The Handmaid's Tale, Season 1

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The drama series, based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids -- where anyone could be a spy for Gilead -- all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her. The Handmaid's Tale, Season 1 Wiki

The Handmaid's Tale, Season 1 Synopsis

1 - Offred
Offred, one of 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.

2 - Birth Day
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.

3 - Late
Offred visits Janine’s baby with Serena Joy and remembers the early days of the revolution before Gilead. Ofglen faces a difficult challenge.

4 - Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum
Punished by Serena Joy, Offred begins to unravel and reflects on her time with Moira at the Red Center. A complication during the Ceremony threatens Offred’s survival with the Commander and Serena Joy.

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

6 - A Woman's Place
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.

7 - The Other Side
Remembering her family’s treacherous escape attempt, a shocking revelation from life before Gilead provides a new perspective on Offred’s life.

8 - Jezebels
The Commander surprises Offred with a secret adventure in Gilead. Nick’s troubled past leads to his recruitment by the Sons of Jacob.

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

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

11 - The Handmaid's Tale Trailer (Official)
See what's ahead on this season of The Handmaid's Tale.

12 - My Name Is Offred (Teaser Trailer)
Meet our chief protagonist Offred in this chilling teaser.

13 - The Handmaid's Tale First-Look Teaser
Introduce yourself to the world of The Handmaid's Tale.

14 - Her Story Is Our Story (Teaser)
Welcome to Gilead. Buckle in and find out what's in store on this season of The Handmaid's Tale.

15 - Handmaid's Tale Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at The Handmaid's Tale with show stars and creators, including Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, and Samira Wiley.

The Handmaid's Tale, Season 1 Episodes

Episode TitleTimePrice
1Offred57:21USD 1.99Download
2Birth Day46:50USD 1.99Download
3Late53:05USD 1.99Download
4Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum52:46USD 1.99Download
5Faithful53:18USD 1.99Download
6A Woman's Place54:49USD 1.99Download
7The Other Side47:14USD 1.99Download
8Jezebels49:49USD 1.99Download
9The Bridge49:58USD 1.99Download
10Night 1:00:00USD 1.99Download
11The Handmaid's Tale Trailer (Official)01:43FreeDownload
12My Name Is Offred (Teaser Trailer)00:32FreeDownload
13The Handmaid's Tale First-Look Teaser00:32FreeDownload
14Her Story Is Our Story (Teaser)00:31FreeDownload
15Handmaid's Tale Behind-the-Scenes Featur01:28Season OnlyDownload

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The Handmaid's Tale, Season 1 Reviews

Weedeepoo  weedeepoo  5 star


Ugh  Jon21144  1 star


Ashley Maki
Great show!  Ashley Maki  4 star

I highly recommend this shocking show!

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CNBC  hbhib cn  3 star


So stupid  AGT1201  1 star

This is extremely sexist against men, has a hideously biased political agenda, and spits upon Christianity every chance it can. How about trying to spread love in a hateful society instead of this garbage. Thanks a lot ❤️

Addictive and captivating  saranadeyou  5 star

Hands down my number one TV show that is currently being aired.

Simply the best  farid1989  5 star

It’s a well crafted series of the great book

A preposterous story very well told  nocrickets  4 star

Whether or not you buy its message, you gotta admit it's very well done. Yes, like most single-issue sci-fi the story is preposterously heavy-handed. But it looks great, it's intelligently written and directed, and the cast is very good. Elisabeth Moss is an expert at showing her character's thoughts and feelings in the slightest facial tics -- though I could do with fewer of the extreme Easter Island close-ups as she's doing that. (And I wish she wasn't a freaking Scientologist. Yeah, I know she was raised in it. I was raised Catholic, but I grew up.) Yvone Strahovski is riveting as the insanely frustrated wife; Joseph Fiennes is ultra-slimy as the creepy husband; and most everyone else does very well. It's grimly one-note in ways that can make it hard to stick with at times, but it wraps up the season pretty triumphantly. And kudos for the excellent timing of coming out just as the real America is going cuckoo in mildly similar and sinister ways. As exaggerated as the story is, it actually makes more sense now than when Atwood's novel originally appeared.

Mr. & Mrs. Wheels
Absolute Twaddle  Mr. & Mrs. Wheels  1 star

Where tiny minds create crises that do not exist. Hate on silly haters, you will not only steal the joy from others with your lies you will perpetuate sick minds.

A Masterpiece  JackKurtz  5 star

The Handmaid’s Tale might go down as one of the best American television productions of all time. It’s both different from Margaret Atwood’s book and very true to it. Some characters are expanded (June’s husband Luke has a much bigger presence) and the series ends on a cliffhanger (setting up season 2) while the book has a definite ending. The writing and direction are impeccable but this is really about the performances, which are excellent. Elizabeth Moss, who’s been on a roll since Mad Men, is haunting as June/Offred. The direction relies on her ability to communicate wordlessly, and it does so by a series of extreme closeups, where she uses her eyes to communicate her fear, her hope, or her anger. If you think you knew Alexis Bledel from the Gilmore Girls, think again. As Ofwarren, she plays a former gay college lecturer physically trapped but struggling in her mind to be free. And Yvonne Strzechowski, best known as the glamorous watcher/spy in NBC’s Chuck, is perfect as Serena Joy, the icy matriarch supporting the patriarchy. Even if you know her from Chuck, you may not recognize her as Serena Joy. This is not a particularly easy show to watch. It’s revolves around women held as slaves being systematically raped to provide children for the rulers of a Christofascist theocracy. In addition to the rapes, which have been ritualized in the name of religion, there is some brief violence that is shocking. I can’t call this family entertainment. I can call it compelling and important.

