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A faithless Dominic West fuels Showtime's 'The Affair'

A faithless Dominic West fuels Showtime's 'The Affair'

No one on TV does adultery better than Dominic West.

That’s what I kept thinking as I watched the first episode of “The Affair,” a 10-part series premiering on Showtime at 10 p.m. Sunday.

There are deeper things to think about in connection with this finely wrought drama from Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi, the team responsible for HBO’s “In Treatment.”

There’s the complex and multilayered storytelling that shifts from one character’s point of view to the other in recounting the affair — with small differences in memory between the two leading to large shifts in moral responsibility. And with one narrator being male and the other female, there’s a wealth of gender...