The Handmaid's Tale

10 Best Episodes of The Handmaid's Tale

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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 12, 2023.

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The Handmaid's Tale - S5E7

#15 - No Man’s Land (Season 5 - Episode 7)

June and Serena find themselves in a desperate situation.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 982 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S5E6

#14 - Together (Season 5 - Episode 6)


June and Luke’s mission puts them in serious jeopardy. Serena senses a threat from her benefactors. Lawrence and Nick make a shocking power move.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 974 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S3E5

#13 - Unknown Caller (Season 3 - Episode 5)

June and Serena grapple with a new revelation about Nichole, leading to an incident that will have far-reaching ramifications.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 2549 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S1E9

#12 - The Bridge (Season 1 - Episode 9)


Offred embarks on a dangerous mission for the resistance. Janine moves to a new posting. Serena Joy suspects the Commander’s infidelity.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 4674 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S2E8

#11 - Women's Work (Season 2 - Episode 8)

A sick baby tests Offred and Serena. Janine finally faces Naomi.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 3332 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S2E1

#10 - June (Season 2 - Episode 1)


Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 4108 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S5E10

#9 - Safe (Season 5 - Episode 10)

Under threat, June must find a way to keep herself and her family safe from Gilead and its violent supporters in Toronto.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 962 votes.

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#8 - First Blood (Season 2 - Episode 6)


Offred finds unexpected allies and obstacles in her search for a way to protect Hannah. The Commander prepares for the dedication of a new Red Center. Nick struggles with his new assignment.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 3479 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S2E9

#7 - Smart Power (Season 2 - Episode 9)

The Waterfords embark on a diplomatic trip abroad. Serena faces the temptation of life outside Gilead. Luke and Moira grapple with survivor’s guilt. Offred seeks support from allies.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 3282 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S2E10

#6 - The Last Ceremony (Season 2 - Episode 10)


A frustrated Serena becomes desperate. The Commander tries to make amends with Offred. Nick pushes Eden farther away. Offred is faced with an unexpected reunion.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 3281 votes.

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#5 - The Wilderness (Season 4 - Episode 10)

June draws on all her resources and relationships, risking everything to ensure her own kind of justice.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 1594 votes.

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#4 - The Word (Season 2 - Episode 13)


Serena and the other Wives strive to make change. Emily learns more about her new Commander. Offred faces a difficult decision.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 3228 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S3E11

#3 - Liars (Season 3 - Episode 11)

A return to Jezebels puts everything in jeopardy; Serena Joy and Commander Waterford take a clandestine trip.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 2484 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S1E10

#2 - Night (Season 1 - Episode 10)


Serena Joy confronts Offred and the Commander. Offred struggles with a complicated, life-changing revelation. The Handmaids face a brutal decision.

The episode was rated 8.22 from 4764 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S3E13

#1 - Mayday (Season 3 - Episode 13)

With her plan in place, June reaches the point of no return on her bold strike against Gilead and must decide how far she’s willing to go. Serena Joy and Commander Waterford attempt to find their way forward in their new lives.

The episode was rated 8.45 from 2499 votes.

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