The BEST Episodes of The Handmaid's Tale

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 3, 2022

Network: Hulu

In a dystopian near-future, the totalitarian and Christian-fundamentalist government of Gilead rules the former United States amidst an ongoing civil war and subjugates women, who are not allowed to work, control money, or even read. Widespread infertility due to environmental contamination has resulted in the conscription of young fertile women—called Handmaids, according to biblical precedent—who are assigned to the homes of the elite, where they must have ritualized sex with the men in order to become pregnant and bear children for those men and their wives.

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#1 - Mayday

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 14, 2019

With her plan in place, June reaches the point of no return on her bold strike against Gilead and must decide how far she’s willing to go. Serena Joy and Commander Waterford attempt to find their way forward in their new lives.

star 8.46
2,452 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller

#2 - Night

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 14, 2017

Serena Joy confronts Offred and the Commander. Offred struggles with a complicated, life-changing revelation. The Handmaids face a brutal decision.

star 8.25
5,415 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Bruce Miller

#3 - Liars

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 31, 2019

A return to Jezebel's puts everything in jeopardy. Serena Joy and Commander Waterford take a clandestine trip.

star 8.23
2,459 votes
Writers: Yahlin Chang
The Word

#4 - The Word

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 11, 2018

Serena and the other Wives strive to make change. Emily learns more about her new Commander. Offred faces a difficult decision.

star 8.14
3,291 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller
The Wilderness

#5 - The Wilderness

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 16, 2021

June draws on all her resources and relationships, risking everything to ensure her own kind of justice.

star 8.07
1,333 votes
Directors: Liz Garbus
Writers: Bruce Miller
The Last Ceremony

#6 - The Last Ceremony

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 20, 2018

A frustrated Serena becomes desperate. The Commander tries to make amends with Offred. Nick pushes Eden farther away. Offred is faced with an unexpected reunion.

star 8.04
3,388 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Yahlin Chang
Smart Power

#7 - Smart Power

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 13, 2018

The Waterfords embark on a diplomatic trip abroad. Serena faces the temptation of life outside Gilead. Luke and Moira grapple with survivor's guilt. Offred seeks support from allies.

star 8.03
3,382 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Dorothy Fortenberry
First Blood

#8 - First Blood

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 23, 2018

Offred finds unexpected allies and obstacles in her search for a way to protect Hannah. The Commander prepares for the dedication of a new Red Center. Nick struggles with his new assignment.

star 8.01
3,604 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller

#9 - June

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 25, 2018

Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead.

star 7.98
4,306 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller
Women's Work

#10 - Women's Work

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 6, 2018

A sick baby tests Offred and Serena. Janine finally faces Naomi.

star 7.96
3,449 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Bruce Miller
A Woman's Place

#11 - A Woman's Place

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 17, 2017

A Mexican Ambassador visiting Gilead questions Offred about her life as a Handmaid. Serena Joy reflects on her marriage and the role she once played in Gilead’s inception.

star 7.96
5,488 votes
Writers: Wendy Straker Hauser
The Bridge

#12 - The Bridge

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 7, 2017

Offred embarks on a dangerous mission for the resistance. Janine moves to a new posting. Serena Joy suspects the Commander’s infidelity.

star 7.95
5,289 votes
Directors: Kate Dennis
Writers: Eric Tuchman
Unknown Caller

#13 - Unknown Caller

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 19, 2019

June and Serena grapple with a new revelation about Nichole, leading to an incident that will have far-reaching ramifications.

star 7.95
2,518 votes
Directors: Colin Watkinson
Writers: Marissa Jo Cerar

#14 - Sacrifice

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 7, 2019

Gilead leadership is rocked by losses among their own. Luke and Moira adjust to new arrivals in Canada. June worries about disruptions to her plan, only to have tragedy strike the entire household.

star 7.91
2,340 votes
Writers: Eric Tuchman

#15 - Night

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 5, 2019

June embarks on a bold mission with unexpected consequences. Emily and Nichole make a harrowing journey. The Waterfords reckon with Serena Joy’s choice to send Nichole away.

star 7.91
2,844 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller

#16 - Holly

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 27, 2018

Offred faces a grueling challenge alone as she recalls her life as a mother. Serena Joy and the Commander deal with the fallout of their actions towards Offred.

star 7.88
3,342 votes
Directors: Daina Reid
Writers: Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder

#17 - Household

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 26, 2019

June accompanies the Waterfords to Washington D.C., where a powerful family offers a glimpse of the future of Gilead. June makes an important connection as she attempts to protect Nichole.

star 7.85
2,474 votes
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
Writers: Dorothy Fortenberry

#18 - Testimony

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 2, 2021

June confronts Fred and Serena in court and challenges Emily to face a painful reminder of her Gilead past. Lawrence presents Aunt Lydia with a newly captured, familiar handmaid.

star 7.84
1,282 votes
Directors: Elisabeth Moss
Writers: Kira Snyder

#19 - Postpartum

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 4, 2018

Offred is sent to a familiar place. Nick is rocked by Gilead’s brutal response to a crime. Emily is assigned to a mysterious new house.

star 7.83
3,251 votes
Directors: Daina Reid
Writers: Eric Tuchman

#20 - Witness

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 24, 2019

Ready to strike back at her oppressors, June starts making arrangements for an ambitious plan, but a devious ploy on the part of Commander Waterford threatens to derail her.

star 7.83
2,360 votes
Directors: Daina Reid
Writers: Jacey Heldrich

#21 - Home

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired May 26, 2021

June struggles with her newfound freedom, reuniting with loved ones and confronting her nemesis, Serena.

star 7.82
1,326 votes
Directors: Richard Shepard
Writers: Yahlin Chang

#22 - Baggage

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired May 2, 2018

Offred reflects on her relationship with her mother as she navigates her way through Gilead. In Little America, Moira tries to cope with the trauma she endured.

star 7.82
3,890 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Bruce Miller

#23 - After

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 30, 2018

An attack sends shockwaves through both Gilead and Little America. Serena Joy makes a dangerous choice in order to protect her family. Moira searches for someone from her past.

star 7.81
3,420 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Bruce Miller
The Crossing

#24 - The Crossing

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 27, 2021

Captured by Gilead, June faces a vengeful Aunt Lydia and endures a torturous interrogation. Nick and Lawrence collaborate to protect June. In Toronto, Luke struggles with how to help June and Hannah.

star 7.80
1,411 votes
Directors: Elisabeth Moss
Writers: Bruce Miller

#25 - Progress

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 9, 2021

June and Luke work together to save Hannah, reaching out to Lawrence and Nick for help. Serena and Fred greet unexpected visitors from Gilead. Janine tries to assist Aunt Lydia when a Handmaid-in-training goes on a hunger strike at the Red Center.

star 7.79
1,272 votes
Directors: Elisabeth Moss
Writers: Aly Monroe, Eric Tuchman