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The Handmaid's Tale 

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

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"The Handmaid's Tale" was the big winner of the night taking home five Emmys, having previously won three at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Check our Emmys Guide for the full list of winners, videos, and more.

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When a punishment is handed down for Janine, June and the other handmaids must face the unthinkable. Serena discovers Fred's secrets. Meanwhile, Moira makes it into Canada.


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 Offred (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Serena Joy (9 episodes, 2017)
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 Nick Blaine (9 episodes, 2017)
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 Rita (9 episodes, 2017)
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 The Commander (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Janine (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Luke (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Aunt Lydia (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Moira (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Alma (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Ofglen #2 (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Ofsamuel (5 episodes, 2017)
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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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26 April 2017 (USA)  »

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Original author Margaret Atwood was quite involved in the script adaptation of her 1985 novel insofar as the update of the vernacular over the intervening 32 years. According to showrunner Bruce Miller, she had to ask the scriptwriters to explain the meaning of the term "carpet munchers." See more »

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This has historical roots and not just a dystopian future
15 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For those of us 4 million mothers who lost our children to forced adoption during the Baby Scoop Era this Tale has multiple similarities . While the main difference is that we were not forced into pregnancy, that's where the differences stop. I was taken to a strange state, not even allowed to purchase my own clothes, I cooked, cleaned and babysat for an authoritarian family. I was drugged at birth, tied hand and foot to the labor bed, then not allowed to see or hold my son. A priest took my son to be adopted by his friends who had better pedigree than I, even though I came from a good background. Even now states refuse to open records so mothers and adoptees can be re united.

So if you think this is a warning tale for the future, it has already occurred. Google Baby Scoop Era. The best kept secret on the wholesale use of women as breeders.


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