Showtime’s The Affair took home the best television series at the Golden Globes on January 11, 2015. The TV show explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between Noah Solloway and Alison Bailey after the two meet in the resort town of Montauk on Long Island. The series which premiered last October, seems to have gained audiences approval because of its unique timeline, which gathers perspective both from Noah and Alison’s point of views. Unlike most TV shows the Affair seems to tell stories like a chronicled book rather than an episodic TV show, and that’s what sets it apart from the competition, which included longtime runners like HBO’s Game of Thrones, the PBS’ Downton Abbey, and fellow newcomers like Netflix’s House of Cards and CBS’ The Good Wife.
Ultimately it seems there is a strong demand for unique and complex story telling in television, and there are now many different venues to showcase that material. It is more apparent than ever that fresh stories dealing with heavier subject matter too risky for network television will ultimately rise to the top in the coming years. The competition for these will continue to be the producing frontrunner’s HBO, Showtime and Netflix, which have set the pace and never fail to prove their worth. It’s an exciting time in this Golden Age of Television.