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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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 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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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

by Margaret Atwood

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26 April 2017 (USA)  »

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The repressive theocratic regime that has taken over the US in this show (and its source novel) is called "The Republic of Gilead." Gilead is a place (or maybe several places) mentioned repeatedly in the Bible (first in Genesis 31:23), both as a geographic location and the source of a figurative or literal "balm" (curative or healing substance). Based on those constant Bible references, there is a well-known spiritual, "There Is a Balm in Gilead," that is in the hymnals of many Christian denominations, and in the book The Handmaid's Tale, Offred remembers the hymn and makes a joke to herself about it ("There is a bomb in Gilead"). See more »

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Version of The Handmaid's Tale (1990) See more »

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A Very Timely Series That Is a Must See
28 April 2017 | by (The Matrix) – See all my reviews

Like others on here, I too could regale you with moving words that would depict my experience and thoughts while watching this. I thought it best however to simply suggest that those who believe such a thing could not happen, or that we are nowhere near what is depicted in this show, scroll down and read the review by gene0915 from United States (unfortunately it has been deleted or removed now).

See for yourself how that level of rage, bitterness, hate, misogyny, impotence and homophobia is alive and well.

Enough said.

This is a powerful series with a tremendous message and a must-see for every person alive.


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