8.5/10
158,474
833 user 105 critic

The Handmaid's Tale 

Trailer
1:31 | Trailer
Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

Creator:

Bruce Miller
Reviews
Popularity
64

Episodes

Seasons


Years



4   3   2   1  
2021   2019   2018   2017  
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 67 wins & 170 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Elisabeth Moss ...  June Osborne 46 episodes, 2017-2021
Amanda Brugel ...  Rita 36 episodes, 2017-2021
Madeline Brewer ...  Janine Lindo 34 episodes, 2017-2021
Max Minghella ...  Nick Blaine 34 episodes, 2017-2021
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
Samira Wiley ...  Moira Strand 28 episodes, 2017-2021
Nina Kiri ...  Alma 24 episodes, 2017-2021
O-T Fagbenle ...  Luke Bankole 21 episodes, 2017-2019
Bahia Watson ...  Brianna 20 episodes, 2017-2021

Elisabeth Moss: Movie and TV Moments

Beyond her iconic roles in "Mad Men" and "The Handmaid's Tale," Elisabeth Moss has had an expansive filmography. We look at back at her career in our movie and TV moments Supercut.

Watch the video

Learn more

More Like This 

Big Little Lies (2017–2019)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The apparently perfect lives of upper-class mothers, at a prestigious elementary school, unravel to the point of murder when a single-mother moves to their quaint Californian beach town.

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley
Westworld (TV Series 2016)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris
Killing Eve (TV Series 2018)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

After a series of events, the lives of a security operative and an assassin become inextricably linked.

Stars: Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw
Black Mirror (TV Series 2011)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Stars: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel
Homeland (2011–2020)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis
Sharp Objects (2018)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A reporter confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder.

Stars: Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina
The Crown (TV Series 2016)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

Stars: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton
Stranger Things (TV Series 2016)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.

Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder
Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  

Nine noble families fight for control over the lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for millennia.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington
Mindhunter (TV Series 2017)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Set in the late 1970s, two FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.

Stars: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
Lost (2004–2010)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim
Dexter (2006–2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

We are not so different. (Season 1) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In a "New York Times" essay published in March 2017, as well as in the new introduction to a 2017 edition of her novel "The Handmaid's Tale," Margaret Atwood said that when she started writing the book, her title for it was "Offred." This is the name given to the main character by the repressive regime that is enslaving her. In addition to its primary meaning (that she is the property of a commander named Fred), Atwood also explained that she intended for the name to also remind the reader of the word "offered," meaning, "denoting a religious offering or a victim offered for sacrifice." 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.
See more »

User Reviews

 
Yikes!!!
27 April 2017 | by missyjoy25See 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.


254 of 490 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 833 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Hulu | Official Facebook | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

German | Greek | 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 »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed