A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series explores the characters' motivations to commit adultery and, by adding the unexpected element of a police investigation, implies that something went horribly wrong as a result of their affair. Iffy choices seem to lead to negative consequences, but right and wrong aren't really the focus.
Positive Role Models
Noah and Alison are relatable and sympathetic characters -- depending on whose version of events you believe. But, in the end, they choose to be unfaithful to their partners. In terms of role modeling, there's far more gray than black and white.
Violence & Scariness
Scenes aren't graphic but can be disturbing and include a teen's faked suicide by hanging and a love scene that toes the line between consensual sex and rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Simulated sex with a variety of partners. Nudity isn't excessive, but you'll see nipples, buttocks, and so on.
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Unbleeped language includes "f--k," "s--t," "whore," and so on.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, with discussion of habitual teen drug use of marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Affair chronicles a budding flirtation between a man and woman, both of whom are married to other people. Sexual scenes aren't necessarily graphic, but there's very little left to the imagination, and you'll see brief shots of nipples, buttocks, and so on. You'll also hear unbleeped swearing ("f--k" and "s--t") and see some disturbing scenes of implied violence (including suicide and rape). There's some social drinking, too, and discussion of teen drug use.
Is It Any Good?
There's a saying that it takes two to tango, and The Affair takes that concept one step further in an intriguing and unexpected way by telling a shared story of infidelity from two wildly different points of view. The result is an engrossing mystery that effectively hooks you with unanswered questions and inconsistencies and stirs provocative questions about cheaters, liars, and truth-tellers.
In The Affair, whom -- or what -- is to be believed often comes down to a matter of perspective, even if it's a detail as mundane as what a character might have been wearing. And it's messages such as these, in addition to edgy (albeit tasteful) simulated sex, that make this Affair a better fit for adults who can emotionally relate to the characters and mine the most value from their struggles.
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