|Genre|| Drama |
|Opening theme||"Container" by Fiona Apple|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||53 (list of episodes)|
|Production locations|| Brooklyn, New York City |
Long Island City, New York City
Westchester County, New York
Montauk, New York
Los Angeles, California
|Running time||50–90 minutes|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||October 12, 2014 –|
November 3, 2019
The Affair is an American television drama series created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi.The series premiered on Showtime on October 12, 2014. It ran for five seasons, concluding with its final episode on November 3, 2019.
The series primarily stars Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney, and Joshua Jackson, and it explores the emotional effects of extramarital relationships. Episodes are often separated into two parts, with each half being told from the point-of-view of a specific character. The use of this dramatic device has been used by Treem to describe The Affair as "the Rashomon of relationship dramas".
The series won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama and Wilson won for Best Actress – Television Series Drama at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in 2015. At the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in 2016, Maura Tierney won the award for Best Supporting Actress.
The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Alison Bailey (Ruth Wilson) after they casually meet at the diner where Alison works. The series begins with the Solloway family traveling to the resort town of Montauk, New York. Noah is happily married to Helen (Maura Tierney) with four children–Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles), Martin (Jake Siciliano), Trevor (Jadon Sand) and Stacey (Leya Catlett and Abigail Dylan Harrison) but he resents their dependence on his wealthy father-in-law. Alison is a local waitress trying to piece her life and marriage to Cole (Joshua Jackson) back together after the death of their four-year-old son. The story of the affair is depicted from Noah's and Alison's perspectives respectively, complete with memory bias which often results in vastly different scenarios.Each episode has two parts, one as remembered by Noah, the other by Alison.
In the second season, the narrative is expanded to include the perspectives of Noah and Alison's original spouses, Helen and Cole, as they all move forward with the dissolution of their marriages and deal with the ramifications.The subsequent death of Alison's brother-in-law, Scott (Colin Donnell), and the ensuing police investigation and criminal trial, are explored in flashforward scenes at the end of most episodes. Alison gives birth to her second child, Joanie.
The third season is set three years later, following the culmination of the flashforward trial scenes, after Noah is released from prison. Season 3 introduces an occasional perspective, Juliette Le Gall (Irène Jacob), a professor and Noah's love interest.
In the fourth season, Noah has moved to Los Angeles to be closer to his younger children Trevor and Stacey, as Helen and Vik (Omar Metwally) have moved there. Noah is also an English teacher at a charter school where he gets romantically involved with its principal, Janelle Wilson (Sanaa Lathan). Cole and Luisa (Catalina Sandino Moreno) are living together in Montauk, while Alison is working as a grief counselor. Season 4 features opening flashforward sequences, featuring Noah and Cole, in its first four episodes, which ultimately lead to the discovery of Alison's death. The central perspectives of Noah, Helen, Alison and Cole continue, with the latter two reaching their conclusions; a one-off part from Vik's perspective is also featured.
The fifth and final season takes place in two different time frames: a present-day storyline including Noah, Helen, and their four children and the other decades later featuring a now-adult Joanie Lockhart (Anna Paquin) returning to Montauk and discovering the truth about her mother's death.The season introduces the perspectives of Joanie and Whitney alongside Noah and Helen, as well as one-off parts from the perspectives of Janelle and Sierra (Emily Browning).
|Does not appear||Helen|
|Does not appear||Cole||Whitney|
|Does not appear||Juliette||Vik||Janelle|
|Does not appear||Sierra|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||October 12, 2014||December 21, 2014|
|2||12||October 4, 2015||December 20, 2015|
|3||10||November 20, 2016||January 29, 2017|
|4||10||June 17, 2018||August 19, 2018|
|5||11||August 25, 2019||November 3, 2019|
|Dominic West||Noah Solloway||Main|
|Ruth Wilson||Alison Bailey||Main||Does not appear|
|Maura Tierney||Helen Butler||Main|
|Joshua Jackson||Cole Lockhart||Main||Does not appear|
|Julia Goldani Telles||Whitney Solloway||Main|
|Jake Siciliano||Martin Solloway||Main||Guest||Recurring|
|Jadon Sand||Trevor Solloway||Main|
|Leya Catlett||Stacey Solloway||Main||Does not appear|
|Josh Stamberg||Max Cadman||Recurring||Main||Guest||Does not appear|
|Catalina Sandino Moreno||Luisa León||Does not appear||Recurring||Main||Recurring|
|Omar Metwally||Vik Ullah||Does not appear||Recurring||Main|
|Irène Jacob||Juliette Le Gall||Does not appear||Main||Does not appear|
|Sanaa Lathan||Janelle Wilson||Does not appear||Main|
|Anna Paquin||Joanie Lockhart||Does not appear||Main|
On February 8, 2013, it was announced that Showtime had ordered a pilot for The Affair.The network officially picked up the series on January 16, 2014, with a 10-episode order. On November 10, 2014, Showtime renewed the series for a 10-episode second season; however, it was later changed to 12. On December 9, 2015, the series was renewed for a third season. On January 9, 2017, Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season. On July 26, 2018, Showtime announced it had renewed the series for a fifth and final season.
