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The Best Episodes of The Handmaid's Tale

Every episode of The Handmaid's Tale ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Handmaid's Tale!

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. A TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel.

Genres:DramaSci-Fi & Fantasy

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The best episode of "The Handmaid's Tale" is "Mayday", rated 9.3/10 from 6303 user votes. It was directed by Mike Barker and written by Bruce Miller. "Mayday" aired on 8/14/2019 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Liars".

  • Mayday
    9.3/10 6,303 votes

    #1 - Mayday

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2019-08-14

    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.

    Director: Mike Barker

    Writer: Bruce Miller

  • Liars
    9.2/10 5,634 votes

    #2 - Liars

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2019-07-31

    A return to Jezebels puts everything in jeopardy; Serena Joy and Commander Waterford take a clandestine trip.

    Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

    Writer: Yahlin Chang

  • Night
    9.0/10 5,709 votes

    #3 - Night

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2017-06-14

    Serena Joy confronts Offred and the Commander. Offred struggles with a complicated, life-changing revelation. The Handmaids face a brutal decision.

    Director: Kari Skogland

    Writer: Margaret Atwood

  • The Last Ceremony
    9.0/10 4,687 votes

    #4 - The Last Ceremony

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-06-20

    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.

    Director: Jeremy Podeswa

    Writer: N/A

  • Smart Power
    8.9/10 4,287 votes

    #5 - Smart Power

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-06-13

    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.

    Director: Jeremy Podeswa

    Writer: N/A

  • June
    8.8/10 5,193 votes

    #6 - June

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2018-04-25

    Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead.

    Director: Mike Barker

    Writer: N/A

  • First Blood
    8.8/10 4,401 votes

    #7 - First Blood

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-05-23

    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.

    Director: Mike Barker

    Writer: N/A

  • A Woman's Place
    8.7/10 5,167 votes

    #8 - A Woman's Place

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-05-17

    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.

    Director: Floria Sigismondi

    Writer: Margaret Atwood

  • Women's Work
    8.7/10 4,087 votes

    #9 - Women's Work

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-06-06

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

    Director: Kari Skogland

    Writer: N/A

  • Late
    8.6/10 5,698 votes

    #10 - Late

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2017-04-26

    Offred visits Janine’s baby with Serena Joy and remembers the early days of the revolution before Gilead. Ofglen faces a difficult challenge.

    Director: Reed Morano

    Writer: Margaret Atwood

  • The Bridge
    8.6/10 4,639 votes

    #11 - The Bridge

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2017-06-07

    Offred embarks on a dangerous mission for the resistance. Janine moves to a new posting. Serena Joy suspects the Commander’s infidelity.

    Director: Kate Dennis

    Writer: Margaret Atwood

  • The Wilderness
    8.6/10 3,990 votes

    #12 - The Wilderness

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2021-06-16

    June draws on all her resources and relationships, risking everything to ensure her own kind of justice.

    Director: Liz Garbus

    Writer: Bruce Miller

  • No Man’s Land
    8.6/10 2,264 votes

    #13 - No Man’s Land

    Season 5 Episode 7 - Aired 2022-10-19

    June and Serena find themselves in a desperate situation.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Word
    8.5/10 4,908 votes

    #14 - The Word

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2018-07-11

    Serena and the other Wives strive to make change. Emily learns more about her new Commander. Offred faces a difficult decision.

    Director: Mike Barker

    Writer: N/A

  • Home
    8.5/10 2,959 votes

    #15 - Home

    Season 4 Episode 7 - Aired 2021-05-26

    June contends with joy, pain and rage as she acclimates herself to vastly changed circumstances.

    Director: Richard Shepard

    Writer: Yahlin Chang

  • Together
    8.5/10 2,128 votes

    #16 - Together

    Season 5 Episode 6 - Aired 2022-10-12

    June and Luke’s mission puts them in serious jeopardy. Serena senses a threat from her benefactors. Lawrence and Nick make a shocking power move.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Unknown Caller
    8.4/10 3,684 votes

    #17 - Unknown Caller

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2019-06-19

    June and Serena grapple with a new revelation about Nichole, leading to an incident that will have far-reaching ramifications.

    Director: Colin Watkinson

    Writer: Marissa Jo Cerar

  • The Crossing
    8.4/10 3,827 votes

    #18 - The Crossing

    Season 4 Episode 3 - Aired 2021-04-28

    Captured by Gilead, June faces a vengeful Aunt Lydia and endures a torturous interrogation. Nick and Lawrence collaborate to protect June. In Toronto, Luke struggles with how to help June and Hannah.

    Director: Elisabeth Moss

    Writer: Bruce Miller

  • Safe
    8.4/10 2,103 votes

    #19 - Safe

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2022-11-09

    Under threat, June must find a way to keep herself and her family safe from Gilead and its violent supporters in Toronto.

    Director: Elisabeth Moss

    Writer: N/A

  • Holly
    8.3/10 4,255 votes

    #20 - Holly

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2018-06-27

    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.

    Director: Daina Reid

    Writer: N/A

  • Postpartum
    8.3/10 3,620 votes

    #21 - Postpartum

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2018-07-04

    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.

    Director: Daina Reid

    Writer: N/A

  • Night
    8.3/10 4,353 votes

    #22 - Night

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2019-06-05

    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.

    Director: Mike Barker

    Writer: Bruce Miller

  • Testimony
    8.3/10 2,594 votes

    #23 - Testimony

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2021-06-02

    June confronts Fred and Serena in court and challenges Emily to face a painful reminder of her Gilead past. Lawrence presents Aunt Lydia with a newly captured, familiar handmaid.

    Director: Elisabeth Moss

    Writer: Kira Snyder

  • Offred
    8.2/10 7,105 votes

    #24 - Offred

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2017-04-26

    Offred, one the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife.

    Director: Reed Morano

    Writer: Margaret Atwood

  • Unwomen
    8.2/10 4,508 votes

    #25 - Unwomen

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2018-04-25

    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.

    Director: Mike Barker

    Writer: N/A