Pay Dirt
CBS Watch! Magazine|February 2019
Pay Dirt

Our columnist invests in three seasons of Billions.

Emily Hirshey

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT YOU WEREN’T POOR AND THEN, after binge-watching 36 hours of television, realized you actually are? No? Then you clearly haven’t watched Billions (or you actually aren’t poor, in which case, mazel!).

The Showtime drama centers on Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis), whose hedge fund, Axe Capital, brings in a bonkers amount of money and thus is constantly under scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission—and the U.S. attorney’s office, headed up by Axe’s mortal enemy, Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti). Stuck smack dab between the two men is Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), Chuck’s wife, who serves as the in-house performance coach at Axe Capital and Axe’s own personal Yoda. It’s a messy triangle, made only messier by Chuck’s law-abiding co-workers and Axe’s law defying minions (led by David Costabile’s Wags and his triumph of a mustache), but made shinier by the loads of cash that every character seems to possess (including Chuck, and the dude works for the government!).



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February 2019