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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:
...  June Osborne 23 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Nick Blaine 22 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Serena Joy Waterford 20 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Fred Waterford 19 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Aunt Lydia 19 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Rita 19 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Luke Bankole 18 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Janine 17 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Moira 15 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Emily 13 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Alma 10 episodes, 2017-2018
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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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A História de Uma Serva  »

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In an April 2018 interview with Salon's Mary Elizabeth Williams, Amanda Brugel (Rita) said that as the self-described "lone Canadian in the cast," The Handmaid's Tale changed her life long before she won a role in the show. She was assigned Margaret Atwood's novel as a fifteen-year-old high school student and subsequently wrote some short stories based on it. Later, she wrote her university application thesis on the novel and received a full scholarship on that basis. Brugel said that the main focus of that university application essay was Rita, the character she now plays on the show. 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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Waiting for something GREAT to come on Television? Your wait is Over. THIS is IT.
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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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