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Sex & Nudity

  • Men are seen shirtless throughout in construction sites. However, they are wearing pants.
  • We can only see men shirtless. They are wearing either pants or trousers.
  • Several small kisses can be seen
  • Full frontal male nudity (non-sexual)
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  • No sex & nudity throughout series but couple of kisses shown.

Violence & Gore

  • Characters are depicted suffering the painful after-effects of acute radiation syndrome, with blackened, swollen lips and eyes and leathery white skin covered in bleeding sores. Very graphic, gory, and very unpleasant to watch.
  • A character coughs heavily into a handkerchief, it is shown later with blood on it.
  • A character's hand is severely burned after handling a radioactive object. Chunks of flesh are missing and he screams in agony. Quick scene but graphic, shocking, and unexpected.
  • Men begin to vomit blood and get radiation burns on their faces, blood patches also soak through their white uniforms as their skin ruptures. One's face is completely covered in blood from high radiation exposure and presumed dead.
  • Multiple men and women are seen vomiting, on stretchers, with radiation burns and wounds in a crowded building, there's crying and panic.
  • A man is seen with bad radiation burns to the face and dazed.
  • Several men are seen with radiation burns to their face and body that worsen through the episode. By the end the burns are severely graphic as their skin dies and turns pale, with many bleeding area's or lesions, purple skin and black lips/eyes. No hair. The bed sheets are yellow.
  • A cow is shot off camera but seen dead. Multiple domestic animals, mainly dogs are shot and killed (on and off camera) wounds can be seen, one is seen suffering. Off camera shots and whimpers are heard. A group of puppies and their mother are heard killed off camera. A flatbed full of dog carcasses is lowered into a grave where cement is dropped.
  • A helicopter hits a crane cable and crashes. This is seen from a distance.
  • A dump truck of dead cats and dogs is being emptied into a mass grave.


  • In total there are 25 uses of "fuck", 7 uses of "shit", 2 uses of "hell" and 1 use each of "piss", "asshole", "tits", "balls" and "cunt".
  • In episode 1, there are 2 uses of shit and 6 uses of fuck. (1 is mouthed).

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Characters are seen smoking and drinking copious amounts of vodka

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This show is based on a real-life disaster of 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear accident. The tone is very dark and serious.
  • Scenes depicting radiation exposure and its aftermath are intense.
  • The whole atmosphere of the series is dark and aims to capture the frightening nature of a Nuclear meltdown and it's graphic effects/aftermath. One scene has men go into a dark dilapidated reactor building flooded with irradiated water, their torches start to die, their dosimeters crackle frantically due to lethal radiation levels, they panic. A similar scene is shown later on a roof.


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Violence & Gore

  • A man hangs himself (mostly off-screen).
  • Throughout the show we see 3 firefighters who were contaminated. We later see them with missing skin, bleeding, rotted skin, and them in constant agony. They look extremely realistic and gory.
  • We see people moving throughout the buildings and one of them coughs up blood on a person. We see a man approach another man who's laying on the ground and we see closeups of his boiled skin and severe burns. After holding a door that was exposed to a reactor that exploded, a man starts to bleed profusely from his back and side. Multiple men are seen getting violently sick.
  • A woman's husband dies of radiation poisoning. He's seen with horrible burns all over his body which slowly end up turning black while his skin starts to fall off. When he dies, he's put in a lead coffin before then being buried under concrete. Very emotional scene.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is a scene where several men are tasked with working on top of a highly radioactive roof which was said to be the most dangerous place on earth. They have a certain time limit on the roof and if they stay to long they could die. This scene is suspenseful and one of the men trips multiple times and at one point gets stuck and ends up having a cut on his boot.
  • Their is a scene in the first episode that shows a large explosion outside a window. At the last episode they explain how this all happened and people working under the Chernobyl nuclear reactor were forced to run a test. This test goes terribly wrong and the workers at the top of the rector see something is very wrong but they can't do anything because the reactor explodes and the all die. Though it is a flashback it is still frightening and intense because we know what happens from there.

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