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"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.
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.
There's enough talent in this Showtime drama - and plenty of soapy allures - to keep the candle burning throughout Season 1.
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.
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.
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.
Extraordinary cast, extraordinary writing lead to a successful series. [Full Review in Spanish]
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Billions: Season 1
Jul 29, 20205 stars for the story, writing, and character development. Minus -2 stars for all the swearing and occasional raunchy/nudity/sexy scenes.
Jul 16, 2020Fantastic! Great to watch during Quarantine
Jun 24, 2020It'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, 2020Muy interesante duelo entre la justicia y los negocios.
May 23, 2020Great start to the series but not as compelling as the other seasons.
Mar 21, 2020Loved this season from beginning to end!
Mar 15, 2020It'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, 2019Minimum character count
Dec 24, 2019A 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, 2019The first season wobbles a bit but give it a chance and it gets better in the later seasons.