‘Chernobyl’ Resonated With So Many Viewers by Providing a Canvas for All Our Anxieties

‘Chernobyl’ Resonated With So Many Viewers by Providing a Canvas for All Our Anxieties
It’s no secret that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to measure success in the TV industry. Social engagement, overnight ratings, online petitions, and episode rankings have all become bizarre internet currency that hint at a series’ popularity. By most metrics, however, “Chernobyl” is one of the surprising hits of the year, taking a tragedy of public record and imbuing with a prescient, detailed consideration of what that tragedy meant for the people of the Soviet Union and the world at large.

So why is a 30-year-old story connecting with so many people today? The core of the show’s ballooning impact lies in what it stands for within the minds of those who watch it — and it can stand for quite a lot. “Chernobyl” is a show about empathy. “Chernobyl” is a show about the dangers of hubris, the perils of ignoring expertise. “Chernobyl” is a show that hones
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