The highest-rated series in the history of IMDb is praised, played up in jokes, and even suspected of being ordered by Rosatom.
On June 4, the Chernobyl mini-series, an HBO project about the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, the first days after the explosion, the aftermath of the consequences and the attempts of the Soviet leadership to hide information about the disaster, will end. The first four episodes received high marks from critics and viewers, and people after watching the series began to look forsomething else to see and read about the accident.
After the release of the third series, Chernobyl became the most highly-rated TV show in the history of IMDb. By May 29, his average user rating is 9.6 points out of 10. Near persecutors: the documentary film “Planet Earth 2” (9.5), “Brothers in Arms” (9.4), “Breaking Bad” (9, 4) and “Game of Thrones” (9.4).
The first three episodes of the show were rated by 9.7 points, the fourth – by 9.5 points. It should be borne in mind that about 75 thousand people voted for Chernobyl. Other TV shows have been rated by a lot more people.
The HBO project is not just given high marks – it is actively discussed all over the Internet. The mini-series has caused a sharp jump in the number of requests “Chernobyl” in Google. According to Google Trends, in May 2019, users around the world typed the query “Chernobyl” several times more often than ever.
After each series in social networks there are admiring reviews about the new HBO project. Spectators praise first of all the atmosphere of the series – oppressive, bordering the genre of horror and conveying the author’s vision of what happened during the Chernobyl accident.
Western critics hold a similar opinion. Chernobyl has 96% positive reviews of Rotten Tomatoes, and the site’s editorial team calls the series “one of the most frightening TV shows in history.”
Everyone needs to be watching CHERNOBYL on HBO.— Walt (@UberKryptonian) May 21, 2019
There’s nothing like it on television. Every episode brilliantly displays the horrors that came about from this catastrophe and the inspiring strength from those who gave everything to prevent something far worse. pic.twitter.com/e4kLqIHUpr
Everyone needs to watch “Chernobyl” from HBO. There was nothing like that on television. Each episode amazingly shows the horrors that came with this disaster, and the inspiring power of those who gave everything to prevent the situation from worsening.
'Chernobyl' is the most compelling & disturbing TV series I've seen in years, maybe ever. If you're watching it, and you should, there's a great accompanying podcast (containing spoilers) with the series creator @clmazin https://t.co/vRweEDHzAx pic.twitter.com/e7KOVonfLG— Darran Anderson (@Oniropolis) May 27, 2019
“Chernobyl” – the most convincing and intense series, which I have seen over the years, and, perhaps, in my whole life
you know things are bad when we’re using a show about chernobyl as escapism— Sarah Beattie (@nachosarah) May 28, 2019
You understand that everything is bad when you use the Chernobyl show as an escape from reality
Chernobyl on @HBO is extraordinary . Television at its absolute best.— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) May 25, 2019
HBO’s “Chernobyl” is incredible. Television at its best
The mini-series about the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is also praised by celebrities – from director John Carpenter to streamer Ninja.
HBO's CHERNOBYL is great! Terrifying and real. Bravura performances by Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard. A must see!— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) May 27, 2019
HBO’s “Chernobyl” is great! Scary and real. Great game of Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard. You should watch this show!
Watching Chernobyl right now… omg I cannot believe this actually happened.— Ninja (@Ninja) May 15, 2019
Watching “Chernobyl” … God, I can not believe that this actually happened
Shownerner and screenwriter of the project – American Craig Mazin. Prior to Chernobyl, he worked on films such as “Bachelor Party 2”, “Scary Movie 3”, “Scary Movie 4”, “Superhero Movie” and “Catch a Fat Woman If You Can.” “I’ve been doing comedy for a long time, and I like it. But “Chernobyl” better reflects me, my interest in science, the world and human nature, ” explained Mazin, changing the genre.
The script writer decided to tackle Chernobyl in 2013 when he accidentally stumbled upon an article about the accident and realized that he did not know much: “I knew that an explosion had occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, but why did this happen? We know why the Titanic sank, but why did the Chernobyl bombing happen? ” Mazin began to study the materials about the accident and realized that there are many events and personalities in history that could be told in the series.
After each series of “Chernobyl” Mazin appears on Twitter. He shares his impressions, tells the details of filming and communicates with the audience.
Dear Friends:— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) May 6, 2019
We made #ChernobylHBO out of love and respect for the people who experienced it. It won't always be easy to watch, each episode is a little different than the one before, and it will ask you to pay close attention.
We hope you find that it is worth it.
[Before the first series] Dear friends. We made “Chernobyl” with all the love and respect for the people who went through it. Watching will not always be easy, each episode will be slightly different from the previous one. And we ask you to be attentive. I hope you find the show worthy. thank
I know that was hard. Just so there’s no confusion— the story of the liquidators is real. It happened. And we actually toned it down from the full story.— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) May 28, 2019
War leaves all kinds of scars. These were the things men were ordered to do.
[Immediately after the fourth series] I know that it was hard. But there is no confusion here — the story of the liquidators is real. This is what happened. And in fact, we have softened the real story. War leaves scars of various kinds. There were things that these people were ordered to do.
Russian-speaking users of social networks are also discussing “Chernobyl”. And one of the frequent thoughts: “We should have shot it.”
