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By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Drama based on Russian disaster is brutal but relevant.

TV HBO Drama 2019
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age 15+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 15+


Absolutely brilliant show. With great dialogue and amazing acting, Chernobyl tells the story of the men and women involved in the disaster in an engaging way. There are some great role models in this show. Experts in the field, both male and female fight for what they know is right and ultimately save the lives of thousands. Most characters do however engage in the social norms of the time including drinking and smoking. Things that may be disturbing include a suicide (not shown on screen) and scenes that show the effects of radiation poisoning, which are quite uncomfortable to watch. There is also a scene of male nudity (not sexual), and some characters swear frequently. Overall, a brilliant show which tells the story of the Ukrainian disaster. Some parts of the story are changed for dramatic effect, but the show's creator sets the story straight in a podcast available for free on many platforms including Spotify (it is called the Chernobyl Podcast).
age 18+

very good story

tells the story of Chernobyl not for weak stomachs contains baad language

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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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