Ray Donovan: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1
Ray Donovan

Critics Consensus

Ray Donovan moves quickly between genres and tones, with Liev Schrieber and Jon Voight's performances making the whiplash worth it.



Critic Ratings: 43


Audience Score

User Ratings: 291
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Air date: Jun 30, 2013
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Air date: Aug 18, 2013
Air date: Aug 25, 2013
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The first series of the drama "Ray Donovan" follows Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), a Los Angeles troubleshooter who is asked to solve problems for rich and famous clients, but can't seem to fix the problems caused by his own family. Among his problems: Ray must deal with his father (Jon Voight) being released early from prison. Meanwhile, Ezra (Elliott Gould) is involved in an accident.


Liev Schreiber
as Ray Donovan
Jon Voight
as Mickey Donovan
Dash Mihok
as Bunchy Donovan
Kerris Dorsey
as Bridget Donovan
Ambyr Childers
as Ashley Rucker
Devon Bagby
as Conor Donovan
Eddie Marsan
as Terry Donovan
Elliott Gould
as Ezra Goldman
Paula Malcomson
as Abby Donovan
Peter Jacobson
as Lee Drexler
Johnathon Schaech
as Sean Stevens
Ted Levine
as Little Bill Primm
Susan Sarandon
as Samantha Winslow
Adina Porter
as Vicky Delgatti
Lili Simmons
as Natalie James
Octavius J. Johnson
as Marvin Gaye Washington
Frank Whaley
as Van Miller
Josh Pais
as Stu Feldman
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Critic Reviews for Ray Donovan Season 1

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (24)

Stylishly shot and strongly written.

Jul 1, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Ray Donovan, created and produced by Ann Biderman (Southland) is good enough that it should evoke comparisons to David Chase's Italian antihero tale.

Jun 30, 2013 | Full Review…

In all cases, this is one of the smartest series to come around in a while, sharply written with a perfect balance of comedy and tragedy, action and reflection.

Jun 28, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This fantastic new Showtime drama is that wonder of TV wonders, a low concept series that can't be easily reduced to a quick sentence.

Jun 27, 2013 | Full Review…

Schreiber brings fortified steel to the title role while Voight makes this series shake, rattle and pulsate.

Jun 26, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The cynosure of Ray Donovan is Schreiber as the doughty hero, a tough guy who dances.

Jun 29, 2013 | Full Review…

Liev Schreiber leads a stellar cast as Ray Donovan, a Hollywood enforcer who can control any situation, as long as his family isn't involved.

Jun 30, 2013 | Full Review…

The first four episodes of Ray Donovan suggest a Sopranos-type tone and approach, and that, of course, is high praise.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

I've seen the first four episodes, and when Ray's actually cleaning up messes, the show's not bad. But when he's not-boy, is the family stuff a tedious mess.

Mar 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Schreiber looks as comfortable busting heads (with a baseball bat) in the body of a Hollywood "fixer" as he does coddling his spoiled, social-climbing wife and kids.

Oct 12, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The fact that the writers have so completely eschewed originality, and executed the plot so poorly, means that the way the show fails is not even interesting.

Jul 7, 2013 | Rating: 4.3/10 | Full Review…

Ray Donovan gets off to slow start but delivers an extremely compelling portrait of a unique working class family.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ray Donovan: Season 1

