The BEST Episodes of The Affair

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2021

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.

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Episode 11

#1 - Episode 11

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 3, 2019

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

star 8.16
400 votes
Directors: Sarah Treem
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 12

#2 - Episode 12

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 8.00
1,215 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 8

#3 - Episode 8

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 7.98
616 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Itamar Moses, Sharr White
Episode 10

#4 - Episode 10

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 7.96
555 votes
Directors: Rodrigo García
Writers: Jaquen Castellanos, Katie Robbins, Sarah Treem
Episode 9

#5 - Episode 9

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 12, 2018

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

star 7.95
591 votes
Directors: Sam Gold
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 5

#6 - Episode 5

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 7.83
603 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: David Henry Hwang, Sharr White
Episode 9

#7 - Episode 9

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
1,185 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Dan LeFranc, Kate Robin, Melanie Marnich
Episode 9

#8 - Episode 9

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 20, 2019

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

star 7.73
366 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Katie Robbins
Episode 10

#9 - Episode 10

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
1,184 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 10

#10 - Episode 10

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
372 votes
Directors: Toa Fraser
Writers: Itamar Moses, Katie Robbins, Sarah Treem
Episode 11

#11 - Episode 11

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
1,133 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Abe Sylvia, Sharr White
Episode 9

#12 - Episode 9

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 7.62
1,159 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Alena Smith, David Henry Hwang
Episode 7

#13 - Episode 7

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 7.60
1,168 votes
Writers: Abe Sylvia
Episode 1

#14 - Episode 1

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 7.59
1,327 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 8

#15 - Episode 8

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 7.59
365 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: David Henry Hwang, Kristina Woo, Sarah Treem
Episode 6

#16 - Episode 6

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 7.58
1,115 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: David Henry Hwang
Episode 10

#17 - Episode 10

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 7.56
1,123 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Anya Epstein
Episode 7

#18 - Episode 7

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
1,235 votes
Directors: Ryan Fleck
Writers: Kate Robin
Episode 9

#19 - Episode 9

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 7.53
1,374 votes
Writers: Sarah Sutherland, Sarah Treem
Episode 4

#20 - Episode 4

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 7.52
1,555 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Stuart Zicherman
Episode 8

#21 - Episode 8

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
1,133 votes
Directors: Laura Innes
Writers: Sharr White
Episode 6

#22 - Episode 6

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 7.49
595 votes
Directors: Stacie Passon
Writers: Lydia Diamond, Sarah Sutherland
Episode 4

#23 - Episode 4

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 7.49
1,174 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Anya Epstein
Episode 5

#24 - Episode 5

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
1,529 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sharr White
Episode 6

#25 - Episode 6

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
1,254 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Dan LeFranc