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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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The drama series based on the novel of the same name written by Margaret Atwood is set in a dystopian future where fertility rates have dropped and the few fertile women remaining, called Handmaids, have been forced into servitude; they are ritually raped so they can get pregnant and bear children for wealthy couples. Season 1 follows the lives of several members of this society: Fred (Joseph Fiennes) and Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) are a powerful couple who own Handmaid June (Elisabeth Moss); Emily (Alexis Bledel) is a lesbian who escaped death by being made a Handmaid; Janine (Madeline Brewer) is a Handmaid who won't accept her condition; Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) is the woman in charge of the Handmaids.

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Joseph Fiennes
as Commander Fred Waterford
Ann Dowd
as Aunt Lydia
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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.

April 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.

April 24, 2017 | Full Review…

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

April 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.

April 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.

April 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.

April 26, 2017 | Full Review…
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