Art is subjective and anybody who tells you otherwise is biased and clueless. Appreciating the entire spectrum of art – whether it be through novels, movies, television, paintings or sculpture – it’s all in the eye of the beholder.
That’s why when you ask what someone’s favorite television show is you’ll hear some of the usuals like “Breaking Bad,” “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” “Cheers,” “The Sopranos,” or “The Wire;” but you also may get something like Chuck Norris’ “Walker, Texas Ranger” or “Kung Fu.” A person’s sensibilities to entertainment can be unpredictable.
And this one new show sneakily became the highest rated television series on IMDb ever and it’s not any of the shows you’re thinking of.
Call it bad lazy writing; sloppy and unfulfilled character arcs, perplexing character decisions, snafus like the Starbucks coffee cup and the bottle of water, or the terrible lighting in “The Long Night,” but overall people were genuinely angry with how it ended.
“Game of Thrones” isn’t alone in that category. The finale to “Lost” was one of the bigger letdowns of this century because it never concluded what “the island” actually was. People were also upset with the ending of “Seinfeld” and that’s just a comedy show.
“Game of Thrones” wasn’t the first time and it certainly won’t be the last.
But then you have television gems airing right now that blows the doors off the competition like HBO’s new miniseries “Chernobyl,” which has quietly become the highest rated series on IMDb (the International Movie Database) ever.
And it truly is one of the most harrowing, gripping, disturbing, and phenomenally acted, written and directed pieces of television that’s come out in a long, long time. The voters agree.
If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s based on the true story of the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986; about the catastrophic nuclear accident where a reactor exploded and radiation spilled into the surrounding area claiming the deaths of so many that it’s hard to put an accurate calculation on it.
HBO’s “Chernobyl” is truly a master class of filmmaking in literally every aspect of production. There are zero flaws in the show.
You might think it was an open-and-shut case; the nuclear plant exploded and people evacuated, right? No. It was much more complex and what happened behind the scenes was nothing short of jaw dropping. To be clear, its not all about the violently graphical nature of what happens when someone is exposed to a lot of radiation – although that does happen to a particular character – but it’s more about the attempted cover-up and the heroes that saved it from spreading into a huge chunk of Europe.
Here’s what IMDb has as their current top-rated shows:
- Chernobyl (9.7 – 52,000 votes)
- Planet Earth II (9.5 – 71,000 votes)
- Band of Brothers (9.5 – 317,000 votes)
- Planet Earth (9.4 – 147,000 votes)
- Breaking Bad (9.4 – 1,200,000 votes)
- Game of Thrones (9.4, 1,500,000 votes)
- Our Planet (9.4 – 10,000 votes)
- The Wire (9.3 – 244,000 votes)
- Cosmos (9.3 – 95,000 votes)
- Blue Planet (9.3 – 19,000 votes)
Of course shows like “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad” and “Band of Brothers” dwarf “Chernobyl” in the sheer volume of voters but 52,000 people voting in agreement isn’t too shabby either.
It’s also important to note that like “Band of Brothers,” this is a miniseries, but it’s still put on the same television series realm.
There’s no question “Chernobyl” is an outstanding show and if you’re not watching then you’re missing out.