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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 26, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 444 Ratings

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  • Summary: In the totalitarian society of Gilead, a handmaiden enslaved to produce a child for Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) named Offred (Elisabeth Moss) seeks the daughter taken from her in this drama series based on Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Apr 20, 2017
    100
    Painfully timely. It's also absolutely enraging, and completely riveting. ... The Handmaid's Tale isn't just the best original show Hulu has ever done. It's one of the most impressive series of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Apr 24, 2017
    100
    At least in the first three episodes, which were screened for critics, everything comes together for A Handmaid's Tale--Miller's script, direction by Reed Morano (who's best known as a cinematographer) and the performances. Moss' performance is arresting.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Apr 28, 2017
    100
    [It] sounds pretty dark, and it is, but the wonder of both Atwood’s novel and the series is that it actually manages to be playful and witty at times.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 25, 2017
    91
    Beautiful, immersive and joyless, Tale can be tough to watch, but “rewarding” trumps “tough.”
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Apr 26, 2017
    90
    It is ambitious, rich, complex, beautifully made television. It may take a couple episodes to really show you what it has to offer, but then you won’t be able to turn away.
  6. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Apr 25, 2017
    88
    The Handmaid’s Tale is something unique, with an adult take on the dystopian genre and a somber and relevant story about the lives and fears of women. The show serves as a wake-up call, and you won’t easily fall back asleep after viewing.
  7. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Apr 21, 2017
    60
    The problem with Hulu’s Handmaid is that nothing is dreadful enough. ... Ms. Moss’s Offred comments regularly on her condition with outraged, silent vulgarities, and seems appalled by rituals and outrages that had become routine in the book. ... But the original Offred was almost too terrorized to imagine defiance, much less exercise it. And such calibrated portraiture helped make the novel click.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 63
  2. Negative: 15 out of 63
  1. Jul 26, 2018
    10
    Excellent series. Each episode is gripping and the plot develops well, never seeming to 'tread water' for the sake of filling time. WellExcellent series. Each episode is gripping and the plot develops well, never seeming to 'tread water' for the sake of filling time. Well acted, filmed and directed. The story explores issues of prejudice and bigotry that resonate all too sadly in the twenty first century. Expand
  2. Aug 3, 2017
    10
    Best new show on television. Everything is perfect. The first episode was slow. Have patience, harrowing dystopian world. IncredibleBest new show on television. Everything is perfect. The first episode was slow. Have patience, harrowing dystopian world. Incredible performances. by everyone and Elizabeth Moss is spectacular. Can not wait for Season 2. Expand
  3. Apr 26, 2017
    10
    Don't believe the low user ratings. Excellent distopian drama. Leave politics aside while you watch--it has been an incredibly well doneDon't believe the low user ratings. Excellent distopian drama. Leave politics aside while you watch--it has been an incredibly well done series so far after three episodes. Expand
  4. Aug 6, 2018
    8
    The first season of The Handmaid's Tale sets up a world in which birthrates have dropped to dangerously low numbers, so all of the fertileThe first season of The Handmaid's Tale sets up a world in which birthrates have dropped to dangerously low numbers, so all of the fertile women are gathered up and forced to serve powerful men in the new society. Their sole purpose is to get pregnant. It's a scary, but rather realistic, portrayal of what life would be like if an extremist group seized control of the United States. Every episode is jam packed with revelations and critical story points, and it never drags. I did find it interesting that it really is hard to care for any of the characters in this show. They are all frustrating at times, but that doesn't take away from the quality of the show at all. It's well worth the watch. Expand
  5. Apr 30, 2017
    6
    It begins with an interesting premise, but it feels a little "samey". Feels like I've seeing it before, whether it was Children of Men, orIt begins with an interesting premise, but it feels a little "samey". Feels like I've seeing it before, whether it was Children of Men, or Man in the High Castle. I feel that it needs to play with its score a bit more like Leftovers does so effectively. And one of my faves, Yvonne Strahovski, feels like she's being wasted. You can't just have her sitting there, seething, through the first two episodes. I know it's early, and I'll revise my score if need be as more episodes unfold. [Added after 3rd Ep;] Things picked up during the 3rd episode, and one thing became clear - this series is one hell of an endorsement for stronger 2nd Amendment protections. Can't imagine this anti-woman regime would ever gain a foothold in the United States with the number of legally armed women we have now. Expand
  6. Apr 21, 2018
    4
    vastly overrated show. If I were American I would be on the left side of the political spectrum but this kind of show does a lot of disservicevastly overrated show. If I were American I would be on the left side of the political spectrum but this kind of show does a lot of disservice to what some critics can consider "the cause": The premise of the whole exercise seems illogical (if procreation were to become such a hot commodity, then women with that power would naturally rise to political power as well). Likewise, if a Franco-like government were to rule America, the country would fall into rapid economic decline and not be such a belligerant state.
    To me, it seems to try to just pay lip-service to what some conservatives rightfully call libtards, trying to exploit all these female empowerment, LGBTXQEYZ#$% rights nonsense that is masking the true economical problems of America.
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  7. Jun 21, 2018
    0
    You and the actors and actresses would have to be sick to like Hand maidens Tale. Margeret Atwood is obviously sick to have that sort ofYou and the actors and actresses would have to be sick to like Hand maidens Tale. Margeret Atwood is obviously sick to have that sort of imagination. No wonder the world is like it is today, no thanks to you. Expand

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