The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
The Handmaid's Tale

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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


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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 (40)

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…
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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…
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'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…

The show's exquisitely staged imaginings of these scenarios are set in a fictional near future, but they are anchored in a profound understanding of the darkest corners of human nature.

Sep 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The Handmaid's Tale is difficult to watch... But it is masterfully put together, terrifyingly scored, and devastatingly acted by its central characters.

Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1

  • May 20, 2020
    This show is about a dystopia where certain women (known as handmaid's) are made to be forced surrogates/ sex slaves. I only made it to episode 4 so take everything I'm saying with a pinch of salt. I started watching this show after just finishing the novel. I already didn't think the novel was that great and thus I think this may have affected my enjoyment of the show. I didn't like this and I think it's mainly because it never hooked me, on an individual level most things are good. Acting is fine, cinematography is fine, music etc. but it just felt gratutious. All the torture felt so over-the-top compared to the book and I just ended up finding it boring - there's only so many ways you can show characters having horrible things done to them before they blur together. A lot of the characters just ended up feeling 2D caricatures of villians too. Basicallly, I just found myself bored when watching it. I tried to give it a chance but I gotta say that overall it's kinda wack
  • May 13, 2020
    A top-tier adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, Season 1 of The Handmaid's Tale is also an exemplary piece of television in its own right. Beautiful cinematography and an eerie score create the perfect atmosphere for this dystopian future. The show features excellent performances by Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, and Alexis Bledel. It is rare to see such a strong cast of complex female characters in dystopian dramas like this one. The show is certainly most in its element as a drama, focused on the difficulty of survival in terrible circumstances. It is not a plot-driven show, and scenes where the writers try to be overly dramatic or shocking lean toward clunky. Most additions and changes from the original novel fit in well with the universe, though occasionally they feel unnecessary. All the same, it is easily among one of the best television series of the 2010s, and deserves to go down a classic.
  • May 04, 2020
    The fact that this show does not have a 100 rating shocks me to my core. From the acting to the camera work and costume design this show is brilliance. Never has a show been able to tackle such topics with such great impact, all while being able to sneak in the occasional laugh, right before being scarred by a gruesome scene, of course.
  • May 03, 2020
    It was a good first season, sadly it wont keep up.
  • Apr 16, 2020
    في مستقبل خيالي تتمكن ديكتاتورية دينية من السيطرة على الولايات المتحدة، لتقوم بعملية قلب للمفاهيم والقيم، يحكي المسلسل حياة سيدة تم استعبادها في المجتمع الجديد (جلياد) وكيف تمكنت مع مجموعة من الإماء من عمل تنظيم سري استطاع هدم النظام الجديد من الداخل. ويصور المسلسل بدقة كيف ستبدو الحياة/القيم/المفاهيم في ظل ديكتاتورية دينية (ثيوقراطية - نَصيّة)؟
  • Apr 14, 2020
    Quite literally the best piece of television to air. From the cinematics, the writing, the acting, the plot, the system. All of it.
  • Apr 14, 2020
    The first season is just great. It holds a sharp balance of suspense, plot evolution and character presentation. Needless to say that the cinematography and the art direction are just flawless.
  • Mar 29, 2020
    i love this show. it kind of reminds me of divergent or the hunger games
  • Mar 27, 2020
    A slow burner, but the most terrifying and effective dystopian story I've encountered. The contemporary setting is the most disturbing part, and how utterly convincing it all is. Perfectly acted, heavy and intense but phenomenal.
  • Mar 22, 2020
    Based on Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale will take us to a dystopian and devastating world, with themes such as the treatment of women and social criticism, that Elisabeth Moss makes an emotional and great performance like Offred, and let us live an experience that will never be forgotten.

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