Chernobyl Season 1

Premiere Date, Episode Guide

Chernobyl season 1 started airing on Monday, May 6, 2019. Subscribe below for season One fan alert to get a short reminder email the day of the season finale — Jun 03, 2019. Get a brief email if and when the next season is announced. Make sure to come back to where we’ll have season recap and discussion.

List of Episodes

S1E1 1:23:45

S1E2 Please Remain Calm

most recent episode S1E3 Open Wide, O Earth

next episode S1E4 The Happiness of All Mankind

S1E5 Vichnaya Pamyat

How many episodes are in season 1 of Chernobyl?

The season consists of 5 episodes.


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Chernobyl - The night the Soviet Union burned down - The New European - via Theneweuropean

And that abstract language of numbers existed not only in measuring the horror of the last century. It was also part of the language used by various ideologies, especially the communists, to measure their successes. Communism tended to explain itself through its five-year plans, the numbers of tractors built, the tonnage of wheat grown, the amount of electricity produced, and so on.

The wide-eyed terror of HBO's 'Chernobyl' - via Mashable

A silent killer, radiation poisoning announces its presence in graphic, visceral display. Production designer Luke Hull described the show as his most disturbing research to date. Bodies exposed to radioactive material melt inside and out; men vomit spontaneously; and more than once, a character says they taste metal and leaves us suspended on this ominous note. A shrewd nurse asks if the hospital has iodine tablets, looking ahead to their potential use to protect the thyroid gland from radiation poisoning (the Chernobyl explosion led to over a dozen deaths from childhood thyroid cancer).

Chernobyl first impression: A powerful, engrossing depiction of the biggest nuclear disaster in history - via Indianexpress

The scene shifts to two years earlier, just before the disaster. We learn the reason for Legasov’s rancour towards Dyatlov, who was the Assistant Chief Engineer at Chernobyl. Played by Paul Ritter, Dyatlov is closest to a villain Chernobyl has.

'Chernobyl' captures horror of nuclear disaster - via Lowellsun

"Chernobyl" leaves no doubt: The lucky ones died first. The miniseries captures with harrowing detail the course of radiation poisoning, as flesh becomes seared and organs fail. There are moments that are not for the squeamish.

'Chernobyl': Jared Harris Reveals Why It Was Hard to Get Valery Legasov's Work to Prepare for His Role - via Cheatsheet

Harris revealed to The Cheat Sheet that he didn’t listen to any audio tapes to prepare for the role for a reason. “There weren’t audio tapes,” he said. “He left behind journals. But that’s not as cinematic as audio tapes.”

Chernobyl dramatizes the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history and tells of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster. The miniseries focuses on the heartbreaking scope of the nuclear plant disaster that occurred in Ukraine in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened and telling the shocking, remarkable stories of the heroes who fought and fell.

Critics Reviews

    At first, “Chernobyl” feels incredibly episodic. We meet various characters in the sphere of what happened on April 26, 1986 when a safety test went very, very wrong. There are the workers directly involved in the test, most of them inexperienced and uninformed about exactly what they’re doing, and led by an abusive jerk who pushes them to make mistakes. There are the local emergency responders, like the firefighters who run in to stop the flames, unaware that they’re running to their deaths. And then there are the <...> - by RogerEbert [Brian Tallerico]

    Craig Mazin’s Chernobyl intertwines a series of fascinating human-centric narratives as a way of emphasizing the pure devastation which resulted from the explosion and subsequent fire that engulfed nuclear reactor four. While recounting the actual events surrounding this catastrophic moment aren’t challenging as most historians have covered that and then some, very few have taken the time to focus on the human element of this event. What get’s lost in the devastation and grief is the thousands of men and <...> - by Eat Breathe Watch [Dewey Singleton]

    Chernobyl is a new miniseries event on HBO. As the title indicates, it’s about the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident in 1986. The miniseries is a drama thriller, but when you get to see just how bad it all was, it gets damn scary as well. <...> - by HEAVEN OF HORROR [Karina Adelgaard AKA ScreamQueen]


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