For a man whose job revolves around eliminating trouble for his celebrity clients in Hollywood, Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) sure has a lot of it in his personal life. The second season finds Ray’s life spiraling even more out of control. He and his wife are in marriage counseling, his father has gone on the lam, his son Conor is in trouble at school, one of his brothers is stalking an ex-girlfriend, and another brother is battling addiction. Things get even more complicated with an FBI agent — played by new cast member Hank Azaria — breathing down his neck and threatening to frame his daughter for drug possession.
As dark as this series can be, it’s the performances by Schreiber, Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan and Dash Mihok that make it shine. It’s nearly impossible to root for a guy like Ray, but we keep hoping he figures things out for the sake of those around him.