Billions: Season 3 (2018)

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Anchored by the performances of Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, the third season of Billions continues a convincing fable of greed, power and competition.

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Critic Ratings: 27

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User Ratings: 364

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Episodes

Air date: Mar 25, 2018

In the season premiere, Chuck gets a mandate; and Axe braves a difficult choice.

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Air date: Apr 1, 2018

Chuck tries to cash in a favor owed to him by an honorable judge. Axe orchestrates creative new avenues for conducting trades. Wendy helps Taylor weather their first major crisis. Connerty continues chasing down Ice Juice leads. -- (C) SHOWTIME

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Air date: Apr 8, 2018

In this episode, Chuck finds himself in a dilemma as he is given a perverse directive. On the other hand, Axe expands upon a secret venture.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2018

Axe explores the new arena of venture philanthropy and looks to neutralize old accomplices; Connerty's scrutiny of Chuck intensifies; Chuck tries to reconcile with his father; Wags pursues an intensely personal real-estate acquisition.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2018

Chuck trades favors with a co-conspirator; Axe and Chuck fight for the loyalty of the same witness; Connerty gets closer to the truth; Axe sends Taylor to Silicon Valley to explore new business opportunities; Dollar Bill plans a big short position on a pharmaceutical company stock, but not everyone at Axe Cap approves.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2018

Axe tracks down a critical piece of evidence that could destroy him.

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Air date: May 6, 2018

Axe and Chuck face evidence of their Ice Juice involvement.

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Air date: May 13, 2018

Axe tries for a fresh start at Axe Capital.

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Air date: May 20, 2018

Axe attempts to secure capital from a controversial source.

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Air date: May 27, 2018

Axe explores an unappealing investment at a desperate moment.

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Season three of BILLIONS finds Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) in a world that has shifted on its axis. Both men are still determined to destroy the other, but must also battle for their own survival amid new forces and powerful enemies. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) Chuck's wife and Axe's performance coach, is all in for both of them, an uneasy and dangerous position for her, and one that ultimately puts her to a decision that could alter the direction of her life irrevocably. Money, power, justice and revenge are all on the line for each of these characters as well as for the rest of the stellar cast, including Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Asia Kate Dillon and Jeffrey DeMunn. Clancy Brown guest stars this season as Waylon "Jock" Jeffcoat, the new Attorney General, who has a compelling portfolio of accomplishments, a wicked intellect and a serious interest in both Chuck and Bobby Axe.

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Critic Reviews for Billions Season 3

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (15)

Turning showy bombast into gleeful fun, the Showtime drama has developed into a thoroughly entertaining hour of television with well-constructed twists, intense personal vendettas, and more than a few winks to the audience along the way.

Mar 26, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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They may be smart men, but they can be baited into doing some very dumb things for the sake of their pride and the need to demonstrate their prowess. And that's a hell of a lot more fun to watch unfold on scripted television than it is on cable news.

Apr 18, 2018 | Full Review…

For my money, Billions is currently TV's most compelling fable about wealth and power in modern life.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…
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I've always been a sucker for a phenomenal ensemble, and I love the cast of characters on Billions. Lewis and Giamatti get a lot of the attention, but this is a show that doesn't work without the entire ensemble.

Mar 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It's evolved into such a binge-worthy pulp slugfest, and Season Three had new highs for Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff and MVP David Costabile as the ever-quotable Wags.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not the best drama on TV right now, nor the deepest, but it may be unmatched in how confidently and entertainingly it churns through story.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Its fourth season will be a masterpiece. [Full review in Spanish]

Jul 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Billions is one of the best series of the year. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Billions feels like a young show. It's only getting started. Imagine all the new tricks it will learn over the next billion years.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Billions is pure pulp thriller, but in a way that never loses sight of how poisonous all the vipers within it are.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Some great TV has come from writers backing themselves into a corner, then maneuvering themselves out. Billions has put itself in the same position with an opposite approach: hurtling into open space, no guiding limits in sight.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

What makes Billions great is that it's not just about guys concerned about the size of their bonus one-upping each other; it's about power triumphing over categories of age and sex.

May 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Billions: Season 3

  • May 22, 2020
    Rhoades and Axelrod take their fight to the next level in the exciting third season of Billions. After falling into Chuck Rhoades' trap Bobby Axelrod faces prosecution and must step down to protect his firm; meanwhile Rhoades finds himself at odds with the new attorney general. As usual the cast delivers incredibly powerful performances, and Clancey Brown makes for a tantalizing villain (the love to hate kind) as the new attorney general. Additionally, the writers do a good job at constructing the various story arcs that play out through-out the season, and at creating dramatic tension and surprising plot twists. Compelling and provocative, Season 3 of Billions raises the stakes and delivers a game changing finale.
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  • Jul 25, 2020
    Really enjoyed the first season, season two was good too, season three... lazy writing that killed all the characters. They are no longer whole, their motivations and behaviors are uncharacteristic, mostly silly and inconsistent, and the way others are introduced or brought back in for the sake of one pretentious moment is disrespectful to the viewer. It seems like trying to stay realistic was no longer a priority, which shifted to lazy advertising... Probably the most evident example is the Russian character... I could have stomached his unidentifiable accent and his "evil ruskiy" personality (seemingly created not for the benefit of the viewer, but to express political opinions with a stinky hint of russophobie) but I cannot forgive the cultural and historical inaccuracies. I imagine it going like that: "— what's trending right now? — Evil Russia. — Ok, we have to introduce an evil Russian into the scrip! — But we don't have time! — Doesn't matter! — Does anyone know anything about Russia? Actually, who cares? Vodka, oil, Moscow — done!" Next time please please please consult someone who is actually familiar with the culture being portrayed. Or at least read a wiki page, or maybe hire writers who know anything about anything at all? Cause if you did you would probably know that there could not have been a CHRISTMAS market with wine and soldiers in the USSR....
  • Jun 24, 2020
    Love the show. Another great installment.
  • Jan 17, 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
  • Aug 25, 2019
    Billions gets better and better. The writing is superb, rendering the series full of surprises.
  • Jun 03, 2019
    I binge watched the first 2 seasons. They weren't the best television but kept me interested. Then this season hit. oh boy i went from binging to barely finishing half episodes in a day. It's so tedious, it's so boring, it's so up it's own butt sanctimonious that they sacrificed the characters in exchange for writers attempting to use it for their own therapy due to the political situation. I couldn't sit through another of these storylines where the political situations are taken and just tweeked to how writers wish to fabricate them for their own politics. I just wanted a show that was intelligent. Instead I got lazy, basic writing just for the sake of saying they did it. It was so hard to get through this season that I'm questioning starting the 4th. I honestly don't care about any of the characters anymore. They all suck. Cudos Billions writers. You sacrificed yourselves to...yell loudly in the same unison chant all other shows are doing. No individuality, no effort, no care whatsoever.
  • Dec 28, 2018
    I truly enjoy watching this series! Great cast deserves nominations for outstanding everything!
  • Nov 23, 2018
    Taylor Mason, a non-binary character played by a non-binary actor, displays intelligence and tenderness, and also possesses the ability to resist the protagonists' bullying, which provides much-needed relief from the pettiness of the plot. It's an intense and compelling show, but is often exhaustingly insular; Taylor is the unique standout in this cast of professional businesspeople, and they are also groundbreaking in terms of trans representation. Non-binary people everywhere have deserved representation like this for years.

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