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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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Wednesday, August 14

With her plan in place, June reaches the point of no return on her bold strike against Gilead; Serena Joy and Commander Waterford attempt to find their way forward in their new lives.


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Cast

Series cast summary:
Elisabeth Moss ...  June Osborne 37 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 26 episodes, 2017-2019
Madeline Brewer ...  Janine Lindo 24 episodes, 2017-2019
Max Minghella ...  Nick Blaine 24 episodes, 2017-2019
Nina Kiri ...  Alma 23 episodes, 2017-2019
O-T Fagbenle ...  Luke Bankole 21 episodes, 2017-2019
Bahia Watson ...  Brianna 19 episodes, 2017-2019
Samira Wiley ...  Moira Strand 18 episodes, 2017-2019
Alexis Bledel ...  Emily Malek 16 episodes, 2017-2019
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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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A house barren of hope. (Season 1) See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Handmaid's Tale See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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MGM Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

During a November 2017 interview on the Alabama Public Television program "Bookmark with Don Noble," Margaret Atwood explained the significance of one aspect of the show's set decoration: "Written words are the big forbidden sexy no-no thing in this culture [Gilead]. It may interest you to know that in the [television] series, all of the paintings in the Commander's house are from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. And the signatures on them are the only things you can read in that house, apart from what's in [the] library. So I said to the people running the show, 'Did you borrow them from the museum?' And they said, 'No, we got this nice man in China to do them for us at 20 bucks a pop' . . . It shows that these people are like other totalitarians in that they loot things, and the people at the top get to have them." See more »

Goofs

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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User Reviews

 
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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