The BEST Episodes of The Handmaid's Tale

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 1, 2019

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.


#1 - Liars

Season 3 - Episode 11

star 8.44
264 votes

#2 - Night

Season 1 - Episode 10

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

star 8.24
4,566 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Bruce Miller
The Word

#3 - The Word

Season 2 - Episode 13

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

star 8.19
2,658 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller
The Last Ceremony

#4 - The Last Ceremony

Season 2 - Episode 10

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 8.08
2,749 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Yahlin Chang
Smart Power

#5 - Smart Power

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 8.05
2,757 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Dorothy Fortenberry
First Blood

#6 - First Blood

Season 2 - Episode 6

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
2,937 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller

#7 - June

Season 2 - Episode 1

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

star 8.01
3,578 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller
Unknown Caller

#8 - Unknown Caller

Season 3 - Episode 5

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

star 8.00
1,330 votes
Directors: Colin Watkinson
Writers: Marissa Jo Cerar
Women's Work

#9 - Women's Work

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

star 7.96
2,811 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Bruce Miller

#10 - Witness

Season 3 - Episode 10

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 7.95
816 votes

#11 - Night

Season 3 - Episode 1

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 7.95
1,658 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller

#12 - Household

Season 3 - Episode 6

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 7.94
1,280 votes
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
Writers: Dorothy Fortenberry
The Bridge

#13 - The Bridge

Season 1 - Episode 9

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

star 7.93
4,462 votes
Directors: Kate Dennis
Writers: Eric Tuchman
A Woman's Place

#14 - A Woman's Place

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 7.93
4,559 votes
Writers: Wendy Straker Hauser

#15 - Holly

Season 2 - Episode 11

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
2,683 votes
Directors: Daina Reid
Writers: Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder
God Bless the Child

#16 - God Bless the Child

Season 3 - Episode 4

June negotiates a truce in the Waterfords’ fractured relationship. Janine oversteps with the Putnam family, and a still-healing Aunt Lydia offers a brutal public punishment.

star 7.86
1,389 votes
Directors: Amma Asante
Writers: Eric Tuchman

#17 - Postpartum

Season 2 - Episode 12

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 7.84
2,610 votes
Directors: Daina Reid
Writers: Eric Tuchman

#18 - Useful

Season 3 - Episode 3

June navigates a meeting where she must face both Commander Waterford and Nick. Serena Joy attempts to recuperate at her mother’s home. Lawrence teaches June a hard lesson about the difficult decisions he makes as a Commander.

star 7.83
1,414 votes
Directors: Amma Asante
Writers: Yahlin Chang

#19 - Baggage

Season 2 - Episode 3

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
3,171 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Bruce Miller

#20 - After

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 7.82
2,781 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Bruce Miller

#21 - Unfit

Season 3 - Episode 8

June and the rest of the Handmaids shun ofMatthew, and both are pushed to their limit at the hands of Aunt Lydia. Aunt Lydia reflects on her life and relationships before the rise of Gilead.

star 7.79
1,164 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Kira Snyder

#22 - Unwomen

Season 2 - Episode 2

Offred adjusts to a new way of life. The arrival of an unexpected person disrupts the Colonies. A family is torn apart by the rise of Gilead.

star 7.78
3,322 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller

#23 - Seeds

Season 2 - Episode 5

Offred spirals as a Gilead ceremony disrupts her relationship with Nick. Janine tries to adjust to life in the Colonies, jeopardizing her friendship with Emily.

star 7.77
2,946 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller

#24 - Late

Season 1 - Episode 3

Offred visits Janine’s baby with Serena Joy and remembers the early days of the revolution before Gilead. Ofglen faces a difficult challenge.

star 7.74
4,947 votes
Directors: Reed Morano
Writers: Bruce Miller
The Other Side

#25 - The Other Side

Season 1 - Episode 7

Remembering her family’s treacherous escape attempt, a shocking revelation from life before Gilead provides a new perspective on Offred’s life.

star 7.72
4,398 votes
Writers: Lynn Renee Maxcy