Any drama that focuses on a dark time in history is bound to be bleak. But HBO's miniseries Chernobyl is taking bleakness to a whole new level. When the finale airs on June 3, you will be desperately in need of lighter movies and TV shows to watch after Chernobyl. Because after watching five episodes of people's bodies getting ravaged by the effects of radiation poisoning and dogs getting executed, something to lighten the mood is pretty much a requirement. And these historic-ish movies and TV shows available to stream just might be able to put you in a less devastated headspace.
The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Soviet Union occurred more than 30 years ago in 1986. And while there are plenty of atrocities occurring all over the world today, Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin was able to give the full scope of the terror thanks to a ton of historical research and the help of hindsight. A lot of dramas set in the past make modern audiences reexamine the outdated attitudes and values of the time, which inevitably is a bummer (to say the least). But in this list of period pieces, the goal is to keep it as light as possible. Because after Chernobyl, everyone deserves to be distracted by something happy to help lessen your all-too-real thoughts of political coverups and potential nuclear holocausts.