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HBO's 'Chernobyl' Becomes Second Highest Rated TV Show

The mini-series is also currently rated 9.5 on IMDb, which is higher than both 'Game of Thrones' and 'Breaking Bad'.

Written by Craig Mazin ('The Hangover Part II' and 'III', 'Scary Movie 3' and '4'), and directed by Johan Renck, the five-part series depicts a dramatised version of the true story of the infamous Chernobyl disaster, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, which took place in April 1986 in Pripyat, Ukraine. The series also follows the build-up to the disaster, along with the devasting aftermath.

Starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Emily Watson, the series has won over critics, with the show earning a 95% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomato, taking over the hugely popular 'Game of Thrones' which stands at a 90% Certified Fresh rating.

Social media users are also raving about the gripping series, with some going as far as describing the show as a "masterpiece."

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If you're not familiar with the devastation caused by the Chernobyl disaster, the explosion of the reactor saw 400 times as much radioactive fallout as the bomb the US dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

As well as this, the pilots who extinguished the initial fires all died of radiation, and three generations on, children are still being born with horrific deformities as a result of the event.

Abandoned swing boat and Ferris wheel two kilometres from the Chernobyl power plant. Image: Getty

To this day, an exclusion zone of approximately 30km surrounds the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant where radioactive contamination is highest and public access and inhabitation are restricted.

Scientists believe that the area, which has since been taken over by wildlife, won't be safe for human habitation for at least 20,000 years.

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