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The critically acclaimed Hulu original series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is returning with an all-new season on April 28.
Based on Margaret Atwood’s classic book, the show has been a hit on the streaming service for the past three seasons. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is set in a dystopian alternate reality where women are subjugated under a totalitarian government. The new season features June (Elisabeth Moss) taking on the role of a “fierce rebel leader” against the Republic of Gilead, according to Hulu’s synopsis.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” has received numerous awards, including an Emmy for outstanding drama series in 2017, and a Golden Globe for best drama series in 2018. The show holds an “88% Fresh” rating on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.
Updated on 4/19/2021 by Ben Blanchet: This article has been completely revised with details on the show’s fourth season.
How to watch ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ on Hulu
The fourth season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will premiere on Hulu with three new episodes on April 28. After that, Hulu will release one new episode every Wednesday between May 5 and June 16. The season will feature a total of 10 episodes.
If you want to catch up on past seasons before the premiere, you can stream all 36 episodes from the first, second, and third seasons of “The Handmaid’s Tale” right now on Hulu.
Hulu’s basic, ad-supported plan costs $6 a month or $60 a year. We recommend you get the annual version for the most savings, as it comes out to $12 less per year. For ad-free streaming, you can opt for Hulu’s premium plan at $12 a month. No matter what on-demand plan you choose, new members get a free 30-day trial.
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You can also package Hulu Basic with Disney Plus and ESPN+ for $14 a month. The bundle will supplement Hulu’s library with live sports from ESPN+ and tons of hit movies and shows from Disney Plus. Other versions of Hulu are also available with the bundle for an extra fee. You can find a detailed breakdown of Hulu bundle options here.
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“The Handmaid’s Tale” is available to watch on Hulu through a range of streaming devices including Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and most smart TVs. You can also access Hulu through a web browser.
How to watch ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ without Hulu
If you don’t want to pay a monthly fee, you can buy individual episodes or full seasons of “The Handmaid’s Tale” from digital retailers like Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu. Episodes are priced at $3 each in HD video quality.
That said, only the first three seasons are available to buy from other platforms. As such, we recommend Hulu as a better option since Hulu will grant you access to the fourth season as soon as it premieres.
It’s not clear when other platforms will add season four, but it usually takes several months for new seasons to receive a home video release after they air on Hulu.