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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.


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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.


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

Offred is very much the center and Moss has never been more compelling. As oppressed as Offred is, she's fully human and, unfortunately, a character both of and for our time.

May 1, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Watching it happen is like seeing a monster movie but one where the monsters are the men seizing power. And the future world of "The Handmaid's Tale" is even more haunting because it's all paranoia and bleakness.

April 27, 2017 | Full Review…
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