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The Handmaid's Tale 

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Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

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Bruce Miller
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 65 wins & 154 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
Elisabeth Moss ...  June Osborne 39 episodes, 2017-2020
Yvonne Strahovski ...  Serena Joy Waterford 31 episodes, 2017-2019
Joseph Fiennes ...  Fred Waterford 29 episodes, 2017-2019
Ann Dowd ...  Aunt Lydia Clements 29 episodes, 2017-2019
Amanda Brugel ...  Rita 29 episodes, 2017-2020
Madeline Brewer ...  Janine Lindo 27 episodes, 2017-2020
Max Minghella ...  Nick Blaine 27 episodes, 2017-2020
Nina Kiri ...  Alma 23 episodes, 2017-2019
O-T Fagbenle ...  Luke Bankole 21 episodes, 2017-2019
Samira Wiley ...  Moira Strand 21 episodes, 2017-2020
Bahia Watson ...  Brianna / ... 19 episodes, 2017-2019
Alexis Bledel ...  Emily Malek 16 episodes, 2017-2019

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A religion-based autocracy has taken over most of the United States, renaming the country Gilead. In this country women are second-class citizens. Anyone trying to escape is punished. One such person is June, who is captured while trying to escape with her husband and child and is sentenced to be a handmaid, bearing children for childless government officials. As a handmaid, June is renamed Offred. This is her story. Written by grantss

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Family is gone forever. (Season 1) See more »

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Trivia

In an essay that was published in the "New York Times" in March 2017 and also as the new introduction to a 2017 edition of her novel "The Handmaid's Tale", Margaret Atwood explained that the inspiration for the handmaids' uniforms and especially their face-hiding headdresses "came not only from mid-Victorian costume and from nuns, but from the Old Dutch Cleanser package of the 1940s, which showed a woman with her face hidden, and which frightened me as a child." See more »

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Although all guards (security personnel) have earphones, there's always a radio chatter audible. See more »

Quotes

Moira: Hey, that shit is contagious. You want to see your baby girl again? Then you need to keep your fucking shit together.
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Waiting for something GREAT to come on Television? Your wait is Over. THIS is IT.
1 May 2017 | by MajorMAliceSee all my reviews

Strong is the word for this series, and little, weak people detest strong so be prepared for the fake reviews and thumbs down across the actual reviews for it. Fear is a powerful thing.

The Handmaid's Tale is perhaps one of the the best Television accomplishments of not only the year (hands down), but of the decade. It is a profound glimpse into a future that could very well happen were it not for people like most of you and me.

In three unforgettable episodes, so far, women such as Offred ("Of FRED", since she belongs to Fred), played by the inimitable Elisabeth Moss, are coerced through bodily harm to be both concubine and scape/punching goat for well to do families. These women are subjected to physical, emotional and mental abuse in the name of God, or if not so much in the name of God, under the twisted word of god, by man. This is not to say that it is a Christian-bashing show, but it depicts what could happen under a theocratic society.

What is most outstanding is that the acting is so amazing, that its quietest moments may be its most powerful. In fact, at times, the series can be emotionally overwhelming and draining — but isn't that a characteristic of a superb and masterful viewing experience?

Don't turn away from it.


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