The Affair: Season 5 (2019)


Season 5
The Affair

Critics Consensus

As addicting and outlandish as ever, season five proves the perfect farewell for The Affair.



Critic Ratings: 14


Audience Score

User Ratings: 23
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Critic Reviews for The Affair Season 5

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

"The Affair" began at the "End" - Montauk - five seasons ago, and ends at The End. This seems exactly right.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The resolution to the mystery of how Alison (Ruth Wilson) died is really heating up...

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The soapy plot is getting ridiculously bubblier - but some of us remain determined to find out what crazy thing happens next, dramatized by some of the best actors on TV.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

There is nothing more The Affair than these two getting together (and then inevitably falling apart in an epic catastrophe).

Sep 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The drama, well scripted and beautifully acted as ever, continues to play around with time frames as we saw flashbacks to Vik's terminal cancer.

Aug 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The central character list might be a bit slimmer, but the suffering is still the same in The Affair's fifth and final season.

Aug 27, 2019 | Rating: 80/100 | Full Review…

There's something insanely watchable about The Affair, tricks and all.

Aug 26, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's such an odd yet intriguing swerve, much in keeping with "The Affair's" willingness to mess around.

Sep 3, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The original spark that came from Noah and Alison has fizzled out but there are still plenty of knotty relationships, zinging lines and even a larky cameo from Danish actor Claes Bang... This affair seems far from over.

Aug 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The Affair Season 5 Episode 1 was a colossal waste of time.

Aug 26, 2019 | Rating: 2.0/5.0 | Full Review…

In a perfect world, this show would have run a tight three seasons, but on a network that has a tendency to run its shows long past its expiration date, The Affair has thankfully been allowed to end on its own terms and not overstay its welcome.

Aug 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I'd probably follow these characters (even Whitney) for an indefinite number of seasons - partly because of the sucker that I am, but also because "The Affair" can never be completely considered down for the count.

Aug 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Affair: Season 5

  • 3d ago
    Loved seasons 1-4 and parts of season 5. The futuristic Joannie scenes and storyline is almost a warped, over dramatized, environmentalist apocalyptic parody- like "Minority Report" meets "This is Us". What a joke. I wanted to turn it off the moment the storyline started and every time thereafter, but reluctantly stayed with it and hit FF to continue watching the original characters of Helen, Vick, Noah, Whitney, etc. Why can't you just stick with the great characters, character development, interpersonal drama and great writing of previous seasons and leave the environmental politics, oxygen, food supply, flooding, blah, blah, in the toilet where it belongs. This is supposed to be drama, not sci-fi. Which brings me to the character interaction between Joannie & ‘lovers'. Not buying any chemistry or believability in the slightest. Uncomfortable to watch. Perhaps people want to just enjoy the show for as much without the environmental statements?
  • 6d ago
    They have managed to completely destroy what was a really great show. This desperate need to continue without two of the main characters is pretty pathetic.
  • Oct 07, 2019
    I love season 1 to 4. Season 5 I don't like this news caracteres for a whole episode and half of the episode.
  • Sep 29, 2019
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  • Sep 21, 2019
    I love this season so much! The dynamic is completely different, yes, but it allows the series to explore Noah and Helen in a very different way than they ever did before.
  • Sep 17, 2019
    This final season is an atrocity. It has strayed so far from what made it great in the first couple seasons. Its become an over the top soap opera.
  • Aug 31, 2019
    This first episode of Season 5 reminded me of the excellent writing and characters I'd been missing. I didn't see how it could go on without Allison but they proved me wrong (so far).

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