Ray Donovan

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This article is about the TV series. For the former United States Secretary of Labor, see Raymond J. Donovan.
Ray Donovan
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Genre Crime drama
Family drama
Created by Ann Biderman
Composer(s) Marcelo Zarvos
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 24 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Allen Coulter
Running time 45–60 minutes
Production company(s)
Original channel Showtime
Original release June 30, 2013 (2013-06-30) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Ray Donovan is an American television crime drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013.[1][2][3] The pilot episode broke records of viewership, becoming the biggest premiere of all time on Showtime.[4] A third season is scheduled to begin on July 12, 2015.[5][6]


The show takes place in Los Angeles, California, where Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), originally from South Boston, works for the powerful law firm Goldman & Drexler, representing the rich and famous. Donovan is a "fixer": in criminal slang, a person who arranges for bribes or payoffs of corrupt police or government officials, or other criminals, to enable a criminal to avoid punishment. Ray experiences his own problems when his father, Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight), is unexpectedly released from prison, and FBI agents try bringing down Ray and his associates.


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 12 June 30, 2013 (2013-06-30) September 22, 2013 (2013-09-22)
2 12 July 13, 2014 (2014-07-13) September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]


Ray Donovan has been met with positive reviews from critics. The first season holds a rating of 76% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus reading: "Ray Donovan moves quickly between genres and tones, with Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight's performances making the whiplash worth it".[9] On Metacritic, the show has a score of 75 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews".[10] Seasons 1 and 2 hold a combined rating of 4.5 out of 5 on Presto with a critics rating of 80% and a viewer rating of 90%.[11]

Tim Goodman, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, said that "Showtime has another gem on their hands" and the casting of Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight was "gold".[12]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In June 2013, the series was honored, along with five others, with the Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series.[13]

In December 2013, the series earned two Golden Globe nominations, both for acting. Schreiber was nominated for Best Actor in a Television Drama Series, and Voight won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series. In July 2014, Voight was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Most Exciting New Series Ray Donovan Won
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Jon Voight Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jon Voight Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Jon Voight Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jon Voight Nominated
Writers Guild of America Best New Series Ray Donovan Nominated
2015 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Jon Voight Nominated

Home media release[edit]

The first season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 10, 2014.[14]


  1. ^ "Showtime(R) 2013 Original Series Premiere Slate". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Sara Bibel (June 11, 2012). "Showtime Orders Twelve Episodes of Two New Dramas, 'Ray Donovan' and 'Masters of Sex'". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (June 11, 2012). "Showtime gives series orders to 'Donovan,' 'Sex'". Variety. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ O'Connell, Michael. "TV Ratings: 'Ray Donovan' Premiere Tops 'Homeland' With Showtime Record". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Hibberd, James (August 20, 2014). "'Masters of Sex,' 'Ray Donovan' renewed for season 3". Entertainment Weekly (United States: insidetv.ew.com). Time Inc. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ Mercader, Virnelli (October 9, 2014). "'Ray Donovan' Season 3 News: Show to Return in 2015 With 12-Episode". The Christian Post (United States: christianpost.com). The Christian Post Companyj. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ian McShane Joins Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’". deadline.com. January 21, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (January 27, 2015). "Katie Holmes Joins ‘Ray Donovan’ Season 3". variety.com. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ray Donovan: Season 1". rottentomatoes.com. 
  10. ^ "Ray Donovan". Metacritic. 
  11. ^ "Ray Donovan". www.presto.com.au. Presto. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Tim Goodman. "Ray Donovan: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  13. ^ The BTJA Announces Icon Award Recipient and Most Exciting New Series Honorees (June 10, 2013). criticschoice.com. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  14. ^ Lambert, David (March 10, 2014). "Ray Donovan - 'The 1st Season' of the Showtime Series on DVD and Blu-ray". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 

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