Посмотрел две серии Чернобыля. Отечественное кино, конечно, на этом фоне можно списывать почти целиком.— Max Zareckiy (@shaikhulud) May 21, 2019
Понятия не имею, кто там консультант, но от такой аутентичности происходящего в британско-американской постановке почти физически не по себе.
"Чернобыль" от HBO – это просто какой-то запредельный уровень буквально всего.— Котовски (@mixofoss) May 21, 2019
И я давно не видел такого уровня драматизма в сериалах, если и видел вообще. pic.twitter.com/f1z1UPsFKH
There were in the series and opponents. For example, Dmitry Steshin, a correspondent of Komsomolskaya Pravda, published an article about Chernobyl . He criticized the show for factual errors, and also hinted that the series was released specifically for the attack on the Rosatom company, which competes with the Americans.
The territory of the European Union, according to analysts, will become the main place of competition between nuclear giants. Now, for example, windy Bulgaria cannot decide whether to eat a Rosatom berry for it or climb the Westinghouse tree?
And here, all over the world suddenly show the creepy and horror series “Chernobyl”. About how wild, stupid and careless Russians staged an unprecedented ecological disaster in Europe with the help of their reactors. […]
Nothing personal, just business. Business is very profitable, global scale.Dmitry Steshin”TVNZ”
In the sets they did not share the position of Steshin.
Nobody:— Andrew Roth (@Andrew__Roth) May 25, 2019
Russian war correspondent Dmitry Steshin: CHERNOBYL IS A WESTERN PLOT AGAINST ROSATOM!!1!1https://t.co/AcsxAgopIw
No one: . Russian war correspondent Steshin: ““ CHERNOBYL ”- WESTERN SCENARIO AGAINST“ ROSATOMA ””
Под статьёй Стешина о том, что "Чернобыль" – это всё хула и пропаганда есть отличный комментарий: "А о чём писала Комсосмольская правда 26 апреля 1986 года?"— legal eagle (@compiarda) May 28, 2019
Despite periodic criticism of factual errors and cranberries, in general, Chernobyl is praised for the attention to detail and authenticity of the Soviet past. In social networks often pay attention to the input into the plot of many real people associated with the accident at the nuclear power plant and the elimination of its consequences.
Also, some scenes from the series almost frame by frame reproduce the true chronicle of those years.
These three people saved millions of inhabitants of the planet.
Russian hockey journalist Slava Malamud launched the English-language thread, in which he highly appreciated the efforts of the creators of the show on the transfer of atmosphere and surroundings of 1986. Traig was repeatedly noted by Craig Mazin himself.
I have just finished watching Episode 1 of Chernobyl on @HBO. My perspective is that of someone born and raised in the Soviet Union who has vivid memories of 1986, the catastrophe itself and how it was handled by the Soviet politicians and the state media…— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) May 24, 2019
Just finished watching the first episode of Chernobyl. Here is my point of view as a person born and raised in the USSR. A man who has vivid memories of 1986, a catastrophe and how it was covered by Soviet politicians and the media
First of all, it is almost inconceivable that a Western TV show would go to this amount of detail authentically portraying Soviet life in that era, knowing full well that its target audience (Western viewers) would never appreciate the effort or indeed even understand it…— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) May 24, 2019
This is really the key to the series’s magic, at least for me. “Chernobyl” is not only more realistic than any Western project about Russia. It is more realistic than anything that the Russians themselves have ever done about themselves, at least on this topic. I do not exaggerate
Not only does this actual Soviet car have actual Soviet license plates, it's the plate with the correct two-letter code (KX) for the Kiev Oblast, where Pripyat is located. This is the kind of absolutely fanatical attention to detail that makes #Chernobyl a genre-redefining show pic.twitter.com/jZ8KcuT5Ax— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) May 28, 2019
The screenshot is not only a real Soviet car with Soviet numbers. These numbers have the correct two-letter code (KH), corresponding to the Kiev region, where Pripyat is located. This is absolutely fanatical attention to detail, which makes the “Chernobyl” show rethinking the genre
As with any popular film and TV series, it was not without its jokes in the sets. The main meme of “Chernobyl” was the expression “3.6 X-rays per hour” – this is how much the dosimeter in the series shows radiation in the first hours of the accident, despite the fact that in fact the figure is ten times higher.
There is only 3.6 X-rays
*me watching Chernobyl*— hitch. (@OpTicHitch) May 19, 2019
“It is not 3 roentgen, it is 15000”
*me acting like i know what that means* pic.twitter.com/aLq65IrMWE
* I look at “Chernobyl” * “There are not 3 X-rays here, but 15 thousand X-rays” * I, pretending to understand what this means *
The inscription on the poster: “You do not see graphite on the ground, because it is not there! Change my opinion “
сейчас у "Чернобыля" на имдб средняя оценка 9,7— Duran / Дюран (@userdie) May 24, 2019
да, впечатляет… но эта цифра сомнительна по другой причине: это максимальный показатель малого сериалометра!
My dog next to me during the fourth series of “Chernobyl”
The fourth series of “Chernobyl” without context
Chernobyl began on HBO amid the completion of another channel show, Game of Thrones. This topic was also played up in jokes.
I am furious about the last season of “Game of thrones” – “Chernobyl” – HBO
The finals of “Chernobyl” will piss off many people when they see Bran become the head of the USSR