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The Affair

The Affair

Showtime 2014

The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between Noah Solloway and Alison Lockhart after the two meet in the resort town of Montauk in Long Island. Noah is a New York City schoolteacher with one novel published (book entitled A Person who Visits a Place) and he is struggling to write a second book. He is happily married with four children, but resents his dependence on his wealthy father-in-law. Alison is a young waitress trying to piece her life and marriage back together in the wake of the tragic death of her child. The story of the affair is told separately, complete with distinct memory biases, from the male and female perspectives.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Affair

The Affair - S5E11

#1 - Episode 11


Season 5 - Episode 11

It’s Whitney’s wedding day and everything comes full circle.

The episode was rated from 364 votes.

The Affair - S2E12

#2 - Episode 12


Season 2 - Episode 12

Events set in motion long ago come to their conclusion. Alison is honest with Noah -- and herself. A dispute between Cole and Scotty is followed by tragedy. Meanwhile, a turn in Noah's trial results in a shocking event.

The episode was rated from 1091 votes.

The Affair - S4E8

#3 - Episode 8


Season 4 - Episode 8

A hopeful epiphany leads Cole on a journey to a horrific discovery. Noah questions his role in tragic events.

The episode was rated from 595 votes.

The Affair - S4E9

#4 - Episode 9


Season 4 - Episode 9

Ben finally confesses the truth to Alison. But is it too late for their relationship?

The episode was rated from 569 votes.

The Affair - S4E10

#5 - Episode 10


Season 4 - Episode 10

Noah and Anton visit Yale where Noah encounters an old friend. An immensely difficult day forces Cole and Luisa to reexamine their relationship. Helen gets a new perspective on life.

The episode was rated from 536 votes.

The Affair - S4E5
#6 - Episode 5
Season 4 - Episode 5

Vik decides it’s time he started living for himself. Cole meets Nan, an old friend of his father, who sends him on a journey to exorcise the ghosts of his past.

The episode was rated from 585 votes.
The Affair - S1E9
#7 - Episode 9
Season 1 - Episode 9

A revelation about their daughter Whitney makes Noah and Helen realize their troubled marriage is directly affecting their children. Bending under remorse, Alison spirals towards a reckoning.

The episode was rated from 1034 votes.
The Affair - S1E10
#8 - Episode 10
Season 1 - Episode 10

The disappearance of Whitney spurs Helen to scrutinize Noah and his relationship with Alison and her family. Cole searches for answers at Lockhart Ranch. Meanwhile, Detective Jeffries makes significant progress on his case.

The episode was rated from 1030 votes.
#9 - Episode 9
Season 5 - Episode 9

As controversy swirls around Noah, Helen and Whitney must decide where their allegiances lie.

The episode was rated from 340 votes.
The Affair - S2E9
#10 - Episode 9
Season 2 - Episode 9

Alison weathers a momentous journey alone. Helen receives unexpected attention from a sexy yet exasperating source. Noah faces a terrible reckoning. An array of challenges pushes Cole to the very edge.

The episode was rated from 1031 votes.

Last updated: jun 08, 2021



What a great surprise. The marketing fell WAY short of explaining the true brilliance of this show. The premise is an affair, yes, but the way they explore memories and how actions have consequences is the show's true intentions. p.s. I love how each of their stories start off fairly similar with small differences such as what each character is wearing. But near the end the differences in story become dramatically different.


**Am I missing something huge?** It feels like there should be a point or something, but all I see are plain stories with some poor attempt to make deep meanings. I'm on episode 7 of the first season, and if this is it, I'm done with this series. I do enjoy acting very much and the scoring is very unique and interesting. However, it's far from enough to get me through any more episodes. I think this is the most boring series I've ever watched. Due to it's popularity, I'm convinced I'm missing the point. It's progressing painfully slow, and barely anything happened the first three episodes. Will it get better? Am I missing the point? Anyone? __I didn't rate this because I only watched the first 7 episodes__ SO BORING Main storyline quality: 1/10 Originality: ?/10 Side storylines quality: 1/10 Progression of main story line: 1/10 Story development: 1/10 Characters: 1/10 Intensity (cliffhangers, edge of seat and the like): -9/10 (yes. negative 9) Acting and directing: 9/10


This show started off slow for me but quickly caught my attention. Besides all the sex and the main affair, there are seriously messed up story lines that want to make you cry at times. Pretty sad seeing this woman's life fall apart. Great show so far!! I'm really hoping they bring it back for a second season.


I have enjoyed very much the first season and I will wait impatiently the second season (and the third and final, because their creators want to make a trilogy). Thank to Showtime, Sarah Treem, Hagai Levi and the breathtaking crew, cast and writers who have made possible this great show, in particular to Ruth Wilson. She deserves the Emmy for Best Actress this year. Her performance is flawless, realistic and emotional. This series is not about an simple "affair", it is about how love can change everything and not always for the welfare of the characters.


The 1st season was great. The 2nd was good and 3rd was mediocre.


Great Story, perfect acting - loved watching it


This series gets a lot of attention, and I've stayed away from it based on it's title and because I find it hard to watch a show that has no redeemable characters, or even a compelling struggle of character. However, I like the work of both Dominic West and Ruth Wilson (who both had to shed their accents for these roles) and with Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson in supporting roles, I was convinced to take the plunge. My fears were realized. Although Wilson's character is complex, there was no moral centre to the inner personal conflict, so there was no real drama that interested me. After 3 episodes I've abandoned the series, giving it a 5 (meh) out of 10.


Season four and five ... painful to watch. RIP The Affair ...


For me only Cole is somewhat interesting. The others annoy me. Mostly Noah.


1st 2 seasons are some of the best television out there, show has tension and dialogue and relationships have depth. Penultimate season also excellent. Oher seasons okay to pretty good but not necessarily worth rewatching.

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