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Tune in for Giamatti. Binge on Lewis.
Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2016
BINGE! A superb show on so many levels....
First, Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis are excellent. Perfectly cast and charismatic. I love these guys and would watch them in anything. I wasn't familiar with Lewis prior to Billions, but am now binging on some of his other shows (Life, Band of Brothers). Hard to believe he's British; he is a convincing New Yorker.
Second, the writing is smart and sublime. The storylines are perfectly crafted; the dialogue is tight, often funny. It's reminiscent of the writing on The Sopranos in which they created complex charismatic villains that you loved to watch and even root for. In Billions, the lines between heroes and villains becomes very murky. And just when you become sympathetic of one of the bad guys, he does something to make you hate him again. Plots are interesting and complex, often surprising. The character development is brilliant.
Third, the rest of the cast is excellent. I was so happy to see a couple of Suits actors in the cast.
Fourth, the female characters are all strong, smart overachievers who can hold their own against any of the males. Always nice to see that.
My husband is not a binge-watcher. Once I gobbled up the season, I cajoled him into watching "just the first episode," and after that he couldn't watch the rest of the season fast enough.
If you're hungry for great, smart scripted TV, you absolutely must watch!