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

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Bruce Miller
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Series cast summary:
Elisabeth Moss ...  June Osborne 46 episodes, 2017-2021
Yvonne Strahovski ...  Serena Joy Waterford 41 episodes, 2017-2021
Joseph Fiennes ...  Fred Waterford 39 episodes, 2017-2021
Ann Dowd ...  Aunt Lydia Clements 39 episodes, 2017-2021
Amanda Brugel ...  Rita 36 episodes, 2017-2021
Madeline Brewer ...  Janine Lindo 34 episodes, 2017-2021
Max Minghella ...  Nick Blaine 34 episodes, 2017-2021
O-T Fagbenle ...  Luke Bankole 31 episodes, 2017-2021
Samira Wiley ...  Moira Strand 28 episodes, 2017-2021
Alexis Bledel ...  Emily Malek 26 episodes, 2017-2021
Nina Kiri ...  Alma 25 episodes, 2017-2021
Bradley Whitford ...  Joseph Lawrence 23 episodes, 2018-2021
Bahia Watson ...  Brianna 21 episodes, 2017-2021

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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. Written by grantss

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Family is gone forever. (Season 1) See more »

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During a November 2017 interview on the Alabama Public Television program "Bookmark with Don Noble," Margaret Atwood explained the significance of one aspect of the show's set decoration: "Written words are the big forbidden sexy no-no thing in this culture [Gilead]. It may interest you to know that in the [television] series, all of the paintings in the Commander's house are from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. And the signatures on them are the only things you can read in that house, apart from what's in [the] library. So I said to the people running the show, 'Did you borrow them from the museum?' And they said, 'No, we got this nice man in China to do them for us at 20 bucks a pop' . . . It shows that these people are like other totalitarians in that they loot things, and the people at the top get to have them." See more »

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Although all guards (security personnel) have earphones, there's always a radio chatter audible. See more »

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Moira: Hey, that shit is contagious. You want to see your baby girl again? Then you need to keep your fucking shit together.
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Referenced in Letterkenny: Dyck's Slip Out (2018) See more »

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You think these shows are just fiction???
19 August 2020 | by drumsoldier1972See all my reviews

There is a troubling trend over the last few years, where TV shows in particular are becoming more and more disturbing, chilling and predictive.

Is this mere coincidence? I think not. As we have seen from the world we are now living in in 2020, an authoritarian world is just around the corner.

These shows in my opinion are telling us broadly what world awaits us all. Yet again rouge elements are at work, using Terrorism to take control of a world. A theme that is used over and over again.

This show as is a masterclass in writing, acting, casting, sound design and pacing.

I have nearly cried watching this on more than one occasion.

It combines the terror a of a WWII holocaust movie, blended with a 1984 style dread and paranoia. All in all this is not a world anyone would want to live in

Whilst I do really admire the quality of this show, why are we constantly getting force fed this stuff as entertainment?

Because they use TV and Film along with books to communicate to us about what they are planning for us all. And for this reason this show is a warning not entertainment.


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