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on 11 December 2016
The title is apt as the series is really about the characterisation of Ray. If you enjoy character driven shows you will probably enjoy this. The pacing is slow and you should give it at least 3-4 episodes before making up your mind whether to watch the rest. The story arcs are somewhat obvious and the plot goes along how you might expect; this show isn't about surprises and plot twists or cliffhanger endings.

The acting is mostly excellent, this is Liev Schreiber's best performance for a long time. Jon Voight is bizarre (as usual) and hams it up at times but the supporting cast is excellent and it is only people like James Woods who let it down, which is a shame really as James Woods is a great actor. The writing is excellent and the series flows like a well written book, it is not episodic in any way and it is a good series to binge watch.

Although the description says Ray is a 'fixer' the story is really about family relationships with Ray at the centre trying to hold his life together while being pulled between the past (and his mistakes) and his future. There is some humour in it but otherwise it it emotionally dark and tense. If you are easily offended by swearing, explicit sex (with violence in many of the sex scenes) you may not want to watch this. Some of the lines and actions coming from Jon Voight for example are unrepeatable and definitely only for adults. There are many explicit verbal references to child abuse, which may upset some viewers.

The show covers subject matter such as organised crime, celebrity culture, drugs, family, tragedy and how people can, or can't, move beyond their past. It covers some familiar territory but it does it in a refreshing and updated way; this show would not have been made 15 years ago.

It is good to see a show that doesn't rely on cheap plot twists and that doesn't make you wait to the end to find out what is going on, instead Ray Donovan is an adult (in all senses of the word!) drama, which is well written, excellently acted and directed that rewards the viewer who is prepared to go on the whole journey of the story.
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on 24 March 2017
Came on time, great series
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on 29 March 2017
Excellent cheers!
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on 4 June 2017
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So I got into Ray Donovan when it came on sky and I was hooked ever since. I can watch it over and over again, I've even purchased the box set now.

Ray is a fixers to the celebrities in LA and he makes things go away in return for a large sum of money. He doesn't ask too many questions and just gets on with it.

It is based around a true story back in the old school LA.

He has a wife and kids, a strained relationship with his father.

Scenes of sex, violence and offensive language throughout each episode so not for the faint hearted. Kind of like a new style sopranos but not mafia related.

It is difficult to describe but it is definitely worth a shot. Give it 2 episodes and I'm sure you will be hooked.

It gets better and better with each coming season, it gets very dark and gritty as we delve into his past and skeletons come out to play. But you will fall in love with his character and the demons he has to face.
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on 7 January 2016
A bit laboured. Didn't make sense that a whole Boston family would relocate to LA. Didn't seem to work for me. Accents were awful. Main character was good but there are better series around to watch. I wouldn't bother
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on 28 March 2017
I've watched the first 11 minutes and there are big plot holes already. The cops would check who the room was billed to, they would check CCTV and see these suspicious people walking around, any hotel employees would not lie to cops and cover up the circumstances of a death for the cash he gave them. I can suspend some belief but this is silly.
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on 28 May 2017
Started off well, the main character had great potential and charisma, but the series degenerated rapidly into just "family angst" concerning his extended family Will not be watching again nor will I be watching further seasons. Which is a shame as it could have been a riveting series.
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on 3 April 2016
Over rated series about nothing. If they made a second series, would not cross my mind to want to watch it, let alone spend money on a boxset. The first series was a waste of money on the dvd set.
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Ray Donovan is a fixer, many prominent people in L.A. with good reason to be grateful for his services - hushed up indiscretions (often drugs or sex related), painful punishments for those who pose a threat. Now Ray faces his greatest challenges of all. Out of prison earlier than expected is his father Mickey. All his life the man has meant trouble. What now for Ray and his brothers, not to mention wife Abby and the children?

Jon Voight as Mickey certainly makes his presence felt. Some viewers may find the character too OTT, until certain revealed facts increase understanding. Head of a fine cast, Liev Schreiber as Ray particularly impresses. He is an actor of the "less is more" school - little said, gestures minimal, but ever-present the impression he means what he says, those who think otherwise soon with cause for regret.

Dysfunctional screen families are ten a penny, the Donovans more interesting than most. Mickey is the first to admit he failed as a father, especially his attitude towards what was happening to his three sons when young. They have been permanently marred as a result, repercussions grim indeed when now confronted by a reminder of what they endured.

A hardhitting series. Interesting extras. (Be advised there is a major spoiler in one on Disc 3.)

This is not for the squeamish, there no holding back on swearing, violence, sex and other matters that disturb. Proof of the quality? Episode 10 would seem a superb season finale, but the powerful events there are eclipsed by what follows. Those who watch episodes in quick succession may well emerge drained but also enormously satisfied.
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