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Hulu's 'Handmaid's Tale' streams up TCA's program of the year honors

Hulu LLC's "The Handmaid's Tale" became the first program from a streaming service to earn the top honor from the Television Critics Association.

A dystopian story adapted from Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name, "The Handmaid's Tale" earned program of the year laurels at the TCA Awards on Aug. 5. Previously, Netflix Inc. had garnered TCA awards for "Making a Murderer" as the outstanding reality program in 2016, while "Orange is the New Black" was voted outstanding new program in 2014.

"The Handmaid's Tale" beat out Netflix Inc.'s "Stranger Things," HBO / Cinemax (US)s "Big Little Lies" and "The Leftovers," NBC (US)'s "This is Us," and FX Network (US)'s "Atlanta" to secure the TCA's program of the year award.

"The Handmaid’s Tale" also won for outstanding achievement in drama, thwarting "The Americans" quest for a three-peat. The FX spy series headed the category in 2015 and 2016. Netflix's "The Crown" and "Stranger Things," NBC's "This Is Us," and AMC (US)'s "Better Call Saul" were also in contention here.

"Atlanta" was recognized as the outstanding achievement in comedy, dethroning ABC (US)'s "black-ish," which won in 2016. Amazon.com Inc.'s "Fleabag," Netflix's "Master of None," NBC's "The Good Place," and HBO's "Veep" were the other nominees.

Donald Glover, the star and creator of "Atlanta," garnered the critics' individual achievement in comedy honor, ahead of Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "Veep," Aziz Ansari for "Master of None," Kristen Bell for "The Good Place," Phoebe Waller-Bridge in "Fleabag," Issa Rae in HBO's "Insecure," and Pamela Adlon in FX's "Better Things."

Unlike the Emmys, Oscars and other awards shows, men and women compete in the same category for TCA Awards honors.

Carrie Coon, who received an unprecedented dual nomination, took home the individual achievement in drama for her work in both "The Leftovers" and FX's "Fargo." Coon's competition came from Sterling K. Brown in "This Is Us"; Claire Foy in "The Crown"; Nicole Kidman in "Big Little Lies"; Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon in FX's "Feud: Bette and Joan"; and Elisabeth Moss in "The Handmaid's Tale."

"This Is Us" was honored as outstanding new program. ABC family sitcom "Speechless" was the other broadcast winner, garnering the outstanding achievement in youth programming.

"Big Little Lies" took home the award for outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials, while A&E (US)'s investigative "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" was the outstanding reality program. ESPN's docu-series event ESPN (US)'s "O.J.: Made in America," an Oscar winner for documentary feature, notched TCA's outstanding achievement in news and information. The almost eight-hour film has six Emmy nominations, including one for exceptional merit in documentary film-making.

Shows airing the majority of their season's episodes between June 1, 2016, and May 31, 2017, were eligible for TCA Awards consideration.