The Handmaid's Tale (TV Series)
- Original title
The Handmaid's Tale (TV Series)
- Running time
- 60 min.
- United States
Bruce Miller (Creator),
Bruce Miller, Ilene Chaiken, Dorothy Fortenberry, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Nina Fiore, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman, John Hererra, Kira Snyder, Leila Gerstein (Novel: Margaret Atwood)
Colin Watkinson, Zoe White
Gary 'Si-Jo' Foo,
John Carroll Lynch,
Robert Curtis Brown,
Broadcasting by Hulu; MGM Television / Hulu
TV Series. Drama | Dystopia. Religion
- Movie Groups
Margaret Atwood Adaptations
- Synopsis / Plot
- 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.
2nd Season: 13 Episodes.
In May 2018, Hulu announced that the series had been renewed for a third season.
: Golden Globes Awards: Best Drama Series & Actress (Moss)
: Emmy: Best Guest Actress (Samira Wiley).11 Nominations
: 8 Emmy Awards: inc. Best Drama Series, Actress (Moss) & Writing. 8 Nom.
: BAFTA TV Awards: Best TV Series - International
: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - TV Programs of the Year
: Critics Choice Awards: Best Series Drama, Actress (Moss) & Sup. Actress (Dowd)
: Satellite Awards: Best Actress (Moss) & Supporting Actress (Dowd)
: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best TV Series, Drama
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director Drama Series
: Writers Guid Awards (WGA): Best Dramatic Series & New Series
: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Cast & Actress (Moss)
: 2 TCA Awards (Television Critics Association): Program of the Year, Drama. 2 nom.
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