‘Chernobyl’ surpasses ‘Game of Thrones’ to become highest rated IMDb show

BO's Chernobyl, which dramatises one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes due to an explosion in a nuclear plant, has surpassed shows such as Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad to become IMDb's all-time TV rankings just days after airing.

The five-episode show, written by Craig Mazin and directed Johan Renck, had a 9.6-star rating out of 10, based on 152,634 users, as of June 6. The rating puts Chernobyl ahead of cult TV shows such as Breaking Bad (9.5), Planet Earth II (9.5), Band of Brothers (9.5), Planet Earth (9.4), Game of Thrones and The Wire.

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Chernobyl is a retelling of the massive explosion of the nuclear power plant in the Ukraise on April 26, 1986 and its aftermath. The explosion released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe, according to Variety.

The show has earned unanimous critical praise for its handling of the story.

(Source: HBO and IMDb)