The Affair: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
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Thanks to some smart, creative storytelling and spectacular performances, The Affair is a somber, bewitching exploration of truth and desire.



Critic Ratings: 51


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Air date: Oct 12, 2014

The emotional effects of an extramarital relationship are explored when a married schoolteacher begins an affair with a waitress on Long Island. In the opener, Noah Solloway and his family visit Long Island where he connects with a local waitress.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2014

Preparations are made at the Butler estate for an annual summer party. Meanwhile, aspects of Noah and Alison's separate lives start to weave together and the two are forced to consider an inevitability.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2014

Noah asks Alison to help him research the local culture for his novel, 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.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2014

Noah and Alison grow closer on a day trip to remote Block Island, but they quickly realize that intimacy can be a double-edged sword.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2014

Alison gets a surprise visit from her estranged mother; Noah struggles with his daughter's behavior.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2014

Noah discovers there is more to Alison than he's been led to believe.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2014

With summer coming to an end, the Solloways return to Brooklyn.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2014

Helen asks Noah to represent the family at a literary award ceremony for her father. But a chance encounter with Alison and her grandmother leads to an uncomfortable truth.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2014

A revelation about their daughter Whitney makes Noah and Helen realize their troubled marriage is directly affecting their children. Meanwhile, a remorseful Alison heads towards a reckoning.

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Air date: Dec 21, 2014

Season 1 ends with the disappearance of Whitney causing Helen to scrutinize Noah and his relationship with Alison and her family. Meanwhile, Cole searches for answers at Lockhart Ranch; and Det. Jeffries makes significant progress on the case.

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The emotional effects of an extramarital relationship are explored in the first season of this provocative drama. Noah Solloway (Dominic West) is a happily married schoolteacher and novelist living in Brooklyn with his wife (Maura Tierney) and four children. Noah, who resents being dependent on his wealthy father-in-law, is trying to complete a second novel when he visits the town of Montauk on Long Island with his family. There, he meets Alison Bailey (Ruth Wilson), a pretty waitress who is trying to piece her life and marriage back together following a devastating tragedy. The two embark on a passionate affair that leads to unsettling consequences. The story of their affair is told from both Noah's and Alison's points of view, and includes their separate memory biases.

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Critic Reviews for The Affair Season 1

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (35)

The acting is extraordinary, with the mesmerizing, cat-like Wilson... stealing the show.

Sep 16, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The Affair for now has done its job by tantalizingly baiting its hook. The solid performances by its four principals further heighten both the drama and the expectations.

Oct 10, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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If there are three sides to every story - his, hers, and the truth - this initial outing suggests that The Affair will offer an entertaining look at at least two of those sides, even if ultimately, the third is unknowable.

Oct 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Most notably, the cast clicks. West and Wilson, both so great on The Wire and Luther, respectively, are perfect here.

Oct 10, 2014 | Full Review…

People do terrible things to each other on TV every Sunday night. I'm more than ready for a show willing to admit that the worst possible behavior is quite often perfectly legal.

Oct 10, 2014 | Full Review…

The Affair looks to be a bit more cerebral than some of Showtime's other star shows. That makes it no less compelling.

Oct 10, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's engrossing and it's definitely a case of the story being more than the sum of its parts.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

The Affair is the story of an affair in its most intense, psychologically-taxing, emotionally draining, inglorious reality.

May 31, 2017 | Full Review…

It's... the most innovative new TV series of 2014, especially from its fractured approach to storytelling.

Oct 10, 2014 | Full Review…

The alternate takes are at times almost comically disparate, zapping them of credibility. Alison comes across as either too aggressive or too fragile; Noah is too devoted to his family or too ready to cast them aside.

Oct 10, 2014 | Rating: 5.5/10 | Full Review…

I'm not yet entirely sold on the story, but I'm certainly curious.

Oct 10, 2014 | Full Review…

As unnerving as it is erotic, The Affair promises to be a show to remember.

Oct 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Affair: Season 1

  • Aug 18, 2020
    Season 1 had me hooked. After watching 5 seasons, I am glad I invested the time into this gripping story-line that had many surprises. I did not like all the characters they introduced. Sometimes I felt it moved in a direction that was not best but overall I enjoyed 90% of the acting and characters. Season 5 had the most surprises and also a few episodes that I disliked the most. It did do a great job of wrapping up the stories of the most important characters.
  • Aug 01, 2020
    Catchy storyline. Great acting and great setting.
  • May 16, 2020
    It was a good show, long but goood. The perspective of each other makes it hard to follow the story. But as josh jack said it's a lean in Story not lie back. The crime drama side by side is also nice but it was too little too late like they were waiting for us to be in for S2 to know what really happened. Great actors and great Drama, The choice of time delay bw the cliffhanger and new ep is really weird but it's what makes it unique, they wanted to tell a story and they can tell it however they like. Top notch show especially a uniques one initself.
  • Mar 07, 2020
    The duality of perception is an interesting one that is rather well done and a continuing theme throughout the series. The show is driven by polarity; one minute it is peppered with spicy sex scenes, then switches gear to complex and universal human psychological drives and issues. And issues attract tissues, for the two types of mopping up.
  • Jan 04, 2020
    Such a clever series!
  • Dec 29, 2019
    The Affair puts a magnifying glass on the tug of war between his version vs her version as they both tell the story of an affair to remember.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Well I have always watched every season & every episode of this series as I have loved it through out. Now started watching season 5 however could not digest the very first episode of season 5 as there was no logic. Noah has 4 kids since beginning through Helen. Alison makes a baby later with her husband Cole & is named Joanie. How is it possible that Joanie has totally grown up & is being played by Anna Piquin as an adult with a partner & 2 Little kids (be it adopted or her own) whereas Noah's kids are still growing and that too Stacy is being showed as a kid hugging her sister Whitney. My all excitement for the new season is gone. I am so unsure whether to continue watching it. At the same time I am so curious to let the "The Affair" team know about this mistake.
  • Aug 24, 2019
    Though it is bogged down by a useless subplot in a murder investigation in a show about an affair, as well as the unique storytelling format that just simply become so incredulous, The Affair is still full of compelling characters and dialogue, powered through by some great performances in its season.
  • Aug 19, 2019
    I loved season one and two excited for season 3. So frustrated that it's so darn dark in all the episodes what is wrong these directors, totally spoiled it for me can't see a thing?
  • Jul 26, 2019
    Season 1 Episode 1 had so much unnecessary, gratuitous drama and B-grade acting, my husband and I kept fast forwarding, hoping it would get better. It didn't. Even the Lobster Roll in Napeague was totally unrealistic. Garbage! Who writes this stuff??!!

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