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Ray Donovan is a crime drama series set in present day Los Angeles. Liev Schreiber stars in the title role. Ray is a 'fixer', working for a law firm. This unofficial title refers to the fact that he makes the messy situations that his clients get themselves into go away. His list of clients includes celebrities from the worlds of show business and sports, as well as high-powered business moguls.

The backstory on Donovan involves his having relocated from South Boston. Veteran actor Jon Voight plays Mickey Donovan, Ray's father. The elder Donovan has recently, and unexpectedly been released from prison and appeared on the scene in L.A. where his presence re-ignites family conflicts which Ray had hoped were left behind in Boston.

Ray tries to protect his own family which includes his nagging wife Abby, ( played by Paula Malcomson ) and his two teenage sons from the potentially destructive effects of his manipulative ex-con father on all their lives. Ray has two ne'er do well brothers who also migrated from Southie Boston, and now spend most of their time hanging around a gym that caters to aspiring boxers.

In every episode Ray has to deal with a new set of circumstances that require his skill in resolving sticky situations. In many there is a fair amount of violence that is called into play. Schreiber's portrayal of Ray involves a great deal of brooding as he goes about doing his job saving some people who deserve saving, but more often than not the people that he must get out of trouble don't deserve to have their indiscretions wiped clean and he knows it. Ray is smarter and tougher than everyone else but he's got troubles of his own.

Ray Donovan is the classic anti-hero, noble in his own way, but flawed. Compared to the assortment of Hollywood degenerates that he deals with in his work and his father's incurable criminal tendencies, Ray is the show's most sympathetic character, and all the plots revolve around his efforts to do what he has to do in the midst of his dysfunctional family and the stress of his job. Liev Schreiber's performance drives the show, along with Academy Award winner Jon Voight.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on Showtime
5 Seasons, 60 Episodes
June 30, 2013
Action & Adventure, Crime, Drama
8.3/10
Cast: Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok
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  • Ray searches for Frank Barnes in an attempt to get Bridget out of jail. Meanwhile in New York, Terry deals with the return of Damon's father and then takes care of Smitty at Bridget's request. Back in LA, Bunchy is hit with a heartbreaking confession from Teresa.

  • Ray and Terry put their differences aside to try and fix Bunchy's problem once and for all. Meanwhile, Jay asks for a secret meeting with Daryll to decide the future of the movie and their relationship; Bridget's last-ditch effort to save Smitty lands her in an unexpected place; and in the wake of a tragedy, Ray turns on Sam - consequences be damned.

  • 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.

  • A last-ditch medical trial sends Ray on a dark mission in New York. Alone in LA, Abby turns to Terry and Bridget to help her make the toughest decision of her life.

  • For Bunchy's sake, Ray is forced to step in and save Mickey from himself. Terry returns to LA 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. And one Donovan goes to extreme measures to protect the family.

  • Abby makes a shocking decision that reverberates throughout the family. Ray runs interference for Natalie, while Sam shows him the lengths she'll go to protect her empire. In his attempt to free Bunchy, Mickey finds himself caught in the middle of someone else's war. Terry visits with Bridget and discovers a truth that shakes him to his core.

  • Ray's therapy is at odds with the high-stakes power struggle between Sam and her opponents. Mickey - at Frank's behest - seeks out an old friend of the Donovan's. Meanwhile, Terry takes Damon to New York to train for a fight; Bunchy is confronted by sins from the Donovan past; and Bridget tries to reconcile with Smitty - until a major crisis forces them together.

  • 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; and Bridget tells her boyfriend who her father really is.

  • Ray cleans up Natalie's mess. At home, however, he struggles to reconnect with his family and complete anger management. Unable to reach Maureen, Terry visits Conor at military school. A surprise visit from Frank Barnes threatens to sink Mickey back into a life of violence. Bunchy happens upon the business opportunity of a lifetime to provide for Teresa and Maria.

  • 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 an abusive husband/manager, which draws him deeper into Sam Winslow's web. Hopes for a beautiful day are dashed at Terry and Maureen's wedding as tensions flare between the Donovans and the Dohertys.

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

  • The official trailer for Season 5 of the SHOWTIME original series Ray Donovan. Don't miss the new season of Ray Donovan premiering August 6th at 9PM ET/PT. Starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight.

  • Ray attempts to play his adversaries against each other. Season finale.

  • Ray's latest attempt to rescue Avi and pay off his debts to the mob takes a hit when FBI agent Frank Barnes catches him before he can pull it off, so Ray has to send Mickey to Las Vegas to place a large bet on the boxing match between Hector and Whittaker. Later, in exchange for Federal protection, Barnes offers Ray an opportunity to turn informant against Dmitri.

  • Faced with a crisis, Ray strategizes. Hector comes to a breaking point.

  • Avi and Lena wonder about Ray's faithfulness to Sonia. Mickey comes back to Primm.

  • Ray requests Lena and Daryll to assure the rematch with Whittaker proceeds.

  • A long-buried calamity leads Ray to a surprise confrontation.

  • Ray fights with the possibility of putting a pimp back on the street.

  • Ray travels the highways with Mickey to Primm to retrieve stolen cash.

  • A trespasser breaks into the Donovan household; Mickey plans a casino heist; Bridget celebrates her 18th birthday and fights to keep her independence; Ray visits Belikov in prison to make a deal; Bunchy and Teresa navigate their marital problems under lockdown.

  • A trespasser breaks into the Donovan house. Mickey plans a casino heist.

  • On the night of a huge boxing match, Ray helps Hector take care of a person from his past who may reveal a secret that could ruin his career. As Bunchy tries to amuse a very pregnant Teresa, Abby teaches him about marital compromise.

  • Ray is still recovering from the shootout. Abby receives a diagnosis that creates major parenting choices. Mickey plots a heist while he is in hiding.

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