With big money scandals and corruption more and more in the public eye, it’s no wonder that the wheeling and dealing of the business world
Billions stars Paul Giamatti (John Adams, Sideways) as Charles “Chuck” Rhoades, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who engages in a cutthroat battle against wealthy criminals, primarily focused on ambitious hedge fund phenom Bobby Axelrod, played by Damian Lewis (Homeland, Wolf Hall). Maggie Siff (Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy) costars as Wendy Rhoades, Chuck Rhoades wife and a psychiatrist and performance coach at Bobby’s company, and Malin Åkerman (The Comeback) plays Lara Axelrod, Bobby’s wife.
The show started out loosely based on the legal battles between real life former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and S.A.C. Capital Advisors hedge fund manager Steve Cohen, as well as on the career of Eliot Spitzer, and over the seasons has incorporated references to high-profile cases dealing with market manipulation and high power bond trading into a glossy tale of wealth and influence. With of course the heightened stakes of any good premium cable drama.
Billions Season 1 Trailer
In addition to its prestigious leads, Billions has no shortage of powerful recurring stars, including Condola Rashad as Assistant United States Attorney Kate Sacker, and Asia Kate Dillon as Axe Capital analyst Taylor Amber Mason—also the first non-binary regular character on mainstream North American television. The guest star lineup has included Anthony Edwards, Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Strong, Clancy Brown, and a guest star run in season 3 by John Malkovich as Grigor Andolov, a Russian billionaire, who along with Clancy Brown returns in season 4.
Despite sometimes fluctuating viewership numbers, critical and fan approval has increased each season since Billions’ debut in January 2016, with season three reaching a 93% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the show overall carrying an 88% approval rating from the site. Billions has become Showtime’s second most-watched series, following the critically acclaimed Homeland.
Season 4 of Billions promises to see “everyone out for revenge,” with an uneasy alliance between former enemies Axelrod and Rhoades along with Wendy Rhoades, as they face off against their joint rivals and continue the chess game of ambition and betrayal.
Billions Season 4 Trailer
The stylish show definitely leans into its setting of wealth and power, but unlike many programs that feature lavish lifestyles in glamorous, desirable detail, Billions creators and designers focus on the cold power struggle underlying luxury life. The homes and offices may be elegant, but they are cold, slick, aggressive, meant to intimidate rather than relax. These are people to whom money is literally no object, who take it for casual granted—but who fought hard to get it, and not always cleanly.
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How to watch Billions Without Cable
Showtime is also available as an add-on with most subscription streaming services, including Hulu, Sling, FuboTV, and Amazon Prime. Each option is a $10.99 monthly add-on to the subscription prices of the services. These will allow you to watch Billions on your TV with devices like Roku, and Amazon Fire TV to name a few.
You can watch season 4 or catch up on past seasons of Billions through a Showtime subscription on any of these services. While most options offer the same 7-day free trial as subscribing directly to Showtime, Hulu offers customers a 30-day Showtime trial.
Another option is to directly sign up for a Showtime subscription either online or through apps on your favorite smart TV, console, or mobile device. A direct subscription for Showtime will run $10.99 a month after a 7-day free trial.
Episodes and past seasons of Billions can also be purchased individually through Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Vudu, and other streaming services starting at $1.99 (SD) or $2.99 (HD) per episode, and $22.99 – $29.99 a season. For more details about Showtime on any of these services check out our guide on how to watch Showtime online without cable.
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