Ruth Wilson requested to leave ahead of season four.Although Wilson did not fully disclose the reason for her departure in 2019, The Hollywood Reporter did an exposé alleging that Wilson had been uncomfortable with the amount of nudity required for the role and naming showrunner Sarah Treem and executive producer and director Jeffrey Reiner as behaving inappropriately towards actors on set. Treem would later deny the accusations that she had coerced Wilson into nude scenes while admitting that Wilson was not comfortable with the amount of nudity required for the character and that body doubles were frequently used. Treem also corroborated that there had been an investigation into Reiner after he allegedly shared nude photos of a body double with producer, writer and actress Lena Dunham despite the fact that she was not involved in the show in any capacity.
After the conclusion of the fourth season and prior to the start of production on the fifth and final season, several series regulars departed the series. Joshua Jackson did not return for the final season.Omar Metwally and Sanaa Lathan appear until episodes 2 and 3 respectively, and are removed from the main cast thereafter. Catalina Sandino Moreno appears in episodes six and seven as a guest star, in both the present-day and flashforward storylines.
|1||90% (51 reviews)||85 (28 reviews)|
|2||90% (23 reviews)||78 (15 reviews)|
|3||71% (21 reviews)||72 (8 reviews)|
|4||91% (23 reviews)||N/A|
|5||87% (15 reviews)||77 (4 reviews)|
The first season received praise from critics. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a rating of 90%, based on 51 reviews, with an average rating of 8.18/10. The consensus reads: "Thanks to some smart, creative storytelling and spectacular performances, The Affair is a somber, bewitching exploration of truth and desire."On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 85 out of 100, based on 28 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".
The second season received continued positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a rating of 90%, based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 8.01/10. The consensus reads: "The Affair shifts its emphasis in season two, moving psychological drama to the foreground and expanding the show's central crime story to include two new points of view."On Metacritic, it has a score of 78 out of 100 based on 15 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Gwen Ihnat of The A.V. Club gave it an "A-" grade and wrote that "With its bold new move to double our number of perspectives, it appears that The Affair will sail over that sophomore slump that has felled so many other Showtime dramas.
The third season received positive reviews from critics, although less acclaimed than the first two seasons. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a rating of 71%, based on 21 reviews, with an average rating of 7.67/10. The consensus reads: "The Affair adds to its cast of strong characters and deepens the mood, tension, and intrigue, even if the plot sometimes struggles to move forward."On Metacritic, it has a score of 72 out of 100 based on 8 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
The fourth season received continued positive reviews from critics. 's captivating character study returns with fewer kinks than its previous outing, resulting in a more emotionally grounded season that regains much of the show's initial allure."On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a rating of 91%, based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 7.44/10. The consensus reads: "The Affair
The fifth season received continued positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a rating of 87%, based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 6.71/10. The consensus reads: "As addicting and outlandish as ever, season five proves the perfect farewell for The Affair."On Metacritic, it has a score of 77 out of 100 based on 4 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
|72nd Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Dominic West||Nominated|
|Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Ruth Wilson||Won|
|Best Television Series – Drama||The Affair||Won|
|19th Satellite Awards||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Ruth Wilson||Nominated|
|Best Television Series – Drama||The Affair||Nominated|
|67th Writers Guild of America Awards||Best New Series||The Affair||Nominated|
|6th Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Maura Tierney||Nominated|
|73rd Golden Globe Awards||Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Maura Tierney||Won|
|42nd People's Choice Awards||Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor||Joshua Jackson||Nominated|
|20th Satellite Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Dominic West||Won|
|68th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Maura Tierney||Nominated|
|7th Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|21st Satellite Awards||Best Television Series – Drama||The Affair||Nominated|
|Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Dominic West||Won|
|Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Ruth Wilson||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Maura Tierney||Nominated|
|Location Managers Guild Awards||Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary TV Series||Sean Ilnseher||Nominated|
|22nd Satellite Awards||Best Television Series – Drama||The Affair||Nominated|
|Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Ruth Wilson||Nominated|
|71st Writers Guild of America Awards||Television: Episodic Drama||Lydia Diamond, Sarah Sutherland and Jaquén Castellanos for "Episode 407"||Nominated|
The first season was released on DVD in region 1 on August 4, 2015. The set contains all 10 episodes, plus special features, including character profiles and costume featurettes.The second season was released on DVD in region 1 on August 16, 2016. The third season was released on DVD in region 1 on April 25, 2017. The fourth season was released on DVD in region 1 on October 16, 2018. The fifth and final season as well as a complete series collection were released on DVD in region 1 on March 10, 2020.
In Canada, the series premiered simultaneously with the American broadcast on October 12, 2014, and aired on Movie Central and The Movie Network.The series premiered on Showcase in Australia on February 10, 2015. Sky Atlantic bought the rights to air The Affair in the UK with season one beginning in May 2015.
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