The Affair: Season 5 (2019)


Season 5
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As addicting and outlandish as ever, season five proves the perfect farewell for The Affair.



Critic Ratings: 16


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User Ratings: 84

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Air date: Aug 25, 2019

Noah prepares for the Descent movie with Sasha Mann; Helen mourns a tragedy; Joanie is struggling with an upcoming event.

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Air date: Sep 1, 2019

Janelle turns to Carl for support on her relationship and her work.

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Air date: Sep 8, 2019

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.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2019

Noah, Margaret and Stacey bond over their mutual distaste for Sasha. Noah attempts to sabotage Helen and Sasha's relationship. Whitney and Colin face the hardships of their relationship. Joanie visits the graveyard.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2019

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.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2019

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.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2019

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.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2019

Allegations against Noah surface and he seeks guidance on how to handle the situation. Helen celebrates a birthday and protects Sierra during an extremely trying time.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2019

As controversy swirls around Noah, Helen and Whitney must decide where their allegiances lie.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2019

As wildfires threaten Los Angeles, Helen and Noah are forced to run for their lives and confront old wounds along the way.

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Critic Reviews for The Affair Season 5

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

No TV series has dropped the viewer in the middle of narrative discord quite so effectively, as each hour split its perspective among different characters.

Nov 6, 2019 | Full Review…

"The Affair" began at the "End" - Montauk - five seasons ago, and ends at The End. This seems exactly right.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…
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It's such an odd yet intriguing swerve, much in keeping with "The Affair's" willingness to mess around.

Sep 3, 2019 | Full Review…
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The original spark that came from Noah and Alison has fizzled out but there are still plenty of knotty relationships, zinging lines and even a larky cameo from Danish actor Claes Bang... This affair seems far from over.

Aug 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The overwhelming majority of The Affair's episodes are directed by men, making it difficult to push beyond the male gaze.

Nov 26, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Cringeworthy: that is the only descriptor for the events that transpire throughout this episode.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The soapy plot is getting ridiculously bubblier - but some of us remain determined to find out what crazy thing happens next, dramatized by some of the best actors on TV.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

There is nothing more The Affair than these two getting together (and then inevitably falling apart in an epic catastrophe).

Sep 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The drama, well scripted and beautifully acted as ever, continues to play around with time frames as we saw flashbacks to Vik's terminal cancer.

Aug 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The central character list might be a bit slimmer, but the suffering is still the same in The Affair's fifth and final season.

Aug 27, 2019 | Rating: 80/100 | Full Review…

There's something insanely watchable about The Affair, tricks and all.

Aug 26, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The Affair Season 5 Episode 1 was a colossal waste of time.

Aug 26, 2019 | Rating: 2.0/5.0 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Affair: Season 5

  • 14h ago
    Ive been binge watching as I thought this was one of the best series I've seen in a Belem. However, season 5 is a huge disappointment. It's getting too far fetched and depressing for me going Into the future. Seems the writers were desperate for a story line. I don't even kNow if I can watch the rest.
  • 3d ago
    Awful awful show. SOOOOOOO BORING!!! One long awful slog. Don't waste your time. You keep thinking it will get better. It doesn't. By the end of it, even the 12-year-old was drinking. Don't waste your time on this drivel. I am embarrassed for the writers, everyone involved. Poor Maura Tierney (Helen), having to even be associated with it.
  • Aug 18, 2020
    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 08, 2020
    Claes Bang made the season!
  • Jun 29, 2020
    I am happy because of happy ending of this unfortunate story of all the characters. Noah is still all alone. Seen him on grave of Helen but everyone left Allison alone. Used to see her at Gabriel's Grave narrating stories the same way Noah did at Helen's grave but it's so disheartening to see no one visited her graveyard in the end like everyone has forgotten her. Not even Joanie, Noah or anyone visited her graveyard. Now everyone might ask that Allison was not buried instead she was burnt liked Hindu tradition by her mother but Cole took the ashes and bones of her and ran away to Gabriel's grave. I loved Cole in the entire story. Such a gentleman, calm and carried all the pain till his death. I wish Allison could have reunited with Cole in the end instead of her sudden demise. Anyways this story is best example of cheating and ruining families of both sides till forever.
  • Jan 31, 2020
    I followed the show from the first episode, until yesterday that I saw the last one. Undoubtedly, they leave us with a smile, achieving an unthinkable effect on the audience. From uncontrolled passion, to unbridled anger, through hatred, redemption, sadness, all emotions together over 5 seasons. In our hearts the four main characters. And the incredible performance of Maura Tierney
  • Jan 20, 2020
    Great acting as usual, the humanity aspect was brilliantly portrayed. Overall, Loved it.
  • Jan 12, 2020
    The show has gotten progressively woke (no pun intended) and progressively worse. It's not a coincidence.
  • Jan 04, 2020
    Best farewell season!!!
  • Dec 18, 2019
    This show is my favorite and season 5 was so great I am so sad that it is over after only 5 seasons. But it ended in a great way and I would recommend to anyone.

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