The Handmaid's Tale is an American dystopian drama television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. The plot features a dystopian future following a Second American Civil War wherein a totalitarian society subjects fertile women, called "Handmaids", into child-bearing slavery. The series features an ensemble cast, led by Elisabeth Moss, and also stars Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, O. T. Fagbenle, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley, Amanda Brugel, and Bradley Whitford. The series premiered on April 26, 2017, on Hulu. A second season aired in 2018. The third season premiered on June 5, 2019. As of August 14, 2019, 36 episodes of The Handmaid's Tale have been released, concluding the third season. In July 2019, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which is set to premiere on April 28, 2021. In December 2020, ahead of the fourth season premiere, Hulu renewed the series for a fifth season.