The BEST Episodes of The Affair

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 3, 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 11

#1 - Episode 11

Season 5 - Episode 11

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

star 8.25
8 votes
Directors: Sarah Treem
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 12

#2 - 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 8.09
1,074 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 10

#3 - 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 8.02
506 votes
Directors: Rodrigo García
Writers: Jaquén Castellanos, Katie Robbins , Sarah Treem
Episode 9

#4 - Episode 9

Season 4 - Episode 9

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

star 8.02
538 votes
Directors: Sam Gold
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 8

#5 - 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 8.00
563 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Itamar Moses, Sharr White
Episode 10

#6 - Episode 10

Season 5 - Episode 10

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

star 7.93
166 votes
Directors: Toa Fraser
Writers: Sarah Treem, Itamar Moses, Katie Robbins
Episode 9

#7 - Episode 9

Season 5 - Episode 9

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

star 7.91
201 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Katie Robbins
Episode 5

#8 - 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 7.87
554 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: David Henry Hwang, Sharr White
Episode 9

#9 - 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
1,016 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Melanie Marnich, Kate Robin, Dan LeFranc
Episode 10

#10 - 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
1,014 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 9

#11 - 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
1,016 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: David Henry Hwang, Alena Smith
Episode 11

#12 - 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
1,016 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Abe Sylvia, Sharr White
Episode 7

#13 - 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 7.64
1,027 votes
Writers: Abe Sylvia
Episode 8

#14 - Episode 8

Season 5 - Episode 8

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 7.64
209 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Kristina Woo, David Henry Hwang , Sarah Treem
Episode 7

#15 - 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
1,011 votes
Directors: Ryan Fleck
Writers: Kate Robin
Episode 6

#16 - 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 7.62
1,002 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: David Henry Hwang
Episode 10

#17 - 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 7.61
1,008 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Anya Epstein
Episode 9

#18 - 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
1,264 votes
Writers: Sarah Sutherland, Sarah Treem
Episode 4

#19 - 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 7.55
1,408 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Stuart Zicherman
Episode 1

#20 - 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
1,158 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sarah Treem
Episode 8

#21 - 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 7.54
1,014 votes
Directors: Laura Innes
Writers: Sharr White
Episode 4

#22 - 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
1,035 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Anya Epstein
Episode 6

#23 - 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 7.53
540 votes
Directors: Stacie Passon
Writers: Lydia Diamond, Sarah Sutherland
Episode 6

#24 - 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
1,057 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Dan LeFranc
Episode 5

#25 - 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 7.51
1,385 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sharr White