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The Best Episodes of 'Billions'

Updated September 24, 2021 841 votes 130 voters 7.9k views59 items

There are so many good episodes of Billions, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Short Squeeze" the best, or is "The Oath" your favorite episode of Billions? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Billions are, let's rank every Billions episode from best to worst. 

Billions debuted on Showtime in 2016, and is currently renewed for its fifth season. The drama stars Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades, a cutthroat attorney who tries his best to not be overshadowed by his very successful wife (Maggie Siff). Billions has received generally favorable reviews, thanks to a great supporting cast featuring Damian Lewis, Malin Akerman, and Dan Soder.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Billions, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Billions episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like. Once you've finished, You can also check out more drama shows like Billions.

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  • 1

    Golden Frog Time

    April 30, 2017
    72
    12

    Season 2, Episode 11

    Chuck finds he has much at stake in a venture; Axe takes out a huge short.

  • 2

    The Kingmaker

    April 9, 2017
    37
    8

    Season 2, Episode 8

    Axe faces opposition investigating Sandicot. Chuck digs up dirt on a rival.

  • 3

    The Conversation

    April 10, 2016
    38
    10

    Season 1, Episode 12

    Chuck goes in search of Axe and an explosive confrontation. Season finale.

  • 4

    Short Squeeze

    February 7, 2016
    27
    9

    Season 1, Episode 4

    Axe deals with a betrayal. Chuck learns the inner workings of Axe Capital.

  • 5

    The Deal

    February 21, 2016
    25
    7

    Season 1, Episode 6

    Wendy facilitates a deal that hinges on a meeting between Chuck and Axe.

  • 6

    Ball in Hand

    May 7, 2017
    31
    17

    Season 2, Episode 12

    Axe receives unexpected news; Chuck finalizes his long game. Season finale.

  • 7

    Dead Cat Bounce

    February 26, 2017
    20
    5

    Season 2, Episode 2

    Axe initiates a new financial play. Chuck tries to save his sinking status.

  • 8

    Naming Rights

    January 24, 2016
    24
    12

    Season 1, Episode 2

    Chuck's probe is temporarily derailed. Axe makes an aggressive move.

  • 9

    Indian Four

    March 26, 2017
    18
    5

    Season 2, Episode 6

    Axe negotiates with a timid seller. Chuck's deal with a defendant fails.

  • 10

    The Good Life

    February 14, 2016
    26
    14

    Season 1, Episode 5

    Axe unceremoniously disappears. Chuck intensifies his investigation.

  • 11

    YumTime

    January 31, 2016
    15
    2

    Season 1, Episode 3

    Axe makes an activist play in a move that reverberates back to Chuck.

  • 12

    Pilot

    January 17, 2016
    23
    11

    Season 1, Episode 1

    An inside tip sparks a high stakes game of cat and mouse. Series premiere.

  • 13

    Boasts and Rails

    March 13, 2016
    21
    10

    Season 1, Episode 8

    A tip throws the case into jeopardy. Secrets surface from Axe's past.

  • 14

    Magical Thinking

    April 3, 2016
    13
    2

    Season 1, Episode 11

    Axe loses big on a bad trade. Chuck finds proof that could save the case.

  • 15

    The Punch

    March 6, 2016
    10
    2

    Season 1, Episode 7

    The pressure starts to affect Axe. Chuck uses the past to his advantage.

  • 16

    Quality of Life

    March 27, 2016
    24
    20

    Season 1, Episode 10

    Axe and Wendy do some soul searching. Chuck suffers a devastating setback.

  • 17

    Optimal Play

    March 5, 2017
    16
    10

    Season 2, Episode 3

    Axe considers buying an NFL team. Chuck cultivates a low-level informant.

  • 18

    Victory Lap

    April 2, 2017
    13
    7

    Season 2, Episode 7

    Axe assembles a war room after a setback. Chuck capitalizes on a victory.

  • 19

    Currency

    March 19, 2017
    15
    10

    Season 2, Episode 5

    Chuck must rely on an anxious insider. Axe scouts ideas for a quick play.

  • 20

    Sic Transit Imperium

    April 16, 2017
    13
    7

    Season 2, Episode 9

    Axe is offered inside information. Chuck is pushed to end an investigation.

  • 21

    The Oath

    March 12, 2017
    14
    10

    Season 2, Episode 4

    Chuck develops a new strategy. Axe considers a major charitable pledge.

  • 22

    Season 1, Episode 9

    A sudden and mysterious disappearance sends both Axe and Chuck spinning.

  • 23

    Risk Management

    February 19, 2017
    8
    2

    Season 2, Episode 1

    Chuck faces scrutiny from the AG. Axe weighs his options. Season premiere.

  • 24

    With or Without You

    April 23, 2017
    15
    15

    Season 2, Episode 10

    Axe deals with a family disturbance. Chuck gets vetted for advancement.

  • 25

    Hell of a Ride

    April 15, 2018
    5
    2

    Season 3, Episode 4

    Axe explores the new arena of venture philanthropy and looks to neutralize old accomplices. Connerty’s scrutiny of Chuck intensifies. Chuck tries to reconcile with his father. Wags pursues an intensely personal real estate acquisition.