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The Affair

The Affair

Photo Credit:  Steven Lippman / Showtime
  • Premiered: 
    October 12, 2014
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  • Network: Showtime
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Sarah Treem & Hagai Levi 
  • Subject Matter: Relationship
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  • Season 1
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  • Season 2
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  • Season 3
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Plot Synopsis

THE AFFAIR is a one-hour drama series that explores the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair. In Season 1, the story is told separately from the male and female perspectives, with each version having its own distinct memory biases. Alison is a young woman waiting tables at a popular Hamptons diner, trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy. Her husband, Cole, struggles to keep it all together, with his wife and with the financially-strained ranch that has been in his family for generations. Their emotionally-charged marriage becomes even more complicated when Alison begins an affair with Noah, a NYC public school teacher and aspiring novelist who is spending the summer at his in-laws' estate out on the island. Helen is Noah's college sweetheart, best friend, mother of his children, lover and wife of 17 years. THE AFFAIR returned for it second season on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT on Showtime. Season 2 explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages, and the crime that brings these individuals back together. This season, the drama is told separately from four different perspectives, revealing four distinct truths. THE AFFAIR features Alison, a young woman attempting to move on from tragedy and building a lasting relationship while contending with the judgment of others and her own self-doubt. Her lover Noah is a burgeoning writer trying to balance the temptations of success, the family he left behind, and the woman he loves. Noah's former wife Helen is attempting to piece her life together while navigating divorce proceedings, care for her children, and her parents' noxious influence. Cole, Alison's former husband, is struggling to overcome past heartbreak and start a promising new life. Yet the long-term ramifications of the affair continue to shape these lives, and will lead to an event that changes everything once again. The season opens with Noah and Helen trying for amicable divorce proceedings, but complications indicate inescapable conflict. Surprising developments in Helen's life reveal unexpected emotions. Season 3 of THE AFFAIR premiered on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on Showtime. The new season picks up three years after Noah's shocking admission of guilt at the murder trial of Scott Lockhart. Noah attempts to restart his life, but the damage wrought by his past decisions has made him a ghost of his former self. Alison has been raising daughter Joanie alongside Cole and Luisa in Montauk, but Alison's past continues to rear its ugly head as Cole and Luisa attempt to build their own future. For Helen, life appears to continue on, but just below the surface of a successful business and a bustling home lies uncertainty with her boyfriend Vik, instability amongst her children, and an unshakeable feeling of guilt. With the premiere episode being told from the perspective of Noah, the second episode offers viewers a more comprehensive picture of the season ahead, providing additional perspectives from Alison and Helen. This season, Irene Jacob joins the cast, providing the series' new fifth perspective. Jacob plays Juliette Le Gall, a new love interest of Noah's, running from her own secrets, who helps him process a trauma from his past and understand himself a little better. Season 3 guest stars will include Jennifer Esposito and Brendan Fraser. Season 4 of THE AFFAIR premiered on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on Showtime. The fourth season finds Noah, Helen, Alison, and Cole in their own orbits, alienated from each other, spinning further and further away from where they all began. Every character is involved in a new relationship, forcing them each to decide if they're ready and willing to leave the past behind for good -- a season about new beginnings, tragic ends and the ever-elusive possibility of forgiveness. Sanaa Lathan joins season four as Jenelle, the tough-as-nails principal of the charter school where Noah teaches. Ramon Rodriguez stars as Ben, a Marine veteran now employed by the VHA and Alison's new love interest. Additional Season 4 guest stars include Russell Hornsby, Christopher Meyer, Amy Irving and Phoebe Tonkin.
On Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 9-10:15pm ET/PT, Showtime premiered the Season 4 finale of THE AFFAIR. Noah and Anton visit Princeton, where Noah encounters an old friend; an immensely difficult day forces Cole and Luisa to re-examine their relationship; Helen gets a new perspective on life. One month earlier -- on July 26 -- Showtime renewed THE AFFAIR for a fifth and final season.



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