The BEST Episodes of The Handmaid's Tale
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 16, 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 - 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.
#2 - Liars
Season 3 - Episode 11
A return to Jezebel's puts everything in jeopardy. Serena Joy and Commander Waterford take a clandestine trip.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#10 - Women's Work
Season 2 - Episode 8
A sick baby tests Offred and Serena. Janine finally faces Naomi.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.