With the third season of The Handmaid’s Tale only 10 episodes in with three left to go, Hulu has renewed the dystopian drama for a fourth season. Hulu made the announcement during TCA’s.  The streaming service is certainly giving their vote of confidence during a season that critics and viewers have been describing as wandering and repetitive. However the series is still the most watched show on Hulu and has won several Emmy’s. 

Criticism for The Handmaid’s Tale third season aside, the show is a hit, and was from the beginning. Immediately after the premiere of the series, created for television by Bruce Miller and based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, it became a resounding success. The series resonated with women (and good humans) as the show, even though the prescient book was published in 1985, mirrored the worst parts of our culture and had many immediately pose the possibility that this could become us. The brilliant costume design has even become a symbol in the fight against far right conservatism. 

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The Handmaid’s Tale takes place Gilead, a totalitarian republic that was once the United States where women have lost many, if not all rights. Because of low birth rates, women who can conceive, called Handmaid’s are forced to bear children for powerful couples all under the guise of religion. Women who can’t conceive but are deemed unworthy are forced in to servitude in other areas of society. The show follows a Handmaid named Offred, now Ofjoseph in the third season. The show stars Elizabeth MossYvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley, O.T. Fagbenleand Bradley Whitford. 




Audrey Kearns