  • Oct 13, 2019
    Best show ever to be honest that won't bore you because the family sticks together through the thickest moments and the scenes are filled with real life stuff, bad ass stuff, and that tells a story that is more than just a show. Worth your binge indulgence and forward vote to keep this show going!
  • Apr 02, 2019
    I love this show. The acting is superb and you will get really invested in the characters and the story. Highly recommend!
  • Oct 09, 2018
    Liev Schreiber does a good job in the role and makes you feel like he will "take care of it". Season one is full of interesting plots.
  • Sep 14, 2017
    Season 1: 7.5/10 The first season of Ray Donovan is supposed to be a crime drama, but couldn't help becoming a melancholic Shakespearean tragedy. Casting-wise, this show excels, despite being too overcrowded with characters and subplots of subplots. Each scene is pretty explosive and entertaining on its own, but is everyone necessary and vital for the progress of the plot? Most of the time the answer is a massive "No". But do I regret watching Jon Voight enjoying the living crap out of himself in a gay club? Most of the time the answer is a massive "Yes". So in general the season is both guilty and not guilty for its shenanigans,just like its characters.The motif of sinning and forgiving is fundamental to the series, with the little brother Bunchy Donovan (masterfully played by Dash Mihok) lying at the core of the conflict. As I already said, individually every character shines in their individual scenes, but few of them contribute to the story. Well, except a "son" character with questionable sexual orientation, he might as well not exist. The Donovans is spectacular, Ray's co-workers are campy badasses and Jon Voight basically chews your TV screen. The family is alright enough, it does the job to judge the main character for his every step. The second act really picks up when a guest, legendary old school actor joins the cast, unfortunately the ending fizzles out too quickly . What I hope happens with this show is that it stops taking itself so overly serious and starts contributing more screen time for its hilarious black humor. Some episodes you feel the struggle in the journey of self-discovery and I have faith that in Season 2, the series will find its groove. Conclusion: The first season of Ray Donovan is a fun, over-the-top melanchonic journey of self-discovery for both the show and its characters, with tones shifting left and right. Worth watching for the outstanding performances and a terrific cast. And possibly Jon Voight alone.
  • Aug 27, 2017
    Retrospective scenes are getting old and Ray is exceptionally weird this season while coping with Abby's death. Was a big fan until this season.
  • Aug 15, 2017
    After being told how amazing this show was, I eagerly watched the first episode and then watched 3 more episodes hoping it would get better. I can't believe people think this is a good show - over acted, ridiculous and completely unbelievable characters, horrible bahstan accents, awful plot, hmm, there's some nudity, so i guess that's at least a plus. Someone please tell me what I'm missing here? Does this show magically get better?
  • Mar 09, 2017
    TONS OF ACTION! Great characters and cool setting. Definitely worth checking out ??
  • Jun 09, 2016
    Fantastic acting and a great plot
  • Mar 14, 2016
    With all its cliche flaws its pretty fun to watch. Nothing deep and meaningful, but its what it is: entertaining. A rather disfunctional family with Boston origins, bringing its past into the muddy LA world of crime.
  • Mar 06, 2016
    Ray Donovan è uno di quei prodotti polarizzanti, recensioni (e pomodorometro) alla mano: o lo si ama o lo si odia. io lo adoro, sia la serie che, ovviamente, il personaggio da cui prende il nome. l'incipit riesce a ben mascherare quello che altrimenti risulterebbe un lavoro dal plot già visto: Ray è un fixer, una specie di mister Wolf di tarantiniana memoria, uno di quelli che, appunto, aggiusta i guai nelle quali si mettono le persone ricche ed importanti. per farlo, ricorre a dei metodi non proprio ortodossi. Ray ha una bella famiglia, è ricco, con virile e con dei parenti dai trascorsi non proprio felici; sì, la strizzata d'occhio ai Soprano è fin troppo evidente, con la differenza che il protagonista è un fixer di origini irlandesi, e non un capofamiglia newyorkese. sta qui l'unico limite di Ray Donovan, cioè nella mancanza di originalità. nonostante le vicende vadano in una direzione rispetto a quelle che vedevano protagonista Tony Soprano, l'arrivo finale è sempre quello: l'implosione ed i conseguenti ricongiungimenti di una famiglia distrutta dalla troppa violenza passiva e forse anche dal troppo benessere, tecnicamente bellissimo, con scorci mozzafiato e momenti magistralmente diretti, la serie Showtime si caratterizza per una narrazione che si discosta rispetto ad altri prodotti sui generis: gli eventi vengono a volte narrati in modo serrato, in successione, quasi a confondere lo spettatore, e delle altre con toni più pacati, che ben rimarcano il melodrammat che permea il cuore di questo telefilm. altro pregio lodevole di Ray Donovan è la caratterizzazione dei propri protagonisti, soprattutto di quello principale, di un carisma unico pur recitando una manciata di battute in diverse puntate.

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