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The Best Episodes of Billions

Every episode of Billions ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Billions!

A complex drama about power politics in the world of New York high finance. Shrewd, savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod are on an explosive collision course, with each using all of his considerable smarts, power and influence to outmaneuver the other. The stakes are in the billions in this timely, provocative series.

Genre:Drama
Network:Showtime

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The best episode of "Billions" is "Golden Frog Time", rated 9.6/10 from 3216 user votes. It was directed by Karyn Kusama and written by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Brian Chamberlayne. "Golden Frog Time" aired on 4/30/2017 and is rated 0.4 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Elmsley Count".

  • Golden Frog Time
    9.6/10 3,216 votes

    #1 - Golden Frog Time

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2017-04-30

    Chuck finds he has much at stake in the success of a new business venture; Senior, too, is heavily invested. Meanwhile, Axe takes out a massive short and takes steps to insure its failure. Wendy wrestles with a familiar and uncomfortable position: caught between Axe and Chuck.

    Director: Karyn Kusama

    Writer: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Brian Chamberlayne

  • Elmsley Count
    9.2/10 1,740 votes

    #2 - Elmsley Count

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2018-06-10

    Axe dominates a capital raise event, but is soon challenged by an unexpected competitor. Chuck looks to strike the ultimate blow on an enemy. Wendy reckons with past decisions, and chooses a side. Connerty confronts Sacker about Chuck's activities. Taylor takes a big position.

    Director: Neil Burger, Colin Bucksey

    Writer: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

  • Extreme Sandbox
    9.2/10 1,729 votes

    #3 - Extreme Sandbox

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2019-06-09

    Axe makes a big decision. Connerty gets closer to the truth. Tensions rise, and dynamics shift. Season Finale

    Director: Neil Burger, Colin Bucksey

    Writer: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

  • The Conversation
    9.1/10 2,079 votes

    #4 - The Conversation

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2016-04-10

    Chuck goes in search of Axe and an explosive confrontation.

    Director: Michael Cuesta

    Writer: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

  • Ball in Hand
    9.1/10 1,655 votes

    #5 - Ball in Hand

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2017-05-07

    Axe receives news from an unexpected source that he's in the crosshairs of law enforcement. While Axe moves quickly to safeguard his livelihood, Chuck arranges the last pieces of his long game in order to secure victory. Lara marshals her resources to protect what’s hers. Wendy and Chuck make a momentous decision about the state of their marriage. Season finale.

    Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

    Writer: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Adam R. Perlman

  • Enemies List
    9.1/10 881 votes

    #6 - Enemies List

    Season 7 Episode 10 - Aired 2023-10-15

    Prince makes big changes in the wake of betrayal. Chuck forges unlikely alliances as part of his mission to take down Prince. Wendy finds herself in an impossible position, while Axe and Taylor work to dismantle Prince’s sinister moves.

    Director: Daniel Gray Longino

    Writer: Eli Attie

  • Admirals Fund
    9.1/10 1,127 votes

    #7 - Admirals Fund

    Season 7 Episode 12 - Aired 2023-10-29

    Trust is built and broken as fate hangs in the balance for all when Chuck, Axe and Prince have the ultimate showdown.

    Director: Neil Burger

    Writer: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

  • The Third Ortolan
    9.0/10 1,420 votes

    #8 - The Third Ortolan

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-04-29

    Axe tracks down a critical piece of evidence that could destroy him. Both Axe and Chuck reckon with just how far they're willing to go to protect Wendy. The Ice Juice case comes to a head when a judge gives Connerty a difficult deadline.

    Director: John Dahl

    Writer: Alice O'Neill

  • Overton Window
    8.9/10 1,360 votes

    #9 - Overton Window

    Season 4 Episode 4 - Aired 2019-04-07

    Axe Cap suffers an attack at a crucial moment. Taylor considers going into business with an unexpected partner. Axe asks for Chuck’s help. Chuck makes a bold move to advance his own career.

    Director: Neil Burger, Clement Virgo

    Writer: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

  • Not You, Mr. Dake
    8.7/10 1,247 votes

    #10 - Not You, Mr. Dake

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2018-05-06

    Axe and Chuck face mounting evidence of their involvement in the Ice Juice sabotage. Taylor questions Wendy’s authority and motivations at Axe Capital. Connerty makes his case in court but comes up against unexpected witness testimony.

    Director: Michael Morris

    Writer: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

  • The Deal
    8.6/10 1,636 votes

    #11 - The Deal

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2016-02-21

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

    Director: James Foley

    Writer: Wes Jones

  • Quality of Life
    8.6/10 1,564 votes

    #12 - Quality of Life

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2016-03-27

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

    Director: Karyn Kusama

    Writer: Willie Reale

  • The Kingmaker
    8.6/10 1,215 votes

    #13 - The Kingmaker

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2017-04-09

    Axe investigates who was behind the breakdown in his Sandicot dealings but faces formidable opposition. Chuck digs up dirt on a political rival. Lara makes a PR trip to Sandicot to ease tensions between the town and the Axelrods. Wendy helps Taylor solve a problem at Axe Capital. Chuck and Senior curry favor with a powerful ally.

    Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel

    Writer: Adam R. Perlman

  • No Direction Home
    8.6/10 1,137 votes

    #14 - No Direction Home

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2021-10-03

    Chuck, Axe and Prince maneuver to outsmart and outpower each other. Taylor finds themself at a crossroads regarding their role as a leader, while Wendy struggles to sort out her personal life. Alliances shift in an all-out brawl that leads the future of Axe Capital down an unexpected path. Season finale.

    Director: Daniel Attias

    Writer: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

  • With or Without You
    8.5/10 1,159 votes

    #15 - With or Without You

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2017-04-23

    Axe deals with a major family disturbance involving Lara and the kids. Chuck considers the potential pitfalls of his personal life while being vetted for political advancement. Wendy tries to right a wrong she committed against Axe. At an impromptu dinner Chuck and Wendy open up to each other.

    Director: Ed Bianchi

    Writer: Willie Reale

  • Game Theory Optimal
    8.5/10 603 votes

    #16 - Game Theory Optimal

    Season 7 Episode 9 - Aired 2023-10-08

    Chuck makes a daring and risky move to demonstrate his unwavering commitment to taking Prince down. Prince gets tipped off about potential mutiny among his ranks. Wendy is tempted by a new opportunity.

    Director: Shaz Bennett

    Writer: Beth Schacter

  • Currency
    8.4/10 1,174 votes

    #17 - Currency

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-03-19

    Chuck, Connerty and Sacker must rely on an anxious insider who's willing to wear a wire. Meanwhile, Axe's numbers take a big hit, leaving him to scout ideas for a quick play with a huge payoff. Wendy rediscovers her passion for her former job at Axe Capital through an old colleague. The reality of Lara's business starts to affect her marriage.

    Director: Steph Green

    Writer: Brian Chamberlayne

  • Indian Four
    8.4/10 1,118 votes

    #18 - Indian Four

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-03-26

    Axe negotiates with a reluctant seller, who is key to the success of Axe’s municipal bond play. Wendy makes a professional decision that adds further conflict to her relationship with Chuck. As attempts to reach a deal with a high profile defendant fail, Chuck’s office faces the uncertainty of jury selection. Tensions between Lara and Axe escalate.

    Director: Adam Arkin

    Writer: Alice O'Neill

  • Kompenso
    8.4/10 993 votes

    #19 - Kompenso

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2018-06-03

    Axe determines his employees' worth at the year-end "comp” meetings. Chuck advances a dangerous plan, but is distracted by a friend in need of help. Taylor and Axe argue over Taylor's place and worth at the firm. Wendy seeks Lara's aid with an internal Axe Cap problem. Connerty discovers a new, secret source of information.

    Director: Jessica Yu

    Writer: Adam R. Perlman

  • A Proper Sendoff
    8.4/10 1,038 votes

    #20 - A Proper Sendoff

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2019-04-14

    Chuck begins work in a new position. Axe is surprised by a visitor from his past. Wendy deals with the consequences of Chuck’s actions. Taylor goes after an organization that has a history with Axe.

    Director: Neil Burger, Matthew McLoota

    Writer: Michael Russell Gunn

  • Infinite Game
    8.4/10 1,027 votes

    #21 - Infinite Game

    Season 4 Episode 7 - Aired 2019-04-28

    Axe and Wendy plan a new attack against Taylor. A favor Chuck did turns out to be a liability. Taylor makes a difficult choice for the good of their company.

    Director: Neil Burger, Laurie Collyer

    Writer: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

  • Optimal Play
    8.3/10 1,194 votes

    #22 - Optimal Play

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2017-03-05

    Axe considers buying an NFL franchise and develops a new ally. Chuck begins a last-ditch case against a banking titan by developing a low-level informant. Axe Cappers attend the annual Alpha Cup Charity Poker Tournament. Wendy makes a controversial appearance at the tournament by accompanying Axe's competitor as his performance coach. Lara launches her new business.

    Director: Alex Gibney

    Writer: Willie Reale

  • Hell of a Ride
    8.3/10 1,093 votes

    #23 - Hell of a Ride

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2018-04-15

    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.

    Director: John Dahl

    Writer: Randall Green

  • All the Wilburys
    8.3/10 1,037 votes

    #24 - All the Wilburys

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-05-13

    Axe tries for a fresh start at Axe Capital. Chuck asserts his political autonomy—and wrestles with whether to honor his word to a friend. Taylor asks for more independence at Axe Capital. Lara and Axe negotiate a new arrangement regarding Lara's money. Connerty adjusts to an uncomfortable situation.

    Director: Mike Binder

    Writer: Alice O'Neill, Randall Green

  • Chucky Rhoades's Greatest Game
    8.3/10 1,275 votes

    #25 - Chucky Rhoades's Greatest Game

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2019-03-17

    Season 4 begins with Axe closing ranks, determined to destroy Taylor. No longer U.S. Attorney, Chuck struggles to regain power. Taylor does what it takes to keep their new company afloat.

    Director: Neil Burger, Colin Bucksey

    Writer: Brian Koppelman, David Levien