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Ray Donovan 3 Seasons 2013

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (700) IMDb 8.3/10

Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, RAY DONOVAN stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee LIEV SCHREIBER in his first lead television role as LA's best professional fixer. Ray is the man called in to make the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls most complicated and combustible situations go away.

Starring:
Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson
Original air date:
September 22, 2013

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1. The Bag or the Bat

Ray's life is thrown into absolute turmoil when his father Mickey unexpectedly gets out of prison five years early, kills a priest, and arrives in LA, vowing to take revenge on Ray for framing him.

CC TV-MA June 30, 2013 57 minutes
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2. A Mouth is a Mouth

Ray activates a plan to send his father Mickey back to prison. Meanwhile, Abby defies Ray and spends the day with Mickey and her kids. Ray handles two crises involving movie star clients: A-list actor Sean Walker receives a threatening message at home, and action hero Tommy Wheeler is blackmailed with a sex video.

CC TV-MA July 7, 2013 52 minutes
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3. Twerk

Mickey spends time with Bunchy and Terry, insinuating himself back into their lives. Ray 'buys' a talented hip-hop artist for his rapper neighbor. Ray's mentor, Ezra Goldman, holds a fundraiser in honor of his late wife, but he's haunted by the sins of his past. Meanwhile, Mickey is approached by an FBI agent with a Hollywood obsession.

CC TV-MA July 14, 2013 54 minutes
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4. Black Cadillac

Ray, Abby, and the kids visit Bel Air Academy, hoping Bridget will get into the prestigious school, but the day is interrupted when Ray has to take care of a case at a Beverly Hills hotel. Mickey, Bunchy and Daryll drive out to Palm Springs to visit Mickey's ex-girlfriend, Claudette.

CC TV-MA July 21, 2013 49 minutes
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5. The Golem

Ezra has an accident and needs emergency medical attention. Terry & Frances grow closer but things may not be what they seem. Bunchy receives his settlement check and starts house hunting. Mickey unexpectedly visits Ezra to hash out the past. Later, Ray and Avi learn some very unsettling news.

CC TV-MA July 28, 2013 51 minutes
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6. Housewarming

Ray tries to shut down Van Miller's investigation by creating an incriminating video. Ezra is prepped for surgery, but he wanders off. Bunchy moves into his new house, but the housewarming party gets out control. Ray finds out that Mickey put his kids in danger and goes after him.

CC TV-MA August 4, 2013 51 minutes
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7. New Birthday

Ray forbids Bridget from seeing Marvin but she visits him anyway and has a frightening encounter. Meanwhile, Ray flies to Boston to search for Sully. Abby and Deb commiserate over drinks and get themselves into trouble. Frank tries to shut down Van Miller's investigation. Mickey manipulates Sean into working with him on a movie project.

CC TV-MA August 11, 2013 52 minutes
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8. Bridget

Ray, Terry, and Bunchy toast the anniversary of their sister Bridget's death. Frances shows up with a black eye, and Terry goes after her husband. Ray and Avi use force to get Bunchy's house money back. Mickey meets a former starlet at a spa. Meanwhile, Lena and Avi go after Van's investigations, and Lena has an altercation with her girlfriend.

CC TV-MA August 18, 2013 53 minutes
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9. Road Trip

Avi drives Sully from Boston to Los Angeles to meet with Ray. Conor wants to go to an awards show with Tommy Wheeler, but Ray has to get Tommy out of a situation that threatens his career first. Lena digs up Frank's secrets to get him to cooperate. Mickey works with the FBI to get incriminating evidence against Sean Walker.

CC TV-MA August 25, 2013 49 minutes
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10. Fite Nite

Ray and the family go to Fite Nite at the Donovan Fite Club. Meanwhile, Ray's plan with Sully is put in to action. Mickey has a rendezvous with an unlikely lady. Bunchy encounters someone from his past, sending him into a tailspin.

CC TV-MA September 8, 2013 53 minutes
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11. Bucky Fuckin' Dent

Bunchy has a violent encounter with someone from his past. Ray is called to the Donovan Fite Club to handle a situation that has escalated in to a crisis. Ray meets with Ezra who pressures him about Sully, Mickey and the FBI. The police question Mickey about a recent murder. Ray sends Avi to protect Abby and the kids from Sully.

CC TV-MA September 15, 2013 52 minutes
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12. Same Exactly

Ray and Avi find Eddie on the run with Sully's money. Mickey gets kicked out of Bunchy's apartment. Later, Ray puts the word out that America's Most Wanted has been spotted in Santa Monica. Abby and the kids hide out at a swank Malibu resort. Ezra proposes to Deb.

CC TV-MA September 22, 2013 54 minutes
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Ray Donovan drama series is a narrative that deals with the problems and possible scandals of the rich and famous of Los Angeles. These people need their problems to disappear, and this is when they hire Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) a as Hollywood “fixer” extraordinaire. However, the return of his ex-convict father (Jon Voight) brings unsettled and complications issues that Ray may not be able to fix. Where Ray excels at solving other people’s problems, it’s the problems closer to home that seem to be the most daunting and difficult for him to resolve, or control. Ray’s regular business of fixing the major screw-ups of the opulent and well-known, he is aided by a tight team of consisting primarily of Avi (Steven Bauer) and Lena (Katherine Moennig).

