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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 26, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 113 Ratings

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  • Summary: The second season expands to explores life on the colonies as Offred seeks freedom for her unborn child in the second season of the drama series based on Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Joseph Hernandez
    Apr 16, 2018
    100
    A level above the endless viewing options that exist today.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 20, 2018
    100
    In its sophomore season, the series creeps deeper and serves up countless harrowing, haunting moments.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 25, 2018
    100
    Handmaid’s Tale had a tough act to follow, but its second coming soars on multiple levels. It’s intense, heartbreaking, full of resolve and perfectly paced.
  4. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Apr 18, 2018
    83
    Showrunner Bruce Miller has established the stakes for this world, and while it’d be nice if there was more focus, the series remains as unforgiving and unforgettable as ever. June’s anger and rage are ours as well, screaming out for those kept silent.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Apr 25, 2018
    80
    Dowd’s performance is absolutely essential to keeping this show from tipping over into excessive self-seriousness. You’ll notice that whenever Handmaid’s Tale shifts away from Lydia and Offred, and back to the Canadian border and the subplot involving Offred’s husband, Luke (O.T. Fagbenle), and Moira (Samira Wiley), the show becomes deadly drab and dull.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Apr 16, 2018
    80
    In addition to being dark, the first six episodes of the new season are very, very good, something nobody could have taken for granted with Miller and company moving farther and farther from Atwood's source material (and with Morano too busy with a burgeoning feature career to return behind the camera this time around). With Moss again leading the way, The Handmaid's Tale continues to thrive in many of the same emotional, yet soaringly beautiful, ways it succeeded last year--though several key flaws remain unimproved and are sometimes even exacerbated because everything else around them is so good.
  7. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Apr 25, 2018
    60
    The first five hours of Season 2 offer little more than relentless misery, and they lean more into horror as a genre than the first season did, layering gory imagery on top of trauma on top of despair. ... The task for a show like this one is to offer not just more of the same, but some sense that women have the capacity to enact change. It’s highly possible The Handmaid’s Tale will do just that in the second half of the new season, but there’s an awful lot to endure before we get there.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 7 out of 15
  1. Apr 26, 2018
    10
    The Handmaid's Tale returns with a purpose to make a mark in the TV landscape. A story this haunting and scary, and with performance that haveThe Handmaid's Tale returns with a purpose to make a mark in the TV landscape. A story this haunting and scary, and with performance that have never seen the face of this earth!!! The winner of 8 Emmys & 2 Golden Globes is looking up to be a TV classic of our times joining the ranks of other TV classics that defined their particular eras. OURS IS ''THE HANDMAID'S TALE ERA''!!!!!! Expand
  2. Apr 26, 2018
    10
    Insanely intense & gob-smackingly good. Only 2 episodes in but Season 2 is already as good, if not better, than Season 1...
  3. Apr 25, 2018
    10
    Very few shows have the power to move you both emotionally and mentally. Season 2 continued the legacy of its previous season only to be moreVery few shows have the power to move you both emotionally and mentally. Season 2 continued the legacy of its previous season only to be more brutal, with excellent performances, specially Ann Dowd role's as Aunt Lydia is breathtakingly devilish and the way she reigns over Handmaid's is oddly satisfying. Then written novel by Margaret Atwood has been crafted so beautifully it almost feel that all of this is actually happening in real life. And with times like this full of uncertainties and inevitability of life who knows what may happen in future. Hat's off to such quality production values and standards. Expand
  4. Sep 2, 2018
    6
    The second season stumbles upon itself, failing to match the heights of the first season. The characters became victims of the writing, theThe second season stumbles upon itself, failing to match the heights of the first season. The characters became victims of the writing, the plot keeps getting a reset over and over throughout the season, only to culminate with a final episode unable to deliver the season's promise. Expand
  5. Jun 20, 2018
    3
    Handmaid's Season 2 has the ability to over-promise and under-deliver unlike I've ever seen. Flawless execution on that front. Save yourselfHandmaid's Season 2 has the ability to over-promise and under-deliver unlike I've ever seen. Flawless execution on that front. Save yourself time and assume the end of season 1 was the end of the series. Expand
  6. Jul 6, 2018
    3
    Season 1 was worth watching. In season 2 the characters loose their credibility and the story just trickles away. Almost everything is overSeason 1 was worth watching. In season 2 the characters loose their credibility and the story just trickles away. Almost everything is over dramatic (scenery, light, music, colors) and nearly everything triggers a flashback showing family, harmony and better life. You miss nothing if you finish with the end of season 1. Expand
  7. Jul 24, 2018
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Season Two follows the story of a woman called June who really enjoys living in Gilead, in spite of the majority of the cast trying to get her to leave. She keeps saying that she doesn't like being there but when presented with an opportunity to leave she always chooses not to take it. She is the opposite of a prisoner.
    I was left at the end of Season One looking forward to seeing some retaliation against the extreme patriarchal theocracy and wondering how June would escape. I left Season Two wondering why the whole cast are behaving in the most irrational and unrealistic ways. I was angry and frustrated at watching June stalling her escape to fill air time, and then, for no logical reason, trying to be re-captured multiple times. It pretty much ends up with the majority of the cast conspiring, in ways that often contradicts their characters, to risk their lives to rescue June, (but not themselves for no reason), and June trying her hardest not to be rescued. Instead she feels the need to stop to write rebellious graffiti, stack some tin cans neatly or stare at some clothes, have a chat with someone or daydream. She is eventually given the most clear cut opportunity to get out and, even though for the whole of Season One she had been trying to get out, she decides not to leave because 'no reason given'. Also, I already know that there will be no consequences for any of these actions and Season Three will carry on, redoing the same beats as Season One, but with some added themes of race and sexuality because it is in fashion. Seeing as only minor cast members are killed or have parts amputated, June is perfectly safe in Gilead. She must have grown to like it there, she has now volunteered to be there. Terrible, terrible writing. I am left not caring at all about what happens to June because she is both blessed with plot serving immortality and invulnerability and also acts solely to prolong the series duration in the most illogical and unlikely ways.
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