The Affair: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
The Affair

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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
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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 (32)

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…

Audience Reviews for The Affair: Season 1

  • Feb 21, 2016
    A sleek drama that features impeccable acting and impeccable storytelling.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2018
    The best show ever created. Dominic West is a gem.
  • Dec 31, 2017
    Slow moving. Boring. Just as you get into the story line it changes as the story is told from another perspective. Stuck it out for 3 episodes but too much mental gymnastics required for too little benefit.
  • Jul 02, 2017
    Exceptional drama fantastic acting ! love it
  • Feb 27, 2017
    Addicted to this Programme .
  • Jan 30, 2016
    binge watched. incredible. more, please.
  • Jan 10, 2016
    Television at its best!
  • Dec 10, 2015
    What a great surprise
  • Nov 14, 2015
    A new spin on the classic "you made your bed, now lie in it" story. Two married people meet through acts of fate, and their individual experiences meld together in a dual point-of-view interpretation of the story. We're simply viewers in the carefully crafted and excellently-acted series.
  • Oct 26, 2015
    So much more than it name suggests, this gripping series is very much a study in truth, trust, depression and desire. The directorial choice to portray the story from different perspectives for each half of an episode allows the viewer to play detective as well for each episode as we too seek out the "real truth" if it exists. It may not be fast paced enough for some but if you take your time to appreciate the complexity of the characters and seething sexual tension between them you will not be disappointed. And just when you think you've fallen into the groove of the show and know what to expect next, you will be in for some interesting and unexpected twists.

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