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8 Shows Like Billions To Watch While You Wait for Showtime to Bring Back Season 5

The second half of Season 5 is still a ways away, so get your fill with these

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Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, Billions

Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, Billions

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It's been a tough go for Billions fans recently as real-world billionaires are making plenty of cash but the fictional richie riches of Showtime's finance drama aren't doing squat as the show is on break due to the coronavirus. Only seven of Season 5's episodes have aired, and Showtime has not told us when the remaining five episodes of Season 5 will return. So even though it will be a while before we can catch back up with Wags (David Costabile), Dollar Bill (Kelly AuCoin), and the rest of the Axe Cap gang, there's a lot more coming, including a sixth season at some point.    

In the meantime, Billions fans can fill the Giamatti-sized hole in their hearts with some of these other great, Billions-esque shows. Because while there's nothing exactly like Billions, there are a number of shows that have something Billions about them, whether it's a focus on the one percent of the one percent, twisty legal and financial dealmaking and double-crossing, flavorful dialogue, or a willingness to be unabashedly fun in a way you don't always see from prestige dramas. 

Here are shows like Billions you should watch if you like Billions

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Industry

David Jonsson, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Harry Lawtey, Sagar Radia, and Myha'la Herrold, Industry

David Jonsson, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Harry Lawtey, Sagar Radia, and Myha'la Herrold, Industry

Amanda Searle/HBO

Maybe not quite Billions, but this new drama about the finance world and those who strive to make it in it could at least be called Millions. Industry approaches the world of high-stakes money making from a slightly different angle, though. It doesn't focus on the titans and regulators, it follows a group of fresh recruits trying to earn a full-time job at a prestigious London investment bank where it's not uncommon to spend the night at your desk or sacrifice your dignity to get that crucial edge to move up the ladder. And at night, you party. Hard. It's got the same intense, over-the-top energy that Billions has, only with a younger cast that can handle being put through the wringer. -Tim Surette [Watch on HBO Max]

 

Succession 

Brian Cox, Succession

Brian Cox, Succession

HBO

Succession is the show on this list that's most like Billions, though it's more of a comedy and much more critical of the ultra-wealthy than Billions, which sometimes leans too far into lifestyle porn. HBO's masterful series follows the Roys, a family that controls a global media empire that's loosely inspired by the Murdochs of Fox. Patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) is old but still as ruthless and cruel as ever, and he plays his children against each other as they fight for their father's favor and a chance to be named his successor. It checks all the Billions boxes of opulence, backstabbing, and operatic swearing. [Watch on HBO Max]

 

The Good Fight

Christine Baranski, The Good Fight

Christine Baranski, The Good Fight

Elizabeth Fisher, CBS

The Good Wife was the most Billions show on broadcast when it was on, so much so that Julianna Margulies is on Billions now. The Good Wife's streaming spin-off The Good Fight is the only show that gives Billions a run for its money in terms of pure elevated entertainment value. It stars Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, an attorney who fights for liberal causes. But unlike Billions' Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), who uses the prosecutorial powers of his office for score-settling and personal aggrandizement, Diane's heart is in the right place. The Good Fight has crackling, intelligent dialogue that doesn't take itself too seriously, just like Billions. [Watch on Paramount+]


Damages

Rose Byrne and Glenn Close, Damages

Rose Byrne and Glenn Close, Damages

Craig Blankenhorn/FX

This FX legal thriller that ran from 2007 to 2012 feels like a direct influence on Billions. Both shows featured season-long cases, slick dialogue, precise plotting, thrilling twists, and a symbiotic rivalry between its two lead characters, Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), a ruthless high-powered lawyer, and Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), her protégée. That relationship sounds like Chuck and Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Damian Lewis), but it's also like Axe and Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon), his most brilliant and independent employee. Also like Billions, which has featured appearances from heavies like John Malkovich and Mary-Louise Parker, Damages had an extremely accomplished supporting cast, and welcomed folks like Timothy OlyphantTed DansonLily Tomlin, and Marcia Gay Harden over the course of its run. [Watch on Hulu, Starz]

 

Goliath 

Goliath

Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

Greg Lewis/Amazon

Amazon's Goliath is the legal thriller equivalent to its popular cop show Bosch, and like Billions, it offers up entertaining legal chicanery in an elevated package. Billy Bob Thornton stars as Billy McBride, a brilliant but down-on-his-luck, alcoholic attorney who tries to get redemption for his past representing crooks and scoundrels by fighting for truth and justice. Billy Bob Thornton is the same kind of high-caliber actor as the stars of Billions, and the supporting cast is as stacked as any show currently on television, with William Hurt, Molly Parker, Mark Duplass, David Cross, and Dennis Quaid popping up throughout the show's three seasons so far (with a fourth and final season in the works). [Watch on Amazon Prime Video]    


Suits 

Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams, Suits

Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams, Suits

USA Network, USA Network via Getty Images

Like Billions, Suits is about two dudes (one rich) behaving badly but being very charismatic about it. It starred Gabriel Macht as the arrogant but oh-so charming lawyer Harvey Specter and Patrick J. Adams as his protégé Mike Ross, who's a brilliant attorney but secretly never went to law school. Hey, Bobby Axelrod only went to Hofstra. The crown jewel of USA's "Blue Skies" era, Suits is a little lighter and more episodic than Billions, but it's a well-written and well-acted piece of legalistic entertainment. [Watch on Amazon Prime Video, Peacock]

   

Dirty Money

Jared Kushner, Dirty Money

Jared Kushner, Dirty Money

Netflix

If you're like me, part of why you enjoy Billions is that it triggers your self-righteous anger about white-collar crime. If that's the case, this documentary series gives you that feeling straight, without laundering it through Bobby Axelrod's charisma. Executive-produced by Alex Gibney, America's foremost chronicler of corporate malfeasance, Dirty Money investigates scams, fraud, and corruption, with episodes on Jared Kushner's real estate empire, the Wells Fargo banking scandal, and HSBC laundering money for drug cartels, among many other infuriating financial crimes. Billions treats insider trading as an unsavory but normal part of doing business, but Dirty Money will remind you how wrong it actually is. Chuck is a pain, but he's right to want to put Bobby Axelrod in prison!  [Watch on Netflix] 


Black Monday 

Regina Hall as Dawn and Don Cheadle as Mo in Black Monday

Regina Hall and Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Erin Simkin, Erin Simkin/Showtime

This is the show least like Billions on the list, but this comedy shares a fixation on financial malfeasance and a willingness to take things very far in the name of entertainment. Don Cheadle stars as Maurice Monroe, an unscrupulous Wall Street stockbroker riding high in the cocaine '80s, until the titular market crash of the title. Black Monday is currently between its second and third seasons, so you could easily get caught up before it returns later this year. [Watch on Showtime]

Billions is available to stream on Showtime's streaming apps.