The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
The Handmaid's Tale

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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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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 (124) | Top Critics (40)

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 Handmaid's Tale' has understood the tone and message of the original novel, perfectly replacing pure reflection for emotion. [Full review in Spanish]

Aug 14, 2019 | Full Review…

This television show could not be more timely. And luckily, it's also brilliant and terrifying.

Dec 28, 2017 | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1

  • Jul 20, 2020
    Develops the novel further in ways that make sense to update it for current times as well as flesh out some characters and world-build Guilead. It's refreshing to see a story that is so fully from the female point of view and explores the ways various female characters find resilience and seek out small areas of power under circumstances they have little control over. Lots of great acting all around.
  • Jul 12, 2020
    When it came out i couldnt make it pass episode 2, i only started to watch it after a saw a youtuber recap about the series to really know what the series is about. This makes me know what is about in 10 min so i can watch it and not give up as i know where the story is going, i feel like the show didnt know where it wanted to go and most senario is basically force you to accept it without logic. Not to mention the series show the most unproductive possible ways to get what they want. Overnight everyone has learned this new religion, show did nothing to build up why and how, it just force me to just accept how they got here. Hope season 2 is more interesting
  • Jul 09, 2020
    It's haunting and horrific but in an addictive sort of way. It highlights the problems in our society by making them into an extreme dystopian alternate reality.
  • Jul 02, 2020
    Great adaptation of the book, beautiful cinematography.
  • Jun 24, 2020
    Incredible series with outstanding acting. Hard to watch at times but everyone over the age of eighteen should watch Season 1. The tragedy is all of the horrors in Margaret Atwood's futuristic story have either taken place or are still occurring in many parts of the world. This series is an eye opener, perhaps a timely warning that the West isn't immune to the horrors that already affect millions of people around the world. Margaret Atwood makes it all too easy to realise what could occur if we allow our freedoms and rights to be gradually removed. She reminds us that change is slow, so slow and insidious that it often goes unnoticed until it is too late. She reminds us that even atrocities against humanity can, and currently are in many places, justified and accepted by many under the guise of 'religion' or some other 'calling' and that after a while these changes do become the new 'normal'. The scary thing is this fictional story has become more relevant and we can see changes happening in the West... the gradual limits on freedom of speech, the media's ability to make certain viewpoints socially unacceptable and influence the way the nation thinks, the ever increasing rules and regulations, the growing ability to access our personal information and view our activity (all in the name of our safety and protection). What's next, microchipping in the name of convenience? Despite all the decades of fighting for women's rights, we now have the acceptance of practices such as segregation and beliefs that are opposed to our core values of freedom, equality and democracy. Add the fact that fertility rates in Europe and Western countries are declining and it makes Margaret Atwood's fictional story seem all too possible if we continue to ignore the writing on the wall.
  • Jun 02, 2020
    This is such a great show, the story catches you since the first episode and the performance from Elisabeth Moss is amazing
  • May 20, 2020
    This show is about a dystopia where certain women (known as handmaid's) are made to be forced surrogates/ sex slaves. I only made it to episode 4 so take everything I'm saying with a pinch of salt. I started watching this show after just finishing the novel. I already didn't think the novel was that great and thus I think this may have affected my enjoyment of the show. I didn't like this and I think it's mainly because it never hooked me, on an individual level most things are good. Acting is fine, cinematography is fine, music etc. but it just felt gratutious. All the torture felt so over-the-top compared to the book and I just ended up finding it boring - there's only so many ways you can show characters having horrible things done to them before they blur together. A lot of the characters just ended up feeling 2D caricatures of villians too. Basicallly, I just found myself bored when watching it. I tried to give it a chance but I gotta say that overall it's kinda wack
  • May 13, 2020
    A top-tier adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, Season 1 of The Handmaid's Tale is also an exemplary piece of television in its own right. Beautiful cinematography and an eerie score create the perfect atmosphere for this dystopian future. The show features excellent performances by Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, and Alexis Bledel. It is rare to see such a strong cast of complex female characters in dystopian dramas like this one. The show is certainly most in its element as a drama, focused on the difficulty of survival in terrible circumstances. It is not a plot-driven show, and scenes where the writers try to be overly dramatic or shocking lean toward clunky. Most additions and changes from the original novel fit in well with the universe, though occasionally they feel unnecessary. All the same, it is easily among one of the best television series of the 2010s, and deserves to go down a classic.
  • May 04, 2020
    The fact that this show does not have a 100 rating shocks me to my core. From the acting to the camera work and costume design this show is brilliance. Never has a show been able to tackle such topics with such great impact, all while being able to sneak in the occasional laugh, right before being scarred by a gruesome scene, of course.
  • May 03, 2020
    It was a good first season, sadly it wont keep up.

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