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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 Worst Episodes of The Affair

The Affair - S5E6

#1 - Episode 6


Season 5 - Episode 6

In Montauk for work, Joanie becomes acquainted with EJ. Together, they explore Joanie’s family history, leading her to question the cause of her mother's death. Rattled, she starts to make some self-destructive decisions.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Affair from 354 votes.

The Affair - S5E2

#2 - Episode 2


Season 5 - Episode 2

Janelle struggles with her relationship and work, so turns to Carl for support. Production for Descent commences, and Sasha takes an interest in Helen. Helen takes her first steps towards acceptance.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Affair from 392 votes.

The Affair - S3E1

#3 - Episode 1


Season 3 - Episode 1

Haunted by recent hardship, Noah struggles to navigate the challenges of his old life while attempting to adapt to a new one. A new love interest isn't enough to overcome a sense of dread. Someone is watching him. Season premiere.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Affair from 1508 votes.

The Affair - S4E2

#4 - Episode 2


Season 4 - Episode 2

Cole tries to keep Alison’s behavior from ruining an important deal while Luisa’s legal status threatens their future. An encounter with a local surfer leads Cole to question if he’s the same person he used to be. Alison is saved by a handsome stranger.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Affair from 598 votes.

The Affair - S3E7

#5 - Episode 7


Season 3 - Episode 7

Helen gives Noah the help he needs - but at what cost? At his absolute weakest, Noah's world has never seemed more hostile or bewildering. A vital moment of release turns suddenly into something that can't be undone.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Affair from 1302 votes.

The Affair - S4E4

#6 - Episode 4


Season 4 - Episode 4

Alison and Ben dig into her past and begin confronting her fears. Cole’s relationship with Alison is jeopardizing his marriage to Luisa.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Affair from 581 votes.

The Affair - S1E3

#7 - Episode 3


Season 1 - Episode 3

With his novel gaining traction, Noah turns to Alison to help him research the local culture - but their innocent tour of Montauk proves more dangerous than expected. Meanwhile, Cole takes a stand on behalf of his community, and Helen deals with business back in Brooklyn.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Affair from 1330 votes.

The Affair - S5E5

#8 - Episode 5


Season 5 - Episode 5

Sierra struggles to balance motherhood with her burgeoning acting career. Sierra’s mother visits uninvited. Helen works her first design gig and begins to focus on herself.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Affair from 353 votes.

The Affair - S5E3

#9 - Episode 3


Season 5 - Episode 3

Sasha proposes adjustments to Noah’s script. Sasha’s relationship with Helen blossoms, and Noah takes notice. Bruce’s condition worsens. Joanie’s business trip leads to violent encounters.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Affair from 359 votes.

The Affair - S3E10

#10 - Episode 10


Season 3 - Episode 10

Noah's visit to Paris provides Juliette with a distraction from unpleasant realities at home. A chance encounter offers Noah the possibility of healing a relationship in desperate need of repair. Season finale.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Affair from 1245 votes.

#11 - Episode 7
Season 5 - Episode 7

Noah and Whitney travel to Montauk to begin planning the wedding. Noah gets a concerning call. Armed with new information about her mother's death, Joanie confronts a stranger.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Affair from 336 votes.

The Affair - S2E2
#12 - Episode 2
Season 2 - Episode 2

Alison's summer with Noah is interrupted by an unwelcome guest. Cole's self-destructive lifestyle causes everyone to become concerned.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Affair from 1095 votes.

The Affair - S4E7
#13 - Episode 7
Season 4 - Episode 7

Helen goes to Joshua Tree in search of meaning. Noah and Anton begin an adventure with high hopes until an ominous phone call alters their course.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Affair from 558 votes.

The Affair - S2E3
#14 - Episode 3
Season 2 - Episode 3

Noah's undying love for Alison leads to serious consequences. Alison discovers a surprising truth about how to sustain a marriage.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Affair from 1068 votes.

The Affair - S1E4
#15 - Episode 4
Season 1 - Episode 4

In order to spend time together apart from their families, Noah and Alison take a day trip to remote Block Island. But as the two grow closer, they quickly learn that intimacy can be a double-edged sword.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Affair from 1191 votes.

The Affair - S5E1
#16 - Episode 1
Season 5 - Episode 1

Noah embarks on his journey with the Descent movie by getting acquainted with his star, Sasha Mann. Helen mourns a tragic event. Sierra welcomes a new arrival. Joanie struggles with an upcoming birthday.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Affair from 413 votes.

The Affair - S3E8
#17 - Episode 8
Season 3 - Episode 8

An unexpected cause to celebrate provokes a sobering realization in Alison. Soon after, a startling warning leaves her pondering the unthinkable. Cole's frustrations with Alison come to a head, revealing a radical truth.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Affair from 1180 votes.

The Affair - S4E1
#18 - Episode 1
Season 4 - Episode 1

Noah struggles to adjust to his new life after moving to Los Angeles to be closer to his kids. He attempts to reach a gifted but troubled student while under the stern eye of the school's principal. Helen finally discovers the source of her anxiety, only to be blindsided by a new catastrophe. Season premiere.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Affair from 632 votes.

The Affair - S4E3
#19 - Episode 3
Season 4 - Episode 3

Noah’s attempt to teach his students a lesson in civil duty spirals out of control. Helen can’t handle Vik’s decision and goes behind his back, only to find resistance everywhere she turns.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Affair from 571 votes.

The Affair - S1E2
#20 - Episode 2
Season 1 - Episode 2

As the Butler estate readies for the annual summer party, Noah can't escape the allure of the mysterious Alison. She, meanwhile, bends under the emotional debt owed to her mother-in-law. But as aspects of their separate lives start to weave together, the two are forced to consider an inevitability.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Affair from 1507 votes.

Last updated: feb 15, 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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