The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 (2017)

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Critic 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.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2017
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Air date: Apr 26, 2017
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Air date: Apr 26, 2017
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Air date: May 3, 2017
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Air date: May 10, 2017
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Air date: May 17, 2017
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Air date: May 24, 2017
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Air date: May 31, 2017
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Air date: Jun 7, 2017
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Air date: Jun 14, 2017

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Set in the dystopian future, this series follows a fertile woman who is forced into sexual servitude due to the world's plunging birthrate. Based on a novel by Margaret Atwood.

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Critic Reviews for The Handmaid's Tale Season 1

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (36)

The Handmaid's Tale is a haunting confluence of tenses. It's also one of the best shows of the year so far, at times hard to watch but impossible to ignore.

Apr 13, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The Handmaid's Tale raises Hulu's standing as a source of original drama content. And it raises the bar for what TV can accomplish, even in the middle of the medium's current golden era.

Apr 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Viewers and readers may understandably see The Handmaid's Tale as cautionary.

Apr 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

For all the horror of the show, I did not find watching it to be an entirely hopeless experience.

Apr 21, 2017 | Full Review…
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Moss' character is at the center of it all, whether in flashbacks or at the mercy of her captors. Her performance is both touching and fierce, with basic sanity at stake in a world where one false move can close the door on everything.

Apr 26, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Hulu's excellent adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale, is a horror show unveiled in slow motion.

Apr 26, 2017 | Full Review…
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The show's refusal to engage with race renders it incapable of tackling the racialized ways an authoritative regime would interact with the bodies of black and brown women.

Mar 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Don't get me wrong, what you watch is horrifying and grotesque at times. Yet the way in which Watkinson and White shoot the brutality, you can't help but be amazed.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The show's exquisitely staged imaginings of these scenarios are set in a fictional near future, but they are anchored in a profound understanding of the darkest corners of human nature.

Sep 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The Handmaid's Tale is difficult to watch... But it is masterfully put together, terrifyingly scored, and devastatingly acted by its central characters.

Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…

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