is an American television drama series created byBrian KoppelmanDavid Levien, andAndrew Ross Sorkin, starringPaul GiamattiandDamian Lewis, that premiered onShowtimeon January 17, 2016. The series is loosely based on the activities ofPreet Bharara, the formerU.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York,and his legal battles with hedge fund managerSteve CohenofS.A.C. Capital Advisors.In Season 2, it also incorporates loosely the cases involving Treasury bond auction market manipulation conduct ofSalomon Brothers, including the roles of CEOJohn Gutfreundand bond trader Paul Mozer, in 1991.
Three seasons ofBillionshave aired. On April 26, 2018, Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season, which premiered on March 17, 2019.On May 8, 2019, the series was renewed for a fifth season by Showtime.
Paul Giamattias Charles Chuck Rhoades, Jr.:U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New Yorkwho later runs forGovernor of New Yorkand is electedAttorney 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 asU.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 toYale(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 inBDSMrole play, with Chuck as Wendys slave. The character is loosely based onEliot SpitzerandPreet Bharara.
Damian Lewisas Robert Bobby Axelrod: an ambitious billionaire manager of ahedge fundcalled Axe Capital and aHofstra Universitygraduate who came from humble beginnings. He was one of the survivors of theSeptember 11 attacksand pays the college tuition of the children of his colleagues who died in theWorld Trade Center. He is extremely charitable and generous in public, but usesinsider tradingandbriberyto grow his firms enormous wealth. He has animal-like instincts that allow him to be extremely successful in his trading career. The character is loosely based onSteve Cohenand his former hedge fundSAC.
Maggie Siffas 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.
Malin Åkermanas Lara Axelrod: 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 is devoted to her husband and their children. Her brother Dean was a firefighter who died during the 9/11 attacks. Lara strongly dislikes Axes close relationship with Wendy.
Toby Leonard Mooreas 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 asU.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
David Costabileas Mike Wags Wagner:COOof Axe Capital and Axelrods right-hand man.
Condola Rashdas Kate Sacker, an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.
Asia Kate Dillonas Taylor Amber Mason (recurring season 2, starring season 3): an analyst at Axe Capital who becomes close to Axelrod, is appointedCIOof Axe Capital, and later forms Taylor Mason Capital in competition with Axe Capital.Theyare the firstnon-binaryregular character on mainstream North American television.
Jeffrey DeMunnas Charles Rhoades, Sr. (recurring season 12, starring season 3): Chucks father, a very wealthy and well-connected city power player who often uses his position to meddle in his sons affairs.
Kelly AuCoinas Dollar Bill Stern (recurring season 13, starring season 4): a trader at Axe Capital described by AuCoin as the cheapest millionaire in America.
Dan Soderas Dudley Mafee: an Axe Capital employee who joins Taylor Mason Capital as its first employee.
Malachi Weir as Lonnie Watley: an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York
Terry Kinneyas Hall: a fixer on Axelrods payroll who went into hiding after Axelrods arrest in the finale of season 2 and returned in the middle of season 3.
Glenn Fleshleras Orrin Bach: Axelrods legal counsel
Stephen Kunkenas Ari Spyros: a former law school classmate of Chuck and an investigator for theSEC. In season 3, Spyros becomes head of compliance for Axe Capital.
Nathan Darrowas Mick Danzig: an Axe Capital employee, whom Axelrod got out of an automatic weapons charge, quit the firm for ethical reasons after it bankrupted the city of Sandicot.
Ben Shenkmanas Ira Schirmer: an attorney and a former law school classmate of Chuck
Dennis Boutsikarisas Kenneth Malverne, a rival of Axelrods who leads a competing hedge fund.
Jerry OConnellas Steven Birch: a rival of Axelrods who leads a competing hedge fund
Christopher Denhamas Oliver Dake: United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York
Daniel K. Isaacas Ben Kim: A graduate fromStanford University, he is a Korean American employee at Axe Capital since Season 1.
Eric Bogosianas Lawrence Boyd: CEO of investment bank Spartan Ives
Danny Strongas Todd Krakow: a hedge fund rival of Axelrods and as of season 3, the newSecretary of Treasury
David Strathairnas Black Jack Foley: a power player in the New York State political arena considered a king maker
Mary-Louise Parkeras George Minchak: a specialist in candidate-vetting for Foley
Mike Birbigliaas Oscar Langstraat: a disruptive venture capitalist
Clancy Brownas Waylon Jock Jeffcoat: Attorney General of the United States
John Malkovichas Grigor Andolov: a Russian billionaire
Nina Ariandaas Rebecca Cantu, a flame-throwing financier
Samantha Mathisas Sara Hammon, COO of Taylor Mason Capital
The series was ordered byShowtimein March 2015 with a 12-episode pick upand premiered on January 17, 2016.On January 26, 2016, the series was renewed for a second season,which premiered on February 19, 2017.
Showtime confirmed in April 2017 that Asia Kate Dillon would be a series regular in season 3.Billionsis considered to be the first American TV series to have anon-binarycharacter.
The first episode was made available on January 1, 2016, via video on demand services in the U.S. and viaCraveTVin Canada.It premiered onStanin Australia on January 27, 2016 and in Canada onThe Movie Networkon January 17, 2016, simultaneous with the American broadcast.
Billionshas received very positive reviews. OnRotten 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.The sites critical consensus for the first season reads, Despite a lack of likable characters,Billionssoapy melodrama and larger-than-life canvas offer plenty of repeat viewing potential.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.OnMetacritic, the first season has a score of 69 out of 100, based on reviews from 37 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews,while the second season has a score of 67 out of 100, based on reviews from 6 critics, also indicating generally favorable reviews.
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film
Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Pilot and First Season – Drama
Orden, Erica.Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bhararas Office Gets Hollywood Treatment in Showtime Series.
Groden, Claire (February 4, side the Secretive World of Hedge Fund Psychiatrists and Performance Coaches.
Billions Gets Season 4 Premiere Date & First-Look Trailer.
David Costabile is Mike Wags Wagner – Billions – Season 2.
Billions Premiere Introduces TVs First Gender Non-Binary Character.
Dowling, Amber (February 24, et TVs First Non-Binary-Gender Character: Asia Kate Dillon of Showtimes Billions
Garrido, Duarte.Billions shows TVs first gender non-binary character.
Jones, Ellen E.Billions star Asia Kate Dillon: I cried when I read the script
Kelly AuCoin On Billions, Playing Dollar Bill & Working With Robert De Niro. March 15, 2019
Billions Recap: This Weeks Episode Brings Both Redemption And A Striptease.
Billions: John Malkovich Joins Season 3 In Guest Arc.
Billions Season 4 Adds Samantha Mathis (Exclusive)
Billions Financial Drama Starring Paul Giamatti & Damian Lewis Gets Showtime Series Order.
Braxton, Greg (August 12, 2015).In Showtimes high-finance Billions, its show me the money, or else.
Falcone, Dana Rose (January 26, 2016).Showtime renews
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Patten, Dominic (April 9, 2017).Showtimes Billions Ups Asia Kate Dillon To Series Regular For Season 3.
Meet TVs First Non-Binary-Gender Character: Asia Kate Dillon of Showtimes Billions
Showtime Sets Early Online Premieres For Billions, Shameless
CraveTV Offers Canadians Free Early Look at New SHOWTIME® Drama BILLIONS, Beginning January 1. Bell Media. December 29, 2015
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