The BEST Episodes of The Affair

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2020

Network: Showtime

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 novelist who is happily married, but 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 a tragedy. Set in Montauk at the end of Long Island, the provocative drama unfolds separately from both the male and female perspectives, using the distinct memory biases of both to tell the story.

Episode 511

#1 - Episode 511

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 3, 2019

It’s Whitney’s wedding day and everything comes full circle.

star 8.18
360 votes
Directors: Sarah Treem
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 212

#2 - Episode 212

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 20, 2015

Events set in motion long ago come to their conclusion. Alison is honest with Noah -- and herself. A dispute between Cole and Scotty is followed by tragedy. Meanwhile, a turn in Noah's trial results in a shocking event.

star 8.01
1,199 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 408

#3 - Episode 408

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 5, 2018

A hopeful epiphany leads Cole on a journey to a horrific discovery. Noah questions his role in tragic events.

star 7.99
595 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Itamar Moses, Sharr White
Episode 409

#4 - Episode 409

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 12, 2018

Ben finally confesses the truth to Alison. But is it too late for their relationship?

star 7.98
567 votes
Directors: Sam Gold
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 410

#5 - Episode 410

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 19, 2018

Noah and Anton visit Yale where Noah encounters an old friend. An immensely difficult day forces Cole and Luisa to reexamine their relationship. Helen gets a new perspective on life.

star 7.97
534 votes
Directors: Rodrigo García
Writers: Jaquén Castellanos, Katie Robbins, Sarah Treem
Episode 405

#6 - Episode 405

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 15, 2018

Vik decides it’s time he started living for himself. Cole meets Nan, an old friend of his father, who sends him on a journey to exorcise the ghosts of his past.

star 7.85
583 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: David Henry Hwang, Sharr White
Episode 109

#7 - Episode 109

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 14, 2014

A revelation about their daughter Whitney makes Noah and Helen realize their troubled marriage is directly affecting their children. Bending under remorse, Alison spirals towards a reckoning.

star 7.75
1,168 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Dan LeFranc, Kate Robin, Melanie Marnich
Episode 509

#8 - Episode 509

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 20, 2019

As controversy swirls around Noah, Helen and Whitney must decide where their allegiances lie.

star 7.74
336 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Katie Robbins
Episode 110

#9 - Episode 110

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 21, 2014

The disappearance of Whitney spurs Helen to scrutinize Noah and his relationship with Alison and her family. Cole searches for answers at Lockhart Ranch. Meanwhile, Detective Jeffries makes significant progress on his case.

star 7.72
1,164 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 510

#10 - Episode 510

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 27, 2019

As wildfires threaten Los Angeles, Helen and Noah are forced to run for their lives and confront old wounds along the way.

star 7.69
341 votes
Directors: Toa Fraser
Writers: Itamar Moses, Katie Robbins, Sarah Treem
Episode 211

#11 - Episode 211

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 13, 2015

Cole and Luisa take a serious step forward. Meanwhile, a series of revelations cause Noah to reconsider everything he thought he knew about Alison - and a momentous decision Alison makes may just end their relationship.

star 7.65
1,114 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Abe Sylvia, Sharr White
Episode 209

#12 - Episode 209

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 29, 2015

Alison weathers a momentous journey alone. Helen receives unexpected attention from a sexy yet exasperating source. Noah faces a terrible reckoning. An array of challenges pushes Cole to the very edge.

star 7.63
1,138 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Alena Smith, David Henry Hwang
Episode 207

#13 - Episode 207

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 15, 2015

Alison's mother raises concerns about her and Noah's new lifestyle. Alison confronts Noah about his book. Cole lashes out at Luisa and is further alienated from his family in the wake of startling revelations.

star 7.61
1,150 votes
Writers: Abe Sylvia
Episode 201

#14 - Episode 201

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 4, 2015

Noah and Helen attempt to conduct amicable divorce proceedings. Surprising developments in Helen's life lead to unexpected emotions.

star 7.60
1,310 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 206

#15 - Episode 206

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 8, 2015

A medical emergency casts Helen and Noah's litigation process in a new light, causing Helen to make a long overdue decision. The dynamic of Noah and Alison's relationship shifts as troublesome discoveries are made.

star 7.59
1,099 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: David Henry Hwang
Episode 508

#16 - Episode 508

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 13, 2019

Allegations against Noah surface and he seeks guidance on how to handle the situation. Helen celebrates a birthday and protects Sierra during an extremely trying time.

star 7.58
332 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: David Henry Hwang, Kristina Woo, Sarah Treem
Episode 210

#17 - Episode 210

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 6, 2015

Noah grapples with essential questions. Alison begins to doubt a recent ambition, and renewed interactions with the Lockhart brothers force her to consider a harrowing possibility.

star 7.57
1,103 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Anya Epstein
Episode 107

#18 - Episode 107

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 23, 2014

With summer coming to an end, the Solloways are returning to Brooklyn - a welcome relief for Noah following recent revelations. Meanwhile, Cole is forced to confront Alison when the Lockhart side business hits too close to home. And Helen and Noah grapple with the results of an unexpected emergency.

star 7.54
1,218 votes
Directors: Ryan Fleck
Writers: Kate Robin
Episode 309

#19 - Episode 309

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 22, 2017

Helen's escape to Montauk exacerbates her guilt and hastens an identity crisis: should the truth finally come out? Noah's world collapses, leaving him to process something horrific.

star 7.54
1,360 votes
Writers: Sarah Sutherland, Sarah Treem
Episode 304

#20 - Episode 304

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 11, 2016

Cole is put in an increasingly impossible situation by Alison's return to his life. Alison must contend with Luisa while attempting to reconnect with her daughter. Simultaneously, a dangerous passion threatens to wreck everything.

star 7.53
1,533 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Stuart Zicherman
Episode 208

#21 - Episode 208

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 22, 2015

On the college campus where they first met, Helen is amazed to see Noah in a new role, and bewildered by Whitney's future plans. Meanwhile, Noah is in danger of spinning out of control as his fame and related temptations escalate.

star 7.51
1,112 votes
Directors: Laura Innes
Writers: Sharr White
Episode 406

#22 - Episode 406

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 22, 2018

Noah supports Anton in a decision about his future which puts Janelle in a complicated spot with her ex-husband. Alison makes a surprising discovery about her father, and another about Ben that eventually leads her back to Noah.

star 7.50
568 votes
Directors: Stacie Passon
Writers: Lydia Diamond, Sarah Sutherland
Episode 204

#23 - Episode 204

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 25, 2015

Helen makes an innocent mistake that leads to outrageous consequences. A court order leads to a dire setback for Noah and Alison.

star 7.50
1,156 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Anya Epstein
Episode 305

#24 - Episode 305

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 18, 2016

Alison is motivated to spend a memorable day with Noah on Block Island for an unusual reason. Noah is left wistful by their profound connection, until the problems from which he was escaping return with a shocking force.

star 7.49
1,510 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sharr White
Episode 106

#25 - Episode 106

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 16, 2014

After Noah spends a night out with his best friend Max, he discovers there's more to Alison than he's been led to believe. At home, his wife Helen hopes to make the most of the family's time in Montauk. Meanwhile, Alison and her husband Cole work to keep the Lockharts from danger.

star 7.47
1,237 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Dan LeFranc