Billions: Season 2 (2017)


Season 2

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An influx of new characters and a fresh narrative twist give Billions an added boost during its thoroughly entertaining second season.



Critic Ratings: 16


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Season 2 of the drama series opens with Chuck (Paul Giamatti) facing the consequences of his actions at the end of the previous season: Both the office and the Attorney General are now keeping a close eye on him. Meanwhile, Axe (Damien Lewis) tries to come up with a plan for retaliation. As the season progresses, Axe gets even more ruthless in his ways of hurting the competition, while Chuck tries find a high-profile case to avoid going under. He also has to deal with Wendy (Maggie Siff) working for Axe Capital, which adds more trouble to their already strained relationship.


Paul Giamatti
as Chuck Rhoades
Damian Lewis
as Bobby 'Axe' Axelrod
Malin Akerman
as Lara Axelrod
Maggie Siff
as Wendy Rhoades
David Costabile
as Mike 'Wags' Wagner
Toby Leonard Moore
as Bryan Connerty
Asia Kate Dillon
as Taylor Mason
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Critic Reviews for Billions Season 2

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

What little has changed isn't significant so much as superficial. Billions keeps its macho energy alive..

May 9, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Key to the way the show sounds is the insistence on talk so fast and so smart that it makes the characters in The West Wing sound monosyllabic.

Feb 22, 2017 | Full Review…
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It's all about forward momentum, keeping you leaning forward from one scene into the next to see how it all adds up. And it works.

Feb 21, 2017 | Full Review…

It essentially feels like a continuation of last year's narrative, but it contains enough hints that Billions will avoid repetition. The second season is off to a strong start.

May 8, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti were sturdy as ever, but the Showtime series featured tighter storylines and better characters in its second season.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Still I'll watch, mesmerized by the question of how far this show will go, and how overcooked the acting will be, and how silly the sexual subplots will get. How bad will it be this season? I can't wait to find out.

Apr 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Fast-paced, fabulously shot and a showcase for some impressive acting, judging by this opening episode, the second season of Billions has plenty to intrigue and enthrall.

Jun 14, 2017 | Full Review…

There's a sense that Billions is more interested in having fun with its premise than clawing its way toward prestige status.

Feb 21, 2017 | Full Review…

There are three new characters who help energize Season 2; one who helps out Axe, one who is a real splinter in Chuck's bottom and another who is just plain fun.

Feb 17, 2017 | Full Review…

The Showtime drama hasn't reinvented the wheel in its second chapter, but there's something different about the tale this year. It's more fun. It's more focused. It's just ... better.

Aug 15, 2017 | Full Review…

In its second season, the show has adopted that ethos of its characters, taking everything that made it appealing in Season 1 - the egos, the plot twists, the vests - and turning up the volume.

May 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The show doesn't seem any less tasteless or moronic than the characters it idolises

Mar 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Billions: Season 2

  • Oct 07, 2017
    The stakes are raised and the drama gets more intense in Season 2 of Billions. When US Attorney Chuck Rhoades gets investigated for his recent conduct in the Axelrod case he makes a Hail Mary play to keep his job, meanwhile hedge fund billionaire Bobby Axelrod takes on an unlikely protégé and makes a risky investment in the proposed site for a new casino. Both Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis give extraordinary performance; especially Giamatti, whose role is much more demanding and complex this season. And while it takes a while for the season to get some momentum, once it gets going it doesn’t let up. Additionally, the writers do a good job at explaining the financial jargon and money making schemes without it coming off as exposition dumps or grinding things to a halt. They also address some interesting sociopolitical and moral issues. Incredibly compelling, Season 2 of Billions is even better than the first.
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  • Jan 05, 2020
    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!
  • Sep 16, 2019
    The best on TV by far great script writing
  • May 27, 2019
    Ah, that end! Just brilliant TV!
  • May 27, 2018
    Great acting, strongly led by Giamatti and Lewis.
  • Mar 03, 2018
    Wasn't thrilled with the cast when I started watching this show, but they really grow on you and do a great job with their parts.
  • Oct 10, 2017
    I Am addicted to this show it is ABSOLUTELY THE BEST cable has to offer! I have showtime just for this series! Can't wait for season three.
  • May 26, 2017
    Closer to 4.5* than s1
  • May 20, 2017
    Billions Season 1 was great. Season 2 is horrible. They added all of these new characters and the story has kind of lost it's way.

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