The show’s fascinating subject matter isn’t always easy to digest, but in the current times in which we live, the show is a must-see for more than just an entertainment fix. Within the current landscape of the #MeToo movement, and a multitude of circumstances in the current political climate that mirror the show far too closely, it is truly one of the most important shows on television and everyone should be watching.
Just when you think this or that plot in the show could never happen in this day and age, you’re reminded not only how it has within the confines of the show, but how it could (and is) in the real world, as well.
Based on the 1985 dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is set in the near future in the Republic of Gilead, a theocratic military dictatorship located within what was formerly known as the United States of America. An immediate fan favorite and awards darling, the 10-episode first season amassed 13 Emmy nominations and eight wins. The show made history when it scored the Emmy for Best Drama Series, which is the first time a streaming series has ever won this award. The show also won Emmys for Best Lead Actress (Elisabeth Moss), Supporting Actress (Ann Dowd), Writing, Directing, Production Design, Cinematography and Guest Actress (Alexis Bledel). In addition, the show was nominated for three Golden Globes, with two wins: Best Drama Series and, again, Moss for Best Lead Actress for her role as Offred/June Osborne.
“The Handmaid’s Tale,” which premiered its fourth season on Hulu earlier in the year, continues to be a major ratings driver for Hulu. It premiered its fourth season on Hulu in April, whilst the UK have just been gifted with the release as the first episode has become available to watch as of Sunday 20th June 2021.
June organised a cohort of rebels, pulling together an underground network of Marthas and Handmaids, to smuggle 86 children out of Gilead, saving them from life under a brutal regime. The Waterfords have been arrested by the Canadian government and are in captivity, but at the end of season three, it looked as though June may have run out of luck. Still, without her, this is Handmaids’ Tales, rather than The Handmaid’s Tale. If the question is, how much more can one woman endure, then the answer comes quickly: using no anaesthetic, Janine cauterises the shotgun wound in June’s abdomen with a red-hot poker. Welcome to season four.
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