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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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Elisabeth Moss ...  June Osborne 23 episodes, 2017-2018
Max Minghella ...  Nick Blaine 21 episodes, 2017-2018
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
Amanda Brugel ...  Rita 18 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
Alexis Bledel ...  Emily 11 episodes, 2017-2018
Samira Wiley ...  Moira 11 episodes, 2017-2018
Bahia Watson ...  Brianna 11 episodes, 2017-2018
Jenessa Grant ...  Dolores 10 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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This is not ordinary. (Season 1) See more »

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Official Sites:

Official | Official Hungarian website | See more »

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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Dolby Digital

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Margaret Atwood, the source novel's author, makes a cameo as an aunt in Episode 1. She is the one who slaps Offred when she is reluctant to join in the group shaming circle. 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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Great book turned into a numbingly dull series.
6 August 2018 | by waterdrSee all my reviews

I have no problem with the 'politics' or plausibility of the storyline, but the stifling pace ruined a lot of good acting and well thought out set designs.

One can only assume that the legions of reviews that rated this show 8 Stars and above never read the book and were simply stunned by the concept of a dystopian future where a misogynistic, authoritarian political climate might evolve. My guess is they're equally unfamiliar with Sharia law - and likely very resentful of the orange haired guy's election victory.

As others have pointed out, the main character's appearance is distracting and often jarring as she simply appears too old. After all, she is is supposed to be the epitome of a young fecund woman. That said, I found her acting to be mostly adequate since as the eponymous handmaid she would of necessity had to hide her emotions - so her lack of range is part of the characterization I suppose.

The roles of the other handmaids are either played by better actresses or perhaps the director allowed them more range, but it's fortunate in my opinion because a host of robotic performances like the lead would have put me to sleep by the end of the second episode. And the highlight of the show for me was the character of Serena Joy; the actress playing her part showed some real flashes of talent I've not seen in her other roles.

Unfortunately, what could have been a well paced six hour mini-series was milked for a multi-season show. It's not bad, it's simply diluted down to mediocrity. One can only assume that the legions of reviews that rated this show 8 Stars and above never read the book and were simply stunned by the concept of a dystopian future where a misogynistic, authoritarian political climate might evolve.


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