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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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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)
 Caleb Lockhart (13 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Margaret Butler (13 episodes, 2014-2017)


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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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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Two sides to the same story
9 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This series is meant to keep viewers hanging on. I like that. We're witnessing a train wreck. I can't stop looking, waiting for the outcome. Like any train wreck, there are eye witnesses with differing accounts of the events leading up to the aftermath of the event. Alison and Noah are providing their perceptions of the wreck and collateral damage. The train hasn't stopped screeching toward halting to a stop. The debris field isn't complete. The Affair is a piece that makes you observe and think. I don't find it all that entertaining. Those reviews that are complaints are looking to be entertained. Asking why are the characters doing this or that...IT'S A STORY. FICTION. A WRITER'S STORY. It may also hit a nerve for viewers who've had an affair or contemplated one. Art imitating life?

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