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: 54


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Air date: Jan 17, 2016
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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
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Critic Reviews for Billions Season 1

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (23)

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…
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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…
Top Critic

Both actors are, as expected, very watchable - compelling, if not subtle.

Jan 15, 2016 | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for Billions: Season 1

  • Apr 10, 2019
    Great writing, great acting, and extremely entertaining.
  • Mar 18, 2019
    Fantastic show. Well written, well acted. Intense, on fire. The chemistry created between the various characters is on point.
  • Jan 12, 2019
    Binge worthy series. Original, great acting. Rather make dominated but still enjoyable
  • Aug 23, 2018
    best tv series so far
  • Jul 08, 2018
    The protagonist's name is AxelRod. Really? His first name includes a rod? Kinda over the top. There is not a single "good" character in the show. Every character is almost completely dark. The employees are bullied by the boss. I hated "Hardman" character in Suits and here he gets a lot more on screen time. You have to sit and watch through all his bull$hit. And I really mean that there isn't a single good character in this show. AxelRod buys a building just for a small humiliation in his childhood. Hardman's "ass-to-mouth" speech was when I quit the show. It's way too unrealistic as it goes on.
  • Jun 20, 2018
    Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis’s ferocious rivalry is the single factor that keeps the show standing, without them the series would simply be unwatchable. Though the plot is compelling and it’s bigger-than-life display entertaining, it suffers from annoying characters and major plot holes.
  • Jun 20, 2018
    Paul Giamatti AND DAMIAN LEWIS IS THE ONLY FACTOR THAT keepS THE SHOW AlIVE, WITHOUT THEM THE series SIMPLY COULDNT STAND ON ITS OWN. THOUGH THE PLOT IS COMPELLING AND IT'S BIGGER-THAN-LIFE display is entertaining, it suffers from anoying characters and major plot holes.
  • Jun 12, 2018
    one of my favorite shows. The two leads - (Giamatti and Lewis) are great
  • Oct 30, 2017
    Criminally underrated. Surprisingly engaging and witty. Brilliant use of soundtrack and camerawork. And a huge respect for introducing the first non-binary character.
  • Oct 10, 2017

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