Looking for a new badass addiction on television?
Ray Donovan is one of those Showtime binge shows that delivers.
Liev Schreiber is my new favorite (only because Jack Bauer is not on TV anymore), and because the villain can also be the hero and rock through a world of drama and it is completely addicting. Here is the basic storyline in case you haven’t watched an episode yet:
Ray Donovan is a “fixer” for Hollywood’s elite. He is the go-to guy that the city’s celebrities, athletes and business moguls call to make their problems disappear. It’s a much more lucrative job than his previous work as a ruthless South Boston thug, vaulting him within reach of the truly wealthy and powerful. But no amount of money or the expensive things it can buy can completely mask Ray’s past, a past that continues to haunt him with troubled brothers always calling and his father’s recent release from 20 years spent in prison. Now a free man, Ray’s father, Mickey, arrives in Los Angeles to get what he feels is rightfully his. Mickey’s desire to reconnect and settle old scores with his family — including Ray’s wife and kids, who have never met the family’s patriarch and are anxious to get to know him — threatens to destroy everything Ray has built for himself.
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Beyond the obvious draw of anyone getting away with being a badass on TV, what else draws you to Ray Donovan? The drama is real, and the stories are very well written. The cast do an amazing job of drawing you in deep, episode after episode. Yes, there are the natural cliff-hangers, but it’s genuine. You aren’t left thinking you know whats coming next. Trust me, you don’t.
Adding to an already awesome male lead are guys like Jon Voight, Angelina’s Jolie-Pitt’s dad, yeah, it’s terrible when you name-drop this guy like that and put him into a category, where he is known by his daughters fame. This is not the case, actually Jon is an amazing actor himself, and very recognizable. I figure I’d just give you some added trivia knowledge to share with your friends if you didn’t know.
He plays Mickey Donovan, Ray’s father and one hell of a dead-beat-dad. I mean, seriously, the story unfolds, and you learn the history of their family, and you cannot help but understand the group of them even more. He is a tremendous villain to some and mentor to others on the show, but an absolute adversary for his son, Ray. You add in his sexually abused brothers and the recipe for these hot-headed Bostonian transplants are killer for action, violence, foul language and of course, serious drama.