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The Affair 

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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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Hagai Levi, Sarah Treem
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Series cast summary:
Dominic West ...  Noah Solloway 52 episodes, 2014-2019
Maura Tierney ...  Helen Solloway 52 episodes, 2014-2019
Joshua Jackson ...  Cole Lockhart 43 episodes, 2014-2019
Julia Goldani Telles ...  Whitney Solloway 42 episodes, 2014-2018
Jadon Sand ...  Trevor Solloway 42 episodes, 2014-2018
Ruth Wilson ...  Alison Bailey 42 episodes, 2014-2018
Jake Siciliano ...  Martin Solloway 33 episodes, 2014-2018
Catalina Sandino Moreno ...  Luisa Leon 28 episodes, 2015-2019
Omar Metwally ...  Dr. Vic Ullah 25 episodes, 2015-2018
Leya Catlett Leya Catlett ...  Stacey Solloway 22 episodes, 2014-2015
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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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English

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12 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Long Island, New York, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The Lobster Roll restaurant actually exists in Montauk, but is closed in the winter. See more »


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Complex, thought-provoking and emotional.
21 August 2018 | by S_L_WalterSee all my reviews

It's difficult to review this show without giving away too much because it changes so much from season to season but I will attempt to keep this as spoiler free as possible. As the title suggests the first season of this show centres around the extramarital affair of two of the central characters, Noah and Alison. It is told in two main parts and the same events in each episode are shown from their two different perspectives- for example part one may be from Noah's perspective and show their initial meeting and part two would be the same event but from Alison's point of view. Here we get to see the differences and similarities between their own personal experience of the same event, ranging from large differences in how they see a certain situation eg one was completely unaware of any attraction between them but the other may have felt love at first sight etc to small, some could say irrelevant details like what words were used or what someone was wearing at the time. At first it's interesting just to point these out. She saw herself wearing jeans and a vest top, he saw her wearing a flimsy summer dress and subtle differences like that but then you begin to add these to the context of the event being portrayed. He sees her as being flirtatious where she sees her behaviour as merely polite but friendly etc. For anyone interested in the psychology of social interaction (something I personally am) will find this aspect fascinating. On a more overt note you have the story, whether it's a love story or story of a couple's unfaithfulness to their spouses and their "reasons" behind their affair does depend somewhat on your own perspective and will form some of what relationships or bonds you build with the characters. There is also the mystery aspect of the ongoing police investigation, at first leaving you wondering what has happened and then consequently who/what led to that outcome. The characters are the major plus for this show. The four central characters: Alison, Noah, Cole and Helen (this does widen out in further seasons but begins, and somewhat remains faithful (no pun intended) to the original four) are exceptionally written, complex, multi-dimensional and relatable. Even the ones you may not initially relate to or bond with somehow later in the seasons make you realise that your initial impressions may have been too harsh/too sympathetic/wrong etc (for me personally I really struggled to connect with Helen at first and I found myself going through stages of really disliking Alison for various reasons and then later completely changing my opinions of them either for better or worse.) With this kind of story you may think that the end is where the affair is discovered and the consequences have run their course and you find out what exactly happened that the police are investigating but this show proves that there is plenty of life in the story still left to discover. While it did take a little bit of a push in season three to continue now you know what happened and how it all played out season four has proven that it was definitely worth sticking with it. The character's lives may appear to have moved on from the affair and events of "that summer" but you still see the ramifications of their various actions/inactions etc continue to have an effect on the decisions they make, the lives they lead and the relationships that they form. Were things really as black and white as he/she cheated so it's his/her fault etc and what effect does the answer of those kinds of questions have on the people involved? Can the "guilty" party be forgiven? Can friendships or relationships still remain from what appears to be only the rubble of their lives? If so what kind of relationships? I am definitely looking forward to seeing where they go with season five after the big event of season four. It's almost like they continue to change the show completely (ie with the exception of how the affair altered the people who experienced it the show hasn't really been about the affair since season two ended) but it is still as good as before, if not better. At its very core this show is about people. Their lives, loves, mistakes, personalities, psychologies, experiences, behaviours, friends, family, pasts, presents and futures. It is that aspect that they do so very well and it is that aspect that keeps me viewing long past where in other shows the story would have ended.


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