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From modern America to dystopian Gilead: how far away are we?

There’s a heartbreaking scene in season two of The Handmaid’s Tale where Emily (Alexis Bledel) is left behind at the airport, her family traveling on to Canada. Mentioned in season one, it’s hardly a spoiler, but so gut wrenching was the flashback I immediately texted my husband:...

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 6:06pm

Samira Wiley on visibility and acknowledging the similarities to slavery in 'The Handmaid's Tale'

The second season of The Handmaid’s Tale — premiering Wednesday, April 25 — first and foremost explores freedom: What is it, really? And does the fighting stop once you get it? The definitive answer in the world of Gilead is no — even when you’ve escaped the...

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 12:57pm

The Handmaid’s Tale to finally tell us what happened to Ofglen

Hulu has offered an exclusive image from Handmaid’s Tale season two — and it tells us a lot about Ofglen (Alexis Bledel) and where she’s been. The second season, which premieres on April 25, will expand the Handmaid’s universe and give us our first look at "the...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 1:21pm

'Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 teases darker days ahead

A moody, chilling teaser for Season 2 of “Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu has dropped, enticing us back into the world of Margaret Atwood’s harrowing dystopia. The 13-episode second season airs on Hulu on April 25, which gives us roughly six weeks before we pick up where we left...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:18pm

Praise be! 'Handmaid's Tale: The Musical' is coming to Union Hall

Ever wondered what it would be like if the Republic of Gilead took over Brooklyn?  That’s what Marcia Belsky and Melissa Stokoski found themselves imagining when they watched “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu. The Brooklyn-based comedians had been working on a musical...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 4:16pm

The second season of 'The Handmaid's Tale' will be even darker

The trailer for the second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is here and it’s depressing AF. Shall we? Oh look, there’s Offred in a Hannibal Lecter mask! Oh shoot, there’s Serena Joy sitting in Offred’s room, looking forlorn! Oh man, there’s...

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 1:35pm

Here are the books New Yorkers were reading most in 2017

New York City, you’re a woke town according to the public library's year-end tally of popular books. “Between the World and Me,” the award-winning bestseller by Ta-Nehisi Coates, was the most checked-out book of 2017 after debuting at No. 2 last year. Good job on keeping your...

Friday, December 22, 2017 - 12:59pm

The best TV shows that premiered this year

Looking for the best new TV series of 2017? We’ve given you our favorite shows of this year — but what of the new ones that premiered this year? Here’s a roundup of the freshman series that impressed us the most.  The Young Pope  I don’t use the word “...

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 12:36pm

These are our favorite shows of 2017

We've said it before and we'll say it again: There is a lot of television on right now. Some good, some bad. With the year ending, the staff at Metro has come together to chat their favorite shows of the year. Some old, some new — all fantastic.  American Vandal (Netflix) The...

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 11:09am

Clea DuVall is coming to 'The Handmaid’s Tale' and her role is crucial

Get ready, Gilead: According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Veep” actress Clea DuVall is coming to The Handmaid’s Tale season 2. Even better? She’ll guest-star as Sylvia, Emily’s (Alexis Bledel) wife and co-parent. The second season will reportedly see Gilead take...

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 11:40am

Elisabeth Moss isn't loving the comparison of Scientology and 'The Handmaid's Tale'

Elisabeth Moss — star of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a show about like, corrupt religion and the patriarchy — is a Scientologist. She rarely if ever talks about it, but she is right now, so let’s get on with it. Via Instagram, Moss defended her religion from a...

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 12:48pm

These are the best TV series of this summer

It's August, already! The summer is nearly over, so why not pay tribute to some of this year's best television? Here we have the five best series of the summer. And if you haven't watched already, you're missing out.   "Insecure" This season of “Insecure...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 2:48pm

Margaret Atwood would really like Drake to be in "The Handmaid's Tale"

Fact: Margaret Atwood, novelist and writer of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is Canadian, and a major “get” for Toronto. Another fact: Drake, a rapper, and one-time star of “Degrassi” is also Canadian and a major “get" for Toronto. Now, with that...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 12:19pm

The most villainous characters from the season finale of 'The Handmaid's Tale'

The season finale of “The Handmaid’s Tale” reminds its viewers who the real villains of Gilead are. The last few episodes have been busy with the work of creating a full world within “The Handmaid’s Tale.” We spent time with our protagonist in a fancy,...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 5:08pm

Max Minghella gets us through 'The Handmaid's Tale'

If you’re watching “The Handmaid’s Tale,” you probably have a thing for Max Minghella. The 31-year-old actor has a starring role as Nick, the stone-faced, ever-brooding driver for Commander Waterford and his wife. Heading into the penultimate episode of season one, we’...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 2:52pm

Elisabeth Moss thinks 'The Handmaid’s Tale' is basically 'The Real Housewives'

Are Elisabeth Moss’ and Max Minghella’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” characters real? No. Do I want them to be? Kind of. Sure, the world of Gilead is oppressive and depressing, and I know it’s more important to be focused on the bummer parts — but it’s...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 1:00pm

'The Handmaid’s Tale' is stronger when it’s talking about women

“The Handmaid’s Tale” had a very strong start. The pilot of the Hulu series, starring Elisabeth Moss as Offred, immediately immersed its audience into the patriarchal and authoritarian regime of Gilead. We started from Offred’s perspective, with exclusive access to her daily...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 6:25pm

Did you know there was a 'Handmaid's Tale' movie? It screens in New York this weekend

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” has turned into one of the great hate-watches of the Trump era. We don’t mean “hate-watch” to say it’s bad — if anything it’s too good, too scary, too spot-on about what may actually be happening in 2017...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 1:01pm

Nick from 'The Handmaid’s Tale' is the boyfriend we all deserve

We’ve already established that here at Metro, we love “The Handmaid’s Tale.” It is a very thoughtful show that explores feminism, patriarchy, and how a totalitarian regime is probably lurking just around the corner IRL. And it’s an important show for these pre-...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:29pm

Here are all the fun, exciting shows to expect from Hulu in 2017

Today, Hulu unveiled a revamped look, and a brand new streaming service. But they also offered some news on their current and future offerings, and basically? Forget those hobbies, because in the next year, you’re going to have a lot of TV to watch. Here’s everything we learned....

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 5:48pm