Ray Donovan: Season 2 (2014)


Season 2
Ray Donovan

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 11

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Air date: Jul 13, 2014

The head of the Los Angeles FBI demands that Ray bring Mickey in over Sully Sullivan's killing; Mickey attempts to set up a fight in Mexico; Abby forces Ray into therapy.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2014

Ray forces Mickey to face the FBI in Los Angeles; Mickey holds a press conference; a Boston reporter is suspicious of the story; Ray corrupts a parole officer.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2014

Ray and Abby want Bridget to attend her dream school, but Stu Feldman stands in the way; Mickey has a date with an old flame; Ray prevents Kate from getting solid information.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2014

Kate's investigation begins to zero in on Mickey; a former member of Sully's gang appears; Abby makes a new friend at the gun range; Bunchy finds a potential love interest.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2014

Ray receives compromising information about Cochran; Avi follows Kate while she investigates; Abby grows closer to her cop friend; Marvin and Bridget attend a party; Conor apologizes.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2014

Ray seeks help to take Cochran down; Mickey wants to have a big payday.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2014

Conor demands that Terry, Bunchy and Mickey attend his birthday party; Ashley's stalker returns; Cookie Brown shows up to take Bridget out.

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Air date: Aug 31, 2014

When Cookie demands the rights to Marvin's music, Ray makes a deal, but Lee reneges; Shaughnessy makes Kate doubt her story, and she reopens her investigation.

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Air date: Sep 7, 2014

Ray urges Bridget to lie for her own safety; Lee and Ezra are convinced to give Cookie the rights to the music; Mickey plans a robbery; Bunchy struggles with his fears; Kate visits an inmate.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2014

Ashley's stalker makes trouble for Steve Knight; Cochran is nominated for the FBI directorship; Kate confronts Ray about his past; Mickey begins gathering a team.

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Cast & Crew

Liev Schreiber
Ray Donovan

Actor
Jon Voight
Mickey Donovan

Actor
Eddie Marsan
Terry Donovan

Actor
Dash Mihok
Bunchy Donovan

Actor
Paula Malcomson
Abby Donovan

Actor
Katherine Moennig
Lena Brona

Actor
Pooch Hall
Daryll

Actor
Kerris Dorsey
Bridget Donovan

Actor
Devon Bagby
Conor Donovan

Actor
Vinessa Shaw
Guest Star
Hank Azaria
Ed Cochran

Guest Star
Elliott Gould
Ezra Goldman

Guest Star
Jayne Taini
Guest Star
Steph DuVall
Guest Star
Ann Biderman
Executive Producer
Mark Gordon
Executive Producer
Bryan Zuriff
Executive Producer
David Hollander
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Ray Donovan: Season 2

Audience Reviews for Ray Donovan: Season 2

  • 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.
  • 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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  • 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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