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The Best Episodes of The Affair

Every episode of The Affair ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Affair!

The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between Noah Solloway and Alison Lockhart after the two meet in the resort town of Montauk in Long Island. Noah is a New York City schoolteacher with one novel published (book entitled A Person who Visits a Place) and he is struggling to write a second book. He is happily married with four children, 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 the tragic death of her child. The story of the affair is told separately, complete with distinct memory biases, from the male and female perspectives.

Genre:Drama
Network:Showtime

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "The Affair" is "408", rated 9.2/10 from 1034 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "408" aired on 8/5/2018 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "511".

  • 408
    9.2/10 1,034 votes

    #1 - 408

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-08-05

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

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • 511
    9.1/10 1,365 votes

    #2 - 511

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 2019-11-03

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

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • 409
    8.8/10 817 votes

    #3 - 409

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-08-12

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

    Director: Sam Gold

    Writer: N/A

  • 212
    8.7/10 886 votes

    #4 - 212

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2015-12-20

    Events set in motion long ago come to their conclusion.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • 410
    8.6/10 700 votes

    #5 - 410

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-08-19

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • 9
    8.5/10 947 votes

    #6 - 9

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2014-12-14

    Noah and Helen face a revelation. Alison spirals towards a reckoning.

    Director: Jeffrey Reiner

    Writer: Sarah Treem, Hagai Levi

  • 405
    8.5/10 823 votes

    #7 - 405

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-07-15

    Vik decides it’s time he started living for himself. But is he ready to face the consequences? Cole meets Nan, an old friend of his father’s, who sends him on a journey to exorcise the ghosts of his past.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • 10
    8.4/10 949 votes

    #8 - 10

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2014-12-21

    Detective Jeffries makes significant progress on his case.

    Director: Jeffrey Reiner

    Writer: Sarah Treem, Hagai Levi

  • 209
    8.4/10 755 votes

    #9 - 209

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2015-11-29

    Alison weathers a journey alone. Noah faces a terrible reckoning.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Alena Smith

  • 510
    8.4/10 643 votes

    #10 - 510

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2019-10-27

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

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • 207
    8.2/10 650 votes

    #11 - 207

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2015-11-15

    Alison's mother raises concerns about her and Noah's new lifestyle. Alison confronts Noah about his book. Meanwhile, Cole lashes out at Luisa and is further alienated from his family in the wake of startling revelations.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • 309
    8.2/10 625 votes

    #12 - 309

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2017-01-22

    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.

    Director: John Dahl

    Writer: N/A

  • 509
    8.2/10 617 votes

    #13 - 509

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 2019-10-20

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

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • 1
    8.1/10 1,525 votes

    #14 - 1

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2014-10-12

    Noah escapes the city with his family to a Long Island estate. Alison and her husband struggle to move past a tragedy. Noah and Alison meet in a chance encounter.

    Director: Mark Mylod

    Writer: Sarah Treem

  • 7
    8.0/10 854 votes

    #15 - 7

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2014-11-23

    With the summer coming to an end, the Solloways are returning to Brooklyn.

    Director: Ryan Fleck

    Writer: Sarah Treem, Hagai Levi, Kate Robin

  • 204
    8.0/10 659 votes

    #16 - 204

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2015-10-25

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

    Director: John Dahl

    Writer: N/A

  • 205
    8.0/10 642 votes

    #17 - 205

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2015-11-01

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

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • 210
    8.0/10 663 votes

    #18 - 210

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2015-12-06

    Noah grapples with questions. Alison considers a harrowing possibility.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • 211
    8.0/10 601 votes

    #19 - 211

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2015-12-13

    A series of revelations rattle Noah. Alison makes a momentous decision.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • 406
    8.0/10 537 votes

    #20 - 406

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-07-22

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • 6
    7.9/10 866 votes

    #21 - 6

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-11-16

    Noah discovers there's more to Alison than he's been led to believe.

    Director: Carl Franklin

    Writer: Sarah Treem, Hagai Levi

  • 201
    7.9/10 806 votes

    #22 - 201

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2015-10-04

    Noah and Helen attempting to conduct amicable divorce proceedings, but complications bring about inescapable conflict. Meanwhile, surprising developments in Helen's life lead to unexpected emotions.

    Director: Jeffrey Reiner

    Writer: N/A

  • 206
    7.9/10 627 votes

    #23 - 206

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2015-11-08

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • 208
    7.9/10 620 votes

    #24 - 208

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-11-22

    Helen is bewildered by Whitney's plans. Noah's fame escalates temptation.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • 5
    7.8/10 888 votes

    #25 - 5

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2014-11-09

    Alison and Noah are forced to confront new obstacles at home.

    Director: Carl Franklin

    Writer: Sarah Treem, Hagai Levi, Kate Robin