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on 4 June 2017
Brilliant
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on 18 July 2017
Good
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on 29 August 2017
Great series
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on 12 August 2017
Top banana
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on 19 August 2014
Excellent!
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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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I really wasn't looking towards watching another tv show, but just clicked with the intention of watching one episode when I had not a lot to do. This quickly ended up being the whole season!

I'm not sure why Ray Donovan hasn't been on my TV watching radar before, maybe it was because his name as a show title really doesn't say anything, Or that I've only seen Liev Schreiber in a wolverine movie or the rest of the cast to me seemed relative unknowns.

But I 've quickly become hooked n this tale of a Hollywood "fixer" and his extended family that all have issues but stick to the adage blood is thicker than water. Ray Donovan is a man whose actions speak louder than words.He's an anti-hero who get problems solved. The acting is superb, all the actors do a sterling job. The writers should also be commended because they've managed to .neatly weave plot lines throughout the season and deftly intertwined them into a stunning debut season. There's so much going on, it's hard to believe that it's only 12 episodes. In fact episodes10 and 11 feel like season enders to some extent because they wrap up so much that's happened throughout the season.

I can;t say there's a bad episode in those 12 episodes. Quite an achievement. I'm hooked and invested enough to catchup on the rest of the seasons
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on 8 December 2015
If you described this to me, I'd probably dismiss it as another load of TV crap. That said, I've watched many episodes and I'm hooked, the mystery is I don't yet understand why. This man does some bad things, but he has compassion. He drinks whisky which I am sure helps him escape his heavy reality. He's actually a reasonable guy - a very reasonable guy. But.

As I say, I'm not sure why I am entirely compelled to watch this series but I find myself doing so. It is brilliantly acted and - despite the distant story - maybe finds a little bit of connection in my own life. Strong characters, a mob guy as a father and a lot of other stuff going on. Highty recommended and for me addictive.
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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, vexing and difficult for him to resolve, or for that matter control. In 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 subtext of being Boston Irish, church child abuse, old - family roots versus the fresh-start and modernity.

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