Everything you need to know about HBO's new dark smash hit series 'Chernobyl'

Everything you need to know about HBO's new dark smash hit series 'Chernobyl'

Now that Game of Thrones has wrapped up, many TV fans are looking for a new show to fill the void. If that's the case, then we have the perfect new series for you to binge. HBO's miniseries Chernobyl is getting rave reviews from critics everywhere, who have praised the quality of its writing, direction and the performances of its cast. Here's everything you need to know about it.

Check out the trailer for HBO's Chernobyl below: 

The series deals with the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion, which is still the worst man-made disaster in history. On April 26, 1986, the Soviet nuclear station exploded after a botched safety test turned off the power and safeguards. As a result of the fire (which lasted nine days), huge amounts of lethal radiation were released into the air, which forced authorities to evacuate the area and clean up the mess.

Approximately  30 plant staff members and emergency workers died just four months after the accident, but the subsequent fallout was responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths. Since 1986, a 19-mile exclusion zone has remained in place for decades; unfit for human habitation for around 20,000 more years.

The series stars Jared Harris as Valery Legasov, played by Jared Harris, who has to work with the Soviet Union government to manage the crisis, while corrupt officials attempt to shift blame and hide the truth. Stellan Skarsgårdplays Boris Shcherbina, a Soviet apparatchik working with Legasov, and Emily Watson as physicist Ulana Khomyuk.

The miniseries currently boasts a 9.6 out of 10 average rating on IMDb so far; which is even more impressive a score than Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones boasts a 9.4. If you want to check it out, then tune in on Mondays at 9 pm; the next episode airs on May 27.