‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Renewed for Season 2 at Hulu

Handmaid's Tale

Just one week after its debut, Hulu has renewed “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a second season, Variety has learned. Season 2 will premiere in 2018.

The renewal will be announced Wednesday at Hulu’s Upfront presentation.

According to Hulu, which did not release numbers, “The Handmaid’s Tale” has been watched by more Hulu viewers than any other series premiere on the platform, considering both original and acquired series.


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Aside from viewership success, the show has received widespread critical acclaim, with Variety‘s awards editor Kristopher Tapley penning a recent column about the series titled, “Does Hulu Finally Have A Serious Emmy Contender?” Variety TV critic Sonia Saraiya called the drama “a worthy, heartbreaking adaptation of the text, anchored by strong performances and profound visual grammar” in her review.

Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, “The Handmaid’s Tale” follows the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Elisabeth Moss stars alongside Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Ann Down, O.T. Fagbenle, Max Minghella, and Samira Wiley.

“The response we’ve seen to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ in just one week since its premiere has been absolutely incredible. It has been an honor to work with this talented team of cast and creators to develop a series that has struck such a chord with audiences across the country,” said Craig Erwich, Hulu’s SVP and head of content. “As we continue to expand our strong slate of original programming, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is exactly the type of gripping and thought-provoking storytelling we want to bring to viewers. We can’t wait to explore the world of Gilead and continue Margaret’s vision with another season on Hulu.”

“Handmaid’s Tale” is created, executive produced, and written by Bruce Miller. Warren Littlefield serves as executive producer and Atwood is a consulting producer on the series. MGM Television produces.

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  1. Broken up says:

    Why hulu got to wait till 2018 for season 2 of the handmaid tale to come back on that is ridiculous

  2. debbiew1 says:

    Absolutely amazing show! Loved the book, and the show totally brings it to life and then some. Cannot wait for Season 2.

  3. Sheila Sanchez says:

    My sisters and I love this series, binge watched could not stop watching. Can’t wait for season2

  4. Stephanie J Bumstead says:

    2018!!!!! that’s rediculous. I could see that the 10th episode was aired June. So it’s possable to start another season September or October. It’s hard to wait that long. IT’S THE ONLY REASON I PAYED FOR HULU. Guess I can stop my subscription until 2018 then.

  5. Janet Beauregard Saldana says:

    I loved season 1, and look forward to season 2! Wish it were going to be on sooner than 2018, but at least it is coming back. I have to know what happens!!

  6. Maryjo Hill says:

    Want to see this movie! Waiting for season 2 and so much more to come! I Hope!!! Love It!!!

  7. JoAnn D Ziegler says:

    Love this show cannot wait for season 2

  8. Yolanda McClain says:

    Love this show cannot wait for it to.return. …2018 way to long a wait..step it up Hulu why make us wait so long?


  9. Kathryn Guinan says:

    It’s Ann Dowd, jeezus get it right.

  10. Jon Linden says:

    I just wanted to congratulate Margaret Atwood for the article on her in “The New Yorker” (April 17) entitled “The Prophet if Dystopia.” Nicely done, all my best for the future!

  11. paully says:

    After several seasons of HT they should make Margarets Atwood’s “Orax and Crake”..

  12. Sam says:

    More exploitation of women. What else is new.

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