Ray Donovan: Season 3 (2015)

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Ray Donovan expands its canvas, delves deeper into its flawed characters, and grows more compelling as it goes along.

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Critic Ratings: 13

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Episodes

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Air date: Jul 12, 2015
2
Air date: Jul 19, 2015
3
Air date: Jul 26, 2015
4
Air date: Aug 2, 2015
5
Air date: Aug 9, 2015
6
Air date: Aug 16, 2015
7
Air date: Aug 23, 2015
8
Air date: Aug 30, 2015
9
Air date: Sep 6, 2015
10
Air date: Sep 13, 2015
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Season 3 of the drama about Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), a troubleshooter in Los Angeles who fixes problems for the rich and famous, begins with Ray still dealing with the death of newspaper reporter Kate McPherson and believing that his closest friends have betrayed him. He soon gets his mind on business when he is hired by a wealthy family to free their kidnapped son. Meanwhile, Mickey (Jon Voight) gets into prostitution when he murders a pimp who was mistreating a hooker; Ray and Mickey go to great lengths in an attempt to free Terry (Eddie Marsan) from prison before he gets killed by an Aryan gang for killing one of their members; and Abby (Paula Malcomson) returns to Boston to visit her family and flirts with an old flame.

Cast

Liev Schreiber
as Ray Donovan
Jon Voight
as Mickey Donovan
Dash Mihok
as Bunchy Donovan
Devon Bagby
as Conor Donovan
Eddie Marsan
as Terry Donovan
Paula Malcomson
as Abby Donovan
Ian McShane
as Malcolm Finney
Kerris Dorsey
as Bridget Donovan
Elliott Gould
as Ezra Goldman
Peter Jacobson
as Lee Drexler
Ambyr Childers
as Ashley Rucker
Johnathon Schaech
as Sean Stevens
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Critic Reviews for Ray Donovan Season 3

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

[It] doesn't appear to have shifted much in its themes or delivery, but it's heartening to see that, in moving on from Goldman & Drexler and Elliot Gould's role as Ray's mentor, it's aiming to give Ray a more carefully-sketched relationship with his boss.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…
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Because Schreiber's character is so brooding and emotionally clenched, though, the series heavily relies on its supporting players and guest stars, which is where the opening salvo feels relatively malnourished.

Jul 9, 2015 | Full Review…
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With the first couple of episodes as guide, Donovan is in good shape.

Jul 8, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The entire world of Ray Donovan feels typified by nothing more than pent-up machismo.

Jul 10, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Ray Donovan may just be the best summer show you're not watching.

Jul 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Take away the foul language, sex scenes and occasional bursts of gory violence, and it's very, very ordinary.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

The best news for the show is the arrival of Ian McShane as Malcolm Finney, a slippery rich guy who contracts for Ray's services.

Jul 9, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Even with unnecessary distractions like Katie Holmes as Finney's petulant daughter, Ray Donovan once again instantly engrosses with its vision of flawed humanity in a tainted paradise.

Jul 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Everything rides on Liev Schreiber's shoulders, who manages to avoid monotony despite the narrow slit of affect and emotion permitted his persona through sheer force of concentration and imposing presence.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Ray Donovan remains a potent mix of pathos and dark comedy.

Jul 13, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Ray Donovan seems to occupy a second-tier status among classy cable dramas, but it's sometimes as good as almost anything else out there.

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Ray Donovan is back and things will never be quite the same again.

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Audience Reviews for Ray Donovan: Season 3

  • Feb 21, 2016
    Ray Donovan's third season is an unquestioned improvement of its previous season. There’s less emphasis on some warn family dynamics, notably the nearly insufferable melodrama between Ray and Abby, and more on what makes Ray, Ray—un-measureable brooding intensity and fortitude with a notable troubled undercurrent. The season has some interesting storylines, and features some great guest stars, especially Ian McShane. There’s some development from Ray’s brothers and we see a growing tiredness with Mickey—but also some groundwork that will make for strong exploration later. Yet, in typical Donovan style, the series remains prone to over-the-top melodrama, and sometimes gets away from itself. The show is at its best when it’s dark, serious, and intricate. This season offered some of that, and hopefully subsequent seasons will have more to come.
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  • Oct 09, 2018
    I am beginning to realize that "time" in this series isn't really linear it only appears linear. In reality we are time traveling to and fro through various fascists of details that re-appear sometimes from different angles. Ray re-obtains his wits, but it isn't quite as good as the first season. The delivery of the story follows a very similarly "themed" style from season 1. Several twists kept me entertained and it was worth watching.
  • Mar 09, 2017
    Mixing up Ray's family with his danger and drama COULD make the show more intriguing but it's honestly just a mess. I miss the clean story lines from season 1. That said, the action in this show is so good, I will definitely watch the next season.
  • Jun 14, 2016
    Problems as far as the eye can see, everyone character in the set has something going on, it's necessary for the fire department to work 24/7. Saying this, it's the most interesting and entertaining season yet, with both Katie Holmes and Ian McShane giving it quite some extra..
  • Mar 24, 2016
    come la stagione precedente, anche se con tanti cambiamenti. c'è sempre la sensazione che manchi quel qualcosa in più, ma rimane tantissima roba. SPOILER: ray piange per la prima volta. boys don't cry.
  • Jan 07, 2016
    Best show ever aired on television.
  • Dec 28, 2015
    I like this show and love the character, but I marathon watch this series and one episode can be amazing and then the next can be a disappointment. This is one that you will either love or hate. You just have to give it a try
  • Oct 18, 2015
    I loved so much the first two seasons and I was so much disappointed with the third. It never created in me the passion and the burning desire to watch a new episode. Hope the fourth will be better, otherwise I will not waste my time watching it.
  • Sep 28, 2015
    "Ray Donovan" had a fantastic third season, primarily because it willingly changed the dynamic of the story. Rather than being a constant struggle between Ray and Mick, we finally got to see Ray in action against something truly monstrous, Malcolm Finney (Ian McShane). The development of his relationship to his wife and his daughter were also well-constructed: it really makes one wonder how this disastrous family manages to stay together. Eddie Marson (as Terry) also had a terrific season- his expanded role is quite good.
  • Sep 27, 2015
    Even after 3 seasons, the writers haven't made Ray Donovan a likable character. I always go back to Tony Soprano's character because you wanted to like him regardless of the terrible things he did. But the writers can't seem to get any empathy for him at all. So for me, he is not the draw of the series which is kind of bad since it is named after him after all.

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