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Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Ray Donovan' 

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Updated December 18, 2019 42 votes 20 voters 1k views 6 items

All the seasons of Ray Donovan have been great, but which seasons really stand out? The title character will do just about anything to get what he wants especially when it comes to protecting the ones he loves. Some of the most memorable episodes of Ray Donovan come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of Ray Donovan are, let's rank every Ray Donovan season from best to worst.

Ray Donovan is an American crime drama about a fixer – with a dysfunctional family – who works for the law firm Goldman & Grexler. Ray Donovan premiered on Showtime on June 30, 2013 and its seventh season debuted in 2019.

Vote up your favorite seasons of Ray Donovan, and vote down any bad seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. It can be painful to put one Ray Donovan season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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Ray Donovan - Season 1 ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Ray Donovan'
Photo:  Showtime

The first season of Ray Donovan premiered on June 30, 2013, and contains 12 episodes. This season introduces viewers to the Los Angeles based fixer, Ray Donovan, and his family.

This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "The Bag or the Bat," "A Mouth Is a Mouth," and "Same Exactly."

Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

  • The reason for Mickey's early parole is revealed.
  • Ray makes a deal with Sully.
  • Ray executes an predatory priest.
Great season?
Ray Donovan - Season 3 ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Ray Donovan'
Photo:  Showtime

The third season of Ray Donovan premiered on July 12, 2015, and contains 12 episodes. This season finds Ray going into business with Paige Finney.

This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Come and Knock on Our Door," "Swing Vote," and "Exsuscito."

Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

  • Terry gets released from prison.
  • Darryl is beaten by the Armenians.
  • Ray collapses after making a confession.
Great season?
Ray Donovan - Season 2 ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Ray Donovan'
Photo:  Showtime

The second season of Ray Donovan premiered on July 13, 2014, and contains 12 episodes. This season finds Globe reporter Kate McPherson investigating the incident at the docks as Ray takes care of his family the best he can.

This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "S U C K," "Sunny," and "The Captain."

Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

  • Ray learns of Abby's affair.
  • Bridget witnesses a double elimination.
  • Ray does what it takes to protect his daughter.
Great season?
Ray Donovan - Season 4 ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Ray Donovan'
Photo:  Showtime

The fourth season of Ray Donovan premiered on June 26, 2016, and contains 12 episodes. This season focuses on Abby's cancer diagnosis while Ray deals with threats from the Russian syndicate.

This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Little Bill Primm's Big Green Horseshoe," "Chinese Algebra," and "Rattus Rattus."

Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

  • Micky goes to prison.
  • Ray advises Hector on the preferred outcome of the fight.
  • The FBI raids Ray's office.
Great season?