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 The Affair: The Complete Series

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 3/1/20

I want to thank CBS Home Video, one of the big DVD companies that has been really nice to me - giving me many DVD's to watch and review for my site... including these large boxed sets! It's a great perk of the job.

Showtime has really good shows. I don't think I've ever watched a show on that channel that I didn't love. They just don't make bad shows. This one is a very heart-wrenching drama about 4 people and their significant others, and what happens when they go through divorce, marriage and other trials in life. People screw up, and they get hurt, and their lives go on. It's very good. HBO tried a similar called "Divorce," but it was really boring and sad. Somehow the writers of this show made these people compelling and made us want to see what happens to them as well as what they're thinking and feeling. It's not a light, fun show where you can just sit back and knit or something while you watch it. It's just too riveting. Plus, they threw in a murder mystery on top of the rest of it.

Another exciting aspect of this series is how they show different scenes seen from each character's viewpoint. It doesn't get boring, either. You have to guess which viewpoint is closest to the "real" one. It's also a beautifully-photographed show.

I have to admit that the only reason I watched this show is because of Joshua Jackson, whom I loved so much in "Dawson's Creek" and "Fringe." He's always spectacular in whatever role he has. Unfortunately, not all of the characters survive for the entire series. The two main stars are Dominic West and Maura Tierney, so it's best to remember that if you watch the show series.

If you're having problems with your relationship (marriage or not), or you've been the victim of adultry, you might not want to watch the show. To me, the main character, Noah, is so flawed, that I hate him pretty much from the first season. Dominic West's acting is the only thing that saves the show.

The show skips ahead in time, which somehow works. That's been done on other shows, sometimes successfully. "The Affair" is described on the DVD as "provocative," and that's indeed the best way to describe it. You'll either love it or hate it, but you'll probably want to keep watching.

The DVD set has many great features - over 80 minutes' worth. It's a good gift for your favorite fan of dramas...especially if they're very smart.


The Affair: The Final Season, The Affair: The Complete Series 

Street Date: March 10, 2020

Format: DVD 

Description: The Affair explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages, and the crime that brings these individuals back together. Young diner waitress Alison and her husband, rancher Cole, are struggling both personally and financially, in the wake of tragedy. Noah, a settled teacher and would-be novelist, is summering at his in-laws' Hamptons estate with his wife, Helen, and four kids. When Noah meets Alison, they begin an affair. For her, he's a welcome escape; for him, she's a pretty distraction. But, the tryst eventually ends two marriages -- one that was already a bit shaky, the other that was on solid ground.

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