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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 8.18 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 8.08 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 7.99 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 7.98 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 7.97 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 7.84 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 7.82 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 7.76 from 1030 votes.

The Affair - S5E9

#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 7.75 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 7.70 from 1031 votes.

The Affair - S5E10
#11 - Episode 10
Season 5 - Episode 10

As wildfires threaten Los Angeles, Helen and Noah are forced to run for their lives and confront old wounds along the way.

The episode was rated from 347 votes.
The Affair - S2E11
#12 - Episode 11
Season 2 - Episode 11

Cole and Luisa take a serious step forward. Meanwhile, a series of revelations cause Noah to reconsider everything he thought he knew about Alison - and a momentous decision Alison makes may just end their relationship.

The episode was rated from 1035 votes.
The Affair - S2E7
#13 - Episode 7
Season 2 - Episode 7

Alison's mother raises concerns about her and Noah's new lifestyle. Alison confronts Noah about his book. Cole lashes out at Luisa and is further alienated from his family in the wake of startling revelations.

The episode was rated from 1043 votes.
The Affair - S1E7
#14 - Episode 7
Season 1 - Episode 7

With summer coming to an end, the Solloways are returning to Brooklyn - a welcome relief for Noah following recent revelations. Meanwhile, Cole is forced to confront Alison when the Lockhart side business hits too close to home. And Helen and Noah grapple with the results of an unexpected emergency.

The episode was rated from 1030 votes.
The Affair - S2E6
#15 - Episode 6
Season 2 - Episode 6

A medical emergency casts Helen and Noah's litigation process in a new light, causing Helen to make a long overdue decision. The dynamic of Noah and Alison's relationship shifts as troublesome discoveries are made.

The episode was rated from 1019 votes.
The Affair - S2E10
#16 - Episode 10
Season 2 - Episode 10

Noah grapples with essential questions. Alison begins to doubt a recent ambition, and renewed interactions with the Lockhart brothers force her to consider a harrowing possibility.

The episode was rated from 1024 votes.
The Affair - S5E8
#17 - Episode 8
Season 5 - Episode 8

Allegations against Noah surface and he seeks guidance on how to handle the situation. Helen celebrates a birthday and protects Sierra during an extremely trying time.

The episode was rated from 335 votes.
The Affair - S3E9
#18 - Episode 9
Season 3 - Episode 9

Helen's escape to Montauk exacerbates her guilt and hastens an identity crisis: should the truth finally come out? Noah's world collapses, leaving him to process something horrific.

The episode was rated from 1281 votes.
The Affair - S3E4
#19 - Episode 4
Season 3 - Episode 4

Cole is put in an increasingly impossible situation by Alison's return to his life. Alison must contend with Luisa while attempting to reconnect with her daughter. Simultaneously, a dangerous passion threatens to wreck everything.

The episode was rated from 1427 votes.
The Affair - S2E1
#20 - Episode 1
Season 2 - Episode 1

Noah and Helen attempt to conduct amicable divorce proceedings. Surprising developments in Helen's life lead to unexpected emotions.

The episode was rated from 1177 votes.

Last updated: nov 12, 2022



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.


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