featured Image Credit: HBO

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