The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
The Handmaid's Tale

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 124


Audience Score

User Ratings: 3393
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Air date: Apr 26, 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 (124) | Top Critics (39)

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

'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…

Audience Reviews for The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    The idea to create a series that draws parallels to real life women's suffrage isn't a bad idea. But the plot is really trash, in 2019 we wish we had a fertility problem.
  • 4d ago
    Packing powerful punches, this show is dark, compelling and features an excellent cast. It also makes us feel as though this could happen which makes it all the more disturbing.
  • Aug 15, 2019
    A masterpiece! Put feminism aside for a moment, this is a brilliantly told story whether you are watching it for empowerment or just as a leisure activity. Each and every character, supporting or lead, hero or villain, is well-written and gets his or her own chance to develop. Season One is slow in parts, but each carefully framed shot is purposeful and powerful. There is no holding back in The Handmaid's Tale, and as the story progresses, there are twists and turns that you have never before seen on T.V.
  • Aug 14, 2019
    What a mess of a show .. Very hard to watch - unless you are a feminist!
  • Aug 11, 2019
    Holy crap. My wife made me watch this with her and I kept falling asleep! This show is sooooooo stinking slow! I feel like fast forwarding half of the time I'm watching it. Slow music plays for most of the show and they have long segments of just showing one of the actors faces for three times as long as they should. Yuk!
  • Jul 28, 2019
    An epic look at what extreme religious ideology can do to a society. Fabulous acting, awesome concept, adaptation, and expansion from Atwood's original novel.
  • Jul 27, 2019
    I honestly don't know how I got through this season. First of all, this would never actually have a chance of happening in real life. Too many people would fight back, along with the government. The main character annoyed the hell out of me, she did a terrible job of displaying any emotion, I could never tell if she was happy, sad, angry, or anything for that matter because all of her emotions look the same. I feel like she was trying way too hard to be a badass heroine, but she doesn't even do anything 99% of the time. She just talks about how much her life sucks and how she's going to find her daughter. And as if that wasn't enough, she kept screwing this dude right after she found out her husband was alive. Like "oh my god my husband who I thought was dead is actually alive? Omg I'm so happy, let me just write this little letter to him telling him how much I love him and then I'll go jump into Nick's bed!" I don't see the point in the beginning scene where she's walking with that other handmaid, it had almost no value to the plot. Not to mention, she has like 4 guys who like her, what makes her so special? She talks too slow, does everything too slow, and she asks people to put their lives at risk for her own benefit. And everything moves so slow. Every episode has predictable events and the episode that shows what her husband was doing this whole time probably takes the cake for the most boring episode in the whole season. Someone forgot to tell the writer that you can skip over events when they don't mean anything, because let me tell you, the amount of things I've been able to forget and still be able to understand the show entirely, is honestly sad. The mc feels the need to explain every little thing for whatever reason, why can't we just figure it out by ourselves? It's literally the easiest things too, I can see explaining stuff like how the ceremony works, but explaining that you can't trust the other maids is just way too much.
  • Jul 16, 2019
    A frightening dystopia whose biggest charm is that it could be so close to the (soon to be possible) reality. Ingeniously acted, impressively staged and from episode to episode truly cruel. A great statement against religion and for an enlightened society.
  • Jul 15, 2019
    Handmaidens Tale. < Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, this series is set in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what used to be part of the United States. Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state, and is faced with environmental disasters and a plummeting birth rate. In a desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world, the few remaining fertile women are forced into sexual servitude. One of these women, Offred, is determined to survive the terrifying world she lives in, and find the daughter that was taken from her. > Now to start my review! What wonderful writing and cinematography! Ever shot where the drama flares shows such a vivid display on the character's faces. They are so immersed it made me so happy seeing such dedication. The risque scenes really show the disasterous beginnings from our kind in the dark days. But that being said I have to give a rating! 4/5 Watch this and enjoy the next Series that will rival Game of Thrones in numbers and ratings!!!
  • Jun 24, 2019
    Makes you want to slit your wrists with a plastic fork!

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