How to watch Chernobyl in Australia


The five-part HBO drama Chernobyl has quickly become one of the most talked about TV shows of the year.

After only three episodes, the series – which recreates events surrounding one of the worst human-made catastrophes in history – shot to the top of IMDB’s top 250 TV shows in history list.

Critics dig it too, with the show currently sitting on a very impressive 96% Rotten Tomatoes approval rating.

It’s been hard to avoid the buzz on social media. Which, for Australians, begs the question: how and where can we watch it?

On that front there’s some good news.

Assuming you don’t already have a Foxtel subscription, you can watch Chernobyl by signing on for a free 10-day trial with Foxtel, which has the show available to stream on Foxtel Now.

Be prepared, however, because by all accounts it ain’t easy viewing.

Having said that, the reviews have been ecstatic.

“This isn’t just a gripping five-part disaster film but an examination of Soviet news-speak in its late-stage death throes,” said Verne Gay from Newsday. “It’s intelligent, at times intricate, explanatory journalism, especially about nuclear power technology.”

Rebecca Nicholson from The Guardian went even further, writing: “What a thrill it is to see it all playing out so brilliantly. This is television that sears itself on to your brain. In spite of the horrors, five episodes do not feel like nearly enough.”