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
Ray Donovan poster.jpg
Genre Crime drama
Created by Ann Biderman
Starring Liev Schreiber
Paula Malcomson
Eddie Marsan
Dash Mihok
Steven Bauer
Katherine Moennig
Pooch Hall
Kerris Dorsey
Devon Bagby
Jon Voight
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) Bryan Zuriff
Mark Gordon
Ann Biderman
Producer(s) Allen Coulter
Running time 45–60 minutes
Production company(s) The Mark Gordon Company
Ann Biderman Co.
Bider Sweet Productions
Showtime Networks
Original channel Showtime
Original run June 30, 2013 (2013-06-30)  – 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]


The show takes place in Los Angeles, California, where Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), originally from South Boston, is a "fixer" for the powerful law firm Goldman & Drexler, representing the rich and famous. 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.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]


Season Episodes Originally aired DVD and Blu-ray release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 12 June 30, 2013 (2013-06-30) September 22, 2013 (2013-09-22) June 10, 2014 (2014-06-10)[6] TBA June 11, 2014 (2014-06-11)[7]
2 12 July 13, 2014 (2014-07-13) September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28) TBA TBA TBA


Ray Donovan has been met with mostly 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".[8] On Metacritic, the show has a score of 75 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews".[9]

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".[10]

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.[11]

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.

Home media release[edit]

The first season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 10, 2014.[6]


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