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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's pretty bleak overall, but also about men and women who work through incredible odds and great personal sacrifice for the greater good.
Positive Role Models
Focuses on people who have expertise and fortitude to solve a seemingly insurmountable problem that is putting millions of lives at risk.
Violence & Scariness
There's little person-to-person violence, but effects of radiation are often shocking and gory. A suicide (not shown on-screen) takes place in the opening minutes of the show.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sexual content. There is, however, nonsexual full-frontal male nudity in one episode.
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"Damn," "s--t," "bastard," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters frequently drink and smoke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chernobyl is based on the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, which involved a nuclear explosion at a Russian power plant that caused many radiation-related deaths. The series focuses on the details of how the disaster happened, how it affected the area, and how it was ultimately dealt with. The show is particularly demanding of its viewers, both because of the subject and because of its deliberate pace as it depicts the explosion and its aftermath. This miniseries is at its most explicit when showing the effects of radiation and radiation poisoning, and the symptoms can be difficult to watch. Mature teens may be interested in learning about this dark moment in history, and families can discuss how governments and citizens face these kinds of challenges, as well as what people have learned from a catastrophe of this magnitude.
Is It Any Good?
This is a taut, disciplined miniseries where nearly every decision made by its characters is meaningful and suspenseful, and the magnitude of the real-life events is always looming. With historical dramas, it's always important to ask: Why are we seeing this now? With Chernobyl, it's not difficult to see parallels between the show and modern American life: Scientists attempt to deal with a monumental environmental disaster that could kill millions of people, and at every step they encounter roadblocks stemming from the egos of the men in charge. That said, shows that are "capital-I Important" are not often this dramatically satisfying.
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