The Handmaid's Tale

The BEST episodes of The Handmaid's Tale

Every episode of The Handmaid's Tale ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The Handmaid's Tale!

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.

Last Updated: 9/28/2022Network: Hulu
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Mayday
star
8.45
2528 votes

#1 - Mayday

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 8/14/2019

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.

Directors: Mike Barker
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Night
star
8.25
5369 votes

#2 - Night

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/14/2017

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

Directors: Kari Skogland
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Liars
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8.23
2521 votes

#3 - Liars

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 7/31/2019

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

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The Word
star
8.13
3321 votes

#4 - The Word

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 7/11/2018

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

Directors: Mike Barker
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Wilderness
star
8.08
1506 votes

#5 - The Wilderness

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/16/2021

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

Directors: Liz Garbus
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Last Ceremony
star
8.04
3407 votes

#6 - The Last Ceremony

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/20/2018

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.

Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Smart Power
star
8.02
3412 votes

#7 - Smart Power

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/13/2018

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.

Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
First Blood
star
8.01
3623 votes

#8 - First Blood

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/23/2018

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.

Directors: Mike Barker
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
June
star
7.98
4322 votes

#9 - June

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/25/2018

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

Directors: Mike Barker
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Women's Work
star
7.96
3472 votes

#10 - Women's Work

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/6/2018

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

Directors: Kari Skogland
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Bridge
star
7.95
5244 votes

#11 - The Bridge

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/7/2017

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

Directors: Kate Dennis
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
A Woman's Place
star
7.95
5449 votes

#12 - A Woman's Place

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/17/2017

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.

Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Unknown Caller
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7.94
2579 votes

#13 - Unknown Caller

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/19/2019

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

Directors: Colin Watkinson
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Sacrifice
star
7.90
2409 votes

#14 - Sacrifice

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 8/7/2019

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.

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Night
star
7.90
2915 votes

#15 - Night

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/5/2019

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.

Directors: Mike Barker
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Holly
star
7.87
3368 votes

#16 - Holly

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/27/2018

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.

Directors: Daina Reid
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Ballet
star
7.85
514 votes

#17 - Ballet

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/14/2022

June struggles to move on with her life in Toronto. Serena plans an elaborate memorial. Aunt Lydia and Janine prepare Esther for her first posting as a Handmaid.

Directors: Elisabeth Moss
Watch Now:Amazon
Household
star
7.84
2530 votes

#18 - Household

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/26/2019

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.

Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
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Testimony
star
7.84
1432 votes

#19 - Testimony

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/2/2021

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.

Directors: Elisabeth Moss
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Postpartum
star
7.83
3277 votes

#20 - Postpartum

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 7/4/2018

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.

Directors: Daina Reid
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Witness
star
7.83
2427 votes

#21 - Witness

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 7/24/2019

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.

Directors: Daina Reid
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Home
star
7.82
1472 votes

#22 - Home

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/26/2021

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

Directors: Richard Shepard
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Baggage
star
7.81
3920 votes

#23 - Baggage

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/2/2018

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.

Directors: Kari Skogland
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Crossing
star
7.80
1556 votes

#24 - The Crossing

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/27/2021

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.

Directors: Elisabeth Moss
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
After
star
7.80
3443 votes

#25 - After

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/30/2018

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.

Directors: Kari Skogland
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes

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