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How to watch The Handmaid's Tale season 5 online and stream new episodes from anywhere

Elisabeth Moss and O-T Fagbenle as June and Luke in The Handmaid's Tale season 5
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The TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's famous dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale, has returned for its penultimate season. Elisabeth Moss takes up her role as June, alongside Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia and Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Waterford. With free streaming options available for the critically acclaimed series, follow our guide on how to watch The Handmaid's Tale season 5 online from anywhere across the globe and find out what time it's on wherever you are.

*Beware of season 5 spoilers ahead*

It was a long time coming, but karma finally paid Commander Fred Waterford a visit in the form of a group of blood-thirsty handmaid's out for revenge - lead, of course, by June herself.

Notifying his pregnant estranged wife by way of his dismembered ring finger with wedding band and all in an envelope, season 5 sets out to see the fallout of June's murderous spree. And if the promotions are anything to go by, June and Serena will once again come face to face, especially as Serena hints at using daughter, Hannah, as ammunition.

With Gilead out to stop June once and for all - and with season 6 confirmed to be the show's last - there is plenty of damage still to be done. Tune in around the globe and watch The Handmaid's Tale season 5 online where you are with the first two episodes now available to stream. Not going to be in the country? You can use a VPN from abroad to watch The Handmaid's Tale season 5 on SBS for free (opens in new tab) as if you were at home.

How to watch The Handmaid's Tale season 5 free online in Australia

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SBS
Aussies can join June and Luke in their search for daughter Hannah at much the same time as in the US. The best part? In Australia you can watch 100% for free on SBS (opens in new tab).

New episodes will air every Thursday at 9.30pm AEST. You can then watch new episodes on catch up on  SBS on Demand (opens in new tab). All you need is to create an account - you won't even need a zipcode.

Outside of Australia? Don't  miss out on your free The Handmaid's Tale stream. Use a VPN (opens in new tab) to watch while abroad.

How to watch The Handmaid's Tale season 5 online from anywhere

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If you're away from home when series 5 of The Handmaid's Tale airs, a VPN is your best option for tuning in. A VPN gets around geo-restrictions allowing you to access SBS On Demand from anywhere as if you were in the UK. Try it for 30 days and get your money back if you're not happy.

How to use a VPN

There are three simple steps to follow:

1: Get a VPN installed. There are plenty of options, but we'd point you in the direction of ExpressVPN. There's even an offer on right now where you can get an additional three months FREE on a 12-month package and save 49% (opens in new tab). Happily, ExpressVPN is also compatible with pretty much every device you can think of too.

2: Connect to an appropriate server. Select a server located back in your home country and you'll be in and away. And if there's any sniff of an issue, Express's handy 24/7 live chat customer support can come to your rescue.

3: Head over to the service you want. Here you can shop as normal and once you set your location, visit the service you're interested in and sign up as normal or log in, and start watching. And if you don't get along with it, you can always cancel without issue within 30 days and get a full refund. Easy!

How to watch The Handmaid's Tale season 5 online in the US

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Hulu
Welcoming viewers back to Gilead, the first two episodes of season 5 arrived on Hulu on September 14 with new episodes landing every Wednesday at 12.01am PT / 3.01am ET.

New customers can sign up to Hulu from $6.99 a month after a 30-day Hulu free trial (opens in new tab), or forego ads and pay $12.99 a month. Alternatively, tune into 75+ channels with the Hulu + Live TV plan.

For real value for money, you can also watch The Handmaid's Tale through the Disney Plus bundle (opens in new tab), getting Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus for just $13.99 a month.

How to watch The Handmaid's Tale season 5 online free in the UK

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Channel 4
The Handmaid's Tale will once again find its home on free-to-air channel, Channel 4 in the UK, though as always Brits will have to wait a little longer for its premiere, with a official date yet to be announced.

When the time comes, you'll be able to tune into linear TV, or watch online through Channel 4's streaming service All 4 (opens in new tab), where you'll also be able to watch the episode as well as past seasons on-demand.

For those who want to catch-up or get a recap on the previous four seasons, currently you'll need an Amazon Prime Video subscription (opens in new tab) to watch all episodes from seasons 1-4, with none currently available to stream on All 4.

How to watch The Handmaid's Tale season 5 online in Canada

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CTV Drama
New episodes will air on CTV Drama from Wednesday, September 14 at 9pm ET/PT, with new episodes arriving in the same slot every week.

For those without cable, Crave is the place for Canadians to tune into season 5 of The Handmaid's Tale, with new episode arriving concurrent with the US first thing every Wednesday, as well as being able to stream seasons 1-4.

Crave has the option of two plans. Crave Mobile allows just one stream and costs from $9.99 a month. Crave Total upgrades you to 4 streams as well as offline viewing. 

You can also opt to for great savings with annual plans available on both.

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Alice is the resident eCommerce Staff Writer at Future with a focus on VPN and streaming services, such as Disney Plus and HBO Max. She predominantly writes buying and streaming service guides, as well as how to watch articles so you know exactly when and where you can watch Friends, Euphoria, or RuPaul's Drag Race. Previously a Commercial Content Writer at Trusted Reviews, Alice has five years experience giving online buying advice, and over two years writing about consumer tech.