|Created by||Ann Biderman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||14 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Bryan Zuriff
|Running time||45–60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||The Mark Gordon Company
Ann Biderman Co.
|Original run||June 30, 2013– present|
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. The pilot episode broke records of viewership, becoming the biggest premiere of all time on Showtime.
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
- Liev Schreiber as Raymond "Ray" Donovan.
- Paula Malcomson as Abby Donovan, Ray's wife.
- Eddie Marsan as Terrence "Terry" Donovan, Ray's brother. Suffers from Parkinson's disease.
- Dash Mihok as Brendan "Bunchy" Donovan, Ray's brother. Identifies himself as an alcoholic and a sexual anorexic.
- Steven Bauer as Avi, Ray's right-hand man. Former IDF soldier and ex-Mossad agent.
- Katherine Moennig as Lena, a PR press agent working for Ray. Is a lesbian.
- Pooch Hall as Daryll Donovan, Ray's half-brother via Mickey AKA "Black Irish".
- Kerris Dorsey as Bridget Donovan, Ray's daughter.
- Devon Bagby as Conor Donovan, Ray's son.
- Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan, Ray's father.
- Elliott Gould as Ezra Goldman, Ray's mentor and boss
- Peter Jacobson as Lee Drexler, Ezra's business partner
- Denise Crosby as Deb
- Ambyr Childers as Ashley Rucker
- Josh Pais as Stu Feldman
- Sheryl Lee Ralph as Claudette
- Austin Nichols as Tommy Wheeler
- Brooke Smith as Frances
- Michael McGrady as Frank
- Craig Ricci Shaynak as Tiny, Sully's nephew
- Frank Whaley as Van Miller (season 1)
- Johnathon Schaech as Sean Walker (season 1)
- James Woods as Patrick "Sully" Sullivan (season 1)
- Rosanna Arquette as Linda (season 1)
- Octavius J. Johnson as Marvin
- Hank Azaria as James Cochran (season 2)
- Sherilyn Fenn as Holly Cochran (season 2)
- Ann-Margret as June Wilson (season 2)
- Kip Pardue as Volchek (season 2)
- Wendell Pierce as Mr. Keith (season 2)
- Vinessa Shaw as Kate (season 2)
|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||September 22, 2013||June 10, 2014||TBA||June 11, 2014|
|2||TBA||July 13, 2014||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
Season 1 (2013)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||1||"The Bag or the Bat"||Allen Coulter||Ann Biderman||June 30, 2013||1.35|
|Ray Donovan fixes problems for a powerful LA law firm. Originally from South Boston, he now lives in the affluent city of Calabasas, LA. While dealing with his troubled family, including his wife Abby, daughter Bridget and son Conor, he learns of the return of his father, Mickey, released from prison on parole.|
|2||2||"A Mouth Is a Mouth"||Allen Coulter||Ann Biderman||July 7, 2013||1.56|
|Ray tries to send Mickey back to prison. Angry with Ray, Abby allows her kids to spend the day with Mickey. Ray handles two crises involving movie star clients: A-list actor Sean Walker receives a threatening message and a home invasion, while action hero Tommy Wheeler is blackmailed with a video of his sexual exploits.|
|3||3||"Twerk"||Greg Yaitanes||Ron Nyswaner||July 14, 2013||1.45|
|Mickey spends time with his sons. Ray "buys" a talented hip-hop artist, Marvin Gaye Washington, for his rapper neighbor. Bridget becomes friendly with Marvin. Ezra holds a fundraiser, in honor of his late wife, due to being haunted by past mistakes. Meanwhile, the real reason for Mickey's early parole is revealed.|
|4||4||"Black Cadillac"||John Dahl||David Hollander||July 21, 2013||1.52|
|Ray is forced by Abby to visit Bel Air Academy to see Bridget's potential new school, while trying to deal with a work situation. Meanwhile, Mickey meets his ex, Claudette, leading to old memories being relived.|
|5||5||"The Golem"||Dan Attias||Sean Conway||July 28, 2013||1.46|
|Bunchy receives his money from the settlement with the Church. Mickey and Ezra reminisce about old events while Mickey wears a wire. Ezra has an accident while driving at night, and believes he has killed someone. Terry and Frances' relationship grows stronger.|
|6||6||"Housewarming"||Michael Uppendahl||Brett Johnson||August 4, 2013||1.45|
|Ray tries to shut down Van Miller's investigation by drugging him, and using this to create an incriminating video. Bunchy throws a housewarming party, but it gets out of control. Ray finds out that Mickey put his kids in danger and retaliates.|
|7||7||"New Birthday"||Lesli Linka Glatter||David Hollander||August 11, 2013||1.44|
|Ray finds out about Bridget's relationship with Marvin and forbids her from seeing him, but she visits him anyway, leading to emotional upset. Meanwhile, Ray flies to Boston to search for Bostonian mobster, Sully. Abby and Deb enjoy themselves too much, which turns into trouble. Mickey makes Sean let him work on a movie project.|
|8||8||"Bridget"||Guy Ferland||Ann Biderman||August 18, 2013||1.47|
|The three Donovan brothers remember the anniversary of their sister's demise. Ray and Avi get the money back that Bunchy spent on his house. Terry goes after Frances' husband after he sees evidence she has been abused. Mickey has trouble relating to an actress he meets at the spa.|
|9||9||"Road Trip"||Jeremy Podeswa||Brett Johnson||August 25, 2013||1.33|
|10||10||"Fite Nite"||Tucker Gates||Sean Conway||September 8, 2013||1.25|
|The Donovans attend Daryll's fight at Terry's club. Meanwhile, Ray's deal with Sully is put into action. Mickey has a rendezvous. Bunchy encounters his abuser, sending him into a tailspin.|
|11||11||"Bucky Fuckn' Dent"||Dan Minahan||Ron Nyswaner||September 15, 2013||1.41|
|12||12||"Same Exactly"||Michael Apted||Ann Biderman||September 22, 2013||1.41|
Season 2 (2014)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|13||1||"Yo Soy Capitan"||Tucker Gates||Ann Biderman||July 13, 2014||1.22|
|Ray's life returns to normal. The FBI demands that Mickey be brought to them. Abby, concerned for their marriage, forces Ray into therapy with her. Meanwhile, Bunchy attempts to recover from his abuse and applies for a job, Terry obsesses over Frances and Conor is in trouble after assaulting a classmate.|
|14||2||"Uber Ray"||Michael Uppendahl||Ann Biderman & David Hollander||July 20, 2014||1.27|
|15||3||"Gem and Loan"||TBA||TBA||July 27, 2014||TBA|
|16||4||"S.U.C.K."||TBA||TBA||August 3, 2014||TBA|
|17||5||"Irish Spring"||TBA||TBA||August 10, 2014||TBA|
|18||6||"Viagra"||TBA||TBA||August 17, 2014||TBA|
|19||7||"Walk This Way"||TBA||TBA||August 24, 2014||TBA|
|20||8||"Sunny"||TBA||TBA||August 31, 2014||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 Schrieber and Jon Voight's performances making the whiplash worth it". On Metacritic, the show has a score of 75 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews".
Awards and nominations
In June 2013, the series was honored, along with five others, with the Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series.
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
The first season has been released on DVD and Blu-Ray.
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- Official website
- Ray Donovan at the Internet Movie Database
- Ray Donovan at TV.com
- Ray Donovan at Metacritic
- Ray Donovan at Rotten Tomatoes