The addictive new TV series rating higher than Game of Thrones

Holly Hales
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
HBO's latest offering, Chernobyl, may be an even bigger hit than Games of Thrones. Photo: HBO

With Games of Thrones’ unprecedented eight-season run finally wrapped up, fans are scrambling to find a replacement to satisfy their streaming needs.

And for many, this issue has already been solved - with a new historical drama’s first three episodes already breaking records.

Chernobyl, a five-part mini-series chronicling the real life 1986 nuclear disaster, is HBO’s latest offering and is now the highest-rated show on IMDB.

This early success equates to an impressive 9.6/10 after being reviewed by more than 26,000 fans on the website.

GoT, comparatively has a total IMDB rating of 9.4 while previous cult classic Breaking Bad is marked at 9.5.

Critics on the notoriously hard-to-crack Rotten Tomatoes rating platform agreed with the stellar reviews, giving the show an approval rating of 96 per cent - higher than GoT’s 90 per cent.

The five-part series chronicles the events leading up to and following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Photo: HBO

"Chernobyl rivets with a creeping dread that never dissipates, dramatising a national tragedy with sterling craft and an intelligent dissection of institutional rot," the site’s consensus reads.

In real life, Chernobyl - in Ukrainian USSR - was the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster on April 26, 1986.

What resulted was an unprecedented catastrophe which immediately killed 31 people and is said to be responsible for up to 90,000 deaths more in the decades since.

The effects of the explosion’s radiation left much of the region abandoned and caused illness and disfigurements to thousands living within miles of the plant.

Almost two million people tuned in to watch the series’ UK premiere on May 6, an episode which attempts to piece together the events that immediately preceded the disaster.

Heading up the cast bringing the show to live are Jared Harris, who played King George VI in The Crown, BAFTA winner Emily Watson and Mamma Mia's Stellan Skarsgård.

Fans have already expressed their excitement at the new release, with hundreds taking to Twitter to express their excitement for the final two episodes.

“I read a lot about Chernobyl & found it fascinating, but never took the time to appreciate the gravity of the situation,” wrote one viewer.

“If you haven’t got into Chernobyl yet you are missing the best TV drama in years,” said another.

Chernobyl is now available to stream on Foxtel On Demand

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