Billions (TV Series)
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Billions TV Series

Created by
Country of originUnited States
Original English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes48
  • Brian Koppelman
  • David Levien
  • Andrew Ross Sorkin
  • Neil Burger
Production location(s)New York City
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time55-60 minutes
  • Best Available!
  • TBTF Productions Inc.
DistributorShowtime Networks
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseJanuary 17, 2016 (2016-01-17) -
present (present)
External links

Billions is an American television drama series created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, that premiered on Showtime on January 17, 2016. The series is loosely based on the activities of Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York,[1][2] and his legal battles with hedge fund manager Steve Cohen of S.A.C. Capital Advisors.[3] In Season 2, it also incorporates loosely the cases involving Treasury bond auction market manipulation conduct of Salomon Brothers, including the roles of CEO John Gutfreund and bond trader Paul Mozer, in 1991. Four seasons of Billions have aired.[4][5] On May 8, 2019, the series was renewed for a fifth season which is set to premiere on May 3, 2020.[6][7][8]



  • Paul Giamatti as Charles "Chuck" Rhoades, Jr.: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York who later runs for Governor of New York and is elected Attorney General of New York. Rhoades is ruthless and has a particular distaste for wealthy criminals who try to buy their way out of justice. Despite his significant power as U.S. Attorney, Rhoades struggles not to be overshadowed both by his higher-earning wife, Wendy, and by his well-connected and very rich father. He went to Yale (as did his wife and his father) and has a blind trust of which his father is a trustee. In private, he and his wife engage in BDSM role play, with Chuck as Wendy's "slave." The character is loosely based on Eliot Spitzer and Preet Bharara.
  • Damian Lewis as Robert "Bobby" Axelrod: an ambitious billionaire manager of a hedge fund called Axe Capital and a Hofstra University graduate who came from humble beginnings. He was one of the survivors of the September 11 attacks and pays the college tuition of the children of his colleagues who died in the World Trade Center. He is extremely charitable and generous in public, but uses insider trading and bribery to grow his firm's enormous wealth. He has animal-like instincts that allow him to be extremely successful in his trading career. The character is loosely based on Steve Cohen and his former hedge fund SAC.
  • Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades: a psychiatrist, in-house performance coach at Axe Capital and wife of Chuck Rhoades, Jr. She is self-possessed, motivated, and extremely successful. She has a strong relationship with Axelrod, her boss, with whom she has been working for more than 15 years. She participates with Chuck in various BDSM role play activities as Chuck is a sadomasochist.
  • Malin Åkerman as Lara Axelrod (starring season 1-3, recurring season 4-): wife and later ex-wife of Bobby Axelrod and a former nurse (who maintains her professional license). She is from a lower-class, blue-collar upbringing but has left her former self behind. She was devoted to her husband and their children. Her brother Dean was a firefighter who died during the 9/11 attacks. Lara disapproves of Axe's close relationship with Wendy.
  • Toby Leonard Moore as Bryan Connerty: the Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force for the Southern District of New York and Rhoades' point man at the start of the series; he later succeeds Rhoades as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
  • David Costabile as Mike "Wags" Wagner: COO of Axe Capital and Axelrod's right-hand man.[9] He is a known drug and sex addict and claims cocaine helps him focus on work.
  • Condola Rash?d as Kate Sacker: an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.
  • Asia Kate Dillon as Taylor Amber Mason (recurring season 2, starring season 3-): an analyst at Axe Capital who becomes close to Axelrod, is appointed CIO of Axe Capital, and later forms Taylor Mason Capital in competition with Axe Capital. They are the first non-binary regular character on mainstream North American television.[10]
  • Jeffrey DeMunn as Charles Rhoades, Sr. (recurring season 1-2, starring season 3-): Chuck's father, a very wealthy and well-connected city power player who often uses his position to meddle in his son's affairs.[11][12][13]
  • Kelly AuCoin as "Dollar" Bill Stearn (recurring season 1-3, starring season 4-): a Portfolio Manager at Axe Capital with extreme loyalty to Bobby Axelrod to the extent he would risk incriminating himself to save Axelrod. He was described by AuCoin as "the cheapest millionaire in America."[14] Dollar Bill frequently resorts to insider trading and other legally dubious measures to create high returns for Axe Capital.



SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
112January 17, 2016 (2016-01-17)April 10, 2016 (2016-04-10)
212February 19, 2017 (2017-02-19)May 7, 2017 (2017-05-07)
312March 25, 2018 (2018-03-25)June 10, 2018 (2018-06-10)
412March 17, 2019 (2019-03-17)June 9, 2019 (2019-06-09)



The series was ordered by Showtime in March 2015 with a 12-episode pick up[18] and premiered on January 17, 2016.[19] On January 26, 2016, the series was renewed for a second season,[20] which premiered on February 19, 2017.[21]

Showtime confirmed in April 2017 that Asia Kate Dillon would be a series regular in season 3.[22]Billions is considered to be the first American TV series to have a non-binary character.[23]


The first episode was made available on January 1, 2016, via video on demand services in the U.S. and via CraveTV in Canada.[24][25] It premiered on Stan in Australia on January 27, 2016 and in Canada on The Movie Network on January 17, 2016, simultaneous with the American broadcast.[26]


Billions has received very positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has a rating of 86%, with a rating of 77% for season 1, 89% for season 2 and 93% for season 3.[27] The site's critical consensus for the first season reads, "Despite a lack of likable characters, Billions soapy melodrama and larger-than-life canvas offer plenty of repeat viewing potential."[28] For season 2 it reads, "An influx of new characters and a fresh narrative twist give Billions an added boost during its thoroughly entertaining second season."[29] On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 69 out of 100, based on reviews from 37 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews",[30] while the second season has a score of 67 out of 100, based on reviews from 6 critics, also indicating "generally favorable reviews".[31] Praise for the series has steadily grown over time--also on Metacritic, its third season scored a 77 out of 100, while its fourth currently holds a score of 87 out 100 based on reviews from 4 critics, indicating "universal acclaim" [32][33]


Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
21st Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film
Maggie Siff
Nominated [34]
32nd Artios Awards Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Television Pilot and First Season - Drama
Allison Estrin
Avy Kaufman
Melissa Moss
Nominated []
57th Golden Nymph Awards Best Drama TV Series
Nominated []
8th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series
Paul Giamatti
Nominated [35]
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Asia Kate Dillon
29th GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Drama Series
Nominated [36]
30th GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Drama Series
Nominated [37]
24th Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Drama / Genre Series
Damian Lewis
Nominated [38]
Best Actress in a Drama / Genre Series
Maggie Siff


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  25. ^ "CraveTV Offers Canadians Free Early Look at New SHOWTIME® Drama BILLIONS, Beginning January 1". Bell Media. December 29, 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  26. ^ "SHOWTIME® Series BILLIONS, SHAMELESS, DARK NET and THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH Anchor The Movie Network's January Lineup". Bell Media (Press release). December 17, 2015. Retrieved 2016.
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  35. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (January 12, 2018). "'Shape of Water,' 'Big Little Lies,' 'Handmaid's Tale' Top Critics' Choice Awards". Variety. Retrieved 2019.
  36. ^ "GLAAD Media Awards Nominees #glaadawards". GLAAD. Retrieved 2019.
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  38. ^ 24th Satellite Awards Announce Nominations, 'Ford v Ferrari' Leads the Way

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