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The Handmaid's Tale (TV Series)

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The Handmaid's Tale (TV Series)
Running time
60 min.
United States United States
Bruce Miller, Ilene Chaiken, Dorothy Fortenberry, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Nina Fiore, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman, John Hererra, Kira Snyder, Leila Gerstein, Marissa Jo Cerar, Yahlin Chang, Jacey Heldrich. Novel: Margaret AtwoodSee 10 More
Adam Taylor
Colin Watkinson, Zoe White, Stuart Biddlecombe
MGM Television, Hulu. Broadcast by: Hulu
TV Series. Drama | Dystopia. Religion. Feminism
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Margaret Atwood Adaptations
TV Series (2017-Present Day). 3 Seasons. 36 Episodes. In a dystopian near-future, the totalitarian and Christian fundamentalist government of Gilead rules the former United States amidst an ongoing civil war. Society is organized along a new, militarized, hierarchical regime of Bible-inspired social and religious fanaticism and newly-created social classes, in which women are brutally subjugated, and by law are not allowed to work, own property, control money, or read. Widespread infertility due to warfare-induced environmental contamination has resulted in the conscription of the few remaining fertile women — called Handmaids, according to Biblical precedent — who are assigned to the homes of the ruling elite, where they must submit to ritualized sex with their male masters in order to become pregnant and bear children for those men and their wives.

The main character, Offred (Elisabeth Moss), is the Handmaid assigned to the home of Gileadan Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and his religious wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski), and as such is subject to the strictest rules and constant scrutiny; an improper word or deed on her part can lead to her execution. Offred, who is named after her male master like all Handmaids, can remember the "time before", when she was married with a daughter and had her own name and identity, but all she can safely do now is follow the rules of Gilead in the hope that she can someday live free and reunite with her daughter.

Season 4: April 28 on Hulu.
Rankings Position
2021: Emmy: 13 Nominations including Best Drama Series, Directing & Writing
2020: Emmy: Nom. for Best Drama Series, Sup, Actor, Sup. Actress & Guest Actress
2019: Emmy: Best Guest Actor (Whitford) & Best Guest Actress (Jones). 4 Nominations
2018: Emmy: Best Guest Actress (Samira Wiley). 11 Nominations
2017: 8 Emmy Awards: inc. Best Drama Series, Actress (Moss) & Writing. 8 Nom.
2018: Golden Globes: Nom Best Actress Drama (Moss) & Sup Actress (Strahovski)
2017: Golden Globes Awards: Best Drama Series & Actress (Moss)
2018: BAFTA TV Awards: Nominated for Best TV Series - International
2017: BAFTA TV Awards: Best TV Series - International
2017: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - TV Programs of the Year
2018: Critics Choice Awards: Nom. for Best Actress (Moss) & Sup Actress (Strahovski)
2017: Critics Choice Awards: Best Series Drama, Actress (Moss) & Sup. Actress (Dowd)
2018: Satellite Awards: Nominated for Best Drama Series & Best Actress (Moss)
2017: Satellite Awards: Best Actress (Moss) & Supporting Actress (Dowd)
2018: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best TV Series, Drama
2017: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best TV Series, Drama
2018: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director Drama Series
2017: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director Drama Series
2019: Writers Guid Awards (WGA): Nominated for Best Dramatic Series
2018: Writers Guid Awards (WGA): Nominated for Best Dramatic Series & Episodic
2017: Writers Guid Awards (WGA): Best Dramatic Series & New Series
2019: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Ensemble & Actress (Moss)
2018: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nom.Best Ensemble, Actress (Moss & Actor (Fiennes)
2017: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Ensemble & Actress (Moss)
2017: 2 TCA Awards (Television Critics Association): Program of the Year, Drama. 2 nom.
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