The BEST Episodes of The Handmaid's Tale

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2019

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.


#1 - Mayday

Season 3 - Episode 13

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 8.48
1,623 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller

#2 - Liars

Season 3 - Episode 11

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

star 8.28
1,697 votes
Writers: Yahlin Chang

#3 - 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
4,688 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Bruce Miller
The Word

#4 - 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 8.17
2,800 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller
The Last Ceremony

#5 - 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 8.07
2,884 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Yahlin Chang
Smart Power

#6 - 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 8.04
2,873 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Dorothy Fortenberry

#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
3,717 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller
First Blood

#8 - 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 8.00
3,077 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller
Unknown Caller

#9 - 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 7.97
1,803 votes
Directors: Colin Watkinson
Writers: Marissa Jo Cerar
Women's Work

#10 - Women's Work

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

star 7.96
2,935 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Bruce Miller

#11 - Sacrifice

Season 3 - Episode 12

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 7.93
1,567 votes
Writers: Eric Tuchman
The Bridge

#12 - 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
4,590 votes
Directors: Kate Dennis
Writers: Eric Tuchman
A Woman's Place

#13 - 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 7.92
4,683 votes
Writers: Wendy Straker Hauser

#14 - 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 7.92
2,101 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller

#15 - 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 7.89
1,758 votes
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
Writers: Dorothy Fortenberry

#16 - 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
2,827 votes
Directors: Daina Reid
Writers: Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder

#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 7.83
2,746 votes
Directors: Daina Reid
Writers: Eric Tuchman

#18 - 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 7.81
3,305 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Bruce Miller

#19 - 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 7.81
2,908 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Bruce Miller
God Bless the Child

#20 - 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 7.80
1,821 votes
Directors: Amma Asante
Writers: Eric Tuchman

#21 - 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 7.79
1,614 votes
Directors: Daina Reid
Writers: Jacey Heldrich

#22 - 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 7.77
1,849 votes
Directors: Amma Asante
Writers: Yahlin Chang

#23 - 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 7.76
3,467 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller

#24 - 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 7.75
3,078 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Bruce Miller

#25 - 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
5,096 votes
Directors: Reed Morano
Writers: Bruce Miller