Showtime’s crime drama, Ray Donovan, stars Ray Liotta as the stylish, complex anti-hero you might find yourself rooting for. Liev Schreiber plays the lead, a charismatic and complex figure. Schreiber has a distinguished stage and screen career, including roles in ‘X Men Origins: Wolverine,’ ‘The Manchurian Candidate,’ and ‘Ray Donovan,’ where he is simply impossible to look away from.
The premise of the show is so compelling that you’ll never want it to end. A “crime cleaner” or “fixer” who helps the wealthy and powerful achieve their goals through shady and unethical means is the focus of the story, which follows the titular character. The early release from prison of Ray’s murderous father heightens the intrigue. “Ray Donovan” has plenty of family drama thanks to Ray’s shaky, resentful relationship with his father.
The father is played superbly by American actor Jon Voight, whose chemistry with Schreiber is enticing. Voight, the Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning actor who is also Angelina Jolie’s biological father, is no stranger to success. Additionally, talented British actor Eddie Marsan joins the show’s stellar cast as Ray’s aging brother with Parkinson’s disease alongside Voight and Schreiber.
‘Ray Donovan’ has been nominated for nine Emmys and won the Critics’Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series nine times in six years. Aside from its strong writing and incredible characterization, it has received acclaim for the actors’ breath-taking performances. More shows with addictive characters and a slew of unresolved and complex conflicts explored with wit and panache (pun intended) await you! Here’s a list of similar shows to help you forget about your guilt and go on a binge-watching spree instead. Several of these shows, such as ‘Ray Donovan,’ are available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, to name a few.
7. House M.D.
Gregory House has to be one of the best television protagonists ever created. Hugh Laurie plays the title role in ‘House M.D.,’ a medical drama that is nothing like ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ It’s centered on a brilliant medical professional leading a group of gifted doctors to solve puzzling medical cases that can’t be diagnosed.
Dr. House solves the medical problems of a different patient in each episode. The narcissistic, painkiller-addicted protagonist, on the other hand, thinks he’s always right, so you’ll be compelled to keep watching. In the beginning, House’s humorous remarks and casual rejection of authority often translate into his problematic and self-isolating shenanigans. To understand his character, you must empathize with his desperate attempts to overcome his addiction, and his sardonic attitude toward his colleagues and patients.
As a result of watching the series, it’s difficult to envision Hugh Laurie in any other role going forward. Here’s something to think about: Hugh Laurie, a British actor with a natural British accent, portrays an American doctor in the movie The Good Doctor. An example of the actor’s brilliance comes in a scene where he flawlessly imitates a British accent while playing the role of an American. Just for that scene, you’d want to award him an Oscar.
6. Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014)
When I think of a father-son brawl and disregard for the law, I immediately think of ‘Sons of Anarchy.’ The plot of this crime drama revolves around a motorcycle gang that deals in illegal narcotics and contraband weapons. Each season focuses on a different conflict, usually involving rivals, political intrusions, and the protagonist Jax Teller’s personal issues.
Charlize Theron’s Jax Teller is well-played by Charlie Hunnam. The motorcycle club acts as a sort of vigilante in the show, getting involved in a number of morally ambiguous situations while delving into themes like loyalty, brotherhood, and redemption. Katey Sagal plays Jax’s mother with an intensity and glitz that begs the question of her age as Ron Perlman portrays Jax’s stepfather.
5. Power (2014-)
And we’ll never get tired of seeing the wealthy and powerful air their dirty laundry. This list would not be complete without ‘Power,’ another excellent crime drama to add. Omari Hardwick portrays James St. Patrick, a.k.a. “Ghost.” James appears to have it all: a successful nightclub, a Manhattan penthouse, and a hot wife. However, his drug empire, which caters to the wealthy and powerful, remains a closely guarded secret. In his efforts to grow his legal business in order to stop his illegal one, James finds himself and his family in dangerous situations.
Courtney A. Kemp, the show’s creator, has proven with her work on ‘The Good Wife’ that she can keep audiences interested.
4. Animal Kingdom (2016-)
You’re safe until you’re prey in the Cody household. An unusual blend of crime drama and family dramedy, this new American production is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The story follows baby-faced Joshua, who moves in with his grandmother after his mother dies, and is based on the Australian film of the same name. It turns out that Joshua’s grandmother, who runs a criminal empire with his uncles, is a force to be reckoned with. Involvement in the family business changes his life drastically.
3. House of Cards (2013-2018)
Popular political thriller serves up intrigue, greed, and style like no other. A Democratic Party “whip,” Kevin Spacey portrays Frank Underwood in the film. To some extent, his role in Washington D.C. as a political persuader is similar to that of Ray Donovan in the TV series. Underwood is a driven individual who will do whatever it takes to succeed. Despite the fact that he is corrupt, unethical, and lacks empathy, you will still support him. In terms of political wit, he has none. His rise and fall have been fascinating to watch. And by his side is Robin Wright as his equally cold-blooded wife. The best parts of the movie are Wright and Spacey’s on-screen chemistry and political maneuvering in Washington, D.C., as well as their personal relationship.
2. Suits (2011-)
Gabriel Macht’s Harvey Specter is the epitome of cool in this legal drama. The story revolves around Harvey Specter, a successful corporate lawyer, and Mike Ross, a newly hired associate. Even though both of them are outstanding lawyers, they have a big secret in common: Mike has a fictitious law degree. They become entangled in New York City’s 1 percent circle and face lawsuits, mergers and acquisition fears as the truth comes to light.
1. The Sopranos (1999-2007)
Ray Donovan is frequently compared to David Chase’s ‘The Sopranos,’ which is the highest praise that can be paid to a television show. Even after all these years, this crime drama is still one of the best on television, and it centers on the personal and professional life of Mafia don Tony Soprano. Every other crime show has had to deal with the unachievable expectation of living up to the standard set by ‘The Sopranos,’ for its entire six-season run.