The Handmaid's Tale

TV Show • 2017 • Drama  Report
Season
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34
Yes
4
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43
Yes
8
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21
1
PoeDameron
S4
 E1
Mr. Darcy the pig, Janine is then forced to eat her
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Are there bugs?
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Yes
4
No
28
1
Diabird
S2E1 : a woman escapes in a meat truck and there are cows and pigs upside down in it.
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36
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
Yes
31
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19
0
PoeDameron
S4
 E1
A pig is shot at the 30m mark
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33
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30
5
jchapman2595
In a flashback, Offred's husband kills their cat before their escape attempt in order to prevent it from suffering (by leaving it indoors) or draw attention to their escape (by letting it out).
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Rowynn
while there are several instances of gaslighting and similar manipulation tactics throughout the show, the most upsetting instance is in the first episode. a character is shamed by a group of people for having been raped as a young teenager. This scene mainly consists of the repeating phrases "her fault!" and "lead them on!" while this isn't exactly gaslighting, it is extremely distressing and definitely something to be aware of.
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19
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9
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Equivamp
Commander Waterford spanks his wife as a punishment.
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miriamm0798
Hannah describes how her new parents physically abuse her and then blame her for their actions.
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Keyla
One of the characters is seen smoking constantly.
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Yes
23
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7
Yes
11
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3
10
JohannaH
sexual assault is a main topic and shown several times
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Putschibert
In Episode 8, the protagonist gets her legs shaved by her commander
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6
MaraveTheGM
Teeth fall out due to radiation poisoning
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9
meganw
S1 E3 Clitoridectomy
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33
2
Keyla
A person’s finger is cut offscreen, however they do show how the finger looks after the amputation
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JohannaH
Fingers are cut off as punishment.
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1
Equivamp
A character's head is crushed by a car.
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Diabird
S2E1, someone's hand is burned on a stove.
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Yes
1
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24
3
Ellayesay
There is a lot of hanging in almost every episode
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DaisyDancer
A handmaid, after being rude, has her eye removed. This is shown offscreen.
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Kenzbee
Basically the whole series is torture. Every episode shows directly or implies bodily,, sexual, or mental harm. I any of those bother you steer clear. If not, I would highly recommend.
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6
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Rowynn
In S3 E9, there is a brief scene in which an unconscious character has a seizure on screen. This is stated, by another character, to be a frequent occurrence.
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11
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19
0
PoeDameron
S4
 E3
They are pushed, but yes
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1
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0
0
Offred‘s daughter is abducted from the arms of her mother (Offred/June) as they were trying to escape
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7
lenamadi30
A minor is killed for 'infidelity'
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13
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vantae
In season 3, episode 12, June walks in to find commander Lawrence’s wife Eleanor in her bed breathing raggedly and unable to wake up. June notices a bottle of medication on the nightstand with pills scattered around it. The overdose is heavily implied.
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MikaSun
basically most of the female protagonists were kidnapped and enslaved as a fundament of the political system
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vinylzombie
Offred was married before becoming a Handmaid, and she goes on to have an affair with a worker at her master's house.
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0
A child loses her toy when she’s taken but her dad later retrieves it and takes it with him to Canada
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38
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5
Yes
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39
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JohannaH
no showers, but several bath scenes (no sex content in baths)
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28
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43
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31
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SleepyMaya
A handmade spits into another handmade's drink at the beginning of episode 8, season 3.
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Rowynn
It is stated that an unconscious character "sh*ts herself". Though this is brought up at least twice, it never happens on screen.
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11
Season 1: Episode 1: All clear Episode 2: All clear Episode 3: 10:39: word “nauseous” is said. Nothing else Episode 4 is all clear Episode 5: 34:53 very short sick scene. More coughing sounds than anything else. Can kind of see it in the sick. It’s blurry. Starts after Ofred repeats “it always means worse for some” and goes into the kitchen. All clear after she runs the water and the driver asks “are you sick?” Episode 6: All clear Episode 7: There are parts where the guy is doubled over in pain and clutching his stomach but nothing happens. Same with later in the episode. He makes a kind of choked gasping noise and doubles over but nothing happens. Episode 8: All clear Episode 9: All clear Episode 10: All clear
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17
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7
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8
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vercettikayy
Not necessarily "copaganda" but the guards (basically military) play pretty big role in the society, the audience is not meant to like them however.
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Equivamp
In one episode a character reaches into a medical sharps container and gets an approximately 18g hypodermic needle jammed under her fingernail, shown onscreen.
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MaraveTheGM
Cattle prods are frequently used to “discipline” the Handmaids
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JohannaH
In one episode a character is shown with thinning hair and is being prayed over for recovery. They never mention cancer, though, and she is only in that one scene.
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xswarea
In a way, the Red Center resembles a form of brain-washing camp where young women are trained into thinking in a way that is compatible with the new government. Occasionally, women are punished and mistreated with the goal of manipulating their thoughts.
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Keyla
S3 Ep9 is taken place in a hospital, shows many medical tools, as well as self harm by using said tool.
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Keyla
The main character is seen cutting themselves with a medical tool in season 3 episode 9
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Equivamp
June implies that she will follow the path of the Waterford's previous handmaid if she's kept locked in her room for much longer.
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Rowynn
Mentally ill and traumatized characters do occasionally behave violently but, to my memory, they are not demonized. They are most often 3-dimensional protagonists and are treated compassionately by the narrative.
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19
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10
Yes
22
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9
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MaraveTheGM
Technically no, however a character finds out she’s pregnant and attempts to starve herself.
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meganw
S4 E3 June is being tortured and is shown being locked in a small box with no room to move
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3
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9
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JohannaH
A woman hangs herself in Season 1. The main character finds a woman dying from suicide (overdose) in Season 3.
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HeatherShields
It is heavily implied that everyone with any type of disabilities dies.
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Yes
4
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21
0
HickoryDickoryProductions
The show involves mainly forced childbirth, so this is somewhat expected.
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Equivamp
A scene of a "shipment" of captured women shows Gilead using strobe lights to enhance the fear and disorientation the women feel. There are scenes of crowds of media photographers with flashing cameras.
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0
Main actor is not talking directly to the audience, but is often looking directly in the camera, so this could be interpreted as a nonverbal communication.
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Rowynn
There are flashback scenes in which a character gets an abortion (which is not shown on screen). This includes a scene in which she mistakenly goes to a pro-life organization for advice, and they use fear tactics and shame to try to dissuade her. This scene may be upsetting to some viewers.
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Equivamp
A pregnant woman is shot and rendered brain dead. Her body is kept alive on life support to continue gestating the fetus.
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JohannaH
Childbirth and pregnancy are a main focus of the storyline and several women are shown giving birth.
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Yes
9
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10
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Kayden632
surprisingly they don't seem to focus on targeting race throughout the series.
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WhyamIdoingthis
There are no trans/non binary characters, but people have been hung for "gender crimes"
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Equivamp
A mentally ill character overdoses and another character chooses not to rescue her because her disability makes her a liability.
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0
In episode 2, Offred jokes to Moira about weight gain.
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KhoskekhGharl
There are Jews hung on "the wall" a place where they hang the dead bodies of the undesirables with bags over their heads indicating what kind they were. Some have the star of david.
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EmJorgensen
In one episode, a gay professor is hung in a homophobic hate crime, and the word "f*ggot" is is spray painted behind him.
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MikaSun
just for better understanding; certain figures' speeches include misogyny and homophobia, but it is not affirmative or uncommented.
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SleepyMaya
Unlike what the other comment said, Offred's original husband doesn't die in the first episode (though it is hinted, it is later revealed he didn't die). Black people do die in the series though, but not the first death.
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DaisyDancer
In the first episode, we see someone hanging on a wall with a pink triangle on them, whilst Offred narrates them as gay. Later, a lesbian is referred to as a 'gender traitor' and her lover is put to death.
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PoeDameron
S4
 E1
Their is a child bride
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xswarea
A major concept within the book and TV series is the role of the Handmaids to conceive a child for the Wife by the Commander. Offred herself describes the complex ritual by which the Commander attempts to impregnate her. She also has s*x with the Commander at an underground party full of scantily clad women wherein he leads her to a room and sleeps with her. Later on, she has an affair with Nick.
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2
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7
Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
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1
No
28
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alexmonroe
Not as such, to my memory, but a traditional concept of manliness is enforced within the dystopian society depicted. Emotionality in men, though never explicitly mentioned, is pretty obviously discouraged in Gilead.
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0
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11
Yes
2
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11
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ClaudiaTroncosoU
It doesn't end yet
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36
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MikaSun
someone attacks somebody else with a car in purpose to kill him
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Equivamp
June nearly escapes on a plane which is shot down before it's able to fully get off the ground.
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xswarea
In an attempt to escape the oppressive regime of Gilead, Offred (or June Osborne in the new series), and her husband crash their car against a tree. Fortunately, she and her family not significantly harmed but are slowed down in their flight.
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0
There are explicit depictions if people being shot.
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Head squish
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Equivamp
There are explosions, but they are caused by either handmade bombs or military, non-nuclear air strikes. The Colonies is a stretch of land in what was the Midwest that is contaminated with radioactive waste, but whether this waste is from war or industry has not been stated.
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Putschibert
In season 2, Episode 12, two side characters get drowned in a pool as punishment
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