The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 (2017)



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.


The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 Videos

The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 Photos

Tv Season Info

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.


Joseph Fiennes
as Commander Fred Waterford
Ann Dowd
as Aunt Lydia
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1

Critic Reviews for The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (32)

This dark and brilliant series is destined to be one of the best shows of the year. Don't miss it.

August 11, 2017 | Full Review…

This adaptation is one of the best things you'll see on screen this year thanks to first-rate writing, outstanding performances and gorgeous cinematography.

July 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Elisabeth Moss ... brings humanity and wit to the title role.

June 5, 2017 | Full Review…

There are many decent actors in this series -- Joseph Fiennes, Max Minghella -- but all focus is on Elisabeth Moss as Offred, the handmaiden through whose eyes the story is seen. She is supremely well cast.

June 2, 2017 | Full Review…

We want to watch it, because we fear that if we don't, we won't recognise the horror when it comes.

May 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Another reason to watch: It's just so beautifully acted.

May 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1

There are no featured audience reviews yet. Click the link below to see what others say about The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1!

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Handmaid's Tale on our TV talk forum!

News & Features