The Handmaid's Tale - Season 1, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes


Critic Consensus: Elizabeth Moss' expressive eyes speak volumes to unspeakable horrors in "Offred," an effective, if allusive, introduction to the bleak world of Gilead.

Episode Info

Offred, one the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife.


Joseph Fiennes
as Commander Fred Waterford
Ann Dowd
as Aunt Lydia
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Moss's beaky physiognomy and hawk-like stares might have been custom-made to play a bowed but unbroken woman incubating secret memories of a previous life, with a sarcastic commentary unspooling in her head.

September 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The brilliance of The Handmaid's Tale in part emerges from a quality it shares with the book: it never over-explains, or preaches.

September 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The world of Gilead isn't quite fleshed out, but we get the gist of it from subtle details...Despite the show's tone, it's beautifully shot. Even the ugly scenes are pretty.

July 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The Handmaid's Tale begins fittingly with the end of the world as we know it.

December 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The great thing about this show is that it allows us to glean information about the new world we find ourselves in piece by piece. There's no lengthy exposition provided. The show trusts that we're smart enough to figure it out.

September 13, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a very tough watch, but so far, a triumph of an adaptation.

September 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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