This is a portal for confirmed or irrefutable allusions and references of movies, television, and regular streaming services seen at The Handmaid's Tale (per transcript verbatum and/or crew citation).

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Jaws[edit | edit source]

When June returns home, June finds the kitchen covered with muffin baskets. Since muffins mean yes, the Martha network will help June get kids out of Gilead. June realizes she’s going to need a "bigger boat". "We're going to need a bigger boat" is a quote from the movie Jaws. (Episode 3.10, Witness)

Friends[edit | edit source]

June wanders around the Boston Globe. Walking among office cubicles, she silently ganders at the materials and matter which characterized the world before Gilead. Yellowed newspaper issues, sports merchandise (Boston Red Sox in particular), family photos, and knick-knacks all decorate the abandoned cubicles; she even finds a DVD of the TV show Friends. She is later seen watching Friends episode 11, season 4 titled "The One with Phoebe's Uterus" on a laptop. (Episode 2.2, Unwomen)

Boston Red Sox[edit | edit source]

The majority of the soundtrack which plays with the ending credits of Episode 2.2 (Unwomen) is TV audio of the Boston Red Sox winning the 2013 World Series.

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