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Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan (Logo).png
GenreCrime drama
Family drama
Created byAnn Biderman
Composer(s)Marcelo Zarvos
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes82 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Allen Coulter
Production location(s)Los Angeles, California
New York City, New York
Running time45–60 minutes
Production company(s)
  • The Mark Gordon Company
  • Ann Biderman Co.
  • Bider Sweet Productions
  • David Hollander Productions
  • Showtime Networks
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseJune 30, 2013 (2013-06-30) –
January 19, 2020 (2020-01-19)
External links
Official website

Ray Donovan is an American television crime drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013.[1][2][3] The pilot episode broke viewership records, becoming the biggest premiere of all time on Showtime.[4] On February 4, 2020, Showtime cancelled the series after seven seasons.[5]

The drama is set primarily in Los Angeles, California (during seasons 1–5) and primarily in New York City, New York (during seasons 6–7). The main character is Irish American Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), originally from South Boston, who works for the powerful law firm Goldman & Drexler, representing the rich and famous. Donovan is a crime cleaner or fixer who arranges bribes, payoffs, threats and other illegal activities, to ensure the outcome desired by the client. Good at his job, he is also normally devoted to his children and brothers, but has a complicated relationship with his wife. He experiences problems when his menacing father, Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight), is unexpectedly released from prison, as the FBI attempts to bring him and his associates down.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
112June 30, 2013 (2013-06-30)September 22, 2013 (2013-09-22)
212July 13, 2014 (2014-07-13)September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)
312July 12, 2015 (2015-07-12)September 27, 2015 (2015-09-27)
412June 26, 2016 (2016-06-26)September 18, 2016 (2016-09-18)
512August 6, 2017 (2017-08-06)October 29, 2017 (2017-10-29)
612October 28, 2018 (2018-10-28)January 13, 2019 (2019-01-13)
710November 17, 2019 (2019-11-17)January 19, 2020 (2020-01-19)

Cast and characters



Cancellation and the future

On February 4, 2020, Showtime cancelled the series after seven seasons.[11]

The series was cancelled without any advance warning, leaving fans and showrunner, David Hollander, in shock. Season 8 was supposed to have been the final season, and Hollander already had a plan in place creatively for the story.[12]

A week later, Liev Schreiber wrote on his Instagram account that due to fans' support and activity in media, there "will be more Ray Donovan".[13] On March 23, Dash Mihok commented on his Twitter account that he didn't have any information or idea about continuation of the series and didn't think it would happen anytime soon, following the COVID-19 pandemic.[14] On July 19, Liev Schreiber commented that they were still working on it.[15] On August 19, he commented on his Instagram that they were writing a Ray Donovan movie finale.[16]

Home media

The first season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 10, 2014.[17] The second season was released on both media on May 26, 2015. The third season was released on DVD and blu-ray on December 29, 2015. The fourth season was released on DVD on December 27, 2016. The fifth season saw a DVD release on January 30, 2018, sixth on April 9, 2019, the seventh season on May 5, 2020.


Rotten Tomatoes evaluation by season
Season 1 2 3 4 5 6
Rating 76[18] 73[19] 77[20] 50[21] 100[22] 60[23]

Ray Donovan has received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the first season a rating of 77% based on reviews from 43 critics, with the site’s consensus stating: "Ray Donovan moves quickly between genres and tones, with Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight's performances making the whiplash worth it".[24] Metacritic gives the first season a weighted average score of 75 out of 100, based on reviews from 36 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews".[25]

Tim Goodman, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, said that "Showtime has another gem on their hands" and the casting of Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight was "gold".[26]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Recipients Result Ref.
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Most Exciting New Series Ray Donovan Won [27]
2014 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Jon Voight Nominated [28]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jon Voight Nominated [29]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated [30]
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Jon Voight Won [30]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jon Voight Nominated [31]
Writers Guild of America Awards Best New Series Ray Donovan Nominated [32]
2015 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated [30]
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Jon Voight Nominated [30]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Liev Schreiber Nominated [31]
2016 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated [33]
Best Television Series – Drama Ray Donovan Nominated [33]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated [30]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Liev Schreiber Nominated [31]
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jon Voight Nominated [31]
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series David Hollander Nominated [31]
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour) Harrison Marsh, Robert Edmondson, R. Russell Smith Nominated [31]
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Hank Azaria Won [31]
2017 Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards TV Series Cinematography Robert McLachlan Nominated [34]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Liev Schreiber Nominated [31]
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Hank Azaria Nominated [31]


  1. ^ "Showtime(R) 2013 Original Series Premiere Slate". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  2. ^ Sara Bibel (June 11, 2012). "Showtime Orders Twelve Episodes of Two New Dramas, 'Ray Donovan' and 'Masters of Sex'". Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (June 11, 2012). "Showtime gives series orders to 'Donovan,' 'Sex'". Variety. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  4. ^ O'Connell, Michael. "TV Ratings: 'Ray Donovan' Premiere Tops 'Homeland' With Showtime Record". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 4, 2020). "'Ray Donovan' Canceled By Showtime After 7 Seasons; Won't Get Final Season 8". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (April 2, 2018). "'Ray Donovan': Graham Rogers Upped to Series Regular for Season 6". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ian McShane Joins Showtime's 'Ray Donovan'". Deadline Hollywood. January 21, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  8. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (January 27, 2015). "Katie Holmes Joins 'Ray Donovan' Season 3". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (February 10, 2016). "Ted Levine & Ismael Cruz Cordova Join 'Ray Donovan' In Recurring Roles". Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  10. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (February 10, 2016). "'Revenge' Alum Gabriel Mann Joins Showtime's 'Ray Donovan' (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 4, 2020). "'Ray Donovan' Canceled By Showtime After 7 Seasons; Won't Get Final Season 8". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  12. ^ "'Ray Donovan' boss baffled by cancellation, says season 7 was 'in no way a series finale'". Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  13. ^ Nemetz, Dave (February 12, 2020). "Ray Donovan Un-Cancelled? 'There Will Be More,' Liev Schreiber Says". TVLine. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  14. ^ "Dash Mihok commented on Ray Donovan ending". Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  15. ^ "Liev Schreiber commented on Ray Donovan ending". Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  16. ^ "Liev Schreiber commented on Ray Donovan movie". Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  17. ^ Lambert, David (March 10, 2014). "Ray Donovan – 'The 1st Season' of the Showtime Series on> DVD and Blu-ray". Archived from the original on March 15, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  18. ^ "Ray Donovan: Season 1 (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  19. ^ "Ray Donovan: Season 2 (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  20. ^ "Ray Donovan: Season 3 (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  21. ^ "Ray Donovan: Season 4 (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  22. ^ "Ray Donovan: Season 5 (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  23. ^ "Ray Donovan: Season 5 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  24. ^ "Ray Donovan: Season 1".
  25. ^ "Ray Donovan". Metacritic.
  26. ^ Tim Goodman. "Ray Donovan: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  27. ^ The BTJA Announces Icon Award Recipient and Most Exciting New Series Honorees (June 10, 2013). Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  28. ^ "18th Satellite Awards Winners". Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  29. ^ "Critics' Choice TV Awards 2014: And the nominees are..." Retrieved November 2, 2016.
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  31. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ray Donovan Emmy Awards". Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  32. ^ "66th Writers Guild Awards Winners". Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  33. ^ a b Kilday, Gregg. "Satellite Awards Nominees Unveiled". Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  34. ^ "CSC Awards 2017". Retrieved April 8, 2017.

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