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Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The Handmaid's Tale'

Updated June 16, 2021 420 votes 149 voters 6.9k views4 items

All the seasons of The Handmaid's Tale have been gripping, but which seasons really stand out? With low fertility rates in a dystopian and almost too-familiar future, women are subjugated into roles as Handmaids, Marthas, or Aunts. Some of the most memorable episodes of The Handmaid's Tale come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. Some The Handmaid's Tale seasons focus on June's search for her family, while other good seasons reveal insight into Emily's past. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of The Handmaid's Tale are, let's rank every The Handmaid's Tale season from best to worst. The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian tragedy based on Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name. The Handmaid's Tale premiered on Hulu on April 26, 2017.

Vote up your favorite seasons of The Handmaid's Tale, and vote down any seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. Is your favorite season of The Handmaid's Tale not as high as it should be? Be sure to vote it up so it rises to the top. It can be difficult to put one The Handmaid's Tale season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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    The Handmaid's Tale - Season 1

    The first season of The Handmaid's Tale premiered on April 26, 2017, and contains 10 episodes. This season introduces viewers to June, AKA Offred, as she endures life as a Handmaid in a dystopian future.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Offred," "Late," and "Night."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Commander Waterford tries to impregnate Offred.
    • Ofglen realizes that she has undergone female genital mutilation surgery.
    • June learns that she is pregnant.
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    The Handmaid's Tale - Season 4

    The fourth season of The Handmaid's Tale premiered on April 27, 2021. This season follows June as she strikes back against Gilead while her quest for justice and revenge threatens to consume her and destroy her most cherished relationships.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "The Wilderness," "The Crossing," and "Home."

    Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

    • June steals documents that will help Mayday.
    • Serena reveals she is pregnant.
    • Luke and June decide to continue their search for Hanna.
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    The Handmaid's Tale - Season 2

    The second season of The Handmaid's Tale premiered on April 25, 2018, and contains 13 episodes. This season follows June as she prepares to give birth.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Other Women," "The Last Ceremony," and "The Word."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • June meets Nick at the safe house.
    • June gives birth.
    • Lydia gets stabbed.
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    The Handmaid's Tale - Season 3

    The third season of The Handmaid's Tale premiered on June 5, 2019, and contains 13 episodes. This season follows June as she searches for Hannah and fights to keep her sanity.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Night," "God Bless the Child," and "Mayday."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • Emily sets a fire.
    • June reunites with Nick.
    • June gets shot.
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