The Fate of 10 Cheating TV Couples

Aly Semigran

Showtime’s mind-bending new drama The Affair follows both sides of a relationship that unfolds between writer Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and waitress Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson), both of whom are married. While the fate of Noah and Alison’s extramarital fling remains shrouded in mystery (and opposing points of view), they’re hardly the first adulterous TV couple to keep fans guessing and wanting more. As The Affair continues to lure us in with its sexy twists and turns, we look back at 10 other iconic cheating TV couples who paved the way for relationships that are so wrong, they’re right. (Well, sometimes.) Spoilers ahead, for those of you not ready to commit to the fate of just one show.

The Show: Scandal

[Photo: ABC]

The Culprits: President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington)

The Affair: He’s married…and the President of the United States of America.

Their Steamiest Moment: They’ve had some pretty hot hookups, but it’s hard to top getting busy in the Oval Office.

Their Fate: TBD, gladiators.

Washington weighs in on the future of Scandal, below.

The Show: The Good Wife

[Photo: CBS]

The Culprits: Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Will Gardner (Josh Charles)

The Affair: She was married (but saddled with a cheating husband of her own) and he was her boss.

Their Steamiest Moment: The famous elevator scene. You know the one. Hubba hubba.

Their Fate: Sigh. Too soon. We’re still reeling.

The Show: Sex and the City

[Photo: HBO]

The Culprits: Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mr. Big (Chris Noth)

The Affair: He was married to his rebound girl Natasha, while she was seriously involved with the perfect Aidan.

Their Steamiest Moment: Their steamy kiss in a hotel elevator that kickstarted their whole cheatin’ mess. What is it with elevators?

Their Fate: After the deterioration of Big’s marriage, and three more of Carrie’s serious relationships, these two finally made it official. All it took was two trips to the altar and a bad movie sequel.

The Show: Homeland

[Photo: Showtime]

The Culprits: Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis)

The Affair: Oh, just your classic suspected terrorist meets CIA agent love affair.

Their Steamiest Moment: The backseat of a car…their cabin getaway….their recorded hotel room tryst. You name it.

Their Fate: Carrie gave birth to their child, but Brody wouldn’t live to see it.

The Show: Mad Men

[Photo: AMC]

The Culprits: Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Megan (Jessica Paré)

The Affair: Serial philanderer Don bedded Megan when he was still seeing Dr. Faye Miller. But their actual affair was short-lived considering they were engaged in record time.

Their Steamiest Moment: Zou Bisou Bisouuuuuuu.

Their Fate: Outlook does not look good.

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