‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, is one of Hulu’s most-watched shows that gained immense popularity in the cultural mainstream. This dystopian drama takes viewers to a post-apocalyptic era where a totalitarian regime controls the society and forces fertile women aka Handmaids to bear children. The first season of this series premiered on April 26, 2017 and the second season premiered on April 25, 2018.
Starring Elizabeth Moss in the lead role, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ takes its audience to the fictional, dystopic world after the second civil war. In this chaotic society, ruled by the totalitarian Gilead government, fertility rates have dropped and women have been reduced to mere slaves, leading a life of servitude, without having the liberty to read, work, or own properties. The last few remaining fertile women are called the Handmaids who are assigned to homes of wealthy families. Here, they are subjected to ritualistic rape so that they can bear off-springs for those men and their wives. June Osborne (Moss), renamed Offred, is a Handmaid in the home of Fred Waterford and wife Serena Joy. She previously had her own family and job, but now just follows the rules of the Giliad in the hope of reuniting with her husband and daughter again.
After its release, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ received wide critical acclaim and won eight Prime Time Emmy Awards for its first instalment and one Golden Globe Award. It returns for its third season on June 5, 2019. Now, if you have already watched the first two seasons and need some titles to fill that agonizing gap until the next episodes are released, then you can start right away with this catalog. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
16. Alias Grace (2017)
Another show based on Margaret Atwood’s novel with the same name, ‘Alias Grace‘ is a miniseries set in 18th century Canada. The plot revolves around the celebrated murderess Grace Marks, who has been imprisoned for the past 15 years on charges of murder. Now, when Dr. Simon Jordan is sent to the prison to do a psychiatric evaluation in order to gauge whether she is innocent or guilty, Grace is forced to recount her past: her migration from Ireland to Canada, her employment as a maid, and her version of the murders. Throughout the story, what keeps the viewer engaged is whether Grace is telling the truth or if she is just making up sections of the tale just to amuse the doctor. And when the events take a sinister turn, with Grace mixing wickedness and trickery in the plot, you are simply left guessing. You are the judge.
Why we recommend this show is because of the incredible performance of Sarah Gordon as Grace Marks. She is so brilliant that you can’t help but vouch for her that she is innocent. She brings in a mix of dread and sympathy in her acting, which is not only unique but incredibly apt for her character. Moreover, all of the six episodes of this show are successful in meticulously adapting the events from the novel, up to the last details. Now, here’s the final element that shall definitely compel you to binge watch the show right away! It is based on true events. Need we say more? Go, stream it now on Netflix!