Billions: Season 1 (2016)

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

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1
Air date: Jan 17, 2016
2
Air date: Jan 24, 2016
3
Air date: Jan 31, 2016
4
Air date: Feb 7, 2016
5
Air date: Feb 14, 2016
6
Air date: Feb 21, 2016
7
Air date: Mar 6, 2016
8
Air date: Mar 13, 2016
9
Air date: Mar 20, 2016
10
Air date: Mar 27, 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.

Cast

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…
Top Critic

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

Almost nothing ever happened in any episodes, all the characters are bastards that make you blood boil. It's a show full of people you couldn't care less about, lost interest pretty quickly but kept watching anyway, hoping season 2 will finally have something happening.

SylvesterK

Super Reviewer

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Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star in the Showtime financial drama Billions. Season 1 follows US Attorney Chuck Rhoades as he attempts to build a case against corrupt Wall Street hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod, a self-made billionaire who made his money through insider trading and bribery. Both Giamatti and Lewis give excellent performances, creating extraordinarily compelling characters. And the writers do a good job at exploring the world of high finance, and at creating mystery and intrigue with betrayals and shocking twists. They also discuss a number of topical issues regarding white collar crime, capitalism, and the 1 percent. A rich character drama, Season 1 of Billions is incredible daring and provocative.

DannM

Super Reviewer

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