Billions: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

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Despite a lack of likable characters, Billions' soapy melodrama and larger-than-life canvas offer plenty of repeat viewing potential.



Critic Ratings: 55


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User Ratings: 821

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Paul Giamatti portrays ruthless U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes, who goes head to head with Damian Lewis' powerful but corrupt hedge-fund manager Bobby "Axe" Axelrod. As Rhodes investigates Axelrod in an attempt to bring his crimes to justice, a high-stakes battle between these two influential and ambitious men plays out in the world of New York politics and high finance. Also starring Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman and Toby Leonard Moore.


Paul Giamatti
as Chuck Rhoades
Damian Lewis
as Bobby 'Axe' Axelrod
Malin Akerman
as Lara Axelrod
David Costabile
as Mike 'Wags' Wagner
Maggie Siff
as Wendy Rhoades
Toby Leonard Moore
as Bryan Connerty
Frank Harts
as Dale Christo
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Critic Reviews for Billions Season 1

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (25)

"Billions" excels most at painting a compelling portrait of how powerful men - and the women behind them - move the world. And the idea that many of their decisions center on such small human details is both a compelling and a frightening notion.

Nov 26, 2019 | Full Review…
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Showtime calls this smart series an "examination" of profit, which seems just about the right word. Well-written, directed and acted, Billions is still badly in need of a more human touch.

Jan 15, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's enough talent in this Showtime drama - and plenty of soapy allures - to keep the candle burning throughout Season 1.

Jan 15, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Get Lewis, Giamatti, Siff, and Malin Akerman, who plays Axe's wife, on one show, start throwing around billions of dollars, mansions in the Hamptons, S&M, corporate takeovers, legal intrigue, and boldface names, and you've got something pretty enticing.

Jan 15, 2016 | Full Review…
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Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis growl at each other like rabid bulldogs - really powerful ones - in Billions, a WWE bout set on Wall Street. But it's actresses Malin Akerman and Maggie Siff who stick out, each doing creative takes on Lady Macbeth.

Jan 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Billions is full of itself in a good way, with Giamatti and Lewis dynamically leading the way while a solid supporting cast hangs in with them.

Jan 15, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Extraordinary cast, extraordinary writing lead to a successful series. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

An entertaining fantasy, Billions teaches you as much about the financial world as Empire teaches you about the music business or House of Cards does the road to the White House.

Jan 15, 2016 | Full Review…

But while the series, like its protagonists, has all the trappings of greatness, it never goes deep enough to justify how impressed it is with itself.

Aug 28, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a compelling, high-octane power-and-privilege romp -- essentially Gordon Gecko updated. Watch episode one and you'll want to watch them all.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

I am utterly hooked. At its heart this is an age-old tale of power and greed but with a thoroughly modern twist, some great writing and captivating main characters.

Apr 19, 2017 | Full Review…

In many ways, the series is contrived and vulgarly self-indulgent... But the two fine actors elevate the material both in set-piece amusements... and as drivers of plot.

Dec 9, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Billions: Season 1

  • Jun 24, 2020
    It's a great season, good start. I enjoy the blurred lines on the protagonist and antagonist which often switch places. Supporting cast is fantastic and the leads characters are great of course.
  • Jun 24, 2020
    Muy interesante duelo entre la justicia y los negocios.
  • May 23, 2020
    Great start to the series but not as compelling as the other seasons.
  • Mar 21, 2020
    Loved this season from beginning to end!
  • Mar 15, 2020
    It's based on a real story - The epic Cold War between Preet Bharara and Steve Cohen - a lot of stuff is fictional but a lot is true too. Characters are so properly picked too and attention has been given to every piece (season 1)
  • Dec 29, 2019
    Minimum character count
  • Dec 24, 2019
    A beautiful cacophony/symphony of brilliant, intelligent Business inter-play, great fun & laughs and a wealth of knowledge so much so that S2 surpasses S! while S3 blows S2 out of the water, decimating S1. S4 is a Godzilla, laying to waste all before! I have personally taken insurance and bought/stocked powerful med drugs in preparation for S5. I visualize either smack down on the floor in uncontrollable laughter or just verging on being ambulatory! I am an above average person and I can without hesitation guarantee geniuses who like me intend on binging S1-? every year, will never be the same again! In a World of so much imperfections how did we deserve this? Only a merciful God/Entity/Essence would have put this in motion to evolve generations. I have personally been inspired to design a great AI/DL algorithm as a result of countlessly watching this series because of the genius minds of Beethoven & Mozart in the forms of Brian Koppleman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin who will be molding and shaping the present & future generations for the better for many Centuries!
  • Nov 18, 2019
    The first season wobbles a bit but give it a chance and it gets better in the later seasons.
  • Oct 19, 2019
    PG is, as always, brilliant in his role, but hard as I try, I cannot buy DL's character. I completely buy his acting as BA, but it's the character, BA, that I don't buy. It really bothers me, though, that this rock star in high finance is supposedly so brilliant and experienced. I get the chip on the shoulder drive, but the rest doesn't resonate. His wife is really--and I mean really--a bimbo (and I hate to say it but the actress doesn't have talent nearly on par with the rest of the cast--ok, she has no talent).That his wife is written as a bimbo is, in and of itself, reason to doubt the BA character. She just doesn't have the gravitas to be his trusted intimate. WR, on the other hand, does. She is not only written as brilliant, but the acting for her part is superb. There is something huge missing in the BA mythology for me, though, and therefore, I don't take him, and consequently, the entire story line, that seriously. It's too bad because I love the production design and the "English major's" education in finance that the show offers! The wardrobe department rocks, also. Succession, on the other hand, is 100 percent believable in every way.
  • Apr 10, 2019
    Great writing, great acting, and extremely entertaining.

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