The Affair (2014) - Drama

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A struggling novelist and a young waitress strike up an extramarital relationship that promises to forever change the course of their lives.

IMDB: 7.9
Stars: Dominic West, Ruth Wilson
Length: 60 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-MA
Reviews: 31 out of 112 found boring (27.67%)

One-line Reviews (88)

Slow Beginning, Lots of Promise - More for Female Audience .

Been watching "The Affair" this fall on Showtime and I must say it's one hot new series that keeps you on the edge of your seat as each episode is told in two half like ways.

This is something between a banal romantic teen drama, a soft-porno (all seems to have only the copulation in mind, nothing more!!!???!!!

It's pretty rare these days to find something that's worth watching and with an interesting plot development rather than the usual trite "pap for the popcorn-guzzling masses" that seems to be endlessly churned out by the studios.

all their individual stories matter and their interactions and views make this show riveting.

I love that the show doesnt focus on just Alison and Noah, because the rest of characters are equally fascinating, like Helen, Cole, Ben...

Boring .

Weak At Best: Thin Plot Lines, Thick On Cliché .

I was left waiting far too long for something to happen, and not caring about the characters.

Casual, compelling, conversations that silently pull you even deeper down this beautifully directed world.

The combination of intriguing, complex characters, empathy that they draw from the viewers.

Nut shell, no story, slower pace than a snail, Good for perversions and thought provoking and all those who plan on cheating on their relationship and want a booster.

A simple, banal, irritant soft-porno .

Thus, the lack of commitment, originality, and completely filled with cliché that accompanies any affair.

Amazing, edgy, compelling .

I like this show very much the story is very engaging.

It makes a riveting watch because the first thirty minutes of every episode will give you an outline of the story as it moves forward.

Totally enjoyable start to finish...

Entertaining 1st season, drags on into the second.

The other actors are compelling and the story is fantastic.

The format of the series, having half the episode from Noah's point of view and half from Alison's, was trying to be original but was a bit repetitive.

Convoluted and uninteresting .

Was downgrading of intense close relations to a mere acquaintance the ultimate penalty for Noah (apart from his hallucination disorders and associated sufferings) ?

struggling teacher/writer stereotype with big city versus coastal tourist town yawns, the rich and the not so rich, plenty of sleeping around and whose baby is it anyway boredom...

I won't spoil it for anyone, but if you like an intriguing and dynamic drama with complex characters and a storyline that keeps you on your toes, then give The Affair a try.

But when we finally get to Noah's memory of that fateful day his mother died there's more confusion.

Interesting and captivating..albeit slightly confusing with flashbacks (possible spoilers) .

Other than that the series is worth watching tho I do hate the intro music.

it has no story.

Probably because 20 people who rated it so high were the only ones who watched it to the end and the rest just turned it off after first 10 minutes because it is so boring and didn't bother to write a review.

3 & 4 are too boring...

Noah, in additional to being the usual self centered selfish bore he is, has become even more manipulative ( episode 5 season 3) and annoying.

A boring waste of time.

It is a compelling story that makes one analyse each character - its motivations and psychologic features.

The affair is a deliberately slow- paced,beautifully shot,compelling show.

Sometimes the timeline is a little confusing because they go back and forth a lot to present time and flashbacks.

If you took every cliché in those and mixed in a little Lifetime Channel, you would get this.

If you took every cliché in those and mixed in a little Lifetime Channel, you would get this.

Too boring .

Or could it be (given the intense psychological flavour) promoting a more fundamental philosophy - "life is all about how you perceive it and nothing is real" (remember Morpheus in Matrix?

So with a slow and weak story line,then i think seeing porn would be more suitable for viewers seeking this kind of shows.

Yet there are some intense sex scenes and the series is pretty hard core with the story lines so its easy to forget this is acting.

To use both versions of the events that take place is presented in a way that does'nt seem repetitive.

Well made, but barely engaging.

That doctor character was just boring and exhausting and didn't play any role in the story.


It is indeed beautifully shot, has some nice views but the pace is so slow like in the soap operas of the 80-90's.

Sometimes it was a bit boring, oftentimes way oversexed, and definitely just plain weird.

Season 4 is so boring .

The constant confusion in this show has become tedious.

I loved both of them, the series in general was very gripping.

However I find the first episode rather boring.

Mystery, that so elegantly dances through the plot, while hypnotizing us to follow its perfectly composed, unpredictable step.

The Affair is gripping right from episode 1 .

Engrossing .

The plot is banal: he is tired parent of a big family hoping to have some fun with local waitress while on vacation.

The action is very slow and nostalgic.

The first episode starts out very slow, walking you through each of these folks daily lives and through the first time they met.

He sees her as being flirtatious where she sees her behaviour as merely polite but friendly etc. For anyone interested in the psychology of social interaction (something I personally am) will find this aspect fascinating.

(following up the cliché of women analysing everything in contrast to men)+++If you think this is the next big showtime binge series, nope, it isn't.

I watched a total of 2 episodes after which I couldn't watch anymore, died of boredom.

What a brilliant show, gripping from start to finish.

Season 1 was gripping and compelling because of the passion between the two characters, and the suspense of what would happen to them and their families, etc. Season 2 was still intriguing since the characters' lives were so out of control and, of course, there was a mystery to be solved.

Majorly aiming at women, hence my disappointment because I got a little more than bored when the crime mystery took a back seat to steamy love scenes and jealous wives.

entertaining and thought provoking .

Just confess and wait-out your cuckold spouse's pointless tantrum.

For our times, its unique and new and compelling.

Showtime really has a hit with Donovan - that story tackles a truly gripping subject that no other show has dared take on so boldly.

Alison who has a husband who is gorgeous, loving and patient despite her being a depressed, dull, unappreciative bore with a bunch of emotional issues still chooses to cheat.

This reflects upon them, and I personally enjoy slow and well thought out actions in contrast with some moments of heat and passion at the right time.

Please keep going, the stories are great, exciting, realistic, fun, mind blowing and so much more!!!!

Even though it's quite entertaining to watch how they wrap themselves more and more into their own and each other's problems, also topped with a quite exaggerated use of sex scenes, the total experience sums up being a kind of very serious soap.

It quickly became repetitive with flashbacks of Noah's time in prison.

Riveting .

Then we might be able to remember it fondly, instead of watching it die a slow death.

Before you start watching be aware you have to wade through this very slow, very self absorbed story twice.

Boring, and Dull, No likable characters .

Its a show about people and nothing else, and that's why its so fascinating and unique.

go back to your crap hole country and watch god propaganda all day.

2) It's predictable.

Very predictable.

Some reviewers found it a bit boring, understandable for those who don't have the time to connect with the characters, or where there plainly just isn't any connection.

She's depressed and almost too unbearably boring to be around, leave alone for a bored, emasculated man to find interesting.

Don't waste your time.

I enjoyed the first episode, fell asleep during the second and haven't watched the third episode.

How tedious.

And the exploration of memory and its vagaries is wildly engaging.

I've been in some of these situations and it's fascinating to compare how they played out in my own life and in the minds and actions of the characters here.