Monday, September 23, 2013
Ray Donovan is a brilliant show. The season ended tonight with a rather sweet episode, following a terrific and very very dark penultimate show.
The quality of TV drama has become superb. With a longer form, parsed out over multiple episodes in subsequent weeks, the quality of TV is now an artform that can do more than film can (in one two hour episode -- or even with sequels months or years apart). Writers like Aaron Sorkin and the writers of Ray Donovan have mastered the art of long-form dramatic writing.
Photo by Eric Roffman
Ray Donovan features complex emotional and dramatic situations, excellent plotting, and the dynamic of the taciturn fixer Liev Schreiber paired with/against the unstoppable force of Jon Voight, aided by additional superb support from the rest of the players.
The series creator, Ann Biderman, was a writer on NYPD Blue, the screenwriter for Smilla's Sense of Snow, and a creator of Southland.