The BEST Episodes of The Affair

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2019

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 12

#1 - Episode 12

Season 2 - Episode 12

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 8.10
1,068 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 10

#2 - Episode 10

Season 4 - Episode 10

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 8.04
498 votes
Directors: Rodrigo García
Writers: Jaquén Castellanos, Katie Robbins , Sarah Treem
Episode 9

#3 - Episode 9

Season 4 - Episode 9

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

star 8.03
531 votes
Directors: Sam Gold
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 8

#4 - Episode 8

Season 4 - Episode 8

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

star 8.01
557 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Itamar Moses, Sharr White
Episode 5

#5 - Episode 5

Season 4 - Episode 5

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 7.88
545 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: David Henry Hwang, Sharr White
Episode 9

#6 - Episode 9

Season 1 - Episode 9

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 7.83
1,011 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Melanie Marnich, Kate Robin, Dan LeFranc
Episode 10

#7 - Episode 10

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 7.77
1,010 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 9

#8 - Episode 9

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 7.71
1,012 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: David Henry Hwang, Alena Smith
Episode 11

#9 - Episode 11

Season 2 - Episode 11

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 7.69
1,010 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Abe Sylvia, Sharr White
Episode 7

#10 - Episode 7

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 7.65
1,021 votes
Writers: Abe Sylvia
Episode 7

#11 - Episode 7

Season 1 - Episode 7

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 7.63
1,007 votes
Directors: Ryan Fleck
Writers: Kate Robin
Episode 6

#12 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 7.63
996 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: David Henry Hwang
Episode 10

#13 - Episode 10

Season 2 - Episode 10

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 7.62
1,002 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Anya Epstein
Episode 9

#14 - Episode 9

Season 3 - Episode 9

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 7.58
1,257 votes
Writers: Sarah Sutherland, Sarah Treem
Episode 3

#15 - Episode 3

Season 5 - Episode 3

Sasha proposes adjustments to Noah’s script. Sasha’s relationship with Helen blossoms, and Noah takes notice. Bruce’s condition worsens. Joanie’s business trip leads to violent encounters.

star 7.56
188 votes
Directors: Steve Fierberg
Writers: Itamar Moses
Episode 4

#16 - Episode 4

Season 3 - Episode 4

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 7.56
1,401 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Stuart Zicherman
Episode 1

#17 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1

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

star 7.55
1,154 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 8

#18 - Episode 8

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 7.55
1,008 votes
Directors: Laura Innes
Writers: Sharr White
Episode 6

#19 - Episode 6

Season 4 - Episode 6

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 7.55
532 votes
Directors: Stacie Passon
Writers: Lydia Diamond, Sarah Sutherland
Episode 4

#20 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4

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

star 7.53
1,031 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Anya Epstein
Episode 6

#21 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 7.53
1,050 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Dan LeFranc
Episode 5

#22 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5

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 7.52
1,379 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sharr White
Episode 4

#23 - Episode 4

Season 5 - Episode 4

Noah, Margaret and Stacey bond over their mutual distaste for Sasha. Noah attempts to sabotage Helen and Sasha’s relationship. Whitney and Colin face the hardships of their relationship. Joanie visits the graveyard.

star 7.51
172 votes
Directors: Toa Fraser
Writers: Donal Lardner Ward
Episode 5

#24 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5

Alison is thrown by a shift in behavior from her hosts, and furious with Noah after a chance discovery. Cole rejects Scotty's plan to make money - but not before Scotty catches him in a situation best kept secret.

star 7.50
1,037 votes
Directors: Laura Innes
Writers: Sharr White
Episode 1

#25 - Episode 1

Season 5 - Episode 1

Noah embarks on his journey with the Descent movie by getting acquainted with his star, Sasha Mann. Helen mourns a tragic event. Sierra welcomes a new arrival. Joanie struggles with an upcoming birthday.

star 7.50
272 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Sarah Treem