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: 44 out of 207 found boring (21.25%)

One-line Reviews (126)

(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.

2) It's predictable.

The action is very slow and nostalgic.

Intense character-driven drama ...

The main storyline is boring and dull, Noah and Alison don't have ANY chemistry at all, it's painful watching them kiss.

The acting, the cinematography, and the story really is amazing and worth watching definitely one of my all-time favorites.

Her bleak and selfish attitude was getting so 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.

The other actors are compelling and the story is fantastic.

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.

Boring .

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Brilliant, unexpected, intense.

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.

Don't waste your time.

It's so damn boring.

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

It had become a pretty boring and slow motion show.

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

It is a confusing mixture of elegance (the world of these wealthy privaleged people and tawdry.

Completely brilliant and unexpected in so many situations.

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

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

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

Entertaining 1st season, drags on into the second.

A boring waste of time.

I do love all the actors, and feel they do a great job, but the story has become dull.

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

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

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

After that it was a snore fest mish mash of events and misunderstandings punctuated by graphic or illegal sex.

entertaining and thought provoking .

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

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.

The Affair is an intriguing menagerie of self-analysis, self-righteousness, compelling raw psychological drama, and absurdity.

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.

Superb ending to a thoughtful & compelling series .

New characters were introduced to spin out the series with tiresome events that you'd see in every soap opera.

The story used to be so intriguing and exciting.

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

3 & 4 are too boring...

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...

Very exciting!

Used to be great, now a walking leftist cliche.

Excellent and compelling from start to finish and beautifully written.

Extremely gripping, a thriller , romance, drama all wrapped up into one.

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

Boring, and Dull, No likable characters .

It was far far too boring.

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.

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

Initially, I had no interest in watching season 5 because season 4 was such a bore for me.

For our times, its unique and new and compelling.

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

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

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

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!!!!

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


Definitely worth watching .

Season 5 is a sad, slow death for an otherwise good series .

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

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

Too boring .

Engrossing .

Ruth Wilson's performance thought this series is breathtaking.

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

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.

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.

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

Amazing, edgy, compelling .

What a brilliant show, gripping from start to finish.

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

Season 4 is so boring .

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

boring .

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

Riveting .

However I find the first episode rather boring.

Convoluted and uninteresting .

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

I thoroughly enjoyed this series, all the characters have a gripping story to tell especially Alison.

It didn't catch my attention, at times I found it quite boring and unnecessary.

The characters that were introduced were so boring and at times down right laughable.

But 'The Affair' was full of great acting, making lesser dramas limp and uninspiring in comparison.

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

Very compelling series with superb actors and fully rounded characters.

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

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

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?

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.

it has no story.

Totally enjoyable start to finish...

Very predictable.

The episodes dragged and dragged.

It loses its way around the second season which is a shame as the first season was very gripping.

The Affair, once a nuanced show about all different parts of humanity, has jumped the shark in a predictable, leftist way.

The constant confusion in this show has become tedious.

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

The Affair is gripping right from episode 1 .

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.

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

It was so intense and addictive, that I just needed to go on in order to see what will happen next.

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

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.

Well made, but barely engaging.

But the way the story is told gives this show a new dimension that makes it so intriguing and pulls you right in.

How tedious.

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.

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.

One of just few productions, where every word matters and the only one so deeply psychological and thrilling at the same time.

A simple, banal, irritant soft-porno .

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

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

Additionally, older Noah reflecting on life and Allison towards the end was pretty good and, in my opinion, the only future sequence of the season worth watching.

Quite frankly those episodes felt like they were written by loser hipsters who lack the life experience and/or talent to write storylines that are compelling to people who work for a living.

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.

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.