At this time (January 2016), there isn’t massive hype around Showtime’s new show, “Billions”…but there almost certainly will be. It’s already been picked up for a second season and it hasn’t even hit the water cooler conversations yet.
The timing is right for this drama. For Americans who feel wealth is out of reach except for those who pull the strings, this show pokes at the money beast that runs our modern economy and reveals that the good guys are playing games too.
Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, and Maggie Siff are excellent so far. The pace is quick and the barbs are meaty. Metaphors and entanglements create an electric tension without resorting to (a large amount) of intentional exposition.
It’s early, but I have a good feeling about this one. We’ll see how they handle the primary storylines in season one without losing steam. If you were a fan of the “The Big Short” you’ll likely enjoy this series. It is definitely only for adults who aren’t shocked by nudity and language, so keep that in mind.
Let me know what you think – I’d love to hear some opinions: Is this the next big show for Showtime?