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"The Affair" review by Sundi 10/12/14
Airs Sundays at 10pm on Showtime

Iím not going to lie, Showtime got me with the promos for their new Sunday night drama "The Affair". They were pushing this as a sexy, infidelity story ņ la USAís "Satisfaction", but what they gave us was much more "Gone Girl" than steamy night time soap. Donít mistake my surprise for disdain, however. Going in, I knew I was going to get a lot of R-rated sex (think about some of the sex scenes in "Ray Donovan"), but I didnít think I was going to get as much emotional nuance and pain. Without giving away any spoilers. this show is not just about cheating spouses.

The show features Dominic West and Maura Tierny as Noah and Helen, a successful middle-class couple with four children that go to a seaside town for summer vacation. They arrive in town and eat lunch at a diner, where Alison Lockhart, played by Ruth Wilson, is a waitress. Alison is married to Cole, played by Joshua Jackson, and their marriage is complicated by events that happened before we met the duo.

What is most fascinating about this show is that its events are told several times, from different perspectives, and it offers the audience the chance to see the varying interpretations of the same events, usually varying by gender.

In a time in pop culture where the opposite sexes are often pitted against each other, this seems like a show that is meant to contribute to the conversation about how differently men and women see things.

Showtime is good at giving us what we think we want (provocative sex scenes and juicy, dramatic plot twists), but it's also really great at couching important subtext within that. "The Affair" is an example of them pushing one thing, but delivering another, and I mean that in the best possible way. This show is amazing and has the potential to be one of the most important shows on television. Donít get left out, folks.

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