I am still continually impressed with the number of great shows on television these days. I’ve stated many times my love for shows like THE WALKING DEAD and GAME OF THRONES, but there are many new(er) ones I have recently fallen for. RAY DONOVAN is one of these recent additions for me. Granted, it is in its third season, but I only started watching it a couple of months ago. I am glad I gave it a shot, too, because this is one of those TV shows you’ll be talking about long after its over. Chocked full of drama and intensity, RAY DONOVAN is a series you must watch to appreciate.
If you are not familiar with RAY DONOVAN, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Showtime Entertainment:
Liev Schreiber portrays the titular character Ray Donovan, a Boston native who makes the problems of Tinseltown’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls disappear. In the latest season, Ray discovers that even his own actions have consequences and that clean slates are a dirty business. Ray takes some hits that would leave lesser men down for the count, but what doesn’t kill a Donovan only makes him stronger. Season three finds Ray adrift from his family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to be his own boss. Meanwhile, his father Mickey (Jon Voight), who had narrowly escaped last season’s heist debacle, finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire.
In an environment full of remakes and do-overs, I find it refreshing to still discover fresh concepts and interesting premises. I’m sure there are or have been similar shows out there, but I am not familiar with them if so. Thus, I will continue this review under the premise RAY DONOVAN is a unique idea.
Each episode of RAY DONOVAN is shot well and looks great onscreen. The production budget appears to be high, and the results are evident in the detailed scenes onscreen.
The acting is very high caliber. I’ve enjoyed Liev Schreiber’s work for many years now, and I am excited to see him in such a versatile role. With RAY DONOVAN, Schreiber gets to flex his acting chops and gives a top notch performance. He is supported by a superb cast that includes Jon Voight, Elliot Gould, Paula Malcomson, and Eddie Marsan.
The writing in the show is what makes it such a win for me. The plot lines are taut and filled with twists and turns. The dialogue is crisp and witty. And the characterizations are well fleshed out and believable. You can’t ask for much more out of a TV series.
RAY DONOVAN is a big win for me, and I hope the show can continue with the powerful momentum it currently has. Be sure and pick it up on Blu-ray, so you can enjoy the HD picture and sound. Season 3 is available today.