Ray Donovan (2013–2020)
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The Bag or the Bat 

Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) is the man called in to solve the most difficult problems for LA's elite. Ray's life is thrown into turmoil when his father Mickey (Jon Voight) gets out of prison five years early.


Allen Coulter


Ann Biderman, Ann Biderman (creator)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Liev Schreiber ... Ray Donovan
Paula Malcomson ... Abby Donovan
Eddie Marsan ... Terry Donovan
Dash Mihok ... Bunchy Donovan
Steven Bauer ... Avi
Katherine Moennig ... Lena
Pooch Hall ... Daryll
Kerris Dorsey ... Bridget Donovan
Devon Bagby ... Conor Donovan
Jon Voight ... Mickey Donovan
Peter Jacobson ... Lee Drexler
Ambyr Childers ... Ashley Rucker
Josh Pais ... Stu Feldman
Johnathon Schaech ... Sean Walker
Austin Nichols ... Tommy Wheeler


Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) is the man called in to solve the most difficult problems for LA's rich and powerful. The only problems he can't fix are those involving his damaged South Boston family. Ray's life is thrown into turmoil when his father Mickey (Jon Voight) unexpectedly gets out of prison five years early and arrives in LA, vowing to take revenge on Ray for framing him. Written by SHOWTIME

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

18 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Liev Schreiber and Josh Pais previously co-starred in the hit horror film Scream 3 (2000). See more »


Ray Donovan: Do you think you're the first person I've dealt with woke up with a dead body...
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References Jersey Shore (2009) See more »


West Coast (Before I Leave)
Written by Michael Baiardi and Courtney Prince
Performed by M1 (Feat. C Dash) Produced by Michael Baiardi
Published by Soundfile Publishing
Courtesy of Soundfile Records
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"What'll it be? The bag or the bat".
10 May 2015 | by Brettyboy007See all my reviews

I just bought season 1 on DVD due to hearing good reviews on it and a certain pornstar in season 2 (Tori Black haha). I love Ray Donovan. The reviews were well said. Showtime has another hit on their hands. I'm currently on season 6 of Dexter and it's also a hit. Penny Dreadful is another Showtime show I just got but haven't started it yet. I might do a review eventually on it.

Ray Donovan is set in L.A. Ray is the titular character who is a "fixer" for the rich and famous. He will do anything to solve his client's problems. It starts off intense as Jon Voight (who I haven't seen in anything since Transformers) gets out of prison and kills a priest right away after getting out. We find out later in the pilot who he was and why he killed him. Jon Voight plays Mickey Donovan who is Ray's father.

Throughout the pilot, it shows Ray (who is played brilliantly by Liev Schreiber) dealing with several clients including an athlete named Deonte, and a Paramount studios producer named Stu Feldman. Ray also has a big family. His wife Abby (played by Paula Malcomson) is wanting their daughter Bridget to get into a great college and wants Ray to help her. Conor their son is a quiet character. I think both children will develop as the season goes on.

We also are introduced to Ray's employers Ezra Goodman and Lee Drexler. Both are great characters and Lee is hilarious in his role. Ray also has two "partners" who help him out throughout the pilot with his clients. Steven Bauer plays Avi and Katherine Moennig plays Lena a lesbian computer hacker chick. Both are amazing in their roles so far and will definitely develop.

Ray also has two blood brothers Terry Donovan and Bunchy Donovan. Terry is the owner of Donovan's Fite Club (a boxing gym), and Bunchy we find out, is an alcoholic and was molested by a priest. Oh really now? Everything seems to be coming together. Ray also has a half brother Daryll who is black.

Ray tells his brothers and family to keep Mickey away from him and his family. The tension builds up throughout the episode. Near the end of the episode, Mickey and Ray finally meet face to face and the chemistry between the two is fantastic!

There is a side plot involving Ashley Rucker (Ambyr Childers) who is being stalked by someone who Ray has to stop. Ashley is great as a Britney Spears type singer and she is very seductive in her scenes.

Next episode looks to be intense as Mickey goes where Ray told him not to go. His house.

Ray Donovan looks like it will be another big hit like Dexter. I'm excited to see where the Mickey/Ray battle goes.

This is very similar to The Sopranos with Tony looking out for his family while doing his other "business".

Check this out!

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