The Handmaid's Tale

10 Worst 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 - S1E2

#10 - Birth Day (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Offred and her fellow Handmaids assist with the delivery of Janine’s baby, prompting Offred to recall her own daughter’s birth. Offred draws closer to Ofglen while dreading a secret meeting with the Commander.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 5374 votes.

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#9 - Allegiance (Season 5 - Episode 9)


June and Luke prepare for a rescue mission. Serena tries new tactics with her oppressive hosts. Lawrence makes a surprising proposal to elevate his status.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 916 votes.

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#8 - Faithful (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Serena Joy makes Offred a surprising proposition. Offred remembers the unconventional beginnings of her relationship with her husband.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 4781 votes.

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#7 - Other Women (Season 2 - Episode 4)


A baby shower provokes a troubling shift in Offred’s relationship with Serena Joy. Offred reckons with the choice she made that led her to become a Handmaid.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 3507 votes.

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#6 - Milk (Season 4 - Episode 4)

June takes a harrowing journey with Janine, trying to escape Gilead, as Janine remembers a stressful experience in her past. In Toronto, Serena tries to manipulate Rita, who seeks advice from Moira.

The episode was rated 7.61 from 1558 votes.

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#5 - Dear Offred (Season 5 - Episode 4)


June fights her need for violent revenge as Serena settles into her new role in Toronto. Rattled by Janine, Aunt Lydia makes a surprising suggestion to Lawrence.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 1003 votes.

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#4 - Offred (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Offred, one the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife.

The episode was rated 7.58 from 6440 votes.

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#3 - Fairytale (Season 5 - Episode 5)


June and Luke embark on a dangerous quest. Serena gets to know her new hosts.

The episode was rated 7.52 from 975 votes.

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#2 - Morning (Season 5 - Episode 1)

June confronts the consequences of killing Fred. A scared Serena makes an unexpected decision.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 1120 votes.

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#1 - Heroic (Season 3 - Episode 9)


Confined in a hospital, June’s sanity begins to fray. An encounter with Serena Joy forces June to reassess her recent actions.

The episode was rated 7.26 from 2394 votes.

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