The Handmaid's Tale

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In a dystopian near-future, the totalitarian and Christian-fundamentalist government of Gilead rules the former United States amidst an ongoing civil war and subjugates women, who are not allowed to work, control money, or even read. Widespread infertility due to environmental contamination has resulted in the conscription of young fertile women—called Handmaids, according to biblical precedent—who are assigned to the homes of the elite, where they must have ritualized sex with the men in order to become pregnant and bear children for those men and their wives.


  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: 6.0 (24701 votes)
  • Runtime: 55 minutes
  • Status: Continuing
  • Years: 2017 - 2019
  • Episodes per season: 13
  • Network: Hulu


The Handmaid's Tale - season 1

Season 1 (2017)

Rating: 8.3
The Handmaid's Tale - season 2

Season 2 (2018)

Rating: 8.8
The Handmaid's Tale - season 3

Season 3 (2019)

Rating: 9.0

Characters and Actors

Clea DuVall as Sylvia in The Handmaid's Tale


Actor: Clea DuVall
Also in: American Horror Story, Veep
Bradley Whitford as Commander Lawrence in The Handmaid's Tale

Commander Lawrence

Actor: Bradley Whitford
Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid's Tale

Aunt Lydia

Actor: Ann Dowd
Also in: The Leftovers, Olive Kitteridge
Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne / Offred in The Handmaid's Tale

June Osborne / Offred

Actor: Elisabeth Moss
Also in: Mad Men
Max Minghella as Nick Blaine in The Handmaid's Tale

Nick Blaine

Actor: Max Minghella
Joseph Fiennes as Commander Fred Waterford in The Handmaid's Tale

Commander Fred Waterford

Actor: Joseph Fiennes
Also in: American Horror Story
O.T. Fagbenle as Luke Bankole in The Handmaid's Tale

Luke Bankole

Actor: O.T. Fagbenle
Alexis Bledel as Emily / Ofglen / Ofsteven in The Handmaid's Tale

Emily / Ofglen / Ofsteven

Actor: Alexis Bledel
Also in: Gilmore Girls, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy Waterford in The Handmaid's Tale

Serena Joy Waterford

Actor: Yvonne Strahovski
Also in: Dexter, 24, The Astronaut Wives Club, Chuck
Madeline Brewer as Janine / Ofwarren / Ofdaniel in The Handmaid's Tale

Janine / Ofwarren / Ofdaniel

Actor: Madeline Brewer
Also in: Hemlock Grove, Orange Is the New Black, Black Mirror
Samira Wiley as Moira in The Handmaid's Tale


Actor: Samira Wiley
Also in: Orange Is the New Black, You're the Worst
Nina Kiri as Alma / Ofrobert in The Handmaid's Tale

Alma / Ofrobert

Actor: Nina Kiri
Jenessa Grant as Dolores / Ofsamuel in The Handmaid's Tale

Dolores / Ofsamuel

Actor: Jenessa Grant
Also in: Reign (2013)
Amanda Brugel as Rita / Martha in The Handmaid's Tale

Rita / Martha

Actor: Amanda Brugel
Also in: Orphan Black
Cherry Jones as Holly Maddox in The Handmaid's Tale

Holly Maddox

Actor: Cherry Jones
Also in: 24, Black Mirror, Transparent
Sydney Sweeney as Eden Spencer in The Handmaid's Tale

Eden Spencer

Actor: Sydney Sweeney
Jordana Blake as Hannah Bankole in The Handmaid's Tale

Hannah Bankole

Actor: Jordana Blake