Ray Donovan: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1
Ray Donovan

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



Critic Ratings: 43


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Air date: Jun 30, 2013

Meet Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), problem solver to LA's rich & famous with a troubled past back to haunt him. Oscar winner Jon Voight also stars as Ray's murderous father, recently released from prison and out to settle some scores.

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Air date: Jul 7, 2013

Ray activates a plan to send his father back to prison; and he handles two crises involving movie stars. In the first, an A-list actor receives a threatening message. The second centers on an action hero who is being blackmailed with a sex video. Meanwhile, Abby defies Ray and spends the day with Mickey.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2013

Mickey worms his way back into the lives of Bunchy and Terry. Meanwhile, Ezra hosts a fund-raiser in honor of his late wife, but he's haunted by his past sins; and Mickey is approached by an FBI agent who is obsessed with Hollywood.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2013

Ray, Abby and the kids visit Bel Air Academy, where they hope Bridget will be accepted, but Ray is suddenly called away to take care of a case at a Beverly Hills hotel. Meanwhile, Mickey goes to Palm Springs to see his ex-girlfriend; and Terry starts a romance with his nurse.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2013

Ezra is involved in an accident and requires emergency medical attention; Terry and Frances grow closer; Bunchy gets his settlement check and starts house hunting; Mickey visits Ezra to hash out the past; Ray and Avi receive some disturbing news.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2013

Ray creates an incriminating video in an effort to shut down Van Miller's investigation. He also has a score to settle with Mickey after learning the old man put his kids in danger. Elsewhere, Ezra wanders off before his scheduled surgery, and a housewarming party at Bunchy's new abode gets out of control.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2013

Bridget lands herself in trouble when she defies her father's wishes, while Mickey engineers some star power to bolster his movie project.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2013

Ray, Terry and Bunchy toast their late sister on her birthday.

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Air date: Aug 25, 2013

Avi drives Sully from Boston to Los Angeles to meet with Ray. Meanwhile, Ray tries to get Tommy out of a sticky situation that threatens his career; Mickey works with the FBI to get incriminating evidence against Sean Walker; and Lena digs up Frank's secrets to get him to cooperate.

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Air date: Sep 8, 2013

Ray's plan with Sully is put into action and Mickey meets with an unlikely lady. Meanwhile, Bunchy encounters a figure from his past.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Ray Donovan Season 1

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (28)

Stylishly shot and strongly written.

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

The cynosure of Ray Donovan is Schreiber as the doughty hero, a tough guy who dances.

Jun 29, 2013 | 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…

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

Jul 2, 2018 | 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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Ray Donovan: Season 1

  • Aug 21, 2020
    Jon Voight is at least 40 years past his sell by date. You can watch any episode in any season much faster by fast forwarding through his scenes. The entire series reads like a bad script written by his character.
  • Jan 30, 2020
    One of my favorite shows of all time. It's dark, gritty and provocative. Ray Donovan is the quintessential lone ranger of the old west shoveled into a tailored Armani suit and thrust into the seedy streets of L.A., South, and N.Y. City. He's not exactly the good guy, but he's the one that we want on our side to fight our way out of a sticky situation. Ray Donovan, the titular character of the show, is a true look into the dichotomy of man. He reveals a not always kind reflection of ourselves and dares us to look deeper into the abyss of our true human nature.
  • Jan 19, 2020
    Irish roots, a story of family fighting the other bad guys. Love it.
  • Jan 17, 2020
    This show definitely rides on the coat tails of several age old tropes, but it sure does it in an enjoyable and entertainingly somber way.
  • Nov 22, 2019
    The TOP CRITICS got it right this time around! Great show.
  • 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.

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