HBO's 'Chernobyl' becomes the highest rated TV show of all time
So, you watched the final episode of Game of Thrones, you browsed all the hilarious memes, and you're tired of arguing with strangers about whether it rocked or sucked on Reddit. What will you do with your free time?
You could reconnect with some old friends, start a hobby like rage yoga, or just be alone with your own thoughts and meditate on how to live life to the fullest, as oblivion creeps over with every passing second.
But screw that noise! Let's watch another buzzy TV show! The latest hotness is HBO's Chernobyl, a five-part historical drama about the catastrophic nuclear disaster that occurred in the Soviet Union in April 1986.
Check out the trailer for this absolute TV masterpiece:
The incident after one of the four nuclear reactors located in Pripyat, Ukraine exploded, releasing 400 times more radioactive material than the nuclear bombs the US dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The rescue workers for unprepared, the government tried to cover it up, and radiation sickness caused many horrifying deaths.
The miniseries is written by Craig Mazin (The Hangover 2 & 3), and directed Johan by Renck (Breaking Bad). Here's the official synopsis:
"Chernobyl, a five-part miniseries co-production from HBO and Sky, dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — and of the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster. [..]
"Jared Harris portrays Valery Legasov, a leading Soviet nuclear physicist. As part of the response team, he was one of the first to grasp the scope of the unparalleled disaster that occurred. Stellan Skarsgård plays Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina, who is assigned by the Kremlin to lead the government commission on Chernobyl in the hours immediately following the accident. Emily Watson portrays Ulana Khomyuk, a Soviet nuclear physicist committed to solving the mystery of what led to the Chernobyl disaster."
The HBO/Sky Atlantic show has gotten rave reviews just hit a major milestone, rocketing to the top of IMDb's Top Rated TV Shows list. That's right, it's number one, with an average 9.5 rating. On the list, Chernobyl is followed by Planet Earth II (Sorry, pygmy three-toed sloths!), Band of Brothers (Sorry, Easy Company!), Planet Earth (Sorry, Amur leopards!), Breaking Bad (Sorry, Mr. White!), Game of Thrones (Sorry, Mad Queen!) and The Wire (Sorry, Clay Davis! Sheeeeeeeeit.)
But don't take it from me, take it from these people on Twitter:
Well, there are only two episodes left to air, so there's still time to jump on the Chernobyl bandwagon, and as a plus, you'll learn something about history! Then you should check out The Wire if you haven't seen it yet, because it's also streaming on HBO, and I'm very upset it's only ranked #7 on IMDb's list. Omar comin'!