A struggling novelist and a young waitress strike up an extramarital relationship that promises to forever change the course of their lives.


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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
 Noah Solloway (32 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Alison Bailey (32 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Helen Solloway (32 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Cole Lockhart (32 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Whitney Solloway (32 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Martin Solloway (32 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Trevor Solloway (32 episodes, 2014-2017)
Leya Catlett ...
 Stacey Solloway (22 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Luisa Leon (17 episodes, 2015-2017)
 Max Cadman (16 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Scotty Lockhart (16 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Dr. Vic Ullah (15 episodes, 2015-2017)
 Detective Jeffries (14 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Oscar Hodges (14 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Mary-Kate Lockhart (14 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Margaret Butler (13 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Caleb Lockhart (13 episodes, 2014-2016)


At once deeply observed and intriguingly elusive, The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship. Noah is a New York City schoolteacher and budding novelist with a wife of twenty years and four children. Alison is a young waitress and wife from Montauk at the end of Long Island, trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy. The provocative drama unfolds separately from multiple perspectives, using the distinct memory biases of each character to tell the story. Created by Sarah Treem.

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Danger lies in losing control.




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12 October 2014 (USA)  »

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A viszony  »

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Did You Know?


At the onset of the series The Affair (2014) it is safe to assume that Ruth Wilson as Alison Bailey and Dominic West as Noah Solloway will be having an affair which will be the central plot of the story. In the series Luther (2010) Ruth Wilson as Alice Morgan plays the foil of D.I. John Luther portrayed by Idris Elba. Idris Elba was the key antagonist Russell "Stringer" Bell, who was pursued by Dominic West as 'Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty' in the HBO series The Wire (2002). See more »

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Complex and disturbing and alluringly thought provoking.
30 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Setting: Picturesque, folksy, idyllic, New England seaside tourist/fishing village town. Plot: Male (Dominic West) novel writing work/summer vacation with wife and children, meets and gets drawn into the life of married local woman (Ruth Wilson).

Appreciate the complexity, undisclosed undercurrents, the conflicted psychology of the main characters, all the while, aware of the cloaked elephant in the room.

Story told similar to True Detective's style with the detective's interviews of the affairees shown remembrances, somehow relating to whatever is going to happen. One half is his side, the other half, hers.

Lots of sideways glimpses of character and intentions, challenging what you thought you understood.

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