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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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Bruce Miller
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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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

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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.

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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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This is not ordinary. (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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Trivia

In Season three episode one of the West Wing, dedicated to the attack of 911, Stockard Channing explains to the group of students about Isaac and Ishmael. This story is the basis of the handmaid's tale, the book and eventual show which both Bradley Whitford and Elizabeth Moss would star in almost 20 years later See more »

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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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Haunting and Chilling.
11 May 2017 | by Margaery-TyrellSee all my reviews

To begin, I believe that most people visiting these pages are intelligent enough to tell the difference between those that are reviewing this series with honesty versus the ones who for reasons other than the viewing experience, wish to tear it down. As someone has already mentioned, the negative reviews are fraught with fear and the worst kind of delusion that exists: self delusion (the delusion a person hides behind and convinces themselves of in order not to see the truth).

The Handmaid's Tale is a series that presents what could happen were women's rights reverted or taken away. There is nothing in my previous sentence that is not true. Let me type it again. The Handmaid's Tale is a series that presents what could happen were women's rights reverted or taken away. Is it an extreme depiction? Let's study that for a moment. In a Puritanical society, the Bible was the sole authority. Puritans believed it applied to every area and level of life. The Salem Witch Trials are one such example of Puritanical beliefs in action. Were it not for historical documentation, you would have people negating those as well. So, as to the question of whether it could or couldn't happen, the people most decrying it and stating that it could not happen, are the ones that most believe it can. Don't let them fool you.

The Handmaid's Tale takes you into this dystopian future, and it has never felt more real. I had to pause it on a couple of occasions to catch my breath. No, it doesn't hit you over the head every so often with good scenes; the beauty of it is that it is equally haunting, strong and breathtaking in its entirety.

To grab from another review: "The echoes of resemblance to the United States' current political administration create another layer of exceptionalism. Make no mistake, this is a political work. But it makes its case in a way that, like George Orwell's 1984 reflect our world back at us in a mirror that is both familiar and perverse", and because of it, it is extraordinary.

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★★ Excellent


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26 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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