Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale at Penn State

A student-run initiative combined with an international streaming website led to the special pre-screening of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale hosted by Her Campus Penn State.

The Handmaid’s Tale is based off of Margaret Atwood’s novel warning the world of a dystopian future where the United States government has fallen, leaving women to fight to regain their freedoms which were stripped away as the government changed.


Balloons lined Keller Auditorium for the Wednesday, April 26 event – which attracted viewers of all ages intrigued by the newest adaptation of Atwood’s 1985 novel.

Having never read the novel, junior elementary education major Jarrod Luther was surprised by the first episode of the series but is intrigued to see what the next episode will bring.


“I typically prefer comedy shows, but after the first episode I want to know what happens next,” said Luther.

The new Hulu series features a society where infertility is running wild and the few fertile women are used to produce children for wealthy families.

New episodes of the series will be released every Wednesday. Due to the sensitive content of the show, it is recommended for older audiences.

The possibility of a similar future for women today is one of the most shocking parts about the series, Luther said.       

“What’s the most interesting thing about the series so far is just how realistic it seems – like it could really happen.”