8.4
7,448 votes
The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Hulu 2017

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 10 Best Episodes of The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale - S3E13

#1 - Mayday

8.45

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 #1 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 2156 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S3E11

#2 - Liars

8.23

Season 3 - Episode 11

A return to Jezebel's puts everything in jeopardy. Serena Joy and Commander Waterford take a clandestine trip.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 2184 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S1E10

#3 - Night

8.23

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 #3 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 4965 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S2E13

#4 - The Word

8.16

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 #4 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 3086 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S2E10

#5 - The Last Ceremony

8.05

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 #5 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 3165 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S2E9

#6 - Smart Power

8.02

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 #6 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 3162 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S2E1

#7 - June

7.99

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 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 4039 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S2E6

#8 - First Blood

7.99

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 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 3366 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S2E8

#9 - Women's Work

7.94

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 3225 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S3E5

#10 - Unknown Caller

7.93

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 #10 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 2252 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S1E9
#11 - The Bridge
7.92
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 #1 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 4873 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S1E6
#12 - A Woman's Place
7.91
Season 1 - Episode 6

A Mexican Ambassador visiting Gilead questions Offred about her life as a Handmaid. Serena Joy reflects on her marriage and the role she once played in Gilead’s inception.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 4954 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S3E1
#13 - Night
7.89
Season 3 - Episode 1

June embarks on a bold mission with unexpected consequences. Emily and Nichole make a harrowing journey. The Waterfords reckon with Serena Joy’s choice to send Nichole away.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 2558 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S3E12
#14 - Sacrifice
7.89
Season 3 - Episode 12

Gilead leadership is rocked by losses among their own. Luke and Moira adjust to new arrivals in Canada. June worries about disruptions to her plan, only to have tragedy strike the entire household.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 2070 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S2E11
#15 - Holly
7.86
Season 2 - Episode 11

Offred faces a grueling challenge alone as she recalls her life as a mother. Serena Joy and the Commander deal with the fallout of their actions towards Offred.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 3109 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S3E6
#16 - Household
7.83
Season 3 - Episode 6

June accompanies the Waterfords to Washington D.C., where a powerful family offers a glimpse of the future of Gilead. June makes an important connection as she attempts to protect Nichole.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 2215 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S2E12
#17 - Postpartum
7.83
Season 2 - Episode 12

Offred is sent to a familiar place. Nick is rocked by Gilead’s brutal response to a crime. Emily is assigned to a mysterious new house.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 3021 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S2E7
#18 - After
7.80
Season 2 - Episode 7

An attack sends shockwaves through both Gilead and Little America. Serena Joy makes a dangerous choice in order to protect her family. Moira searches for someone from her past.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 3186 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S2E3
#19 - Baggage
7.79
Season 2 - Episode 3

Offred reflects on her relationship with her mother as she navigates her way through Gilead. In Little America, Moira tries to cope with the trauma she endured.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 3612 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S3E10
#20 - Witness
7.78
Season 3 - Episode 10

Ready to strike back at her oppressors, June starts making arrangements for an ambitious plan, but a devious ploy on the part of Commander Waterford threatens to derail her.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Handmaid's Tale from 2091 votes.

Last updated: feb 25, 2021

Comments

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I loved it! Can't wait for the next episodes.

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What a quandary - I'm feeling the same conflicts about this series that I had for the book. It's bleak, it's intense social surgery, it is a dark portent, it was a departure for Margaret Atwood when she wrote it, and, although it should feel completely at home in our current dystopia drenched media-verse, it's just a tad off kilter here, as well. I give it a 7 (good) out of 10, for it truly is good, but it unveils itself slowly, is stark in it's characters and sparse in it's environment. One might say the truth it holds to it's themes is why it is good - I'm still puzzling it out. Fantastic cast, however - some of my favourite performers. So, a hesitant recommendation, set among the high praise of others who have reviewed it on Trakt TV.

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A must watch show, just brilliant

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boring, slow moving and does not offer more than some shocker moments. the hype for this show is unjustified, imho

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Original, exciting and terrifying. Series with coherent, connecting episodes. Storyline quality: 8/10 Characters: 10/10 Originality: 10/10 Acting, directing and technical quality: 9/10 (5/10 season 3) Progression: 5/10 (8/10 season 1) Consistency (low if mistakes in plot etc.): 9/10 Intensity (cliffhangers, edge of seat and the like): 9/10 Drama: 9/10 Pretty slow some places of the last two seasons, just keep dragging it out with show stoppers and unnatural character twists. This presents scenes that are excruciatingly boring to watch. Also, it seems like they are trying way too hard on the artsy-fancy-pancy in the last season. (Please like comment if helpful, and I'll keep writing them this way)

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A heart warming tale of a nation coming together for the greater good and some tender love making scenes only add to the Handmaid's new sweet life

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It seems like this entire story stems from one woman (Serena) being so baby-crazy that she sells out her entire sex to fundamentalist Christians...

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This is why feminism can't be ignored, banalized or underrated. Don't be mistaken because it is classified as a Sci-Fi, this is real life. We are living in 2017, but we all know that, unfortunately, it doesn't feel like it sometimes.

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I wonder if the show tries to be a visual dissertation on ethics, sociology, economics, political issues or what, because it fails miserably to go beyond a less than failed and simplistic reinterpretation of a few well known periods of human history: the slavery period in the southern US, the various Jew pogroms – particularly the holocaust, and the eugenics movements in the US and Nazi Germany. Their efforts to create a new reality failed miserably becoming just a caricature without much sense of aforementioned periods. Nor I understand the extremely low pace it has with storyline so obvious. I only watched a pair of seasons because my partner “liked” it, don’t ask me why. By the way the purple gowns drive me crazy, they all seem cardinals. For me it isn’t worth the time I wasted watching it. I don’t about the book, but for what I watched of the tv-serie I would most probably file it in the trashcan (with everything else that I should never have read).

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Considering, well, the state of the country and the world, The Handmaid’s Tale was a wrecking ball coming straight for your gut. Coupled with the fact that it’s set in Cambridge/Boston, where I live, it felt genuinely terrifying to me. I had read the book back in high school, but had forgotten much of the details. Incredible performances (Alexis Bledel and Samira Wiley!!!) really make the terror of it all really sink in.

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