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60 minutes

Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed novel, this is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted religious fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander's household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world.
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Apr 27, 2017 1:51PM EDT
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There is more fight and light in this series than I expected, but don't get it twisted: this is some rough stuff. From the start, you're immersed in a world of fear, struggle, and heartbreak. In the new theocratic republic of Gilead, Offred must suppress her inner rebel to survive as a handmaid ("two-legged womb") to a powerful commander. We also see her life "before," when she was a carefree student, then a new mom. And we see glimpses of the country's transition. It's terrifyingly realistic. It's extraordinarily compelling TV.

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Apr 28, 2017 1:42PM EDT

Perfect review, T.J. I don't think I've ever had a tv show affect me so much, "Terrifyingly realistic" hits the mark. :/

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May 26, 2017 5:24PM EDT

I'm loving this show. It strikes me at what it must be like living under sharia law. Scary AF!

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