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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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Series cast summary:
Elisabeth Moss ...  June Osborne 29 episodes, 2017-2019
Max Minghella ...  Nick Blaine 27 episodes, 2017-2019
Amanda Brugel ...  Rita 24 episodes, 2017-2019
Yvonne Strahovski ...  Serena Joy Waterford 20 episodes, 2017-2018
Joseph Fiennes ...  Fred Waterford 19 episodes, 2017-2018
Ann Dowd ...  Aunt Lydia 19 episodes, 2017-2018
Madeline Brewer ...  Janine 16 episodes, 2017-2018
O-T Fagbenle ...  Luke Bankole 15 episodes, 2017-2018
Nina Kiri ...  Alma 14 episodes, 2017-2018
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Storyline

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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Official | Official Hungarian website | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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MGM Television See more »
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2.00 : 1
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Margaret Atwood has said that pretty much everything that happens in the novel has happened somewhere in history: The Bible, the Iranian revolution of 1978-79, the backlash against 1980s feminism, etc. See more »

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

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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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"The Handmaid's Snail"
31 May 2018 | by mzand-751-539572See all my reviews

"The Handmaid's Tale" is the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel of a right wing religious takeover of the USA that subjugates women. While beautifully produced, the two biggest problems of the series are the tortuously slow pace and the painfully boring performance of Elizabeth Moss in the leading role. Being one of the show's executive producers may account for her casting but she's five to eight years too old for the role which is about a woman being exploited for her fertility. The other major problem is that "The Handmaid's Tale" was a masterpiece of understatement and brevity. In trying to drag the story out over multiple seasons, the producers have been forced to go off on uninteresting tangents that did not exist in the book and slooow the pace of show down to an aggravating crawl. Do we really need to see endless scenes of Offred (Moss) climbing the stairs going into her room, slowly taking of her garb, all the while alternating between her three default expressions, dazed and angry, dazed and stricken and dazed and confused? Relieved by brief sequences of action where the story actually moves forward, insert the above in almost every other scene and that's the gist of the show.

If you're a fan of the book, the only way to watch this show is on fast forward. A better title for this series would have been "The Handmaid's Snail."


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