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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Mature drama mines the depths of money, power, and success.

TV Showtime Drama 2016
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Billions is a drama with big aims and characters so complex that it almost dares you to figure them out. But the show's cheaply manufactured metaphors don't exactly inspire you to give it a go. Sometimes they're so absurdly obvious that they're borderline stupid, such as when a dog getting neutered inspires its owner to get cocky and buy a multimillion-dollar beach house. And the ones involving dogs and urination, meant to explain the complexities of power and submission? Well, they're just plain gross. So much for subtlety.

Thankfully, Billions also has its fair share of assets, among them a pair of dueling leads with real acting chops and Siff's intriguing portrayal of Rhoades' equally complicated wife. It also bears the stamp of journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin, who helped develop the series after his bestselling book about the financial crisis, Too Big to Fail, became an HBO movie featuring Giamatti (in a SAG Award-winning performance) as Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke.

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