'The Handmaid's Tale'
Hulu, Apr. 26
It’s the American answer to Orwell. Set in the all-too-near future, this adaptation of Margaret Atwood's feminist science-fiction parable chronicles the story of a woman (Elisabeth Moss) held in a puritanical form of sexual slavery. Specifically, she belongs to a high-ranking member of the patriarchal dictatorship of Gilead, a fundamentalist Christian nation that rises from the apocalyptic ashes of a splintered United States. And with any luck, this 10-episode series will remain a dystopic fantasy rather than a documentary by the time its April air date rolls around. A strong supporting cast that includes The Leftovers' Ann Dowd and Gilmore Girls' Alexis Bledel. STC