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The Handmaid's Tale (2017 - 2021)

The Handmaid's Tale (2017 - 2021)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized "return to traditional values." As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander's household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids--where anyone could be a spy for Gilead--all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.
Creator: Bruce Miller

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Critics Consensus: Elisabeth Moss is better than ever, but scattershot plotting and an overbearing sense of doom may prove too grim for some viewers to really enjoy The Handmaid's Tale's fourth season.

2019, Hulu, 10 episodes

Critics Consensus: The Handmaid's Tale's third season reigns in its horrors and inspires hope that revolution really is possible -- if only the story would stop spinning its wheels and get to it already.

2019, Hulu, 13 episodes

Critics Consensus: Beautifully shot but dishearteningly relevant, The Handmaid's Tale centers its sophomore season tightly around its compelling cast of characters, making room for broader social commentary through more intimate lenses.

2018, Hulu, 13 episodes

Critics Consensus: Haunting and vivid, The Handmaid's Tale is an endlessly engrossing adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel that's anchored by a terrific central performance from Elisabeth Moss.

2017, Hulu, 10 episodes


Joseph Fiennes
as Commander Fred Waterford
Ann Dowd
as Aunt Lydia
Christopher Meloni
as Commander Winslow
Sam Jaeger
as Mark Tuello
Carson Manning
as Marine Solider
Ever Carradine
as Naomi Putnam
Jonathan Watton
as Mathew Calhoun
McKenna Grace
as Esther Keyes
Krista Morin
as Rachel Tapping
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