Riveting  Sliver1972  5 star

This show is riveting and at the same time disturbing. I fear it is not as "fiction" as we think. Margaret Atwood was eerily "on the mark" and her protrayal of the future in the 1980's doesn't seem so very far off.

Disturbing & Scary!  oncanuck  5 star

A powerful "commentary" on the role of women in the world today, still! Superb acting. All the recognition and accolades are well-deserved.

Disturbingly riveting!  SosoFrench  5 star

A must see!

$14 before Emmys  left888  1 star

$14 before Emmys, the next day you jack up the prices to $32, WOW the GREED of iTunes never fails to amaze!

Bonne sèrie  Darkwon1997  5 star

Très bonne série, je capote, on se sent vraiment dans l'ambiance d'une dictature!😮

Relevant  KjSugi7  5 star

Not only have hey done an amazing. Job bringing the story to life with beautifully eerie imagery but it is super relevant with what's going on in America currently. I've pulled a lot of parallels from the media and the use of current pop culture has added another level of creepiness to the story. I want to see if there is going to be a second season for an interpretation of how they think the story continued! I'm excited to see if there is a season 2 for the interpretation to how the story may have continued!!

Watch This  Jhill4546778  5 star

Its an amazing show. So So good.

Season 2 can't start soon enough!!  62josh62  5 star

I've spent a small fortune on I-tunes but never felt compelled to write a review. This show changed that. Casting is perfect. Theme is frighteningly relevant. This show should be mandatory viewing. I've read the book, watched other adaptations and nothing compares to the perfection that the team responsible for this series created. As much as I admire, love, relate to Offred, I fear I may also feel empathy and hope for Serena. One of the best shows I've ever watched!!!

Annoyed...  Bookworld  5 star

Annoyed it's not an updated movie, waiting for it play week by week is a bit torturous. Great show. It almost can happen.

Good show, annoying delay  Samantha-Butler  5 star

Like everyone else has said - the show is excellent, but why purchase a season's pass if iTunes delays it by 2 weeks? This should be in the Season's Pass description as a disclaimer.

Gripping  Nighthawk_Dragon  5 star

One of the most gripping and interesting television series I’ve ever watched. The thing that makes it so gripping is that the series shows you how this could become a reality in our society. The acting is superlative and the set designs are grim and realistic. Highly, highly recommended.

Too real for me to love it  RoszAU  4 star

The writer based this story on things that have happened to real women all around the world. That's why it's quite depressing and very heart-rendingly real. I'm not sure I can watch it all, but it is absolutely great SF. Intense experience, not for people looking for something light and uplifting.

Be Warned  RefinedArts  5 star

Not completely true to the book, it is still a wonderful series. You have been warned - these stories are there to tell us what can happen. This could easily occur.

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Brilliant Watch  Sophie-Kay Diamond  5 star

Brutal portrayal of a dystopian world! Best series I've ever watched. Can't wait for series 2!

Captivating show  SarahStudentForLife  5 star

Absolutely brilliant series, enthralling. I'm up to the second last episode. I'm going to miss it when it finishes. Hopefully there's another season on it's way soon. A series not to be missed!

The Handmaid's Tale  1952Jane  1 star

I first watched this fantastic TV series on Australian SBS - On Demand. I then decided to purchase it from iTunes so I could watch it again on my computer free from any advertising. I noticed however that some to the content had been censored from the iTunes version. So disappointing At point of purchase there was no indication that any of the content had been cut I would now like to know from iTunes before I purchase anything whether I will be watching an uncensored version iTunes needs to be very transparent about this - it is deceiving customers not to inform them at point of purchase about whether TV Shows, Movies or Music have been cut I would not have purchased The Handmaid's Tale if I had known it had been censored So purchasers of this TV show be warned - it has been censored

In dire need of a good edit.  Toomanychooks  3 star

5 episodes would have sufficed. Too many long and laboured scenes. Cetainly not worth the hype surrounding the show.

So good!  DAB2312  5 star

Amazing actors and story! Definitely recommend!

Compulsory viewing  Justsayin2017  5 star

The best TV you'll watch this side of GOT. Brilliant casting (Moss, Dowd are amazing), important themes couldnt be more relevant to these times. Terrifying, heartbreaking, confronting and compelling. Beautifully shot, great soundtrack. Can't wait for season 2.

Overrated  Seanovski  2 star

Very comic book one-dimensional characters and story. Over-stylized sets. Unsubtle to the max. Watched episode one, won't be watching more.

Epic...that's all😊  DaKoosh  5 star

Amazing show!

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