The Handmaid's Tale

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Season 1 episodes (14)

1 Offred
Offred, one the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife.
2 Birth Day
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.
3 Late
Offred visits Janine's baby with Serena Joy and remembers the early days of the revolution before Gilead. Ofglen faces a difficult challenge.
4 Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum
Punished by Serena Joy, Offred begins to unravel and reflects on her time with Moira at the Red Center. A complication during the Ceremony threatens Offred's survival with the Commander and Serena Joy.
5 Faithful
Serena Joy makes Offred a surprising proposition. Offred remembers the unconventional beginnings of her relationship with her husband.
6 A Woman's Place
A Mexican Ambassador visiting Gilead questions Offred about her life as a Handmaid. Serena Joy reflects on her marriage and the role she once played in Gilead's inception.
7 The Other Side
Remembering her family's treacherous escape attempt, a shocking revelation from life before Gilead provides a new perspective on Offred's life.
8 Jezebels
The Commander surprises Offred with a secret adventure in Gilead. Nick's troubled past leads to his recruitment by the Sons of Jacob.
9 The Bridge
Offred embarks on a dangerous mission for the resistance. Janine moves to a new posting. Serena Joy suspects the Commander's infidelity.
10 Night
Serena Joy confronts Offred and the Commander. Offred struggles with a complicated, life-changing revelation. The Handmaids face a brutal decision.
101 Trailer (Official)
See what's ahead on this season of The Handmaid's Tale.
102 My Name Is Offred (Teaser Trailer)
Meet our chief protagonist Offred in this chilling teaser.
103 First-Look Teaser
Introduce yourself to the world of The Handmaid's Tale.
104 Her Story Is Our Story (Teaser)
Welcome to Gilead. Buckle in and find out what's in store on this season of The Handmaid's Tale.

About this show

Facing a plunging birthrate; a fundamentalism regime has begun treating women as property. As one of the few remaining fertile women; Offred is a Handmaid; one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as an attempt to repopulate the world.

Ratings and reviews

632 reviews
Tim Dermoss
January 27, 2018
This is the worst written, poorly constructed and edited with no world building in a tv show. There is no evidence this is a horrible life. The choppy back and forth timeline makes this a mess. There is no logic to why things are the way they are and accepted and why they would want short ugly babies when models would be more believable. It's painful to watch Moss up close nonstop. The narrow focal length and look makes this show look cheap and plastic on bluescreens. Not a best show at all but we all know why it wins because of this fake victimization fear mongering in society. Seriously f this show.
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Maria Jamison
January 7, 2024
Hysterical anti-male agitprop that only an idiot could love. I watched it for the lulz. I do have questions though. For starters, can anyone explain to me why Elizabeth Moss seemed so sad when confronted with a decapitated Lincoln Memorial? Iconoclasm became a celebrated activity for a good day out nary a year later all across the United States, and I can assure you, it wasn't religious fundie fascists destroying those statues of old white men. Liberals: your ideology is completely incoherent.
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Brad Scalio
May 8, 2021
The episodes themselves as a standalone piece follow a narrative and character arc; however, if you watch The Handmaid's Tale in quick succession it becomes apparent when Atwood's inspiration ends as all structure and character development ends with it. While art imitates life, the constant progression and retrogression in each episode of the overarching story makes the series as a whole difficult to sustain; for every carrot dangled at the viewer, six are stolen back by the closing credits.
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