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.



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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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All Critics (121) | Top Critics (38)

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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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…

Audience Reviews for The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1

  • 4h ago
    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!
  • Jun 11, 2019
    I read this book in the 80's for a college course and even back then I thought it was a ridiculous women's subjugation fantasy story. Right up there with 50 shades of grey. The only difference 30 years later is the liberal propaganda subtext, which was conveniently edited into the series. Very transparent, very predictable.
  • Jun 08, 2019
    Having read the book years ago in university to see it come to like in such a chilling fashion is both amazing and horrifying at the same time. Elizabeth is incredible.
  • May 31, 2019
    Amazing cinamatography. Amazing story. The adaption from book is absolutly NOT disappointing
  • May 12, 2019
    Amazing writing, raw and fearless acting, just brilliant all around. Somehow manages to deal with relevant social justice issues without preaching or shoving them down your throat, which is particularly brilliant considering the entire show revolves around them. Engrossing. Absolutely must-watch.
  • May 10, 2019
    The handmaid's tale is an ANTI WHITE propaganda and smear campaign with completely laughable plot and is just made to make white women stop having kids with white men, and even though the story originally was inspired by the treatment of women in islam down to the female genital mutilation completely unheard of in Christianity the whole series is now put in a Christian context
  • Apr 29, 2019
    Watching The Handmaid's Tale is like swimming in a cold but beautiful lake. At first your whole body hates it but after a while you find that you want to stay. You realize after that you're a stronger person than you used to be.
  • Mar 29, 2019
    Superb adaptation of Margaret Atwood's classic novel about a dystopian society in which women are repressed to be hand maids, with the only purpose to give birth to children. The cast is superb across the board, with Elizabeth Moss shining as June/Offred, a handmaid trying her best just to survive and fight when she can. She balances her character completely, showing her flaws and strengths, and makes you understand every decision she makes is a human one. She gets fantastic support from the rest of the cast, particularly Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski as Lord Commander and Mrs. Waterford, the couple Offred is 'assigned' to. Both actors are allowed to show traces of humanity, even when doing monstrous things (Lord Commander wishes for a better world, while his wife just wants a baby). Behind the camera, the show runners do a a superb job adapting the classic novel along with expanding forward (the first season is essentially the book, with the second being a completely original sequel). They do an excellent job showing how Gilead came to be (the plague that reduced birthrates is emphasized) along with showing how the society is already fraying. It makes for a realistic commentary for totalitarian societies and the dangers of venturing towards them. Simply put, one of the finest shows on television today and the one that put Hulu on the map.
  • Mar 11, 2019
    If I had to describe 2017, it would the year of #metoo. Because of that, The Handmaid's Tale is the definitive show of this era.

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