16The Handmaid’s Tale

Madeline Brewer in The Handmaid's Tale

Based on the renowned novel by Margaret Atwood, this Hulu series is set in the not-so-distant future where human fertility is on the decline and women's rights are completely stripped away.

Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss plays Offred, a handmaid who is sent to live with a

Commander and his wife in the hopes that she will bear them a child. To escape her bleak and repetitive existence, Offred learns to live inside her head, reminiscing about her husband and child while also recalling how the world slowly turned into the oppressive Christian society that it is today.

But The Handmaid’s Tale is so expertly crafted that sitting through too many episodes at once will put the viewer in a weird headspace. Because the character’s freedoms are so limited, you may begin to see the world through the same tunnel-vision that Offred is dealing with, filling the viewer with frustration and paranoia that this oppressive society could one day become a reality.   

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