BINGE-WATCHING: THE HANDMAID’S TALE

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.



Created by Bruce Miller, the series was based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Canadian writer Margaret Atwood. It was ordered by streaming service Hulu with a straight-to-series order of 10 episodes, with the production beginning in late 2016.



The first three episodes of the series premiered on April 26, 2017, with the subsequent seven episodes added on a weekly basis every Wednesday. In May 2017, it was renewed for a second season to premiere in April 2018. The Handmaid’s Tale received widespread critical acclaim and won eight Primetime Emmy Awards from thirteen nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series. It is the first series on a streaming platform to win an Emmy for Outstanding Series.



The show received critical acclaim. The first season has a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 8.63 out of 10 based on 92 reviews. The site’s critical consensus is, “Haunting and vivid, The Handmaid’s Tale is an endlessly engrossing adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel that’s anchored by a terrific central performance from Elisabeth Moss.” On Metacritic, it has a score of 92 out of 100 based on 40 reviews, indicating “universal acclaim”. Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter called it “probably the spring’s best new show and certainly its most important.” Jen Chaney of Vulture gave it a highly positive review, and wrote that it is “A faithful adaptation of the book that also brings new layers to Atwood’s totalitarian, sexist world of forced surrogate motherhood” and that “this series is meticulously paced, brutal, visually stunning, and so suspenseful from moment to moment that only at the end of each hour will you feel fully at liberty to exhale.”



Watch The Handmaid’s Tale Season 1 online.

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