On the hunt for your next TV obsession? Hulu’s newest drama series The Handmaid’s Tale launches today and we can confirm that the show is extremely binge-worthy. Luckily, the first three episodes are available on the streaming service now so you can get started right away. After today, new episodes will launch every Wednesday.
Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in Gilead, a near-future dystopia that was formerly the United States. After civil unrest and a plunging birthrate, a fundamentalist group overthrows the American government and sets up a totalitarian regime with a goal to restore traditional values and repopulate the world.
Elisabeth Moss plays Offred, a handmaid in the society’s new caste, who’s forced into sexual servitude after being one of the few remaining fertile women. She lives in the house of a Commander (Joseph Fiennes), where she performs her bodily duties under the watchful eye of his wife (Yvonne Strahovski). Between the Commander, his wife, the domestic Marthas who act as servants, and the other handmaids, not a single person she comes in contact with is trustworthy—that is until she meets Ofglen (Alexis Bledel), another handmaid who has ideas of rebellion.
If that storyline doesn’t draw you in (and fully stress you out), we have five other reasons you’ll want to binge watch this new series asap. Check them out below.
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