The Handmaid's Tale

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Outstanding drama has sex, violence, scary implications.

Hulu Drama 2017

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 15 reviews

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age 18+

Suggested genre: HORROR!

Nobody should watch this. This is depressing and disturbing and with how many seasons there are it doesn't seem like there's much of a solution in sight. Whoever says this is interesting or artistic or a good story is full of it. A woman held prisoner, brainwashed and raped daily, the genre should be horror. It's not healthy to watch things like this. What kind of message are we trying to send our kids? Or even adults... The devil wants us to get so numb that anything will eventually be acceptable. (You shouldn't be required to say what age is acceptable to watch when its evil and completely unacceptable on all levels.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
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age 15+

Watch this with your sons, as well as your daughters

If this show doesn't trigger you, you're asleep. ALL the negative comments are from people who are triggered by it and I'm laughing. It's a satire and you're tough enough to look at the reality it reflects. Watch a few episodes - in fact, just watch the first and see if you aren't slapped in the face with an astounding check and intrigued. Prepare yourself for amazing floods of emotionally-charged adrenaline and conversations. This show is deep on all levels, carrying strong social and political messages. It would benefit anyone to watch it, for personal reflection. It might change the way you look at things and motivate you. Amazing messages, conversations and bonding have come from this. I will be watching with my son - these issues are pertinent to everyone and it doesn't stop with women. On younger viewers: I haven't recommended it for younger viewers, who are too young to grasp the complexities of the characters motivations as well as the issues being on a mature level, (that is aside from the graphic nature of the program). You know your teens and when they're ready for this. There are also sexual assault/rape triggers. I'd suggest you watch some, first and judge. Enjoy! Nolite te bastardes carborundorum

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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