The Handmaid's Tale

2017 (TV-MA)

Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional values'. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.


Elisabeth Moss
June Osborne
Bruce Miller
Yvonne Strahovski
Serena Joy Waterford
Joseph Fiennes
Fred Waterford
Ann Dowd
Aunt Lydia Clements
Bruce Miller
(Executive Producer)


‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4 finale review

🚨This post contains spoilers for The Handmaid's Tale 🚨 Read our last review here. Ceremonies and rituals performed in Gilead are steeped in the Old Testament from the passage read during the sanctioned rapes in the name of God (and fertility) to the extreme forms of punishment enacted on anyone who has done wrong by this nation. In an incident that occurred before th...

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ 4.09 Review: Progress

This post contains detailed spoilers for The Handmaid's Tale, "Progress."  Read our last review here. Freedom has come at a high cost over the course of The Handmaid’s Tale's fourth season that saw June (Elisabeth Moss) finally cross the border into Canada, but not without personal cost. This includes leaving her daughter Hannah and losing many a...

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ 4.07 Review: Home

This post contains detailed spoilers for The Handmaid's Tale, "Home".  Read our last review here. Stepping off the boat onto Canadian soil was a huge moment for June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss) and after four seasons of watching the handmaid fight for freedom, it has finally become a reality. Adjusting to a world that resembles the one she used to know was neve...

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ 4.06 Review: Vows

This post contains detailed spoilers for The Handmaid's Tale, "Vows".  Read our last review here. June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss) has almost escaped Gilead on several occasions, but various obstacles in The Handmaid's Tale prevented her from making it to Canada — whether her own choice or getting captured. It was getting to the point in which it felt li...

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ 4.05 Review: A Seat at the Table

This post contains detailed spoilers for The Handmaid's Tale.  Read our last review here. In a totalitarian state like Gilead, loyalty is hard to come by and leverage is a valuable commodity. Despite the hurtful words volleyed at each other in last week’s on-the-run episode, June (Elisabeth Moss) and Janine (Madeline Brewer) are bound to each other by more than thei...

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ 4.04 Review: The Underestimated

This post contains detailed spoilers for The Handmaid's Tale.  Read our last review here. June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss) has been on the run multiple times in The Handmaid’s Tale and it never sticks. Rather, she has been pulled back to Boston and the Gilead regime through various acts of misfortune. The first three episodes of Season 4 suggest that June’s taste of freedom wo...

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ 4.01-4.03 Review: The Cost of Freedom

This post contains detailed spoilers for The Handmaid's Tale.   Freedom is a sticky concept in Gilead because even women in the so-called positions of power as Wives and Aunts are still bound by the heavy hand of the oppressive patriarchal rule. Now in its fourth season, the rhythms of The Handmaid’s Tale are familiar in that anyone who attempts to escape the fortified b...

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ — First thoughts on Season 4

The below features our first thoughts on The Handmaid's Tale. Weekly reviews will follow. It is hard to find hope in Gilead, but after three seasons of plotting by Mayday on The Handmaid’s Tale, the resistance faction in the country formally known as the United States of America finally struck a major blow to the oppressive regime. June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss) is the face of...

'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 4 — start , plot, cast and everything you need to know

The Handmaid's Tale Season 4 is on the horizon! Fans have had a long wait, as the newest instalment was delayed even before coronavirus affected filming. Star Elisabeth Moss told DigitalSpy: “Part of the reason why it’s taken a little bit longer, besides just timing, is that we are making it a bit of a bigger season this year. We’re really stretching the limits of our cap...

A Gilead refresher before 'The Handmaid’s Tale' returns

This post contains spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3. It has been almost two years since The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 finale, in which June Osbourne (Elisabeth Moss) pulled off an audacious plan to save as many children as possible from the clutches of Gilead. Originally slated for a fall 2020 premiere date, production in Toronto shut down in March of last year due to the glo...

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