The Handmaid's Tale - Season 1, Episode 2 - Rotten Tomatoes


Critic Consensus: Levity is found in the form of perfectly suited -- and surprisingly humorous -- song choices that help "Birth Day" overcome the hopelessness of Gilead.

Episode Info

Offred and her fellow Handmaids assist with the delivery of Janine's baby, prompting Offred to recall her own daughter's birth. Offred draws closer to Ofglen while dreading a secret meeting with the Commander.


Joseph Fiennes
as Commander Fred Waterford
Ann Dowd
as Aunt Lydia
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Critic reviews for Birth Day

The moment plays equally devastating and funny, but that's why I love the show's use of humor and music: if you don't have a gallows humor you don't have anything.

November 4, 2017 | Full Review…

The real pleasure of this episode was seeing Joseph Fiennes sink his teeth into a meaty role.

September 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sometimes you're in the horror movie; sometimes, nobody wins.

July 3, 2018 | Full Review…

No, I actually mean that: The producers used the song from The Breakfast Club and it's perfect.

November 4, 2017 | Full Review…

While I'd love to envision Moira and Ofglen and any other Gilead escapee possibly rallying help up north, you just know they're probably enduring something painful somewhere awful.

November 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Atwood has often said that she didn't write fantasy in The Handmaid's Tale-everything that happens in this story happens, or has happened, or is happening, to women in the real world. This is a horror story about slut-shaming.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

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