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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

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#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 2446 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 8.21 from 4547 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 2443 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 8.14 from 3124 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 1562 votes.

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#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 8.03 from 3168 votes.

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#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 8.02 from 3173 votes.

The Handmaid's Tale - S5E10

#8 - 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 8.00 from 772 votes.

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#9 - 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 3349 votes.

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#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 7.98 from 3956 votes.

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

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

The episode was rated from 3225 votes.
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#12 - 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 from 825 votes.
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#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 from 2494 votes.
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#14 - 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 from 4451 votes.
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#15 - No Man’s Land
Season 5 - Episode 7

June and Serena find themselves in a desperate situation.

The episode was rated from 822 votes.
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#16 - A Woman's Place
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 from 4536 votes.
The Handmaid's Tale - S3E1
#17 - Night
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 from 2807 votes.
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#18 - Sacrifice
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 from 2329 votes.
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#19 - Holly
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 from 3137 votes.
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#20 - Testimony
Season 4 - Episode 8

June confronts Fred and Serena in court and challenges Emily to face a painful reminder of her Gilead past. Lawrence presents Aunt Lydia with a newly captured, familiar handmaid.

The episode was rated from 1471 votes.

Last updated: dec 06, 2022



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


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.


A must watch show, just brilliant


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