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The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 (2017)



Critic 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.


Air date: Apr 26, 2017
Air date: Apr 26, 2017
Air date: Apr 26, 2017
Air date: May 3, 2017
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Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized "return to traditional values." As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander's household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude … More

Genre: Drama
Network: Hulu
Premiere Date: Apr 26, 2017
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Joseph Fiennes
as Commander Fred Water...
Ann Dowd
as Aunt Lydia
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All Critics (88) | Top Critics (34)

Once The Handmaid's Tale was done being a phenomenon, it had to start being television, and that, more or less, is where the problems began.

August 15, 2017 | Full Review…
The Ringer

Unlike the 1990 Harold Pinter-scripted film version of the novel, this take on The Handmaid's Tale is filled with realistic modernity, not the removed, almost sci-fi coldness of its predecessor.

August 14, 2017 | Full Review…
Irish Times

This dark and brilliant series is destined to be one of the best shows of the year. Don't miss it.

August 11, 2017 | Full Review…
The Australian

The show's cinematic scale is impressive, its lush visuals providing effectively disturbing juxtapositions, just as the excellent performances inspire empathy.

August 8, 2017 | Full Review…
Arts Fuse

The greatest truth that The Handmaid's Tale has to offer is that no matter the place, no matter the time, evil remains. In this, the narrative is effective.

July 11, 2017 | Full Review…
Christianity Today

This adaptation is one of the best things you'll see on screen this year thanks to first-rate writing, outstanding performances and gorgeous cinematography.

July 5, 2017 | Full Review…

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