Ray Donovan: Season 5 (2017)


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Air date: Aug 6, 2017

Season 5 begins with Ray beginning court-ordered anger management after a family tragedy sparks a bar fight. Meanwhile, Mickey, Bunchy and Daryll prepare for Terry and Maureen's wedding; Bridget looks up a mysterious acquaintance in New York; Conor grows accustomed to military school; and Sam Winslow, a powerful new employer, comes into Ray's life.

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Air date: Aug 13, 2017

A flashback to Ray and Abby's 21st anniversary when they went to Las Vegas to see Damon's first televised fight. In the present, movie star Natalie James hires Ray to protect her from her abusive husband, which draws him deeper into Sam Winslow's web. Meanwhile, hopes for a beautiful day are dashed at Terry and Maureen's wedding when tensions flare between the Donovans and the Dohertys.

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Air date: Aug 20, 2017

Ray cleans up the mess left after Natalie shot her husband. At home, Ray struggles to reconnect to his family and complete anger management. Meanwhile, Terry visits Conor at military school; and Frank Barnes visits Mickey and it threatens to sink him back into a life of violence.

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Air date: Aug 27, 2017

Mickey's screenwriting dreams stall out until he's pulled into a gruesome fix for Daryll's movie star client; Abby starts construction on the new bar while Ray searches for a solution to their problem; Terry tries to win back Maureen one last time; Bunchy's quest for financial independence gets derailed; Bridget tells her boyfriend who her father really is.

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Air date: Sep 10, 2017

Ray's therapy is at odds with Sam's high-stakes power struggle.

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Air date: Sep 17, 2017

Abby makes a shocking decision that reverberates throughout the family.

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Air date: Sep 24, 2017

Ray is forced to step in and save Mickey from himself; Terry returns to L.A. with a devastating confession; Daryll and Mickey butt heads over the direction of their movie; Bunchy helps out a fellow inmate, on the condition that he'll help retrieve the settlement money; one Donovan goes to extreme measures to protect the family.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2017

A last-ditch medical trial sends Ray on a dark mission in New York.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2017

Natalie's fame puts Ray's career in jeopardy when, for the first time ever, he becomes the story. Mickey and Daryll celebrate getting the greenlight on their movie. Terry prepares to leave the Fite Club behind for good. Bunchy gets in over his head; Bridget takes Smitty's problem into her own hands; and Ray hunts down the source of Sam's problems.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2017

In the wake of a Hollywood tragedy, Ray throws caution to the wind and turns on Winslow. Consequences be damned.

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Season 5 of the drama series opens with Ray (Liev Schreiber) undergoing treatment for his anger issues, which put him at odds with his family. Meanwhile, his father and brothers prepare for Terry's (Eddie Marsan) wedding, not without running into problems. Bridget (Kerris Dorsey) has a secret and mysterious new friend; and Conor (Devon Bagby) adjusts to life at military school. As Ray tries to piece his life back together, he's hired by studio head Samantha Winslow (Susan Sarandon), who might end up pushing him to go to greater lengths than ever before in order to fix her problems.

Cast & Crew

Pooch Hall
Devon Bagby
Conor Donovan
Jon Voight
Mickey Donovan
Dash Mihok
Bunchy Donovan
Paula Malcomson
Abby Donovan
Eddie Marsan
Terry Donovan
Kerris Dorsey
Bridget Donovan
David Hollander
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Critic Reviews for Ray Donovan Season 5

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It's a risky choice, but the risk looks like it could pay off as this is the most promising season premiere of Ray Donovan since the series began.

Sep 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As the season rolls on, the answers will come, but for now we'll have to settle for the lack of clarity. Just when you think you're out, Ray Donovan pulls you right back in.

Aug 29, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Look for dad Mickey (Jon Voight) to provide his usual complications.

Aug 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

C. Thomas Howell was, at first, unrecognizable to me as Ray's court-appointed therapist, but behind that beard, he does excellent work.

Aug 8, 2017 | Full Review…

I was dreading the return of the show, but somehow, it's back to being a show I look forward to on a weekly basis.

Aug 7, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ray Donovan: Season 5

  • Oct 25, 2020
    This is an action/crime show, Season 5 is all about depressing terminal cancer emotional crap. The show was of good quality but when I order a steak I wanna eat a steak, not a pizza. It's slow, boring, sad, depressing. It's the kind of garbageI don't want to watch. If by chance I wanted to, I wouldn't be watching Ray Donovan. Was this season written by a team of monkeys?
  • Oct 23, 2020
    I loved season 1,2,3 and 4 was bearable , however this season 5 through 8 episodes and the tedious flashbacks/mopping every few minutes about the wife dead from cancer really really spoiling everything ! That wife character felt pretty weak and irrelevant in the first place with casting not helping much. Series is supposed to be irreverent crime thriller not some dim-wit mushy romantic drama of middle aged couple, can not understand thinking of writers/creators about going on and on with wife Abby's death ! Also screwed pretty relevant and strong character Avi. So there is improvement after episode 8 and even return to some old charm in last two episodes, still ending season with that cringe worthy (definitely by this time) wife apparition again !
  • May 31, 2020
    Absolutely love this show!! Just brilliant. Got hooked from the beginning
  • Jan 17, 2020
    A fantastic change for the Donovan's. They're breaking new ground and taking some risks. I love where the show is going and it's new potential.
  • Dec 09, 2019
    Season 5 (through the first several episodes) is a disappointment. Disjoined (in places incoherent) and rather sad, Season Five is quite the let down. Following the first four seasons, culminating in a dynamic and feel good Season 4 finale, Season Five is a buzz kill.
  • Dec 06, 2018
    Great series. Season 5 sucks. Bad scripts, directing, and editing. Fire everyone involved for taking a good formula and screwing it up.
  • Oct 26, 2018
    Season 5 seems like a totally different concept of what this series was about. It's slow and for me very frustrating. Flashback after flashback and being halfway through this series I'm tired of the focus on one person’s depression and the passing of a cast member. So far midway through the series what they wanted to say could have been done in one episode. It's repetitive and frustrating not to mention disappointing. I hope I can make it to the end. The main premise of Ray Donovan as a series is gone
  • Feb 15, 2018
    Jon Voight continues to do great work on this show.
  • Dec 31, 2017
    Awful...ruined a great show with flashbacks and little action. Plot was overly complicated for no need.
  • Nov 03, 2017
    Damn yo. I'm half way through season 5 episode 2 and I just closed it down at the Vegas dinner season because I realized how effing bored I was. If a series has reached 5 seasons, usually I'll keep watching despite the showing turning into crap because of emotion and time invested already (EG. Walking Dead). But not this one though. This crap is painful and I value my time too much. What a massive disappointment. :(

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