The Affair (TV series)
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|Opening theme||"Container" by Fiona Apple|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||32 (list of episodes)|
|Location(s)||Brooklyn, New York
Long Island City, New York City
Westchester County, New York, Montauk, New York
|Running time||50–60 minutes|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||October 12, 2014– present|
The Affair is an American television drama series created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi. The series premiered on Showtime on October 12, 2014. A TV-14 version of the pilot episode was made available online beginning on October 6, 2014, via YouTube, SHO.com, and several other on-demand formats.
A 12-episode second season of The Affair premiered on October 4, 2015. On December 9, 2015, the series was renewed for a third season, which debuted on November 20, 2016. On January 9, 2017, Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season.
The series won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama and Ruth Wilson won the award 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 and Alison Lockhart (Dominic West and Ruth Wilson) when they meet in the resort town of Montauk in Long Island, New York. Noah is a New York City schoolteacher and Williams College alumnus who has had one novel published and is struggling to write a second book. He is happily married with four children, but he resents his dependence on his wealthy father-in-law. Alison is a young waitress trying to piece her life and marriage back together in the wake of her child's sudden death. The story of the affair is depicted from Noah's and Alison's perspectives respectively, complete with memory bias.
In season two, the narrative is expanded to include the perspectives of their original spouses, Helen Solloway (Maura Tierney) and Cole Lockhart (Joshua Jackson) as they all move forward with the dissolution of their marriages and deal with the ramifications.
The subsequent death of Cole's brother, Scott (Colin Donnell), and the ensuing police investigation and criminal trial, are explored in brief future scenes at the end of most episodes.
- Dominic West as Noah Solloway
- Ruth Wilson as Alison Lockhart (née Bailey)
- Maura Tierney as Helen Solloway (née Butler)
- Joshua Jackson as Cole Lockhart
- Julia Goldani Telles as Whitney Solloway
- Jake Siciliano as Martin Solloway
- Jadon Sand as Trevor Solloway
- Leya Catlett (seasons 1–2) and Abigail Dylan Harrison (season 3) as Stacey Solloway
- Josh Stamberg as Max Cadman, Noah's best friend (season 2, recurring season 1, guest season 3)
- Catalina Sandino Moreno as Luisa León, Cole's wife (season 3, recurring season 2)
- Omar Metwally as Dr. Vic Ullah, Helen's boyfriend (season 3, recurring season 2)
- Irène Jacob as Juliette Le Gall, a professor at the university Noah teaches at (season 3)
- Victor Williams as Detective Jeffries
- John Doman as Bruce Butler, Helen's father
- Kathleen Chalfant as Margaret Butler, Helen's mother
- Mare Winningham as Cherry Lockhart, Cole's mother
- Colin Donnell as Scott Lockhart, Cole's brother
- Danny Fischer as Hal Lockhart, Cole's brother
- Michael Godere as Caleb Lockhart, Cole's brother
- Kaija Matiss as Mary-Kate Lockhart, Hal's wife
- Deirdre O'Connell as Athena Bailey, Alison's mother
- Nicolette Robinson as Jane, waitress at The Lobster Roll
- Darren Goldstein as Oscar Hodges, owner of The Lobster Roll
- Stephen Kunken as Harry, a publisher
- Lynn Cohen as Joan Bailey, Alison's grandmother (season 1)
- Jennifer Esposito as Nina Solloway, Noah's sister (season 2–present)
- Richard Schiff as Jon Gottlief, Noah's attorney (season 2)
- Joanna Gleason as Yvonne, a publisher who, along with her husband Robert, owns the guest house in which Allison and Noah stay (season 2)
- Peter Friedman as Robert, Yvonne's husband (season 2)
- Brendan Fraser as Gunther, a prison guard (season 3)
- Reagan & Savannah Grella as Joanie, Alison and Cole's daughter (season 3)
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.
|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|
|1||89% (49 reviews)||85 (28 reviews)|
|2||92% (19 reviews)||78 (15 reviews)|
|3||80% (15 reviews)||72 (8 reviews)|
The first season received praise from critics. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a rating of 89%, based on 49 reviews, with an average rating of 8.2/10. 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 series 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 92%, based on 19 reviews, with an average rating of 8.2/10. 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 continued positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a rating of 80%, based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. 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".
Awards and nominations
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.
In Canada, the series premiered simultaneously with the American broadcast on October 12, 2014, and airs 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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