In another banner year for Showtime - introducing the baroque Victorian-era monster mash of Penny Dreadful
, delivering strong second seasons of Masters of Sex
and Ray Donovan
, and rejuvenating Homeland
with 24-like vigor in a Pakistani hot zone - the network's boldest drama was also its quietest. In The Affair
, the illicit lovers (Ruth Wilson and Dominic West, superb) are unreliable narrators of their tempestuous love story, as each episode relives events from their separate perspectives, which rarely jibe. The only truth we're sure of: the pain they've caused their spouses (well played by Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson).