Watch Now: The Affair, Showtime's Provocative New Show

Lust, betrayal, sex — these are the themes you'd expect from a show titled The Affair. But, why do people cheat? What are the psychological reasons behind it? The emotions that haunt those decisions? And, what happens to a sleepy community in the Hamptons when a little adulterous secret gets out in a big way?
The new suspenseful and sex-fueled drama from Showtime gets to all that and more. It follows the illicit tryst that goes down between a disconnected vacationing family man, Noah (Dominic West), and an emotionally damaged townie, Alison (Ruth Wilson). What makes The Affair so unique is the way the plot unfolds to create a complex web of narratives that leaves the audience to decide for itself who or what to believe.
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With Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson rounding out the cast, this series is already at the top of our must-watch TV list for fall. You don't have to take our word for it. Showtime is giving us an early preview, so you can judge for yourself. Click play to stream the series premiere below — though, we highly encourage you to go back for seconds on Sunday, October 12, when The Affair officially airs at 10/9c on Showtime.