The Affair

10 Best Episodes of The Affair

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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 04, 2023.

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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 7.61 from 1019 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 7.62 from 1030 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 7.64 from 1043 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 7.68 from 1035 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 7.69 from 347 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

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