Ray Donovan: Season 2 (2014)

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Season 2
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Critics Consensus

It's weakened by some over-the-top moments, but Ray Donovan's second season proves absorbing due to transfixing performances by its two leads.

73%

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Critic Ratings: 11

92%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 274
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jul 13, 2014
2
Air date: Jul 20, 2014
3
Air date: Jul 27, 2014
4
Air date: Aug 3, 2014
5
Air date: Aug 10, 2014
6
Air date: Aug 17, 2014
7
Air date: Aug 11, 2013
8
Air date: Aug 31, 2014
9
Air date: Aug 25, 2013
10
Air date: Sep 14, 2014
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Series 2 begins with the FBI learning that Ray (Liev Schreiber) and Mickey (Jon Voight) took part in killing Sully Sullivan (James Woods), and the Los Angeles bureau chief (Hank Azaria) demands that Ray bring in his father. However, Mickey is in Mexico setting up a fight and isn't eager to leave. The situation gets more complicated when a Boston reporter (Vinessa Shaw) launches her own investigation into Sully's death, and Tiny (Craig Ricci Shaynak), a member of Sully's crew, gets involved. Elsewhere, Abby (Paula Malcomson) starts falling for another man; Ashley's stalker returns; and Ray meets a mysterious woman (Ann-Margret) from Ezra's past.

Cast

Liev Schreiber
as Ray Donovan
Jon Voight
as Mickey Donovan
Kerris Dorsey
as Bridget Donovan
Dash Mihok
as Bunchy Donovan
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
Ambyr Childers
as Ashley Rucker
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
Hank Azaria
as James Cochran
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Critic Reviews for Ray Donovan Season 2

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Jon Voight's performance as the pathetic patriarch is awe-inspiring, and the machismo on display by Liev Schreiber is transfixing.

Sep 22, 2014 | Full Review…

There was hope that in its second season this overstuffed series could reshape itself into something leaner and more entertaining.But sadly, like its main character, Ray Donovan seems incapable of learning from its past blunders.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

From the first scene in Ray Donovan Season 2 Episode 1 until the last, Liev Schreiber commands attention with his portrayal of the titular character.

Jul 14, 2014 | Rating: 4.7/5 | Full Review…

Overall, it made for pretty decent television and I look forward to covering the second season of the show.

Jul 14, 2014 | Full Review…

Luckily, the show has Schreiber around to continually save it from the kind of embarrassing scrapes Ray is repeatedly asked to fix for his lawyer boss (Elliott Gould).

Jul 13, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It could be the most astounding creation on television now, even in a second season, [the] first five episodes are like tentacles of an octopus that reaches out and drags you in.

Jul 18, 2014 | Full Review…

Ray Donovan remains somewhat limited in its appeal -- featuring colorful characters, yes, but at times constricted by Ray's cowboy nature, which includes a professional knack for finding weak spots and exploiting them.

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Gritty, moody, raw, Ray Donovan is a two-fisted drama packed with sensational players handed marvelously crafted roles.

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…

Ray Donovan is a sun-bleached noir and a character actor's paradise.

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…

Ray Donovan is in the remarkable position of being a show that appears to be built entirely of moments that are gratuitous, provocative, and emptily thrilling.

Jul 11, 2014 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Ray Donovan: Season 2

  • Jul 19, 2015
    Season two of Ray Donovan is in some ways a letdown of season one, and in others a proper successor. The powerful performances continue, with Liev Schreiber cementing his career making role of Ray Donovan. He continues to enliven Ray as flawed protagonist, but a remarkably resilient one. This season, however, took far too long to really find its way, and focused on story-lines of ever-increasing melodrama. Part of what made the first season so effective was the balance between his family affairs and his actual job, whereas the entire second season is seemingly honed in on one plot thread that doesn't really give us a full picture--we scarcely ever see Ray work, why is it everyone turns to him? The immaturity and irrationality around him is mesmerizing, resulting in a frustrating experience. We constantly want Ray to be challenged by someone with his level of intelligence, charisma, and coolness under pressure. For the show to fully rebound and realize its true potential, it must look for more capable antagonists and side characters, and give more dramatic credit to the talented cast it already has (Jon Voight).
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  • Oct 09, 2018
    In season 2 you don't see chinks in Rays armor, but he loses his mojo, and it make no sense why he suddenly slips. The delivery remains quite similar to season 1, yet Ray lost a bit of his super status and languishes a bit. The show remained entertaining despite Ray appearing more pathetic.
  • Oct 21, 2017
    7.9/10 During Ray Donovan's sophomore season, the show gets to play Capitan. After a couple episodes I felt like I finally was understanding the tone and the abundant amount of charm that the series was going for. It is still far away from being perfect, but I have begun to love it for the gritty and stylish atmosphere, well supported by its magnificent cast. I rarely feel this way about similar shows, but every character is truly fascinating. Even the obnoxious kids and the moody wife are more than my descriptions of them suggest. The man himself, Liev Schreiber absolutely kills it as Ray Donovan. You can feel the miniature domino that gets pushed at him every single episode, triggering a chain of events leading to his soul-wrecking change in the finale. Every single one of his brothers has an arc, that doesn't waste the acting abilities of the actors. The supporting cast is quirky and rich in character. And the never-ending highlight of the show is still Jon Voight's Mickey Donovan. During his scenes you start to perceive the tragic events in a more lighthearted matter. He is still an abnormally big jerk, but he brings much needed levity to everything happening and you clearly see that he'll get completely mad if he takes all the trainwrecks happening around him seriously. I particularly liked the great use of a returning character that didn't bring much to the table the first time around. The major negative aspect of the show is how conveniently the story plays out. Some things just happen for the sake of happening, so the plot could progress. You could say that's part of the show's charm, but it might bother some people. The most unexpected thing this season was the possession of Abby. It was like the demon inside Skyler from Breaking Bad was bored from its vessel and decided to enter someone else. Why the producers decided to make Abby completely insufferable is beyond my knowledge. Conclusion: You may have noticed how I used the word "play" in the beginning, as the show still has a road to go to deserve its place behind the steering wheel. Yet there is so much charm to help you overlook the flaws. I place my confidence in the third season to be even better and to elevate the show to a "Capitan".
  • Jun 14, 2016
    Getting into more and more problem as we get involved in problems in every cell of the family. Ray is unstable, so is everything else.
  • Oct 05, 2015
    Truly a testament to the great writers helming this series, Ray Donovan still manages to get better with every episode. Despite the major story arcs being almost completely different from season 1, it still maintains the overall tone established by its first twelve episodes, and in the process, grinds out some of the best 12 hours of television I've ever seen. Schreiber and Voight remain perfect choices for leading this show, bringing even more to their colourful performances than last time. This is definitely worth the watch.
  • Sep 05, 2015
    This season is so dark but not in a good way. My review of the first season said that viewers don't connect with Ray and it got worse this season. i'm really surprised that viewers have stuck around.
  • Apr 04, 2015
    One of the best tv shows ever. Right up there with "Breaking Bad" this pulls no punches. Can't wait for season three.
  • Jan 17, 2015
    Season 2 was far better than season 1...
  • Oct 07, 2014
    what a great show its so fucking amaze balls, you cant stop watching it
  • Sep 29, 2014
    Sharp and smart; Ray Donovan benefits from crazy performances of its leading cast with good-old drama writing at its best.

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