HBO’s Chernobyl is now the top-ranked show of all time on IMDb

HBO’s Chernobyl is now the top-ranked show of all time on IMDb putting it ahead of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones

Chernobyl, HBO’s gritty and horrifying retelling of the worst nuclear disaster in human history, has jumped to the No. 1 spot on IMDb’s all-time TV rankings just days after the limited series concluded.

As of Tuesday, Chernobyl had a 9.7-star (out of 10) average rating from about 140,000 users on the Amazon-owned IMDb site. 

The five-episode limited series finished its run on HBO Sunday, June 3.

Critically acclaimed: HBO’s Chernobyl has jumped to the No. 1 spot on IMDb’s all-time TV rankings. Pictured are the show’s stars Emily Watson and Jared Harris as Soviet nuclear physicists Ulana Khomyuk and Valery Legasov

For now, that puts the critically acclaimed Chernobyl ahead of AMC’s Breaking Bad (9.5), BBC’s Planet Earth II (9.5), HBO’s Band of Brothers (9.5), the original Planet Earth (9.4), HBO’s Game of Thrones (9.3) and HBO’s The Wire (9.3), according to IMDb’s ranking of TV shows. (Fandango’s Rotten Tomatoes currently doesn’t provide an Audience Score for Chernobyl.)

Variety TV critic Caroline Framke, in her review of the show, wrote, ‘Rather than bursting into shocking twists, writer Craig Mazin and director Johan Renck build a steadily creeping unease, allowing the scale of the atrocity to sink in with terrible, fitting gravity.’

Horrifying: Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the April 26, 1986, massive explosion of the nuclear power plant in Ukraine that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe

Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the April 26, 1986, massive explosion of the nuclear power plant in Ukraine that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. 

The limited series was shot on location in Ukraine and in a partly decommissioned nuclear power plant in Lithuania.

The series stars Jared Harris as Valery Legasov, a leading Soviet nuclear physicist; Stellan Skarsgard as Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina, who is assigned by the Kremlin to lead the government commission on Chernobyl after the accident; and Emily Watson, who portrays Ulana Khomyuk, a Soviet nuclear physicist committed to solving the mystery of what caused the Chernobyl explosion. 

Variety TV critic Caroline Framke, in her review of the show, wrote, ‘Rather than bursting into shocking twists, writer Craig Mazin and director Johan Renck build a steadily creeping unease, allowing the scale of the atrocity to sink in with terrible, fitting gravity.’

Chernobyl is created, written and executive produced by Craig Mazin (The Huntsman: Winter’s War) and directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad). 

It’s produced by Sister Pictures and the Mighty Mint as an HBO/Sky co-production, with executive producers Carolyn Strauss and Jane Featherstone and Renck and Chris Fry co-executive producing. Sanne Wohlenberg (Black Mirror) also produces.

HBO Home Entertainment will release Chernobyl on digital on June 24, which will include the companion bonus content piece Pivotal Moment — The Trial in which the show’s climactic trial scene is discussed in interviews with Renck, Mazin, Watson and Harris.

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