The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Season One

DVD - 2018
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A religion-based autocracy has taken over most of the United States, renaming the country Gilead. In this country women are second-class citizens. Anyone trying to escape is punished. One such person is June, who is captured while trying to escape with her husband and child and is sentenced to be a handmaid, bearing children for childless government officials. As a handmaid, June is renamed Offred. This is her story.


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LibraryAndrea Mar 26, 2018

Get ready to cry, to scream, to cheer for these women. You will need 10 straight hours to watch it the first time. This at the top of my list of favorite TV series.

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Oct 11, 2018

The production values are impressive, the acting is solid for the most part, and I appreciate the historical parallelism at play. I would never say I 'enjoyed' this movie, as there is some very uncomfortable subject-matter to deal with, but I do feel like it is being given its just due. Interested in the topic?: go read up on 17th century indentured servitude in New England.

Sep 16, 2018

What a disappointment. Very disturbing and depressing. With all that is going in our world right now....really needed something uplifting and these segments for Season 1 did not do it. Have no interest in viewing Season 2.

Sep 08, 2018

Really... stay away from this one, unless you like crappy TV, in which case there are plenty of others to choose from.

So Implausibly, what looks like a ruling elite of North Toronto snobs takes over the United States through some kind of quasi-religious fundamentalist revolution (we know it is not a real religious revolution because it seems that they hang priests and demolish churches)... ok.

Also inexplicably in a country with a constitution and plenty of lawyers and courts, they pass laws that women cannot hold jobs or possess money...yeah.

This presumably proves so unpopular that this new socialist revolutionary government is forced to field more paramilitary soldiers than Nazi Germany AND a secret poilice (called 'eyes').

There is a global epidemic of infertility (so these leftist totalitarians can't just prop up their declining population with they do now), so they basically go National Socialist and communalize the fertile women in service to the state by giving them out to the oligarchic elites to procreate with.

This seems to work about as well as you'd expect.

The characters are even more implausible, our heroine's 'Commander', Fred, is inexplicably seeming to fall in love with the heroine - Offred, in spite of his wife being about 12 times hotter and smarter, and not only that he has access to a real brothel with tons of women. The local secret police agent Nick - who remarkably can't seem to find a way to get laid on his own - also falls for our heroine.

Also Offred's relationship to her husband from 'before' is completely unbelievable though that might just be the acting.

Anyway I think you get it, watch it at your own peril, brain cells are precious.

Sep 03, 2018

Season One: brilliant literary adaptation! The Handmaid's Tale was conceived /written by self-defined Social Realist, much-beloved Feminist:

Margaret Eleanor Atwood CC OOnt FRSC FRSL (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher and environmental activist. She has published seventeen books of poetry, sixteen novels, ten books of non-fiction, eight collections of short fiction, eight children's books, and one graphic novel, as well as a number of small press editions in poetry and fiction. Atwood and her writing have won numerous awards and honors including the Man Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General's Award, and the National Book Critics and PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Awards. Excerpt:

Sep 02, 2018

"The Handmaid's Tale"...a frightening, dystopian future; yet is more relevant TODAY than ever. And I wanted to see it because comedianne Michelle Wolf referred to it during the White House Correspondents' Dinner...particularly to see who "Aunt Lydia" was. Woo, she makes me shudder! --Mark A. Payne

Aug 01, 2018

"The Handmaid's Tale" Season 1 is gripping, disturbingly relevant, very well-acted and dramatically produced. We definitely want to see Season 2. This theocratic dystopia is like a wrenchingly deep, slower-paced "Hunger Games" film series combined with HBO's "The Leftovers" series (both also highly recommended). As a lead character, Elisabeth Moss has now broken any type-casting chains that she may have had from her nicely-defined support role in the great "Mad Men" series.

ArapahoeAngelina Jul 09, 2018

The "Handmaid's Tale" is very depressing and some times hard to watch, but at the same time so good. It has been a great discussion starter when talking with family and friends. I could not stop watching this show and I am looking forward for Season 2!

Jiminey Cricket! This is one deeply disturbing series that is more relevant and creepy than ever. Inspired by the classic novel, this series takes it further and deeper (with author M. Atwood as a consultant). When it was written 30+ years ago, it seemed futuristically dystopic. Now, in Trump's America, it seems all to terrifyingly possible.

Jun 21, 2018

One of the very best TV productions I have ever watched - acting, cinematography, script - it's all amazing. When the book first came out this scenario seemed to me like it could only happen somewhere far away, but now it seems frighteningly possible in our own backyard.

I loved the book and this adaptation is absolutely worthy of Margaret Atwood's original.

Jun 16, 2018

This is certainly an Elizabeth Moss vehicle. She can look sad, disappointed, curious, deflated, furious and much more! Not sure it made a lot of sense, but it won a lot of awards. A depressing, harsh, onerous society that oppresses women. That’s not a new story.

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May 23, 2018

Sexual Content: Sexual scenes with brief nudity.

May 23, 2018

Violence: Scenes of violence and amputation.


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