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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 30, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Paula Malcomson, Dash Mihok, Katherine Moennig
  • Summary: The problems and possible scandals of the rich and famous disappear when they hire Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber). However, the return of his ex-convict father (Jon Voight) brings unresolved issues Ray may not be able to fix.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
  • Creator: Ann Biderman
  • Show Type: Between Seasons
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jun 30, 2013
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 28, 2013
    [A] superbly tawdry new crime series. [8 Jul 2013, p.35]
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jun 12, 2013
    [Creator and writer Ann Biderman has] created the most testosterone, rough and intelligent drama in ages.... Early sneaks of Ray Donovan hinted that Showtime might have a real gem on its hands, but four episodes provides an absolute exclamation point.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 28, 2013
    This could be the start of something great. In just a handful of episodes, it's already powerfully terrific.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 27, 2013
    Viewers may find it takes some concentration to sort out the lineup and the dramas here. The payoff is worth the investment.
  5. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jul 1, 2013
    The first four episodes supplied to critics are engaging, but especially in the aftermath of his passing, the shadow of James Gandolfini is, sadly, everywhere.
  6. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jun 28, 2013
    Though I do not begrudge Ray Donovan its sense of momentum or tension, I was immediately struck by a desire to simply see more of Ray doing his job for a few episodes rather than seeing him deal with his brothers’ various problems.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jun 27, 2013
    Much of the show simply feels disjointed, or tired, or both. Despite intermittent flashes of liveliness, the pacing of Ray Donovan is off, especially at first, when it feels as though the show is trying to cover too much ground and cram in too much backstory about the Donovans' troubled past in Boston.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
  1. Sep 21, 2014
    As I was checking the episode guide for season 2 I noticed U.S. ratings are ranging 1.5 million, I am in shock. Ray Donovan is an emotional and action pack crime drama series, if you're not watching it you're definitely missing out. The acting, directing, storyline, production, etc...is amazing! Glad to know it has been renewed for a season 3! WOO HOO! Expand
  2. Sep 9, 2013
    Didn't get sucked into a show in such a way like this since Showcase's Shameless. The wide range of the characters involved keeps it entertaining even when some things get a bit slow. Expand
  3. Jul 7, 2013
    The best new show this season. Has a feel like the early Sopranos but in a west coast setting. First two episodes caught and held our attention---good guy "villain", rough upbringing, family tensions and believable cast. Expand
  4. Aug 5, 2013
    Intelligent adult drama full of well delineated troubled or quirky characters. Liev Schreiber delivers and it's good to see him in such a meaty role. Jon Voight acts to the hilt and is obviously having fun with his character. Also, the dialogue and plot development is so rich that you must pay full attention to get the just rewards. One of the best shows on TV at the moment. Expand
  5. Aug 18, 2013
    Does a good job holding on to the viewers with the title character's public/personal life. Kind of like The Sopranos. Apart from Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight, it has a couple of nice dark characters like Avi played by Steven Bauer and comic relief characters like Lee Drexler played by Peter Jacobson.
    There is a good combination of dark and white, fun and drama, good and evil and all the other opposites on all fronts. I think this one has a potential.
  6. Sep 5, 2013
    Philadelphia tough guys make it big in Hollywood by acting like Philadelphia tough guys in Hollywood. Did Showtime hit a home run with Ray? Not yet, but I'm rooting to see it go over the fence. Expand
  7. Mar 20, 2014
    como se dice falta de investigacion y falta de creatividad aaaaaaaaaaaaaa Ray donovan y true detective gente que jamaz leyo ni una carilla ni vio una serie ni investigo psicologia una mierda de serie Expand

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