New TV series Chernobyl on Foxtel rates higher than Game of Thrones
May 24, 2019

We’re all on the hunt for a new series to sink our teeth into as we navigate life post Game of Thrones.

And we may have just found one.

HBO’s new historical drama, Chernobyl, has seemingly overnight become the highest rating show on IMDb, sneaking past the likes of GoT and Breaking Bad with a 9.5 rating.

Fans also rated it 96 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, with GoT ranked 90 per cent.

Chernobyl, which is available to stream on Foxtel , is a five-part miniseries based on the real-life events of the catastrophic nuclear disaster in northern Ukrainian SSR in 1986.

It’s still debated how many people died due to radiation and long-term health effects as a direct result of the nuclear accident, with estimates ranging from 4000 to a whopping 90,000.

To this day, areas of Eastern Europe are still impacted by radiation.

The series follows the fallout of the April 26 accident, the worst nuclear disaster in history, as physicist Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) works with the Soviet Union government that is desperately trying to hide the truth about the incident, which happened during a late-night safety test.

It’s eerie opening scenes reveal the explosion went unnoticed by the people near the plant but was felt right across the Soviet state of Ukraine, with the remaining episodes capturing the graphic demise of those with radiation poisoning.

Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgard also form the cast.

Fans on social media are raving about the series, with some describing it as “the best show ever” and a “piece of art”.

I read a lot about Chernobyl & found it fascinating, but never took the time to appreciate the gravity of the situation.

Finding it super interesting & concerning watching the recreation in the Chernobyl TV series. Would definitely recommend a watch, super well produced too.

Chernobyl is so gooooood. Should watch it.

Well, this is peace of art .#Chernobyl is my new friend

If you haven’t got into #Chernobyl yet you are missing the best TV drama in years.

Never seen before realistic portrayal of a man-made disaster, dramatized accordingly for creating a mega impact and upgrading the taste for TV Series, HBO's newest miniseries #Chernobyl shines like the brightest star in the entire galaxy. #ChernobylHBO is a riveting MASTERPIECE.

y'all got more of them chernobyl episodes?

Completely terrifying and 100% true. #CHERNOBYL

Chernobyl is excellent but extremely distressing.

Chernobyl is available to stream on Foxtel On Demand