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With 'Chernobyl,' Iranians talk other people's nuclear problems, for a change

The miniseries “Chernobyl” is a big hit in Iran and has sparked a debate between conservative and Reformist media about the alleged politics and messaging behind the production.

Iranians, who have been under pressure from the United States over the country's nuclear program, are enjoying discussing someone else’s nuclear problems for a change. The recently released HBO miniseries “Chernobyl,” focusing on the catastrophic nuclear accident in 1986, has proved to be wildly popular in Iran.

Despite four decades of enmity between Iran and the United States, Iranians have always been big fans of American television series. Among the most popular ones are Breaking BadLostPrison Break, 24 and Game of Thrones. Unsurprisingly House of Cards, the political thriller involving sex, lies, backstabbing and murder in the White House, also met with success, elicting positive reactions from conservative media outlets, which maintained that it presented a realistic portrait of inside the White House. Iranian state TV broadcast the political drama concurrently with the US presidential debates in 2016.

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