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Season 1 2019

  • 2019-05-06T18:00:00-07:00 on HBO
  • 60 mins
  • 5 hours, 0 mins (5 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama

Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident — one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — and the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.


5 episodes

1x01 1:23:45

  • Series Premiere

    2019-05-06T18:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

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

1x02 Please Remain Calm

  • 2019-05-13T18:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

With untold millions at risk after the Chernobyl explosion, nuclear physicist Ulana Khomyuk makes a desperate attempt to reach Valery Legasov, a leading Soviet nuclear physicist, and warn him about the threat of second explosion that could devastate the continent.

1x03 Open Wide, O Earth

  • 2019-05-20T18:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

Lyudmilla Ignatenko, a Pripyat resident, ignores warning about her firefighter husband's contamination; Valery Legasov lays out a decontamination plan, complete with human risks.

1x04 The Happiness of All Mankind

  • 2019-05-27T18:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

Valery Legasov and Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina consider using lunar rovers to remove radioactive debris. Ulana Khomyuk faces government hurdles in determining the truth about the cause of the explosion.

1x05 Vichnaya Pamyat

  • 2019-06-03T18:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

Valery Legasov, Boris Shcherbina and Ulana Khomyuk risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about Chernobyl.