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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 21 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Serena Joy Waterford 20 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Fred Waterford 19 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Aunt Lydia 19 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Rita 18 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Janine 16 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Luke Bankole 15 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Alma 14 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Emily 11 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Moira 11 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Brianna 11 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Dolores 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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Know the lies behind their laws. (Season 1) See more »

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26 April 2017 (USA)  »

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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 book changed her life long before she won a role in the show. She was assigned Margaret Atwood's novel as a 15-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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When both Aunt Lydia and June refer to June as an adulteress, that's incorrect. To be an adulteress, June would have to be married and her character is not. 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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Yikes!!!
27 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

This story is terrifying (especially if you are a female). Imagine what happens when the world goes completely crazy and some new completely sadistic world order emerges who claims their acts of incredible cruelty, murder, control , oppression and slavery are all in the name of some mystical God that no one has seen, spoken to or has any proof exists and yet uses the name of God to justify the most horrific and barbaric atrocities.

Without spoiling this is the story about this new world where women who are still able to bear children after the most of society is rendered infertile are made to be handmaidens/slaves to wealthy women who want to have babies but can't. Despite their unique baby making abilities they are still treated like the lowest life form on earth and the only reason they even get to live is because of this ability.

Elizabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel are amazing in their performances along with the rest of the cast. They broadcast the first 3 episodes on Hulu last night and of course I had to binge watch. It made me cry and made me incredibly sad to see how cruel a species humans can be.


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