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600 Ratings

The Handmaid's Tale

United States, 2017
TV Series, Drama, Sci-Fi


Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. A TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel.

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The Handmaid's Tale Directed by Reed Morano, Mike Barker, Kate Dennis ...

Awards & Festivals

American Film Institute Awards

2018 | Winner: Television Program of the Year

Directors Guild of America

2018 | Winner: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

2019 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

Writers Guild of America

2018 | 2 wins including: Drama Series

2019 | 2 nominations including: Drama Series

Screen Actors Guild Awards

2018 | 2 nominations including: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

2019 | 3 nominations including: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

One of the best shows of the 2016-2017 season. It’s also one of the most challenging. The drama is beautifully lit and gorgeously directed, and the protagonist is performed with singular clarity by Elisabeth Moss. And yet there are times where the show is, for lack of a better word, basic — simplistic, in a way that seems out of pace with what the rest of the show is accomplishing.
June 26, 2017
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The special event that loudly proclaimed its relevance, a preview of the first episode of The Handmaid’s Tale directed by Reed Morano and starring Elisabeth Moss could not have been more ecstatically received, except by this writer who deems it misogynist, terror porn, Moss’s ability to convey subtext notwithstanding.
May 11, 2017
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The show’s dilemma, by contrast, is that it wants to give us the larger world, too, to tell the same story, but to tell it in more detail, more comprehensively. Atwood succeeded so well because she had more modest ambitions, and so thoroughly fulfilled them. But the show has much grander ambitions. It wants us to think that it’s all plausible, because This Show Is So Timely and Prophetic.
May 05, 2017
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