“Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized 'return to traditional values.' 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 the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate 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 comes to Hulu on Wednesday, April 26th.
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The first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale are helmed by one of those rare female directors, Reed Morano.
Morano also directed the pilot episode of Divorce starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church and Molly Shannon, also well worth watching.