The Affair: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Affair: Season 1 (2014)




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


The Affair: Season 1 Videos

The Affair: Season 1 Photos

Tv Season Info

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.


Victor Williams
as Det. Jeffries
Lynn Cohen
as Alison's Grandmother
View All

News & Interviews for The Affair: Season 1

Critic Reviews for The Affair: Season 1

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (30)

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

September 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.

October 10, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

October 10, 2014 | Full Review…

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

October 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.

October 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.

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

Audience Reviews for The Affair: Season 1


Super Reviewer


Super Reviewer

A sleek drama that features impeccable acting and impeccable storytelling.

Matthew SamuelM.

Super Reviewer

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Affair on our TV talk forum!

News & Features