HBO's 'Chernobyl' Got Some Things Wrong About The Awful Event

Chernobyl has quickly become the highest rated show, and with good reason.

And although it got a lot of things right on the nose, it wasn't truthful to everything.

The show got a lot of things right, but not everything.


I mean, it makes sense.

To turn a real-life event to television, the writers and producers obviously had to change some things.

To this day, people are still struggling to understand what actually happened.


It was the world's worst nuclear power plant accident.

The people were exposed to extreme radiation levels.

Craig Mazin, who wrote and produced the series made sure to be very careful in how he told the events.


He spoke to Variety's "TV Take" podcast about it.

"I always defaulted to the less dramatic because the things that we know for sure happened are so inherently dramatic,"

So what did the show get wrong?


Buckle up, because we're about to get into it.

Spoilers ahead if you haven't watched the show yet!

Ulana Khomyuk did not exist.


Ulana Khomyuk is a nuclear physicist in the show.

However, the character is meant to represent many of the scientists involved in the event.

The Chernobyl Fire.


In the show, the fire gave off twice the radiation of Hiroshima every hour.

But obviously, you can't compare the two disastrous events.

The helicopter crash isn't entirely accurate.


But it's not wrong.

In the episode, it happens right when the explosion takes place. However, in real life, it happened later on.

An explosion that would have followed would not have made Europe uninhabitable.


When it was mentioned, Mazin said that it was "an exaggeration."

Have you seen the show yet? Let us know in the comments!