The BEST Episodes of The Affair
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 30, 2021
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.
#1 - Episode 11
Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 3, 2019
It’s Whitney’s wedding day and everything comes full circle.
#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.
#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.
#4 - 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?
#5 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.