Chernobyl (2019)
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Plant workers and firefighters put their lives on the line to control a catastrophic April 1986 explosion at a Soviet nuclear power plant.


Johan Renck


Craig Mazin, Craig Mazin (created by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Harris ... Valery Legasov
Stellan Skarsgård ... Boris Shcherbina (voice)
Paul Ritter ... Anatoly Dyatlov
Jessie Buckley ... Lyudmilla Ignatenko
Adam Nagaitis ... Vasily Ignatenko
Con O'Neill ... Bryukhanov
Adrian Rawlins ... Fomin
Sam Troughton ... Akimov
Robert Emms ... Leonid Toptunov
Michael Shaeffer ... Blond Man
Joshua Leese ... Igor Kirschenbaum
Adam Lundgren ... Brazhnik
Karl Davies ... Viktor Proskuryakov
Paulius Markevicius Paulius Markevicius ... Aleksandr Kudryavstev
Jay Simpson ... Perevozchenko


Plant workers and firefighters put their lives on the line to control a catastrophic April 1986 explosion at a Soviet nuclear power plant.

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Release Date:

6 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


U.S.S.R. Clothes during the Chernobyl Disaster did not look as depicted. Coarse and loose weave materials, poor dye. You could actually figure out which Russians traveled outside of the U.S.S.R. and spent most of their money on Western European Clothes. See more »


Throughout this episode, people refer to each other in the form "Comrade-surname," which is inappropriate among colleagues. Dyatlov's subordinates would have called him "Dyatlov" among themselves and "Anatoly Stepanovich" (his first name and patronymic) when addressing him directly, rather than "Comrade Dyatlov," as they do in the episode. Colleagues familiar with one another would have referred to each other either by first name or surname, but also without the use of "comrade," which is an official/bureaucratic form of address. Ironically, when Bryukhanov summons the local Party leadership into an office to figure out what's going on, he refers to them more than once as "gentlemen." Now, if ever there were a time to address a room as "comrades," this would have been it. "Ladies" and "gentlemen" (Russian: "damy" and "gospoda") were terms that had been tossed out of the lexicon upon the establishment of the Soviet regime in the late-1910s/early-1920s for being "bourgeois" and were replaced by "comrades." At a meeting of Communist Party officials, no one would dare address the others as "gentlemen" for fear of appearing politically degenerate. See more »


Valery Legasov: What is the cost of lies? It's not that we'll mistake them for the truth. The real danger is that if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all. What can we do then? What else is left to abandon even the hope of truth and content ourselves instead with stories? In these stories, it doesn't matter who the heroes are. All we want to know is: "Who is to blame?"
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Excellent show
14 May 2019 | by zhu_neoSee all my reviews

Although i know the story for Chernobyl well, I was shocked by Episode 1...really good show! I guess all the reason for recent quality issue on GoT is because HBO is now focusing on this show...LOL

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