Elliott Gould as Ezra Goldman plays, a confidant, collaborator and patron of Ray’s - but who is slowly losing his rationality. Then there is Rays’ wife Abby (Paula Malcomson) who wants to be part of the good life in Los Angeles. Abby has an almost obsessive need to push - to attain more and more has stressed their relationship. Then of course there are their two children who are rather impressionable. Bring into the mix Rays’ dysfunctional siblings and a father (who Ray wants to keep well away from) who has just left prison who is both devious, a prime manipulator and petty criminal Mickey played by Jon Voight.

The series has the cultural sub-text of being Boston Irish, Catholicism, church abuse, old- family roots versus the fresh-start and new beginnings of California. It’s a culture clash that adds that extra depth to the series. As creator and writer Ms Ann Biderman has fashioned a testosterone driven, coarse and clever series, which seems to break new ground for good drama – a rather addictive series.
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By Steve on September 21, 2013
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There is a lot of back story that has to be told, so it takes a couple episodes for Ray Donovan to get going. But it has slowly became this years best new show, and I think it will be a hit for many years. The acting is some of the best I have seen, there are so many talented people on this show. Give this show a chance.
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Ever find yourself in a mess and wish you had someone to help you out? If you are rich, a celebrity and live in LA you have Ray Donovan. He's a 'Fixer', that's his job, which made me wonder, how do you prepare for this kind of profession?

Liv Schreiber plays Ray, a dark, brooding man who is called at all hours to fix someone's problems. He s employed by Goldman and Drexter, a law firm. This is a tough job, very physical, often employing guns and the like. Fists fly, threats are made. Often the situations are sexual in nature, and Ray knows how to fix everyone's problems. He has a staff who are the best at their work, and the insurance the law firm must have to cover them is probably in the millions.

Ray has a family, wife, Abby, played by Paula Malcomson, two children, a boy and girl. They are Boston Irish and all came to LA to hide from Ray's father, Mickey, played byJon Voight. The dysfunction in this family is like no other. Mickey is said to be responsible for his daughter's suicide, and has killed a Priest. It sounds like Mickey was part of the Boston Mafia. He went to prison for twenty years, and was let out early, ostensibly to rat on Ray for the FBI. One happy family, once Mickey journeys to LA to join Ray's brothers at their boxing establishment.

Each episode, and there are 12, opens with a client needing Ray's services. Ray and his wife are always on the 'outs', and he often stays in an apartment in LA. Abby, the wife, seems innocent of what kind of person Ray is, which is difficult to swallow. The biggest complaint I have is of Abby's false Boston accent, drives me crazy, it is so noticeable, and she is the only one who fakes the accent.

The interaction between Ray and his father is often grim and turns personal at times.
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By ShaRon on October 26, 2013
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Man, I cannot believe how I am hooked on this. From the first episode, I could not help but love this series. There has not be one episode that is not addicting and the writing is so well done. Love Leib S and all the rest. Never was crazy about John Voight but he is terrific in this role.
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This is a really dark drama. Wow, plot on top of plot! Good for the over 18 crowd. Good acting, just really dark!
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Ray Donovan was not what I was expecting. I was expecting an Ann Biderman production in the vein of her own previous series, Southland, a visceral survey of a professional's life and tradecraft sprinkled with interesting personal circumstances.

But Ray Donovan, at least in its first season, is the reverse: it's mostly about his family; how his recently released convict father ingratiates himself with Ray's wife and kids, and undermines their trust in Ray; and how Ray's indiscretions, his murky animosity towards his father, and his plottings entangle circumstances and precipitate one heartbreak or murder after another. It's familial inanity, west coast style: Rescue Me with less sex, cleaner streets, less shouting, and more brooding. The theme seems to be: loyalty conquers all. Even if you have to murder a few people to prove it.

In what spare episodic coverage there is of Ray Donovan's profession as a Hollywood "fixer," his primary tools of choice are usually nothing more than thuggery, and the only finesse involved is in his delivery of blackmail or impending violence. But maybe that's how things get done in Hollywood.

The cast and the acting are superb. Jon Voigt pulls off a compelling sleazy, crude, and stupid Mickey "Can You Twerk" Donovan, Ray's father. Eddie Marsen, who plays one of Ray's brothers, is surprisingly likable and cultivates a love story that at times is more interesting than the central plot. Elliot Gould as Ray's mentor, turns from quirky to medicated on a dime. Katherine Moennig as one of Ray's operative is an angry, off-kilter cipher that hopefully will see further character development in subsequent seasons.

Ray Donovan isn't bad; it's entertaining. But with Ann Biderman as its creator, and tooled up with a high-caliber actor as Liev Schreiber, I expected an interesting study of man and profession, not a season-long family spat.
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